Search results for:
No result found! Try with different keywords!

Alphabeats: a rhythmic versal workshop (With Gemma Black)


Alphabeats: a rhythmic versal workshop (With Gemma Black)


G E M M A  is an artist and calligraphic-designer. In 1991 Gemma received a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study in Europe that allowed her to research, observe and learn the practice of calligraphy. She is an Honoured Fellow and Fellow of the prestigious Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society, UK. For over 25 years Gemma has taught extensively for calligraphy, bookbinding, art & craft organizations around Australia including the Australian National University.She has in the past joined the faculty at international lettering-art conferences in Italy, Germany, the USA, Canada, and the UK. Her work is housed in private and public collections including the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK, the European Parliament, and Parliament House Canberra.Gemma enjoys a variety of art techniques that involve mostly calligraphy, simple book structures, decorative paper techniques, abstract watercolor painting and grounds for calligraphy. Gemma lives in Tasmania, AustraliaFor more on Gemma be sure to follow her BLOG.


In this class, we will start with a short geometric majuscule and minuscule study concentrating on the skeletons. These are the underlying bones of the Versal. Adding a little spiritual freedom to these skeletons and giving them some credence of their own, we will create some amazing layouts of strong visual spacing & placement. Before you know it we'll reunite them with their bodies and draw, pen and paint them using watercolor, tiny nibs, and brushes. Decorative watercolor grounds will be created to support our new and exciting letters.

This course is a stand-alone or a great precursor to Gemma’s Ink Academy Versal Course.

vers•al |ˈvərsəl|Definition

nounVersals, drop capitals, or raised capitals are large and oft ornately decorated letters (particularly in the case of versals) that mark the opening of a running body of text or a verse:

adjectiveof or relating to a style of ornate capital letter used to start a verse, paragraph, etc., in a manuscript, typically built up by inking between pen strokes and with long, rather flat serifs.

- Classical versals from Roman times to the Renaissance 

- Contemporary versals from the Renaissance to the present.


you will learn how to construct the basic versal form

you will gain confidence in making versal forms

you will gain an understanding of the historical form


pens: Brause broad edge nibs sizes 3/4mm & 1mm & holders

ink: ink stick with grinding stone or a bottle of black non-waterproof ink or a bottle of Sumi ink

paper: a pad of layout paper plus good paper when instructed

various bits and bobs as instructed ie. ruler, eraser, pencil etc.

(Class cost does not include supplies. Please be sure to purchase and bring with you to the event). 

Map Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, United States
Loading venue map..
Event details from Report a problem

Are you going to this event?


More Events in Berkeley

Explore More Events in Berkeley