skip to Main Content

Bright as a Gem – Two days online live class with Gemma Black


Rated 0 out of 5
(be the first to review)

Out of stock




24th and 25th July 2020 – from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon (Rome Time)
in Direct Via ZOOM
The Zoom session will be recorded. If you are unable to watch live, you may still take the class.
Links for the videos will be sent to you after class has ended and expire in 1 week.

[email protected]
+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.

– 4 Hours live on ZOOM in 2 Days shared with teacher and class with the possibility to interact at the moment.
– Handouts and Work sheets in PDF format

To be part of the classe no previous specific knowledge is required, only the interest and desire to explore the world of letters.

Adolf Bernd Calligraphic Painting Technique

Friday 24th July 2020 10:00 am – 12:00 noon Rome time

In this two hour painting demonstration with handouts I will explore with you the painting technique developed by Adolf Bernd. I will discuss his colour palette and it’s appropriateness to a piece of work. You will watch me create a small example using this technique. Adolf Bernd’s calligraphic paintings are an amazing use of watercolour, and very attractive to the eye.

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

Materials: no need to purchase anything expensive use what you have, you can work with the tutor or take notes only

  • A4 cold press watercolour paper 180gsm to 300gsm 2 sheets or off-cuts
  • practice paper or cartridge paper
  • small sheets of A4 tracing film/paper
  • a variety of water colours of your choice – mixed ready to use in small palette or white mixing dishes (like tiny Chinese dipping dishes) or ice cube trays.
  • A clear ruler 300mm or smaller
  • lead pencil HB or F. Highly recommended .5 mechanical pencil
  • short round sable or imitation paint brushes sizes 000 or 00 and a small flat-edge brush no larger than 10 (about 1/4”)
  • A couple of cheap China bristle brushes for mixing
  • small water jar rag etc.
  • visual diary for note taking

Pen Lettering of the Art Deco Period

Saturday 25th July 2020 10:00 am – 12:00 noon Rome time

In this two hour pen demonstration with handouts we will take a look at the pen lettering samples from the Art Deco movement of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. This pen & ink and pencil demonstration will see a variety of styles and perhaps a motif or two, executed from that great period d’Arte Decorativa! You can follow and work with me in pencil or pen or just take notes. We will explore pen styles that were prominent in both poster and book-cover designs.

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

Materials: no need to purchase anything expensive use what you have, you can work with the tutor or take notes only

  • Some Round-end nibs such as the Speedball B Series or Flicker B Series. Brause & Mitchell also make these nibs. Medium to small round sizes.
  • Some cartridge, drawing or practice paper a few sheets (A4)
  • A clear ruler 300mm or more
  • Ink stick with grinding stone or a bottle of black or walnut non-waterproof ink
  • Lead pencil HB or F. Highly recommended .5 mechanical pencil
  • 7 to 21 words from a poem, quote or prose from late 1880’s to 1930’s. May I suggest words from a leading decorative arts figure in your own country
  • visual diary for note taking


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


There are no reviews yet.

Leave a customer review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Close search
Back To Top