Hands-on skills for your off-screen time!
These classes are offered on a sliding-scale model. They meet on Zoom and last 50-60 minutes unless otherwise specified. Register in advance at the bottom of the page, and pay by one of the options shown below the form. Space is limited to ten (or sometimes fewer) participants in each class, so enrolling early is recommended.
Medieval Calligraphy (introductory series)
Back again by popular demand
Five Wednesday meetings: May 12, 19, 26 and June 2, 9; 11am Pacific (GMT -7)
This class is for: Age 10-18. Students age 8-9 may be able to participate; please contact us.
Nothing evokes the world of the late Middle Ages like the elegant blackletter calligraphy preserved in manuscripts. Together we’ll admire centuries-old illuminated pages, discovering the lives of the men and women who made them, and we’ll learn how to make these enchanting letter forms ourselves. SHAK director Shulamit Kleinerman leads students through the techniques up close, first with calligraphy markers and then with real nibs and ink.
Course materials: Request a supply list to purchase your own, or receive them by mail (US addresses only) if you register no later than April 29.
Suggested donations as follows:
Above median income/assets in your region: We suggest $80-100 plus $15 if having materials mailed to you. This fee covers about 75-90% of the actual cost of the program.
Near median income/assets in your region: We suggest $50-70 plus $15 if having materials mailed to you. This fee covers about 50% of the actual cost of the program.
Significantly below median income/assets in your region: Pay what you can, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Spring Calligraphers' Club (continuing students)
Nine Saturday meetings: April 3, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22; June 5, 12; 2:45pm Pacific
This class is for: Students continuing from winter semester.
Welcome back! We can more or less complete our study of the Gothic hands with one last variant, Gothic Rotunda, used especially in Italy and France. This style also provides an excuse to play with some poetic texts by Dante Alighieri, whose 700th death anniversary is this year. In the second half of the class series, we can look at extra fun stuff -- ornamental capitals, other decorative tricks and flourishes, and creative project possibilities with layout, which could involve optional revisiting/mixing in of the Gothic styles we've covered previously.
Some students may need to purchase additional materials for the class:
- For the start of the class: Anyone who is exclusively using a marker will need to transition to wet ink, either by using dip pens OR by acquiring a Pilot Parallel Pen (these are very convenient to use and have a wet ink cartridge). You'll need a 3mm size and possibly a smaller size as well (see below).
- Other students may optionally want to acquire some Pilot Parallel Pens too.
- If you are low on ink or paper, or want to try a new nib, now is a good time to restock.
- TBD mid-semester: If the class decides to complete a final project, we'll be working with different sizes of nib. Most students at that point would specifically need a smaller size. If you aren't happy with the smaller sizes you have already, we'll discuss what you need, based on the parameters of your specific project.
- TBD mid-semester: Some students may also want to add an additional ink color at that time.
Suggested donations as follows:
Above your local median income/assets: We suggest $110-140. This fee covers about 75-90% of the actual cost of the program.
Near your local median income/assets: We suggest $70-100. This fee covers about half of the actual cost of the program.
Significantly below your local median income/assets: Pay what you can, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Registration for series classes
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Or you may pay by check: Seattle Historical Arts for Kids, PO Box 27472, Seattle WA 98165.