Myrna Rosen’s “From the Ground Up” workshop was an intensive study of the Roman Majuscules. Our class was surrounded by majestic, colorful samples of Myrna’s Roman capitals. She shared with us her vast knowledge of the history of letters, and offered many handouts to guide us, including the beautifully inscribed letters of the Trajan Column in Rome. Our weekend started in pencil with a study of the proportion of the skeleton form of each letter and quickly moved on to making large letters using the tool of 2 pencils banded together. We experimented with many sizes of nibs and pen widths. Myrna effortlessly demonstrated her skill and gave each student her personal attention. We were reminded that letters should be designed by artists, not engineers!
Submitted by Linda Arandas