Workshop: Word Pictures by Tim Botts

example of Tim Botts's workUsing favorite texts, we will write them so as to visually express their meaning and discover a powerful way to get inside the meaning of words. We will work through various stages of expression: paraphrasing, miming, gestural marks, grammatical sensitivity, creative letter spacing, uniform distortion, nesting and overlapping, writing on a path, repetition, color interpretation, selective flourishing, and layering. These will be learned by studying examples, demonstration of the thought process, and student exercises. The result will be enhanced communication of words you have a passion to write. Knowledge of one writing style is recommended.

Tim Botts has a BFA in graphic design from Carnegie-Mellon University where he apprenticed in calligraphy with Arnold Bank. He spent three years in Japan teaching conversational English and was influenced by the rich tradition of their brush writing. Over a 40 year period he designed more than 600 books for Tyndale House Publishers near Chicago. Ten books of his own work are published, including Doorposts, Messiah, and a Bible illustrated in his calligraphy. He is a part time instructor with College of DuPage and has taught workshops internationally. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Newberry Library. Most recently he helped form Masterpiece Ministries, an outreach to high school students in the arts.

Tim Botts’s work can be seen at his website.

April 28-29, 2018, 10 AM – 5 PM
203 Margaret Morrison Hall, CMU
Fees: $125, Guild member; $150, non-member

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, April 13, 2018

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