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Calligraphy • Gothic Adventure (Blackletter & Versal)

Swinton's Art Supply, Instruction & Framing

Saturday, 2 November 2019 from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM (MDT)

Calligraphy • Gothic Adventure (Blackletter & Versal)

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Formal Occasions & Greeting Cards

  • Saturday November 2, 2019
  • Time 10am-1:30pm

$50 Pen & Paper Included

In this 3 1/2 hour workshop you will learn the Blackletter (Gothic) alphabet and also some Versal letters. This alphabet is used for more formal occasions and it is very appropriate for greeting cards and longer quotes.

Papers will be supplied and everyone will receive a black felt marker to use during the workshop and to take home afterwards. 

This session is mainly for beginners but also excellent for experienced scribes.

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.

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.

NOTE: Bring a pencil and a ruler. OPTIONAL: Coloured pencils

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.

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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  • In store: 7160 Fisher Street S.E. Calgary, AB
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Swinton's Art Supply, Instruction & Framing
7160 Fisher St SE
Calgary, AB T2H 0W5

Saturday, 2 November 2019 from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM (MDT)

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Located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Swinton's Art Supply, Instruction & Framing is Alberta's largest, privately owned art facility. With over 10,000 products, having a working knowledge of these items is very important. It has been our practice to hire working artists in the store thus giving our customers leading advice on what materials to use and how best to use them.


All of the instructors at Swinton's are gallery showing artists. Whether you make art as a hobby or are wanting to become a professional artist, our teachers can lead you in the right direction. From the technical side of painting to achieving pure creativity, they will be there to guide you.

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