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Introduction to Classical Calligraphy

Tokyo (東京)Workshop Retreat

Saturday, 11th August 2018
 

Workshop Fee  |  Lowercase/Uppercase Workshop details | Sign up  |  FAQs

 

About the Workshop

In recent years, Copperplate calligraphy has been adopted as an umbrella term that is used to describe a range of pointed pen calligraphy styles that is very similar. The key differences between the scripts stem from reasons like origin, key historical events and more. This style is often favoured when legibility for the art piece/project is important. As such, we often see calligraphy (in Copperplate style) being adopted in wedding invites, envelope addressing or in formal correspondence - A large portion of calligraphy works we are being engaged to write for formal invitations/events, requires proficiency in this script. In this workshop retreat, we'll be conducting: 

Half Day sessions :  Pick either Minuscules (lowercase) or Majuscules (uppercase)

Full day session: Minuscules + Majuscules retreat where we study together the whole morning to evening and head down to the shops nearby for lunch together. 

 

Our Japanese Co-organiser

Cana -  @evangelligraphy

 

Workshop Fees


 
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Introduction to Classical Calligraphy

Lowercase Alphabets

In our Lowercase workshop, we will walk you through a few selected pointed pen styles and understand some basic fundamental differences between the different hands. This will help you be more aware of what to look out for. Subsequently, you will learn how to form basic strokes, form letters and words in a chosen Copperplate style.

WORKSHOP FEE

15, 000 JPY/ 3 hours - Very limited seats available
- Light refreshments will be provided

WORKSHOP DATE

Saturday, 11th August 2018

TIME & LOCATION

9:30am - 12:30pm
Tokyo, Shibuya-Omotesando ((7 mins walk from Shibuya station)

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Theory study on tools, different types of inks, pens, paper available in the market that you can switch around

  • Calligraphy writing warm ups to train basic muscle memory

  • Learn basic strokes

  • Complete practice with guidance from us (Minuscules letter a-z)

WORKSHOP PROJECT (OPTIONAL)

  • Pocket Tags will be specially made for our students in this workshop. Play with different inks we have in-house and decorate the tags with your new skills. S

  • Alternatively, spend all the time during the workshop with your calligraphy practice and bring your pocket tags home and complete this mini side-project during your free time.

MATERIALS (Take-home materials)

  • G nib (1)

  • Calligraphy Holder (Oblique & straight holder) (1)

  • 30 ml of Calligraphy ink - Higgins Eternal (1)

  • Class Notes - Includes Nic's personal notes on the analysis of Copperplate Basic Strokes (1 set)

  • Class Practice Sheets (1 set)

  • Handwritten Copperplate Exemplar (1)

IN-HOUSE MATERIALS

  • We will bring along a few different types of Calligraphy inks that we have on hand for you to try out. Perfect if you’re unsure which inks you’d like to get before making your purchases at the art-stores

  • Selected books that we love to study for Copperplate and some penmen’s works that I study from will be brought for our students to view.

 
 

Introduction to Classical Calligraphy

Uppercase Alphabets

In our Uppercase workshop, you'll learn the basic shapes that constitute to majuscules. We will categorise the letters according to the type of basic shape each majuscule has. This will help you better understand how the basic strokes are used. Flourishing examples will be included in the class notes for you to practice after the session.

WORKSHOP FEE

15,000 JPY / 4 hours - Very limited seats available
- Light refreshments will be provided

WORKSHOP DATE

Saturday, 11th August 2018

TIME & LOCATION

2pm - 6pm
Tokyo, Shibuya-Omotesando (7 mins walk from Shibuya station)

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Calligraphy writing warm ups to train basic muscle memory

  • Learn basic strokes for Majuscules (different from minuscules)

  • Complete practice with guidance from us (Majuscules from letter a-z)

MATERIALS (Take-home materials) 

  • G nib (1) 

  • Intermediate nib (1) - Subject to availability 

  • 30 ml of Calligraphy ink - Higgins Eternal (1)

  • Class Notes - Includes Nic's personal notes on the analysis of Majuscules Basic Strokes and some flourishing examples (1 set) 

  • Class Practice Sheets (1 set)

  • Handwritten Copperplate Exemplar (1)

IN-HOUSE MATERIALS

  • Different types of Calligraphy inks that we have on hand to try out. Perfect if you’re unsure which inks you’d like to get before making your purchases at the art-stores

  • Selected books that we love to study for Copperplate and some penmen’s works that I study from will be brought for our students to view.


 

Introduction to Classical Calligraphy

Sign up 

 

Fill up the form below if you are interested in joining our sessions. Sign ups are by a first-come-first serve basis. After signing up for the workshop, we will send the payment link (Paypal/Stripe) to your email so that you can make payment in your local currencies. In case the seats are full, we send you an email to let you know that you're on the waitlist. 

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General / Tokyo Workshop retreat

Frequently Asked Questions

+ What language is this workshop taught in?

The workshop is taught in English but Cana - @evangelligraphy, our Japanese co-organiser will be around so she will help with translating instructions/ information from English to Japanese.

+ What will I learn at the workshops?

You will learn very different theory knowledge for our lowercase and uppercase workshops! Prior to the workshops, we will send you a private link to access our study notes so that you can read it before the workshop! The study notes are specially prepared to help you familiarise with the calligraphy terminologies and basic theory knowledge. Although we will learn theory in-class, the study notes are prepared to help you get up to speed quickly. You can spend most of the time during the workshop practising and improving!

+ How do I make payment?

If you are interested in our sessions, fill up the sign up forms to confirm your seat and we will send you a payment link via Paypal/Stripe so that you can make payment in your local currency.

Mastercard, VISA, American Express card payments are accepted!

+ Where will the Tokyo Workshop Experience sessions be held at?

As we are teaching the workshop at a private location that belongs to a lovely Japanese host, the address be disclosed privately to you nearer to date or after confirmation of your workshop seat.

The workshop location is located in Shibuya-Omotesando area. It's a 7 min stroll from Shibuya train station.

+ I am a complete beginner. Which workshop should I attend first?

The Lowercase workshop would be perfect. It'll be ideal to attend both morning (lowercase) and afternoon (uppercase) workshops.

+ Do I have to bring anything with me for the workshop?

All materials required for the workshop will be provided - Pen, inks, paper etc. (Full material lists are included under each of the workshop details.).

Exception - If you are only signing up for the Uppercase workshop, no pen/inks will be provided as you are expected to have some experience/exposure to Calligraphy.

+ I have some experience in pointed pen calligraphy. I would like to attend the uppercase workshop only. How would attending the workshop help?

The following is optional but it would help you greatly if you are keen on improving your craft:

  1. Complete two sets of exemplars before workshop

    • minuscules a-z
    • majuscules A-Z

      Let’s review your work and point out some problematic areas you may be facing halfway through the workshop session after some practice.

  2. It will be unlikey for us to review your full writing piece during the workshop. If you leave your writing examplars with us, we will do a full review and scan your work with some notes. The scanned notes will be sent to you via email.

+ If I am attending the full-day workshop. Is lunch included in the fee?

Lunch is not included in the fee, but our japanese host and I will be preparing some snacks for both our morning and afternoon workshops.

There will be a lunch break from 12:30pm - 2:00pm. You are welcome to join us for a stroll to a lunch place in the vincinity and let's have lunch together! - This is optional.

We will be heading back to the workshop space at around 1:30pm to prepare materials for our afternoon workshop so you can head back with us or hang around the area a little longer before meeting us back at the workshop space.

+ I have paid for the workshop. What happens next?

Once payment has been made, we will sent a confirmation email at least 1 week before the workshop session to share the private workshop location with you. We have also compiled some information in PDF for you to read up about this craft and some information about how to use the tools so that you can familiarise with the names of the tools before attending the workshop. This will get us to speed and you can spend more time practising during the workshop!

+ Will I be refunded if I cannot make it to the workshop after payment?

Unfortunately, the fee is non-refundable but you are encouraged to transfer your workshop seat to someone else you know who may be interested in the workshop. Alternatively, we will check against our waitlist and let the next person know that our workshop seat is avaliable to them.