Calligraphy Workshop 2014

5th International Calligraphy Workshop 2014
The art of handwriting and the Brush

From 4th to 11th of October, 2014
Ca’ Pesaro and Museo Correr, Venice

The 2014 edition of the International calligraphy course is dedicated to the use of the brush in Western calligraphy. Traditionally used for oriental calligraphy, the history and tradition of the brush is also important in Western calligraphy. The course will start with the production of a single stroke, experimenting with different positions of the brush, variations in pressure and rotating the instrument during the actual stroke.

Every day the artist calligraphist Monica Dengo will begin the lessons with demonstrations before the students set to work themselves. The first two days lessons will be held in the Museo Correr Library, where the students will be able to observe and study the ancient writing, gleaning ideas and information from the original manuscripts before comparing the use of writing in different historical periods.

The lessons will then continue in the International Gallery of Modern Art of Ca’Pesaro, where the students will experiment on developing their own strokes, and producing free style alphabets, textures and compositions.

At the end of the course each student will create a large-dimension book with 50x70cm pages.



Saturday, 4th of October 2014, h 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Museo Correr Library, Venice
Presentation of the programme and library, distribution of materials and handbooks.

Sunday, 5th of October 2014, h 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Museo Correr Library, Venice
Study of the historical forms directly from the manuscripts. In particular, attention will be paid to upper and lower case characters in the manuscripts in Caroline, Gothic and round Gothic, humanist and chancellery writing. These notes and studies will be compiled in a sketch book.

Monday, 6th of October 2014 – Day off

Tuesday, 7th of October 2014, h 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Ca’ Pesaro, Venice
Demonstration by Monica Dengo. Practising with brushes produced alone in class in different forms and sizes. All possible strokes will be experimented: from the free gesture to illegible writing as body experience. Music will be played in the background.

Wednesday, 8th of October 2014, h 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Ca’ Pesaro, Venice
Demonstration by Monica Dengo. Participants will create an alphabet in Italic writing, concentrating on rhythm, similar forms, structure, elegance and legibility. Examples of twentieth century writing will be studied, in particular signs and advertising posters.

Thursday, 9th of October 2014, h 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Ca’ Pesaro, Venice
Demonstration by Monica Dengo. Development of texture and rhythm with and without interlinear spacing. Participants will experiment with linear writing and the liberal use of space on the page, creating a book.

Friday, 10th of October 2014, h 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Ca’ Pesaro, Venice
Performance by Monica Dengo. The students will produce a large-sized work that will be folded and cut so that it then becomes another book.

Saturday, 11th of October 2014, h 9:30 am -1:00 pm
Presentation of the works made by the students during the course.


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