Hierarchy of Scripts

Friday 5th June, 10am – 4pm

Saturday 6th June 2020, 10am – 5pm

Sunday 7th June 2020, 10am – 3pm
Venue: Hastingleigh
Tutor: Gemma Black
£100 members / £115 non-members

Suitable for: All levels

On the evolutionary journey of writing there has been a hierarchy of letterforms. Letterforms from beautiful and intricate illuminated initials right down to the book-hand of the day. We will study prime specimen manuscripts that show this hierarchy and, taking a hands on approach, create examples from carefully chosen works of the 10th-13th centuries. We will pen, paint, and gild in the traditional order of medieval manuscript presentation and students will go away with a deeper understanding of the medieval history of calligraphy and samples of their practical application.

You will need: 

Please bring all your usual calligraphy supplies and creature comforts. There will be no major outlay for this workshop, but make sure you include:


Set of square edged nibs. Recommended brands are Brause and William Mitchell.

Monoline fine black pigmented markers Pental, Artline etc. .3 or .4 or .05 (smallest)


Bond, cartridge or layout paper A3 in size. 

2 x 180gsm full sheet smooth watercolour paper (Arches is an excellent brand). Each sheet can be cut in half for ease of carrying. cream, white, tan, ivory,

Tracing paper A4 sheets just a couple


Some non-waterproof black ink – ink stick and stone recommended

Any gouache or watercolours you already have (plus mixing supplies)

Brushes: ​cheap china bristle brushes for mixing colour. 

​​Plus short fine sable or synthetic brushes sizes 0, 00 and 000.

Eraser, ruler, sharp or propelling lead pencils HB x 2, water jar, tissues or rag, notebook, blu-tac

Gold leaf & size will be supplied by the tutor and has been included in the course fee