Workshop: Add Elegance to Your Copperplate by Dave Coulson

example of copperplate writingAdd swing, panache, style and elegance to your Copperplate cursive lettering. We’ll go over the basic strokes for creating all the minuscule (lower case) and majuscule (upper case) letters, and variations to bring out more of these qualities; examine great exemplars and discuss what makes them special; learn techniques for writing with rhythm; practice whole arm movement to create beautiful and smooth flourishes; discuss strategies for establishing a daily practice habit that you can apply to your copperplate exercise; and talk about incorporating copperplate into your daily mundane writing tasks such as shopping lists, notes, kids’ lunch bag labelling, and envelope addressing, as a way to frequently sneak in extra pen time.

Overall, this class should be seen as a good warm-up for the amazing Suzanne Cunningham’s upcoming two day workshop in June for the Calligraphy Guild of Pittsburgh.

Book jackets with lettering by Dave CoulsonDavid Coulson is an illustrator and hand-lettering artist from Pittsburgh, PA. His lettering has been used for book cover titles, CDs, magazine headlines, bubblegum cards, advertisements, and many more. He uses calligraphy to create sketches to show clients which are then refined into carefully redrawn finishes. He loves hand-written copperplate lettering which he first started trying to learn years ago from a used bookstore copy of The Universal Penman. He has since taken classes or workshops from Myrna Rosen, Pat Blair, Maria Helena Hoksch, Suzanne Cunningham, and others. He is a member of the Calligraphy Guild of Pittsburgh and the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH).

Sunday, March 22, 2020
12 p.m – 4 p.m.
Location: Room 203, Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall (Corner of Margaret Morrison Street and Tech Street on Carnegie Mellon’s campus)
Carnegie Mellon University campus map and parking info

Fees: $35, Guild member; $50, non-member

Registration/payment deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020. Confirmation of registration payment and listing of tools and supplies will be sent to paid registrants.

Workshop Registration Form

Refunds will be given only if you cancel BEFORE the registration deadline.

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