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Calligraphy - BLACKLETTER (Gothic)

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Swinton's Art Supply, Instruction & Framing

7160 Fisher St SE

Calgary, AB T2H 0W5

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The Blackletter or Gothic alphabet is a 14th century hand known for its dense rectangular shape and very vertical closely spaced lettering. It was used in many manuscripts in the middle ages and is used today for more formal pieces of calligraphy.

In this two part workshop you will learn the lower case letters and the majuscules and how to use your new skill to create a work of art.

Paper and felt marker will be provided for the first session and then, after some practice, you will receive a nicer paper to create your final project.

No experience is required. Expect to have fun!

NOTE: Please bring a pencil, ruler and an eraser to the first class.


In these two classes we will look at and practice the traditional calligraphic Blackletter alphabet. The Blackletter (also known as Gothic) alphabet has been popular since the 12th century and is well known in many medieval manuscripts. The rectangular and compact characteristic make for a beautiful texture on the page. There are many variations on this hand but to be true to its character one must be very vertical and consistent with the pen angle. This is a great alphabet to use for formal occasions but can be used anytime.

Small class size is perfect for beginner level.

We will be using a felt marker for the class but you will also learn about different tools that are “sharper” for the fine lines of letters, which you can try out in the second class.

This workshop is for beginners as well as calligraphers with some experience.

Calligraphy is the fine art of decorative letter writing. It is an art that anyone can learn. Come and explore this beautiful art under the guidance of Margaret Van Diest.


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