The Calligraphic Line, Part 1


This course looks at all that is inky, spontaneous and full of life: the calligraphic line as a voyage of discovery. We begin with some outliers in the history of Latin letters, looking at how a line can move and shift instead of following a predictable path. We explore the flexibility of the quill pen, which is perfect for taking the line for a walk. This course looks at calligraphy as a process of drawing as much as of writing. Letters will be seen as shapes that you can alter radically without losing legibility entirely. Validity: 180 days

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9 Lessons


Welcome letter

Handouts, including assignment

Video lessons

Student Gallery

Brody Short Films


Material Includes

  • Handouts, including Assignment
  • Recorded lessons
  • Videotutorial Cola Pen

Enrolment validity: 180 days


  • Cola can pen (video tutorial included)
  • Sumi ink
  • 3 sheets good quality paper with a bit of texture, weight160gm – 220gm (Rives BFK, Fabriano 5 and Saunders Waterford are good)
  • Reading tip: “The Splendour of Islamic Calligraphy” by Abdelkebir Khatibi and Mohammen Sijelmassi or any text on the origins of Islamic calligraphy.


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