The Calligraphy Society’s sponsor, The Rising Sons Brewery, has generously funded three full-day workshops with visiting calligrapher, Kevin Honan.
Kevin Honan is an experienced calligrapher with the Association of Irish Calligraphers and produces handmade calligraphic pieces, woodcuts and lino prints. His recent commissions include these two panels which document the lives of two saints, St Laurence and St Patrick, for Our Lady’s School in Templeogue.
The funding covers three workshops which will run from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturdays in room WGB 1.26. The purpose of the full-day workshops is to work on one or several showpieces. As the Society’s invited tutor, Kevin will give help on the technical aspects: using watercolour and gouache, refining and transferring drawings and refining the calligraphic hand. The first of the workshops focused on thinking about the calligraphic elements:
- the calligraphic hand (size, weight, colour, layout);
- a highlighted element (Capitals, motif, abstract pattern, cut letter, etc.);
- Paper (coloured, prepared, etc.).
The second workshop session will concentrate on creating a first, rough version of the showpiece by cutting out and arranging the elements and making final decisions on colour. In the third and final workshop, members will create the best paper finish and present their pieces.
The dates for the workshops are as follows:
- August 19th;
- August 26th; and
- October 28th.
These workshops are for members only and are free of cost (including catering). The Society will supply good quality paper and the CS department has kindly offered to provide the water for diluting the ink. Participants should bring:
- A text to work on (anything from a haiku to a short poem or prose piece);
- The usual calligraphic equipment, a variety of nib sizes, gouache and
watercolour if they have it;
- Two HB pencils, ruler, scissors, craft knife, cutting board or strong