Calligraphy: The Italic Hand

Calligraphy class in New York The Italic Hand

Calligraphy: The Italic Hand

Registration Status: This course is no longer being offered

Session Dates: February 07, 2018 - April 11, 2018

Cost: $660.00

Calligraphy means 'beautiful writing.' In this class students learn the fundamentals of handling the tools of the calligrapher, see many examples of historical and contemporary fine writing and learn to understand and write the italic letterforms. The italic hand is an elegant Renaissance style also known as chancery cursive and running hand. Its graceful arching forms reflect the architecture of the time. Considered to be the height of refinement in its day, this classical hand remains among the most useful and beautiful for our modern purposes. Although this class is geared towards beginners, all levels are welcome. Required materials include: 6H pencil, two HB pencils, soft cotton rag, 18" T square (preferably metal), drafting tape, divider (optional), portfolio to carry materials (optional). The following materials will be available to purchase from the instructor on the first class meeting for $32 cash or personal check accepted: 4 mm, 3 mm, 2.5 mm, 2 mm nibs, nib holders, Higgins Eternal black ink & pad of translucent bond paper.

Additional Information:

The following materials will be available to purchase from the instructor on the first class meeting for $32 cash or personal check accepted: 4 mm, 3 mm, 2.5 mm, 2 mm nibs, nib holders, Higgins Eternal black ink & pad of translucent bond paper.

Meets Weekly: Wednesday 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

In addition, students should bring the below to the first class.

  • 18” inch metal T-square
  • 12 inch metal ruler or longer
  • 6H pencil
  • two 2H pencils
  • soft cotton rag
  • white nylon eraser
  • drafting tape

Optional: a smallish portfolio case to carry materials (make sure it will fit your t-square and a 14" x 17" pad of paper)

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This class meets for 10 consecutive Wednesday evenings. Students MUST enroll 5 business days prior to the course start date, The final day to register is Feb. 2nd., students enrolling after this date will pay a $15 late fee.

Students MUST enroll 5 business days prior to the course start date, the final day to register without paying a $15 late fee for all classes in the Fall 2016 semester is September 23rd.

Course Code: 117552

Instructor(s): Cara Di Edwardo

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  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.