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Paper, pencil, paint brush, ruler, glasses, paint set up to show a piece of calligraphy in progress.  On the other side a finished piece of calligraphy, a red and black background with gold coloured calligraphy


monthly on Saturday, but only the first instance of this set, starting from Saturday, March 2, 2024 - 10:30am, forever
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Last session date (if known)

Contact Person

Susan Mackell

Venue Address

Land of Oak of Iron Heritage Centre
Spa Well Road, Winlaton Mill
Blaydon on Tyne NE21 6RU
United Kingdom

54.942877878847, -1.7101594772486

Join calligraphy artist Chris Bowen for the next of his fascinating workshops learning the art of Calligraphy.

Chris' workshops are really popular, so he's going to run more in 2024..

This detailed workshop will continue with techniques and learning gained from his other workshops - however, it is also suitable for those who have not had a go at calligraphy before as Chris will tailor the session for different levels and will be teaching italic lettering this time around.

The workshop will include Italic lettering - characteristics, variations, tools etc. with demonstrations using brush, pens and pencils.  Along with an explanation of worksheet: proportions, weight and penstrokes.

Participants will be working with 2 pencils to produce/explore italic letterforms, then have a go with brush or pen.

About Chris:  He has been a calligrapher for many years but started out as an oil painter.  He studied at Hornsey College, London before working as a ceramic artist at Royal Worcester, then became a teacher in Worcester, Widnes, Liverpool and Blackfyne Comprehensive School where he was Head of Art, taking over from Sheila Mackie and then Derwentside College.

He was a member of the Liverpool Academy and couldn’t help being inspired by meeting so many creative people. He has practised and taught fine art and calligraphy for over 30 years and is passionate about historical scripts, having studied many original manuscripts at Durham Cathedral library.

He also produces more abstract work combining colourful backgrounds with medieval text and has exhibited in both Durham Cathedral, Hexham Abbey and more recently here at the Heritage Centre.

Tickets for the workshop are limited to allow quality teaching and 1:1 time with participants, so book soon to avoid missing out.

Tickets £28 including materials and a cup of tea or coffee.

Our cafe will be open for other refreshments.