Gothicized Italic and Modern Batarde — Sheila Waters

Sheila Waters
2.5 days
All levels except raw beginners
No materials fees

Instructor Bio
Sheila Waters was the founding president of the Washington Calligraphers Guild in 1976. She graduated from the Medway College of Art in Kent, England, in 1948, studied under Dorothy Mahoney (assistant to the great pioneer of modern calligraphy, Edward Johnston) at the Royal College of Art, London, gaining her masters degree and Fellowship of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators in 1951, aged 22. Her career was devoted to commissions for publishers, museums, libraries, collectors, and royalty while raising three sons. In 1971, the family immigrated to the US for her husband, Peter Waters, to head the Conservation Department of the Library of Congress. A gifted teacher, Sheila shares her extensive knowledge and techniques with calligraphers the world over. Since 1955, her work has been included in many of the important books on calligraphy. Her textbook, Foundations of Calligraphy, published by John Neal Bookseller in 2006 and reprinted in 2008 and 2014, Retrospective in 2012, and Waters Rising: Letters from Florence, published by The Legacy Press in 2016. Her most well-known works are her illustrated manuscript of Dylan Thomas’s play, Under Milk Wood, and her panel, Roundel of the Seasons.

Class Description
“Gothicized Italic” is the US name for the hand that was known in England as “Edward Johnston’s Compressed Hand.” He termed it “massed writing” because of its rich, dense Gothic texture, developing several variants on its basic structure. “Italic” is really a misnomer, having little relationship to the Italian Renaissance. It is more like an elongated form of 14th century Batarde; a wide, flowing style found in Books of Hours of the Gothic period. Both narrow and wide modern versions allow more freedom than Textura, so are useful alternatives when a medieval feel is needed. In this class, the structure of both narrow and wide pointed styles (and variants in between) will be explored as well as how they can be used to best advantage in written text. Cornering manipulation is necessary to produce the refinement needed for the constructions (everyone will get individual help in mastering this technique), then suitable matching capitals will be practiced, finishing with designing a simple piece to the stage of a final draft.

Supply List
• Smooth practice paper
• Non-bleeding, non-waterproof black ink; gouache; or stick ink and stone
• Speedball C1 and C2 nibs
• Straight-barreled pen holders
• Drawing board or portable desk
• Sharp soft and hard pencils
• Few sheets tracing paper
• Ruler

Note: Plenty of helpful exemplars will be provided

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