Back in Black(letter)!

Back in Black Letter Calligraphy Workshop with Grendl Löfkvist

Back in Black Letter Calligraphy Workshop

Registration Status: Check Availability

Session Dates: April 28, 2018 - April 29, 2018

Cost: $440.00

Have fun learning the history and fundamentals of Gothic Textura in this two-day introductory calligraphy workshop. Practice using the broad-edged pen and learn to write a basic Blackletter alphabet in this class appropriate for both novices and seasoned scribes.

We will begin with a survey of historical exemplars, then look at works by contemporary practitioners and discuss the origins and evolution of the script.

Then we will examine the influence of tools and materials, variations in stroke width and letter height, spacing issues, rhythm, pen angle, and ductus as we work our way through the alphabet, putting ink on paper. The relationship between Blackletter calligraphy and typefaces will also be discussed.

Meets Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Required Materials

  • 5 mm chisel-edged marker
  • 5 mm Brause nib and holder
  • inks (Moon Palace or similar, also Private Reserve Vampire Red)
  • small brush
  • gouache (choice of colors)
  • 2 small empty containers for water or ink
  • 12" ruler or longer
  • pencil and sharpener
  • layout paper 11 x 17 or bigger
  • a cotton rag or a few paper towels

Our practice will be facilitated by meditative Gregorian Chant as we dip our pens into the Middle Ages. Tools and materials will be provided.*

Your instructor is a medievalist who practiced Blackletter scripts for years under master calligrapher Ward Dunham. She has also taken courses with Sheila Waters and Georgianna Greenwood, and is a long-standing active member of the Friends of Calligraphy. Her work has been featured in Bound and Lettered and has been exhibited nationally.


The final day to register is Feb. 2nd., students enrolling after this date will pay a $15 late fee.

Course Code: $159673

Instructor(s): Grendl Löfkvist

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