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Pre-recording (Introduction to Copperplate - The Minuscules)

By Eleanor Winters

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Fees : HK$ 585 or US$ 75

Pre-recording Outline

Copperplate, also known as English Roundhand, is the elegant, ornate script of the 18th century writing masters.  It is a perennial favourite with calligraphers and designers and is the basis of many popular typefaces.

In this detailed introduction to Copperplate, students learn to use the flexible pointed pen and follow a step-by-step sequence in order to develop a thorough understanding of the letterforms that comprise this graceful form of calligraphy.  This recording concentrates on the minuscule (lower-case) alphabet.  Included in the recording are explanation and demonstration of the following:

  • Tools and materials for learning Copperplate

  • Vocabulary:  definition of calligraphic terms

  • How to use the pointed pen to create the thick and thin strokes of the Copperplate alphabet

  • Basic strokes

  • Minuscule letters organized by "family groups"

  • Spacing and letter connections to make words

  • How to practice

  • Advice and suggestions for learning Copperplate


Module 1 : Introduction -- Explanation of handouts, materials, books and a personal introduction


Module 2 :  How to use this video, explanation of guidelines, definition of terms, explanation and demonstration of basic strokes


Module 3 : Minuscule letterforms:  basic system of writing Copperplate, instruction for making letters organised by family groups


Module 4 : How to practice the basic letterforms


Module 5 : Spacing and letter connections: basic rules, practical applications (demo)


Module 6 : Practicing spacing:  letter necklaces, alphabet sentences, space between words


Module 7 : Conclusion:  advice and suggestions for learning Copperplate

Note to Students

  • Beginners are welcomed.

  • This is a pre-recorded workshop.

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

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