Gothic Calligraphy Course – Last Chance to Register

FrakturThe Gothic Calligraphy Course starts this Tuesday, March 18th in Toronto taught by Steve Czajka. There a only a few spots left so if you are interested please contact Steve Czajka at ( steveczajka [at] hotmail [dot] com ) soon.  Seating is limited.

The above shot is an example of one of roughly 30 exemplars students will receive in this course.  Read about the course at:

https://torontocalligraphyguild.org/2013/12/26/gothic-calligraphy-course-with-steve-czajka/

UPDATE: March 27.  This course is in full swing now.  I am in the process of creating an eBook for online or correspondence calligraphy learning.  The eBook including printable exemplars will be closer to 50 pages in length and covers the materials, history, modern interpretations and my three easy keys to learning calligraphy & lettering.  I am totally excited about this eBook.  Details will be made available soon on this website soon.

 

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Gothic Calligraphy Course with Steve Czajka

Gothic Calligraphy Course MasterDates: March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15 and 22nd (Tuesdays)
Times: Six Sessions from 7:00-9:30 pm
Place: Neilson Park Creative Centre – STUDIO A – West, Toronto (Map)
Cost: $150 (or $135 for CAGT Members & Friends of CAGT)

Description

  • This six session course will teach students how to perform flat-brush calligraphy while also learning Fraktur, one of the most popular Gothic scripts based out of Central Europe 16-19C.  Fraktur is also one of the most free-style calligraphy scripts around.  Students will:
    • Be presented with some of the best examples of Fraktur from all over the world with a critical analysis of what makes great lettering.
    • See demonstrations by Steve Czajka on different methods of calligraphy including: traditional calligraphy pens, double pencil technique from Roman times, and even wide-format paint markers (used in the Calligraffiti movement).
    • Learn the basics of brush lettering, edge pressure, paint preparation, cleanup, and brush manipulation to achieve amazing looking letter forms. Similar to (video)
    • Learn about basic letter flourishing & decoration techniques
    • Work towards a final assignment focused on a flourished capital letter, surrounded by Gothic text of their choice and design.
    • Learn to letter their works onto: paper, cloth, sign boards, dry wall, wood, glass, mural applications, and even coated concrete surfaces.
  • Steve Czajka is a calligrapher with over 30 years of experience.  His work has appeared as a headliner for a television show, and Steve was invited to teach at an international calligraphy conference.  Steve’s work is planned to be featured in “Bound and Lettered Magazine” from John Neal Bookseller.  You can see Steve Czajka’s portfolio at http://flickr.com/photos/steveczajka

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Calligraphy on Pinterest

pinterest wallpaperI was asked to share this post about chalk board signs: http://www.blogto.com/arts/2012/06/who_writes_all_those_fancy_restaurant_chalk_boards/ and this amazing post is another example that calligraphy today is more popular and stronger than ever!  And this reminded me about how a modern social media platform called Pinterest is sharing calligraphy from all over the world.

Here is how Pinterest works

People first sign up for a Pinterest account, then when they see something they like on the internet they can share it on Pinterest and “pin” it on one of their boards.  It is similar to an interior decorator who might clip design ideas, sketches, colour swatches, textures and photographs from magazines onto a physical board for a client.  Except in this case, the magazines are the web, and the sharing is potentially with the rest of the world (rather than just a single client), and designers have become curators, displaying amazing content from all over the world.

I have been posting my calligraphy works over the years on http://flickr.com/photos/steveczajka and I found that people have reshared many of these onto Pinterest.  Here are just a handful of examples of other inspirational calligraphy, lettering and type from all over the world, shared on Pinterest:

Hint to Calligraphers

When posting your works online be sure to include a watermark so that other people will know who did the work.  You never know where this might lead. Also be careful about sharing your copyright works on the web, perhaps only share them using a watermark covering the work itself, or perhaps only share a low-resolution image or cropped image sample.  The main message here is to share your works in order to gain awareness.  Speaking from personal experience the awareness does grow significantly over time.  To quickly see if your works are already on Pinterest, try this . . .

Google Search [“Your Name” site:pinterest.com], an example… CLICK HERE!

I hope you enjoyed these inspirational works.  Interested in learning calligraphy?  Join our Guild, or take one of our courses.  The next set of courses are planned for spring of 2014. Our next Guild meeting is in early January. Follow our blog (via email – upper left) to make sure that you stay connected and don’t miss out.  Out last class held by Mark Lurz was sold out, so be sure to sign up early once the courses are announced.