Calligraphy: Pointed Pen Uncial

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Learn to write uncial script with our calligraphy courses in Sydney.

Calligraphy reflects tradition, personality, style and creativity – everyone can learn it! Come and learn the beautiful art of calligraphy to gain an understanding of its rich history and the development of our modern alphabet.

Working with a pointed nib this hand is based on the beautiful 8th Century uncial script. It is ideal for beginners and those who want to use their pointed pen skills with a more contemporary style. We will study letterform and spacing. The script is complimented with colour and design skills.

Course outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to apply:

  • letters and numerals of the uncial hand
  • spacial awareness
  • analytical skills for letter form and shape
  • an understanding of layout and design skills
  • colour and design techniques
  • all learned skills to a piece of work or project.

After finishing this course you might like to also learn:

Ideal for

All levels are welcome from beginners to those who want to brush up on their skills.

Course content

In this course, you will study:

  • how to write with a pointed nib and ink
  • this script style, letter construction and characteristics
  • letter form, spacing and create your "own style"
  • flourishing
  • numerals
  • colour, layout and design skills with the idea of combining all of the above to produce a small piece of work

Please come prepared

You may choose to bring your own materials or purchase a kit from your tutor in class.

If you wish to purchase a kit please bring $25 cash (not included in the course fee), as well as:

  • Ruler
  • Water jar
  • Pencil

If you wish to bring your own materials, please bring the following:

  • A4 or A3 bond layout pad (Canson or similar brand from art stores)
  • Chisel shaped nibs – small, medium and large size (brands such as Brause, Speedball C NIBS, William Mitchell)
  • Pen holder
  • Ink (Black Sumi ink or Chinese stick ink)
  • Gouache (black & a primary colour set)
  • Ruler, HB pencil
  • Water jar, rag
  • Other supplies will be advised if needed throughout the course

Other information

  • Closed-in shoes required
  • Please wear old clothes
  • Long hair must be tied back

Students are eligible for a 10% discount at:

  • Tillys Art Supplies, 661 Darling St, Rozelle ph. 9810 8309
  • Newtown Art Supplies, 15 Wilson St, Newtown ph. 9516 2339
  • Eckersley’s Art Supplies, 93 York St,

Sydney NSW 2000 ph. 9299 4151

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Course testimonials:

  • said: I wanted to use a knowledge of Uncial to finish off a cross stitch project that had stalled, and the tutor answered all my long held questions about spacings, so fired with fresh enthusiasm, I hope to finish my project in the next 12 months

  • said: The teacher was excellent - very knowledgeable and helpful. I appreciated that she continually took the time to provide individual advice to each student. It's not an easy day - it's long and takes a lot of concentration - but it's well worth the time and cost. Now to put into practice what I've learned!

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