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Off-Hand Flourishing

With Michael Sull

Starting Date : 7 October 2023

Fees : HK$ 1,300 or US$ 170

Workshop Description

Off-hand flourishing is a non-lettering form of penmanship and as such, there are no baselines, waistlines, capitals, or lowercase flourishes. As an artform, off-hand flourishing serves two purposes; these are space-filling and ornamentation. It is typically a spontaneous art form where the patterns and designs are not pre-design, drawn in with pencil and then copied in ink. The only occasion where pre-designed patterns serve the penman is in certificate design where symmetrical flourishing patterns, border treatments, or specific fill-in arrangements [such as surrounding title flourishing or artistic linework] is required.

During the Golden Age of Penmanship [1850-1925], whole-arm movement with a straight penholder was used to create the beautiful flourishing patterns. In our program we will be using an oblique penholder and combination muscular movement as we explore this wondrous artform. Our program will focus on the traditional primary patterns of cartouches, scroll, plumes, quills, title flourishing and bird designs. And then finally as our time allows, we will learn the techniques of combining patters to form flourished compositions of beauty.

Completed flourished compositions can appear to be formidable, complex arrangements of curves and shaded lines. However, through instruction and demonstration it will be revealed how every pattern, made one stroke at a time, can be easily achieve by even a Beginning Student. Join us for this special program on the beautiful subject of Off-Hand Flourishing. No prior knowledge or skill is required.

Lesson 1 

> Flourishing fundamentals

> Combination muscular movement

> Strokes, hairlines and shades

> Contrast and balance

Lesson 2

> Paper position

> Pen manipulation

> Traditional [Primary] patterns (Cartouche, scroll, plume and quill)

> Accent flourishing patterns

Lesson 3

> Title flourishing

Lesson 4

> Birds (Shape, position, perching, flying, looking behind and in pairs)

Lesson 5

> Composition flourishing (Combining patterns)

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 sessions will be recorded and available for 60 days following the final class.

  • All recordings expires on Friday, 9 February, 2024 at 12:00 pm Hong Kong Standard Time.

  • Recommended supply list, handouts, zoom links and recordings are available on the workshop page three weeks (or as soon as practicable) before the first session. Click here for user guide on how to access your workshop page.

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

  • Click here for the recommended workshop supplies.

Workshop Schedule

Lesson 1

Saturday, 7 October, 2023

23:00 pm - 01:30 am (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 2

Saturday, 21 October, 2023

23:00 pm - 01:30 am (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 3

Sunday, 12 November, 2023

00:00 am - 02:30 am (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 4

Sunday, 26 November, 2023

00:00 am - 02:30 am (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 5

Sunday, 10 December, 2023

00:00 am - 02:30 am (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Refund Policy

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

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