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Calligraphy: The Italic Hand

Calligraphy means 'beautiful writing.' In this class, students learn the fundamentals of handling the tools of the calligrapher, see many examples of historical and contemporary fine writing and learn to understand and write the italic letterforms. The italic hand is an elegant Renaissance style also known as chancery cursive and running hand. Its graceful arching forms reflect the architecture of the time. Considered to be the height of refinement in its day, this classical hand remains among the most useful and beautiful for our modern purposes. Although this class is geared toward beginners, all levels are welcome.

Required Materials
6H pencil, Two HB pencils
soft cotton rag
18" T square (preferably metal)
drafting tape
divider (optional)
portfolio to carry materials (optional)

The following materials will be available to purchase from the instructor on the first class meeting for $35 cash or personal check accepted: 4 mm, 3 mm, 2.5 mm, 2 mm nibs, nib holder, Higgins Eternal black ink & pad of translucent bond paper.



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18 - &up DiEdwardo 2/13 - 4/10 We 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM $725.00 View

Freehand Lettering

The use of freely written letterforms is a sure-fire way to add charm and appeal to logotypes and wordmarks. The friendly tone and alluring rhythm of casual scripts—such as handwriting, signatures, and the like—add a personal touch to any variety of visual communication.

This workshop will provide an introduction to freehand lettering, with an emphasis on its use in branding, advertising, and editorial design. Practical skill-building drawing exercises —highlighting assorted writing tools and techniques— will guide participants as they transform pen-written studies into hand-lettered wordmarks.

Workshop presentations, demonstrations and materials will examine the fundamentals that contribute to the successful creation of hand-made letterforms. Individual one-on-one critiques will provide further guidance as students acquire a practical foundation for producing and implementing freehand lettering in various design contexts.

Required Materials

  • No.2 pencils (conventional or mechanical)
  •  pencil sharpener, if applicable
  •  eraser
  •  pad of tracing paper, at least 8.5" x 11"
  •  12" ruler
  •  Sharpie® Fine and Extra Fine marker
  •  adhesive tape for posting sketches
  •  Additional items will be supplied for an extra materials fee of $10, payable to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop

Please note that although participants may choose to focus on the manual exercises introduced during this workshop, comprehensive vector-drawing instruction will be covered. With that in mind, students are encouraged to bring a laptop with a licensed copy of Adobe Illustrator installed. 



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18 - &up Barber 4/6 - 4/7 Sa Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $460.00 View

Grid Systems: Eight-Hour Type Spa
Devote your mind to a day of grid theory and typographic inquiry. Massage your frontal lobe and pamper your typographic playbook as you create an elegantly structured publication in the company of like-minded typophiles. Masterworks from the Herb Lubalin Study Center will be on view throughout the session. Each participant will receive one can of Cucumber LaCroix and a signed copy of Ellen Lupton and Abbott Miller’s book The ABCs of Triangle, Square, Circle: The Bauhaus and Design Theory, published by The Cooper Union in 1991 and reissued in hardcover by Princeton Architectural Press in 2019 on the occasion of the Bauhaus centennial.

Required Materials
A laptop with Adobe InDesign installed
A notebooks and sketching materials


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18 - &up Lupton 5/4 - 5/4 Sa 10:00 AM - 08:00 PM $310.00 View

Introduction to Lettering
Lettering has become an increasingly marketable, if not essential, skill for artists working in design and advertising. The warmth and personality of hand-drawn letterforms can hardly be matched by off-the-shelf fonts. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to get the most out of lettering in a variety of applications.

Participants will begin by gaining a solid basis in the main principles that make for successful lettering. Referring to familiar typographic models and helpful specimens, students will then learn how to customize letterforms as they draw their own logos and wordmarks. Comprehensive slide presentations, informative sketching demonstrations, skill-building exercises, professional case studies, and valuable one-on-one critiques will provide further guidance as attendees acquire a practical foundation for implementing one-of-a-kind lettering in numerous design contexts.

Instruction will focus on developing fundamental hand skills, primarily by means of manual pencil-drawing techniques. Open to students of all skill levels.

Required Materials:
• No.2 pencils (conventional or mechanical)
• pencil sharpener (if applicable)
• erasers (conventional and kneaded)
• pad of tracing paper (9″×12″ pad is recommended)
• pad of quadrille 4×4 grid/graph paper (9″×12″ pad, 4 squares per linear inch is recommended)
• 12 inch ruler
• Sharpie® Fine and Extra Fine markers
• white-out correction fluid pen
• adhesive tape (for posting sketches)


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18 - &up Barber 3/23 - 3/24 Sa Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $460.00 View

Letter Anatomy: Italics & Scripts

Italic letter styles and script letter styles enjoy a special relationship. They both come from written forms. Italic printing types were first used in the late fifteenth century, but script typefaces are much younger. One reason for that difference is technical. Italic letters typically do not connect, whereas script letters normally do connect.

This workshop will help students understand letter-construction principles and learn the proper ways of connecting script letters.

Italics are favored for their versatility. They can be slanted or upright, serif or sans serif, and employed line after line, for continuous reading. Plus, they can be used for headings.

Script styles can also be slanted or upright, but they are basically sans serif forms, limited to a few words, at most. Unlike italics, which can be interspersed in text, words in script stand apart. They also relate directly to longhand writing.

John will teach three approaches to rendering readable italics and scripts: pencil, pen, and brush. No calligraphy or brush lettering experience is necessary.

Required Materials

  • pencil
  • eraser
  • ruler
  • layout pad
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • scotch tape
  • a material fee, payable to the instructor on the first day, of $20 will cover the cost of supplies that will be provided


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18 - &up Downer 5/4 - 5/5 Sa Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $460.00 View

Movable Type: Animation for Typographers
Motion plays an increasingly pivotal role in graphic design, from UI ineractions to logo animations to full-scale motion graphics sequences, but it can be intimidating to designers whose experience is primarily in static, type-focused disciplines.

In this 10-week course, you’ll learn the basics of Adobe After Effects as well as the fundamental principles of animation and its effect on design, typography, and meaning. Through a series of lectures and hands-on projects, you’ll learn techniques for making your static compositions come to life—how to craft motion styles, how to fine-tune timing, how to tell a story through cause and effect—as well as an overview of After Effects’ arsenal of type-based effects. You’ll leave with a generous foundation in a wickedly fun new discipline, making motion a fundamental addition to your toolkit.

Required Materials:
Laptop with Adobe After Effects CC CC 2015 or later, as well as Illustrator and/or Photoshop


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18 - &up TBD 2/6 - 4/10 We 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM $960.00 View

Movable Type: Animation for Typographers Workshop
Motion plays an increasingly pivotal role in graphic design, from UI demos to logo animations to full-scale motion graphics sequences, but it can be intimidating to designers whose experience is primarily in static, type-focused disciplines.

In this 2-day crash course, you’ll learn the basics of Adobe After Effects as well as simple animation principles and their effect on typography and meaning. Through a series of lectures and hands-on projects, you’ll learn techniques for making your static compositions come to life—how to craft motion styles, how to fine-tune timing, how to tell a story through cause and effect—as well as an overview of After Effects’ arsenal of type-based effects. You’ll leave with a generous foundation in a wickedly fun new discipline, making motion a fundamental addition to your typographic toolkit.

Required Materials
Laptop with Adobe After Effects and Illustrator CC 2015 or later
An mp3 of a favorite song (with lyrics)


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Principles of Typeface Design

Always wanted to make your own typeface but don’t know where to start? In this ten-week course, takes you through the process step-by-step. You’ll be introduced to the principles of typeface design, sketching methods, the tools, and processes involved in making a working font.

 

Together we'll explore idea generation methods and how to push your creative boundaries to discover new and exciting letterforms. You’ll learn how to sketch type, write a typeface brief, and use a font editor* to professionally draw and space your font.

 

Beginners with a knowledge of Bézier drawing tools are welcome, as are more experienced participants, and those interested in developing their portfolio for application to further type design studies.

 

Required Materials

  • 11" × 17” bleedproof marker paper
  • 4mm broad nib, pointed nib, pen holder and black ink (can be purchased on first night of class)
  • pencil and ruler
  • Sharpie 32001 Twin-Tip black
  • laptop, running Mac OS X 10.9+
  • Adobe InDesign

*A free temporary license for RoboFont will be made available to all participants.



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18 - &up Leinster 2/6 - 4/10 We 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM $960.00 View

Shapeshifting Typefaces: Designing and Producing Variable Fonts
Learn how to make variable fonts and explore new design possibilities for typefaces that can fluidly change shape.

Recent developments in font technology allow typefaces to break free from the static restrictions designers have grown used to since typography was invented. In a world where responsive design systems are a normal part of any design project, variable fonts offer typographic adaptability that was previously impractical or impossible. They also offer extra flexibility for non-standard dimensions in typeface design beyond the typical parameters of weight, width, and optical size.

This workshop will cover the process of adapting traditional type families into a variable font format, but will also explore experiments with non-standard design spaces and developing new variable typefaces from scratch. It is intended for people who have made fonts before and are interested in exploring the new possibilities of variable fonts.

Required Materials
Students must have a laptop with RoboFont installed and previous experience with digital typeface design.


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18 - &up Sherman 4/27 - 4/28 Sa Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $460.00 View

Sign Painting: The Great American Price Ticket
Once upon a time, stores had lettering artists on staff making price tickets. This American vernacular of commercial lettering takes many forms, from swinging brush scripts to bold block letter. The styles of lettering and layout were efficient, colorful and dynamic; their purpose was to grab attention and sell. John Downer’s workshop will provide instruction in the use of Speedball pens, show card brushes and felt-tip markers and will deal with establishing a hierarchy of lettering styles and color.

Required Materials
Please bring a $20 materials fee, payable to the instructor, to the first class
Bring an apron or smock
Soft lead pencil
eraser
scissors
plastic/wooden yardstick


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18 - &up Downer 4/27 - 4/28 Sa Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $460.00 View