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The Roman Minuscule - Foundational and beyond 

With Elmo van Slingerland

Starting Date : 11 Mar 2023

Fees : HK$ 1,000 or US$ 130

Workshop Description

Edward Johnston based his Foundational hand as a starting point for learning calligraphy on a tenth-century Carolingian minuscule. These letterforms would later evolve during the Renaissance into humanistic writing, which sought to relate the minuscules to the more sophisticated forms of the monumental Roman capitals.

We will learn to use sensibilities with the pen to show how you can turn Foundational into a modern, elegant script.


The Roman minuscule can be considered one of the three basic sets of letter forms, along with capital and cursive. This versatile hand lends itself to a wide range of interpretations, variations, and modifications. We will look at different possibilities to write the Roman minuscule.

Attention will be given to the shape and line quality, refinement, and pen use so that you will learn to write these letters with elegance and great form.

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, 26 May, 2023 at 12:00 pm Hong Kong Standard Time.

  • Student can submit homework to the discussion corner for Elmo to critique.

  • 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. 

Workshop Schedule

Lesson 1

Saturday, 11 March, 2023

21:00 pm - 23:00 pm (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 2

Saturday, 18 March, 2023

21:00 pm - 23:00 pm (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 3

Saturday, 25 March, 2023

21:00 pm - 23:00 pm (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Refund Policy

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

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