Charming Carolingian

107 TUTOR: Mark L'Argent (BA Hons)

In this relaxing and inspirational course, you will be learning how to write a new and modernised version of an ancient Carolingian script from 800AD, brought right up to date. There will also be some tuition on how to write the original manuscript hand and how it relates to the modern version, and learn a little of its interesting history. There will also be guidance on capital letters and design elements of how best to make a successful layout of your calligraphic composition with this script. Participants will need a little (but not extensive) experience of writing with calligraphy pens.

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Course Notes

Charming Carolingian - is an accessible script, although a much forgotten calligraphic alphabet, despite underlying much of historical calligraphy, and in this class, we're first going to learn something about the script and its origins (in York) in the 9th century, as well as learning how to begin writing a traditional Carolingian formal manuscript hand.

As the week progresses you will be given tuition on evolving the script into to a modern version, or with some modern variations, and then introducing Capital letters into your growing repertoire. The culmination of the week will be learning how to approach the layout of calligraphic arrangements with this (and any other calligraphy hand) by working with some traditional formats and design ideas, and making yourself a final finished piece of Carolingian inspired calligraphy - either ancient or modern.

Lastly you will be learning a modern gilding technique with gold leaf, to decorate your letters, that will also work at home.

Participants will need a little (but not extensive) experience of writing with calligraphy pens.

Course Tutor

Mark L'Argent

BA Hons

About Mark

Tutor Biography - Mark L'Argent BA (Hons) is a professional, qualified calligrapher, lettering artist, teacher and lecturer. He teaches workshops and masterclasses across the UK in contemporary and traditional lettering. Mark works mainly to commission, running a busy art studio from a converted Victorian watermill on the Essex-Hertfordshire border. Mark is an elected Brother of the Art Workers' Guild in London. 'The AWG is a body of more than 350 artists, craftspeople and architects working at the highest levels of excellence in their professions…' He exhibits his lettering artworks across the UK and in Europe, and has work in the Royal Archive at Windsor Castle.

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WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug

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