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The Foundational Hand - Historical Hands

With Eleanor Winters

  • Ended
  • 740 Hong Kong dollars
  • Live Online via Zoom

Available spots

Workshop Description

The Foundational Hand is a style of writing associated with Edward Johnston, one of the fathers of contemporaty calligraphy. As a calligrapher and teacher, Johnston considered Foundational to be a "beginner script," suitable for learning to use the broad-edged pen. As such, we have chosen it for the first hand in our new series: Historical Scripts. In a sense it is out of sequence -- the aim being to study calligraphy as it evolved since the Roman era and developed over 2000 years. But since Foundational will give students a wonderful basis for all the scripts to follow, we are starting our program with this 20th century style of calligraphy. Foundational is much more than simply a beginner script; it is elegant, versatile, and very legible. We will examine the basic strokes and minuscule letters, and how the contrast between vertical and rounded shapes makes this script both dynamic and visually accessible, both in large format calligraphy and in small writing. The aim of this brief introduction to Foundational is to offer students a jumping off point for studying and practicing this script, by concentrating on the basics, learning to create consistent forms and developing an understanding of the concept of positive and negative space.

Refund Policy

Fees paid for the workshop are non-refundable

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