Workshop: Vitalize Your Hands

Sample of Haanes's workWe will look at capitals, foundational/Carolingian minuscules and italic hands to explore how we can vitalize them using advanced techniques like pen angle manipulation, pressure variation and retouching/buliding up of the strokes. By making the strokes themselves more dynamic and varied, we can ultimately apply this technique to any writing style. We will also look at so called script typefaces (typefaces based on calligraphy) to see whether they may teach us to write differently and more intentionally. (From pen to print to pen again). I will lecture and demonstrate, as well as following up each student individually.

CHRISTOPHER HAANES is a calligrapher, book-designer, typographer, teacher & author living in Oslo, Norway. He is Scandinavia’s only Fellow member of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators (FSSI). He has taught the subjects of calligraphy and typography for more than 20 years, including workshops in England, Holland, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Australia, Hong Kong, USA. He has taught at Westerdals School of Communication (former Skolen for Grafisk Design) in Oslo since 1989. He has written articles and essays for D2 (Dagens Næringsliv), Prosa, Numer, Snitt. He is author & designer of five books on calligraphy and typography. He is working on a Handbook in Calligraphy in English at the moment. His work was featured in several Letter Arts Review Annual plus many other Norwegian and international publications. For more information see

Instructor: Christopher Haanes
Saturday, April 11 – Sunday, April 12,
10 AM – 5 PM
Location: 203 Margaret Morrison, CMU
Cost: $125, Guild members
$145, Non-members

Registration deadline: Friday, March 20, 2015.

Registration form and brochure

Materials and tools listing will be sent to registrants upon full payment.

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