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Drawn and Built-Up Minuscule - Study of Works by Hermann Kilian

With Yukimi Annand

Starting date : 3 February 2024

Fees : HK$ 1,170 or US$ 150

Workshop Description

Hermann Kilian (1929 – 2004) was a German calligrapher, typographer and book designer whose work was epitomized by classical simplicity with an underlying tension within every letter. I have been studying his works and sharing my study of his Built-up Capitals during the last five years, and I have never gotten tired of it. This time, I will share my study of his minuscules that has been lifting my calligraphy study.


This workshop starts with learning traditional monoline minuscules including Italic Hand, English Round Hand and the Foundational Hand to understand the basic minuscule form and its spacing. Then we will analyze several of Kilian's minuscule forms to find his writing rules and figure out how he wrote/drew his letters. For our exercises, we will draw skeleton forms first and add weight by building up the forms with ruling pens, pointed pens and small edged nibs.


Once we have learned his forms, we can use them for different opportunities and the unique form will add vitality to our works. We will design a broadside piece in larger scale and/or a book page in smaller scale for our project.

Workshop Schedule

Lesson 1

Saturday, 3 February, 2024

10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 2

Saturday, 10 February, 2024

10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 3

Saturday, 17 February, 2024

10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 4

Saturday, 24 February, 2024

10:00 am - 12:00 pm (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, 25 May, 2024 at 12:00 pm Hong Kong Standard Time.

  • Student can submit homework to the discussion board for Yukimi 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.

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Refund Policy

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

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