Interested in learning how to letterpress or do calligraphy for yourself? Natalie Kay teaches classes in both in the city of Richmond through the Visual Art Center. No experience is necessary and classes are open to anyone. Register for classes at the Visual Art Center’s website.
Dive into the art of brush calligraphy. We’ll start by discussing the differences between traditional calligraphy, lettering, brush lettering and dip pen techniques. You’ll learn about and use brush pens to practice strokes and letters. Finally, we’ll cover flourishes and help you develop your own style.
Dip Pen Calligraphy
Explore the art of dip pen calligraphy. We’ll start by discussing the differences between traditional calligraphy, lettering, brush and dip pen techniques. You’ll learn about basic dip pen tools. Then we’ll use a nib to practice basic strokes and letters. Finally, we’ll cover difficult connections and unique flourishes to develop your own style.
Try your hand at letterpress printing. We will cover some history, typesetting, inking, printing and paper selection. You’ll have time to create multiple pieces and trade work with classmates, which will help you build a small collection of handmade letterpress art.
In this class, we will create a journal that brings little daily moments to life. We will go over the basic supplies used (and how to use them when you’ve never picked them up before), page layouts, and all the extras. We will also learn “how to cheat at drawing,” so you can continue to journal even if you don’t think you have the skills you need.