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Copperplate Variations

With Barbara Calzolari

Starting date : 9 March 2024

Fees : HK$ 1,000 or US$ 130

Workshop Description

For enthusiasts of pointed pen calligraphy, the nib stands as the quintessential tool. Personally favoring Hunt 101 and Hunt 22, Barbara discovered the value of achieving a seamlessly smooth style by transposing the same technique to the brush. Whether utilizing the compact Pentel Brush Sign or the larger Pentel Color Brush, the technique plays a pivotal role in each. The Pentel Brush Sign Pen, featuring a medium/fine point silicon brush, offers impressive versatility. Meanwhile, the Pentel Color Brush Pen, with its synthetic brush tip, emulates the characteristics of a round-tipped brush, while providing the practicality of a pen.

Appreciated for its flexibility and ease of use in comparison to traditional brushes, this tool allows for effortless variations in thickness. Whether mimicking a fine-point nib by holding it perpendicular to the paper or creating a blunt tip effect by placing the tip laterally, the Brush Pen offers a spectrum of possibilities.

This course is designed to immerse participants in Copperplate Variations calligraphy, utilizing the Nib, Brush Sign Pen, and Color Brush Pen, with a primary focus on upward Copperplate alphabets.

In this workshop student will learn:

​​• Introduction to the nib, brush sign and brush sign pen
• Before writing - tool grip and workspace management
• Basic principles of the tools
• Basic Copperplate upright nib and brushstrokes
• Lowercase letters

• Uppercase letters

• Letter connections (ligatures)

• Shape variations

Workshop Schedule

Lesson 1

Saturday, 9 March, 2024

22:00 pm - 00:00 am (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 2

Saturday, 16 March, 2024

22:00 pm - 00:00 am (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 3

Saturday, 30 March, 2024

22:00 pm - 00:00 am (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Note to Students

  • This is a live online workshop via Zoom (please make sure you have a Zoom account to access the workshop)

  • All live lessons will be recorded and available for 90 days following the final lesson.

  • All recordings expires on Saturday, 29 June, 2024 at 12:00 pm Hong Kong Standard Time.

  • Student can submit homework to the discussion board for Barbara to critique.

  • Workshop handouts (if any), zoom links and recordings are available on the workshop page one week (or as soon as practicable) before the first lesson.

  • All workshop dates and times are according to the Hong Kong Standard Time.

Recommended Workshop Supplies

  • Click here for the supplies list recommended for this workshop.

Workshop Boarding Page (Only for Enrolled Students)

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Refund Policy

  • All sales are final and fees paid for the online workshop are non-refundable.

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