Want to improve your writing skills? It all starts here with the history of the Latin alphabet. Learn 6 different calligraphy styles over 6 classes. New calligraphy workshops starting in February 2018, sign up now!
Knowing the history of the Latin alphabet, and learning the practical knowledge of calligraphy will give you great tools to understand our Latin letterforms.
You will learn:
The difference between calligraphy, lettering and typography;
The historical context of each calligraphic style;
The tools used to write each script: broad nib pen, flexible pen, ruling pen, bamboo pen and flat brush;
Historical examples of each calligraphic style and projections of contemporary artworks by professional calligraphers and artists;
The fundamental elements of the letter: the strokes. Calligraphy is the act of writing letters with relatively simple strokes, looking for a rhythm;
You will learn that calligraphy directly reflects the movement of the hand. Practicing calligraphy is connecting your brain with your hand and your eye. It is also about having fun and learning by doing!
What experience do you need?
Whether or not you have any design experience, this course is an introduction to calligraphy and there is no previous knowledge needed.
I ran my first 6 calligraphy sessions in 2014 and half of the students were not designers but had a great interest in learning and enjoying new experiences.
Experienced students with a background in calligraphy can further develop their knowledge by writing and creating a composition with each calligraphy style.
Included in each session:
Morning tea and coffee to kick start each Saturday session;
There will be a 30 minute break for lunch with a selection of tapas including walnut bread, cheese, grapes, olives, seasonal fruit and dark chocolate;
Each session will provide the guidelines for each different calligraphic style;
Inks and paper are included in each session;
You will acquire some serious secret skills to write your best greeting cards to all your family and friends;
4 hours of learning an analog skill, surrounded by the amazing environment of Rotson Studios, in the heart of Fitzroy!
Some Spanglish for sure!
About Maria Montes
I learnt calligraphy for the first time in 1996. After a long break working as a full-time Graphic Designer, I went back to study calligraphy, typography and type design in Barcelona and New York City under the tuition of Keith Adams, Amanda Adams, Oriol Miró, Laura Meseguer, Iñigo Jerez, Jose Manuel Urós, Sumner Stone, Jean François Porchez and Stéphane Elbaz among others.
All my lettering projects start with my own calligraphy as a base. Writing letters teaches me how to look at letterforms and understand its rhythm and contrast.
Illustration, typography, lettering and calligraphy are my passion and the best tools for me as a designer to communicate. I feel that the more I understand how to use these tools, the better designer I will become.
Rotson Studios is a creative space in the heart of Fitzroy (Melbourne). The studio is located on level 2 of the iconic Moran & Cato building. It is a winner location just off Brunswick Street, views to the city, stacks of natural light, high ceilings, and a great vibe.
February – April 2017
Saturday 3rd February: Roman Capitals
Saturday 10th February: Neuland
Saturday 17th February: Modern Carolingian
Saturday 24th February: SOLD OUT
Saturday 3rd March: SOLD OUT
Saturday 17th March: SOLD OUT
Sunday 18th March: Copperplate
Sat 24th March: Copperplate Capitals (A-M)*
Sun 25th March: Copperplate Capitals (N-Z)*
Each session will run from 10am to 2.30pm including snacks, tea, coffee and a selection of tapas for lunch. Each session will host a maximum of 12 students. Individual sessions are $100 each or you can sign up for the whole course for just $495 (discount applied). *If you are enrolling for the Copperplate Uppercase Weekend, please note that Copperplate lowercase knowledge is required.
New Dates: April – May 2017
Applications now open for the last calligraphy workshop of the year:
Saturday 14th April: Roman Capitals
Saturday 21st April: Neuland
Saturday 28th April: Modern Carolingian
Saturday 5th May: Fraktur
Saturday 19th May: Italic
Brush Calligraphy Weekend
Saturday 26th May: Copperplate Calligraphy with Maria Montes
Sunday 27th May: Brush Calligraphy with Carla Hackett
This special workshop with my friend Carla Hackett will cover the foundations pf Copperplate calligraphy and Script Brush lettering using a pointed flexible nib, a brush pen and a lettering brush for you to produce all types of fanciness! Cost for the two-day course including your personalised calligraphy _lettering kit: $220
Book here specifying which sessions you are interested in:
Want to make a birthday gift? Purchase any session or the whole course and email me the person’s details (name, surname and postal address) and I will mail a handwritten voucher for them.
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From left to right: Roman capitalis, neuland script and modern carolingian
From left to right: Fraktur, italic writing and copperplate calligraphy
This past 28th of February 2016, I hosted a Copperplate Calligraphy workshop at Como House & Gardens in Melbourne. It was my first time at this amazing location and I felt very privileged to be sharing my knowledge in such a historical environment. The theme of the class was an introduction to Copperplate calligraphy.
My friend the great photographer, Teagan Glenane, came to Como House & Gardens and took these awesome shots of my calligraphy session.
The workshop was at the ball room and I had 14 students from all ages and backgrounds.
I always write all letters of the alphabet in front of the students and talk about letter proportions, ductus (order of the strokes), counter spaces and letter spacing.
After we have written a few letters I come and see all students one by one. I think the most challenging part of Copperplate calligraphy is actually getting use to the nib, as it is not a familiar tool to us. The second challenge is actually following the dramatic angle of 60 degrees.
I always bring to all my sessions examples of applied works. When possible, I also bring samples of my calligraphy teachers. In this case you can see my Copperplate Calligraphy certificate, designed by Amanda Adams and a letter addressed to me by Oriol Miró. I also found an original contract from 1886 at Els Encants Market in Barcelona.
I use walnut ink for all my calligraphy workshops. My teachers taught me this way and I use the same system. Walnut ink let you see through every movement and pause of your hand, and I find it really good for learning and gaining confidence through your own strokes.
The location is stunning and everyone seemed to enjoy the Copperplate calligraphy workshop very much.
Special thanks to Amber Evangelista for organising this Copperplate calligraphy workshop and to Teagan Glenane for the great shots.
This past 13th of June, my friend the great photographer, Mark Lobo, attended one of my calligraphy workshops in Melbourne. On this occasion, he also documented the 4-hour workshop focused on Copperplate Calligraphy.
The sessions are hosted at Rotson Studios, a gorgeous co-working space in the heart of Fitzroy, Melbourne (Australia). Mark Lobo did a great job and below are some examples:
Ink and paper are included in each session. If you need to buy material, I have spare nibs, nib holders and walnut ink available for sale on the day of the session.
Around 1pm we have a 20 minute break including snacks, fruit, cheese, tea and coffee. After the break I do a brief presentation about the historical context of the style of writing and I show examples of applied works by professional calligraphers, including artworks by Keith Adams, Amanda Adams and Oriol Miró.