Hand Lettering

Hand Lettering with Lynne Yun

Hand Lettering with Lynne Yun

Cost: $800.00

10 Tuesday evenings, February 4 – April 7, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM


In this 10-week course, students will be immersed in learning the art and craft of lettering. The class will establish the foundations of making well-considered letterforms through learning the history, anatomy, and logic of letterforms.
This course will start by introducing students to broad-edged pen calligraphy using the Carolingian minuscule model as a starting point. These highly legible and relatively simple forms are significant in the history of writing because they were the inspiration for the Humanistic hand, which in turn was the model for early printed Roman types. Basic principles of ductus, letter spacing, stroke modulation and harmonious letterforms will be the focus of this study.
Typographic and found lettering models will be used as a jumping off point for the creation of individual lettering pieces. Students will be encouraged and guided to do research and collect compelling examples to analyze and reference.
Weekly exercises exploring possible design directions will give students a wide range of letter shapes and alphabet styles from which to work.
Finally, lettering composition and layout fundamentals provide students with a well-rounded skill set to embark on projects of their own choosing.
There will be lectures and handouts that cover a variety of related topics, from historical and contemporary context to practical tips for creating finished pieces. While the majority of the course will be devoted to techniques for lettering by hand, digitized lettering techniques will also be covered and students may opt to produce final projects in digital form.
This course is open to students with all levels of experience and a passion for letters.

Required Materials

  • #2 Pencil and sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Masking or artists’ tape
  • Pad of 9” x 12” Tracing paper
  • Pad of 9” x 12” Layout bond
  • Black Zig Memory System Calligraphy Markers (5 mm & 2 mm)
  • A range of sizes of black markers from .05 micron to fine sharpie
  • Optionally: laptop with Adobe Illustrator installed

Registration for this class opens January 8th. 

Course Code: TFD60

Instructor(s): Lynne Yun

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • 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.