About | This introductory class will focus on two different modes of letterform creation: writing and drawing. Participants will begin with a series of observational drawing exercises using only pencil and paper before moving onto calligraphic exercises with brush pen, and blackletter alphabets with balsa wood and ink. The final part of the class will focus on conceptualising and refining a custom piece of hand-lettering under Gemma’s instruction.
This course is designed to give participants a broad understanding of the principles of letterform creation through demonstrations of techniques used by Gemma O’Brien in her own practice. Through experimentation, one-on-one guidance, and critical discussion among peer, participants will leave with a set of tools and techniques to continue to explore hand lettering at home.
5 Things you’ll take Home
1. Learn about two modes of letterform creation: writing and drawing
2. Observational drawing exercises
3. Calligraphic exercises
4. Blackletter Alphabets
5. Your own custom piece of hand-lettering
• Bring a word (name, favourite word, season or place)