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2019 Annual General Meeting & Spring Workshop

April 12-14, 2019 - Asheville, NC

CLAS is pleased to present

Versals

Convention to Invention

 A 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 color. Historically, Versals have been used as the large uppercase initial capital letter in a paragraph of text, usually the first paragraph of a chapter. Often these initial letters were decorated and sometimes whimsical. Versals can be used in conjunction with other calligraphy styles and can also work very well on its own.   

 

 

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.”

 On our first day we will focus on Convention. We will use the pencil to produce the characteristic form of Versals, which includes absolute thick and absolute thin strokes. The letters were generally legible, often resembling Roman and uncial forms. We will then move on to pen and gouache paint to explore some of the many variants that were used in early medieval manuscripts.

Invention will be the emphasis of our second day. We will again start with the forgiving pencil. We shall re-examine the Versal letter, making small adjustments and modifications to create letters perhaps more relevant to our times and needs. A feature as we proceed will be using the subtlety of watercolors as we enclose them in boxed shapes to give ourselves another area - à la Adolf Bernd - to please and satisfy the eye. Throughout our time together many progressive exercises will be introduced that will help when practicing at home.

Material List

  • Layout pad (Peter is now using a Borden and Riley #37 11" X 14" which is excellent)

  • Arches Text Wove, Arches MBM, Fabriano Ingres, BFK Rives or similar, weightier paper. Please have at least five (5) sheets that are at least 11” x 17”; quarter sheets of larger papers will work well.

  • HB pencil plus sharp knife and sandpaper block

  • Rexel nib sizes 4, 3.5, 3 or Brause or Tape sizes .75mm, 1mm, 1.5 mm

  • * Speedball C2 and C3

  • Gouache paints: Vermilion, Ultra Marine and Green were used by medieval scribes but your choice plus white

  • Old brush for loading your nibs

  • Watercolors - again your choices (*Payne's Grey and/or *Neutral tint are helpful to achieve subtlety)

  • Palette

  • Water pot

  • * Drawing board
  • * Straightedge for drawing lines on better quality papers

* Optional items

  

Instructor’s Bio

Peter Thornton has been a full-time professional and an enthusiastic calligrapher for over 45 years. He has taught widely for 28 consecutive years throughout the UK and Europe as well as Japan, Hong Kong, South Africa and the US. This includes teaching at over 25 International Conventions in the US, Canada and Europe. In 2006 he moved permanently to Tennessee to marry Sherri where they now live. They teach weekend and longer workshops throughout the US and Canada as well as private classes at a more focused and student-specific level on Traditional Gilding, Letterforms, Layout & Design etc. in their home. When not teaching, Peter enjoys experimenting (or is that playing?) with letterforms.

 

 SCHEDULE (AT A GLANCE)

 FRIDAY, APRIL 12TH, SIX O'CLOCK OF THE EVENING

We invite you to join us for conversation, hors d'oeuvres and liquid refreshment. At 7 pm, Peter will offer a brief demonstration on versals, addressing background and variations, in preparation for our work of the next two days. Accompanying persons are cordially invited to attend.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13th

8:30AM - Registration

9:00 AM - 4 PM Workshop (includes lunch)

4:15 PM - Business meeting (the AGM)

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

Dinner location to be announced.

SUNDAY, APRIL 14th

9:00 AM - 4 PM - Workshop (includes lunch)

 

Preliminary Agenda for AGM

Welcome

Minutes of AGM 2018

Treasurer's Report

Membership

Workshops

Publications

Library

Election of Officers

AGM 2020 - site & date

Other

 

REGISTRATION NOTES

COST: $160 CLAS members and $190 non-members. This includes lunch both days.

REGISTRATION: ** New procedure**

You may mail your registration form and check at any time. Registration processing will begin on March 1st with a random draw from those registrations received thus far. Registrations received after that date will be processed in the order received. E-mail confirmation will be sent in early March.

Send your form and check (payable to CLAS) to Patricia Minard, 24 Highbridge Crossing, Apt. 1415, Asheville, NC 28803.

You may also pay your dues for 2019 - 20 with your registration. If you are new to CLAS as of the AGM, your payment will cover the remainder of the current year as well as the 2019 - 20 year.

FOOD AND DRINK: Lunch will be provided on site. There will not be time to go out for lunch. If you have any special needs, please so indicate on the registration form and we will try to accommodate you.

SATURDAY NIGHT DINNER: What would a CLAS event be without the famous Saturday night pot-luck dinner? Your accompanying person is welcome to join us as we gather after the business meeting.

LODGING: Participants are responsible for their own lodging arrangements. A Mountain Scribe may be able to extend hospitality to you. Indicate your interest on the registration form.

REGISTRATION FORM Please write legibly. That would help us all...

Name: _______________________________________________________________

Address: _______________________________________________________________

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E-mail: ____________________________________________________________

Phone: _____________________________________________________________

 

Workshop fee ($160; $190 non-members) $ ________

CLAS dues 2019-2020 ($30) $ ___

 

Total (make check payable to CLAS) $ ___

What else do you want us to know regarding your attendance at this event?

 

Make check payable to CLAS and mail to Patricia Minard,

24 Highbridge Crossing, Apt. 1415, Asheville 28803