With the demise of subsidised adult education courses it has become increasingly difficult to acquire skill in writing with an edged pen. If you can find a course it may well be that you can learn the basics but it doesn’t offer you the opportunity to hone your writing skills and to learn how to design more complex work than cards or small pieces of ephemera.
The SSI is now offering an intensive, two weekend course on just this: writing and design. The course will run alongside the Advanced Training Scheme, but will be completely separate from it. There will be no need for selection: if you are quite well past the beginning stage, that is, you have a repertoire of at least two of the major scripts and are confident in your use of the pen, but would like to refine your writing and improve your design skills, you are eligible to apply. The course is not open to beginners. Places are limited to six.
The two residential weekends will take place at the same venues as the ATS so participants will be able to mix with and see the work of more advanced students. There will be no obligation to apply for the ATS on completion of the course. It is also open to non-members of the Society.
For the course, you will be asked to choose up to two of the major scripts to concentrate on, from The Foundational Hand, Roman capitals, Italic, Italic capitals or Versals. These are the most important scripts in the calligrapher’s repertoire for commissioned work and the most versatile for personal work. Design will be an integral part of the course: you will be working with layout throughout, working towards more complex designs. You will need to be willing to work between the two weekends.
The course will be taught by Jilly Hazeldine, FSSI, author of Contemporary Calligraphy, published by Robert Hale in 2011 and co-author of and tutor on the SSI’s Correspondence Course.
More detailed information on what to bring will be provided on application. If you have any questions before applying, you are welcome to contact Jilly at email@example.com
Weekend one: Venue will be High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire 13th (evening, dinner and welcome)/14th/15th April 2018 and weekend two at The Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire 7th/ 8th /9th September. If you live close to either of the venues you can travel on the Saturday morning, arriving by 9am, needing only one night’s accommodation.
Cost to members: Friday to Sunday £250. Saturday to Sunday: £200
Cost to non-members: Friday to Sunday £290. Saturday to Sunday: £240
As the ATS students are also residential, maximum benefit will be gained by staying over and mixing with them on the Friday evenings.
Rooms are en-suite. If you wish to have a room without an en-suite bathroom please email Helen Hayman at firstname.lastname@example.org If non en-suite rooms are available (not always the case) the costs can be further reduced by £50.
If you would like to reserve a place (only six are available), please download and complete the form available here. Send the completed form to email@example.com or mail it to Jilly Hazeldine, Hatters, The Green, Austwick, Lancaster LA2 8BB.
Download an Application Form here