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Looking Beyond the Literal Letter

With Rachel Yallop

Starting date : 29 June 2024

Fees : HK$ 740 or US$ 95

Workshop Description

Once one masters the ductus and has a thorough understanding of the structure of letterforms, we need to make them our own. This class will explore ways of looking at letters in a more abstract way while moving away from the rigidity of writing between two lines. The goal of this class is to develop a fresh and unique style based on your own existing style.


  • Writing common groups of letters, both upper and lowercase in skeletal form.

  • Looking at the length, angle and position of each stroke and their relationship to one another and how they can be altered for effect.

  • Analysing the counter and exterior spaces of each letter and positioning ensuing letters accordingly.

  • Exploring how far the strokes can be pushed and the extremes of letter design without losing clarity.

  • Looking at how they change when weight is added, and different tools are used.

  • Designing whole alphabets and assembling words to make unique and expressive designs.

Workshop Schedule

Lesson 1

Saturday, 29 June, 2024

20:00 pm - 22:30 pm (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 2

Saturday, 6 July, 2024

20:00 pm - 22:30 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, 5 October, 2024 at 12:00 pm Hong Kong Standard Time.

  • Student can submit homework to the discussion board for Rachel 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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