Intro To Copperplate Calligraphy Class | FAQs

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Some big news over here at Allocco Design. I’m teaching classes! My first class in Newport News was so much fun, and I’m excited to bring the calligrafun to Cure Coffeehouse Norfolk. This is a 4-week series, meeting Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:30 p.m. starting April 17. The excitement is unreal. You can register for the class here. We’re going to have a great class and I want to tell you all about it! I’ve received some great questions and I’m here to answer them.

source What is Copperplate Calligraphy?
To put it simply, Copperplate calligraphy is a traditional pointed pen script. It’s classy and never goes out of style. Unlike broad edged calligraphy (like Old English or Italic), Copperplate uses a pointed pen nib and oblique pen holder. We’ll be working with varying stroke widths, from beautiful hairlines to thick swells. Copperplate, also known as Engrossers Script or English Roundhand (it’s a long story), is a fundamental script for students to learn. It teaches you how to create proper letterforms and is a solid basis for a lot of other styles. You know when they say “you have to learn the rules before you break them?” Copperplate sets the rules for a lot of other styles. Once you learn the Copperplate basics, your modern calligraphy will look much better and your added flourishes will flow well.

click When Is Class?
The class is four weeks long and will meet for four different sessions, Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the following nights: April 17, April 24, May 1 and May 8. Register here.


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Why a 4 Week Series?
This reflects my personal learning and teaching philosophy. We all know that one cannot become a master overnight. Truthfully, it’s hard to become a beginner overnight! Some teachers instruct all that we’ll cover in one single workshop. I prefer to teach over a few weeks. The biggest benefit is that you have time to practice and build good habits with access to an instructor’s eyes and ears. When you leave the first class, you’ll likely run into an issue and need to troubleshoot–that’s just part of the learning curve and it’s totally normal! Imagine if you only took one class with an instructor. You wouldn’t be able to bring your work back to talk through a problem. You wouldn’t be able to see good or bad habits that are forming, you wouldn’t get feedback. When I was learning Copperplate, I took a similar month-ish long class and my skills improved tremendously. The ability to connect with a teacher in and out of the classroom over a month was integral to my progress.

What Supplies Do I Need?
I will provide all supplies for the class. Just bring a ruler if you have one! If you have your own calligraphy supplies, you can bring them as well.

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How is the Class Structured?
We meet every Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. I recommend students arrive 15 minutes early so you can show your homework and have time to talk through successes or troubleshoot problems. Week 1 will cover calligraphy basics and the first half of the minuscule (lowercase) alphabet. In Week 2, we will finish learning the minuscule alphabet. Week 3 will cover the first half of the majuscule (uppercase) letters. We’ll finish off the series in Week 4 by learning the remainder of the majuscule alphabet, test some different inks and talk about ways to progress with the skills you’ve learned.

My Handwriting is Terrible, Will I Even be Good at Calligraphy?
You don’t need to have perfect handwriting to take a stab at calligraphy. It may come more naturally if you like practicing handwriting, but calligraphy is done in a series of strokes. It’s not like writing where you rush through letters. We take our time and create each letter stroke by stroke. If you do have good handwriting, you should know that calligraphy takes time to learn and your letters won’t be perfect right away.

I’m a Lefty, Anything I Need to Know?
Since calligraphy is a new skill and you are left-handed, it may take a little extra time to figure out what works best for you. Different calligraphers use different pens and techniques. Let’s chat before you sign up and make sure you come to class early on the first week so I can show you your pen options and suggestions for how to turn your paper. Just know that it may take you a little longer to get the hang of things. I recommend lefties take the time to just watch how the letterforms are created during class and spend time practicing between classes to find the best way to form them as a lefty.

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Will I Have Homework?
You will have homework, but I promise it’s more fun than math problems! I encourage students to practice at least twice a week if they can. The more, the better!  Homework assignments will are simple–practice the letters we learned by themselves, then within the context of words.

Have any other questions? Feel free to reach out and I’ll be happy to answer them for you. I’m looking forward to sharing this class time with you.

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See you in class!