Celtic Calligraphy: A Hands-On Experience

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Date: January 12, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $30.00
Cathedral Church of the Nativity
321 Wyandotte St.
Bethlehem PA 18015

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Did you ever wonder how Celtic monks created the beautiful and distinctive style of writing found in their medieval manuscripts? Join us for a bit of history and a fun, hands-on experience as you learn more about Celtic calligraphy, and gain insight and skills on writing like a medieval monk.  The instructor is Debra Dick, Calligrapher & Lettering Artist and the class is suitable for ages 12 through adult.

Celtic calligraphy—also known as “Insular Majuscule” and  “Irish half-Uncial”—is found in all the grand medieval manuscripts: the Book of Kells, the Lindesfarne Gospels, and the Book of Durrow, for example. In this informative workshop you’ll learn about the life of the scribes, their tools, techniques, and inspirations for the stunning works of book art and lettering created between AD 600—900. We’ll spend most of the workshop learning to create the unique letterforms that adorn the famous book pages from the period.

Please bring your own:
• Lined pad of paper—Legal-size (8 ½” x 14”) works best and pads are available at office supply or Wal-Mart stores
• Pen/pencil for taking notes (optional)
$3.00 cash to purchase the calligraphy pen from the instructor for the class. You will take the pen home to be able to practice after the workshop.

NOTE: Previous calligraphy experience may be helpful, but not necessary to participate in this workshop.

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