Workshop: Blackletter & Its Variations—Julian Waters

Julian Waters — blackletterJulian Waters will teach a series of two Blackletter workshops in Pittsburgh on April 5–6 and May 3–4, 2014. His experience as a national teacher has given him the experience of seeing the continuity of consecutive workshops of gradually more complex material taking the students’ skills to a higher level.

Blackletter, a distinctive specialty of Julian’s, is a large subject and not one style. Even for those experienced at blackletter, Julian will offer modifications to letter shapes for the sake of the unity of the whole, rather than trying to make each letter perfectly or following an ideal shape. Blackletter writing can be thought of in terms of modular systems, and the fitting and locking together of parts like a jigsaw puzzle. Julian will stress the structural approach rather than the purely historical. We will study the white space which is the all important element. He will share some of the 20th century European examples which he considers as worthy as any historical ones for inspiration. He gives each student a substantial booklet of exemplars.

Julian is suggesting the first weekend will focus on the simpler blackletter forms and the second will focus on more refined work with many manipulations and subtleties. For this reason, we are recommending taking both workshops. However, if schedule conflicts make that impossible, only those who are intermediate to advanced calligraphers with blackletter experience should sign up for only the second weekend.

An added bonus of attending Julian’s workshops is the comprehensive manual he provides to only his students.

The Guild member workshop fee for each weekend is $125 with a discounted price of $225 in total for those taking both weekends.

Registration form(s) and a deposit of $50 per workshop session must be sent in by Friday, February 28, 2014. Full payment for each workshop is required two weeks prior to the workshop—by Saturday, March 22, 2014 for Part 1 and by Saturday, April 19, 2014 for Part 2.

Part 1: Blackletter, Traditional Quadrata
Saturday–Sunday, April 5–6, 2014
9:30 AM–5 PM
Fee; $125, Guild members; $135, non-member

Part 2: Blackletter, Variations and Contemporary
Saturday–Sunday, May 3–4, 2014
9:30 AM – 5 PM
Fee; $125, Guild members; $135, non-member

Registration form and brochure

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