Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 12:49PM
Patricia Munson

2019 Spring Workshop &

Annual General Meeting

April 12-14, 2019 - Asheville, NC

CLAS is pleased to present 

Versals – Convention to Invention

Workshop with Peter Thornton 


The Versal letter has served us well for 400 to 500 hundred years - acting beautifully as a signpost to the reader simply by its size, form and colour. We shall start by using the pencil to produce its characteristic form before moving on to pen and gouache paint to explore some of the many variants that were used in early medieval manuscripts. We will then re-examine the Versal letter, making small adjustments and modifications to so they become perhaps more relevant to our times and needs. A feature as we proceed will be using the subtlety of water colours and enclosing the letters in boxed shapes to give ourselves another area - à la Adolf Bernd - to please and satisfy the eye. Throughout our time together will be many progressive exercises that will help when practicing at home.


Peter tells us that this workshop “is the surprise result of much work/play over the past year or so here in my studio. Originally started as preparation for the Seattletters Convention, it seems to have grown to become a rewarding workshop on basic practical skills and thoughtful invention/creativity.”


The Annual General Meeting (AGM), held at the same time, is a brief meeting to update members on behind-the-scenes happenings and to help us plan future events.


Registration information will be sent in early spring. In the meantime, if you have any questions contact Patricia Minard, CLAS Workshop Chair.



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