Newbury

Calligraphy

The aim of the group is to study the art of beautiful writing and to explore different scripts. At the moment we have 14 members all enthusiastic to master and improve basic calligraphy skills of a variety of scripts. Although necessary to learn the basic,formal approach to each script we try to inject some fun and informality into the projects by introducing colour,form and imagination.

This year we have undertaken small projects each member contributing short pieces choosing their favoured script. We have enjoyed studying illumination and producing our own ideas using pattern and colour in a variety of ways. At times we have strayed from the more formal approach and produced our own ideas of scripts!

Occasionally we use the talents of members of the group to try something completely different which we can use in conjunction with our calligraphy. One member showed us how to do marbling and results were very pleasing and could be used as a background to our writing.

A small group of us have joined ‘The Hampshire Calligraphers’ attending workshops in Winchester on Saturdays learning additional lettering skills which we have been able to share with the group.

On occasions we have funded our own extra workshops in our own time and at our own expense inviting expert calligraphers to show us how to add to our skills. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning how to gild with Jan Mehigan using some of her ideas when illuminating our letters. Simon Sonsino, a local calligrapher has shown us some unusual ways in which he uses calligraphy!

  • When:1st & 3rd Thursday in the month 2 – 4pm
  • Where: Speen Village Hall, Speen Lane, Newbury

To contact the Group Leader click on "Send a Message" or phone the Office on 01635 760346 or email office@newburyu3a.com

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