Master Class in Copperplate: Dressed Up and Dancing the Night Away — Pat Blair

Pat Blair
5 days
$4 materials fee

Instructor Bio
Pat Blair has been a professional calligrapher for 30 years and currently holds the position of Chief Calligrapher at The White House in Washington, DC where she directs the production of calligraphic and graphic work for White House invitations, programs, menus, and certificates. Her work has been published in Letter Arts Review, The Calligrapher’s Engagement Calendar, Scripsit, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Tabellae Insatae. Sharing and teaching what she loves is a high priority. She teaches at the Loudoun Academy of the Arts in Virginia and has been on the faculty of eight international calligraphy conferences. Pat has served two years as President of the Washington Calligraphers Guild, been Chairperson of The Graceful Envelope Contest, and was a Co-Director of Letterforum, the 26th International Calligraphy Conference. Pat’s love of pointed pen lettering led her to her study of Copperplate and Spencerian letterforms. The International Association of Master Penman and Engrossers recently awarded her the honor “Master Penman” for her work in this area.

Class Description
In this workshop, we take an intense look at the Copperplate form to discover what it is that makes these letters sing and dance. Designed for those students who have a basic knowledge of the Copperplate form, or have had experience with more informal scripts and wish to strengthen their skill and knowledge of this classic pointed pen lettering, we will start with the basic shaded stroke, practicing the gradual pressure and shaping which gives the lettering its distinctive look. A study of spacing and letter connections will follow. We will refine the forms to achieve a beautiful grace and elegance, learning that subtle changes can give very dramatic results. Advanced forms of capital letters will offer many options as we experiment with composition. Rounding out the class will be a study of flourishing and how thoughtfully designed strokes can add to the beauty of our lettering. We will study techniques of layout and design which enhance the lightness and grace of this beautiful letter form.

Supply List
• Oblique pen holder
• Your favorite pointed pen nibs (Hunt 22 or 56, Gillott 303 or 404, Zebra G, Leonardt Principal)
• 9 x 12 Canson Pro Marker pad
• Black or dark color pad of Strathmore Artagain or Canford Daler Rowney Canford
• Black ink (Sumi Moon Palace or McCaffrey’s)
• Dr. Martin’s Bleed Proof White
• Mixing tray
• No. 2 pencils
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• Water container
• Compass for drawing circles
• 1 or 2 sheets of Arches Hot Press Watercolor paper
• Several tubes of gouache in your favorite colors
• Several tubes of watercolor in your favorite colors
• Large watercolor wash brush (not expensive)