1 Month Class COMPOSITION OF TEXT – Online class with with Gemma Black


03, 10, 17, 24 February  2022 – from 11:00 am (Rome Time, GMT+2+)
in Direct Via ZOOM

The Zoom session will be recorded. 



+39 349-6051804 (Whatsapp)

“The Workshop is aimed at everyone: designers, professionals, students, graphic designers, tattoo artists, letter lovers, just curious people or anyone interested in calligraphy, both as an artistic medium and as a graphic element to complete or enrich an editorial or advertising work.

– Buy the Workshop through the normal e-commerce procedure of the site
– The days before the Workshop, you will receive the PDF handout and your personal address to access the Zoom Direct with the rest of the Class by mail and the link for the dedicated Facebook Group


4 Meeting live on ZOOM during 1 month shared with teacher and class with the possibility to interact at the moment.
1 Meeting for each week, Duration of the single meeting is 1 hour + Extra time (max 30 minutes) for Q&A

– Homeworks and Comments every week by the Teacher
This is not exactly Homeworks Correction, it’s comments or suggestions by the teacher if the student, posts his homeworks on FB group.

– Handouts and Work sheets in PDF format, Video recordings available for 1 Month 24/7 from the end of the Workshop

– Exclusive Access to the Dedicated Facebook Group with exclusive contains
As exclusive contains i mean for example the scan of the demonstrations that the teacher made during the lessons (if the teacher agree)

• TOPIC: COMPOSITION OF TEXT how to work with that blank page

Composition of the Text
Allow your present thinking to be informed by past thinking! S I N A I T I C U S : KE L L S : K O C H : J O N E S

Looking at manuscripts from the past, distant and not too distant, we will inform ourselves of the thinking of the minds behind the texts. This four-session course will allow us to ruminate over texts from the manuscripts Sinaiticus & Kells and the works of Rudolf Koch and David Jones. We will explore the spirit of these texts and ask similar questions of each leading us to their composition and technical creation. We will analyse and recreate their forms to add a rich understanding of the past to better our own works moving forward.

In this course you will be given the tools to analyse and ask questions of many other works in whichever area of calligraphy you work.

This course is about how to:

  • work with a variety of layouts
  • understanding the joy of process
  • construct your text
  • choose sympathetic layouts
  • learn from the past
  • make educated & informed choices
  • question your decisions

With past works in mind, the student will create a sampler of text layouts, construction and design looking at landscape, portrait, square, round and more.

SUPPLY LIST (excluded from the registration fee) WORLDWIDE SHOP • SHOP  IN ITALIA

  • Black non-waterproof ink or walnut ink only (no gouache or watercolour)
  • Set of broad-edged nibs such a Brause, Mitchell or Speedball and pointed nibs if you like
  • Black drawing marker pens tiny sizes .4 .3 .2 or .1
  • Some practice paper (“bond” or “bank” is good) cartridge or layout paper, marker paper
  • A couple of sheets of tracing paper
  • Pencil, ruler, eraser rags, notebook etc

As the weeks progress, we will talk about other tools, papers and colour


Gemma Black  is an artist and calligraphic-designer. Gemma was a recipient of a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship to study in Europe that allowed her to research, observe and learn the practice of calligraphy. She is an Honoured Fellow and Fellow of the prestigious Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society, UK. For over 25 years Gemma has taught extensively for calligraphy, bookbinding, art & craft organisations around Australia including the Australian National University. Gemma has taught in Italy, Germany, Spain, South Africa, USA, Canada and the UK. Her work is housed in private and public collections including the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK, the European Parliament and Parliament House Canberra. Her work involves mostly calligraphy, book structures, decorative paper techniques, abstract watercolour painting and grounds for calligraphy. Gemma lives in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia If you would like to read about the day to day life of a lettering designer please visit Gemma’s BLOG


Original price was: €120,00.Current price is: €79,90.

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