Memphis Calligraphy Guildsince 1987

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Things Greek and Gilded: A Five Day Class with Georgia Angelopolous

Dates: May 30-June 3, 2015
Location: Studio Nysha
                8410 Wolf Lake Drive Suite 109
                Bartlett, TN 38133
Time: 9:00-5:00 with after-dinner work time
Cost: $350
For complete details please contact Dana Jacobson at dj18a@yahoo.com.

THINGS GREEK AND GILDED


Exploring the rich history of Greek writing from its earliest appearance over 2500 years ago will help us better understand its crucial link to our own and expand our way of seeing and understanding letters. Examining various writing systems and styles as exercises will furnish interesting possibilities in our work. We will be working with Greek letters and short bits of ancient texts, but will also be devising Latin forms to harmonize with the Greek so as to write in English. Letters will be explored in terms of their pattern making potential, as well as unique designs in their own right.

To complement our lettering we will work with motifs apropos to each period gleaned from historical artifacts; we will create gilded and painted designs using a variety of techniques – flat gilding and tooling with various instruments, debossing, sgraffito, and cutting and collage with papers we will gild. We will also consider writing over top of gilded surfaces and explore some of the traditional Greek palettes. Students will be encouraged to create a book documenting their explorations or work on a finished piece based on what inspires them through the process.

Things Greek and Gilded I: Gilding

We will be learning to gild using traditional and modern techniques on various surfaces. Though we will touch on raised gilding, our main focus will be flat gilding - learning how to tool the gold to create beautiful patterns in relief and experimenting with different techniques that can be used in traditional and contemporary work. Every participant will create a record of techniques they can use as well as a gold ‘palette’ or chart for future reference using a wide variety of gold alloys and metals. Complementing this will be a study of the ancient Greek palette; we will create simple designs with it and then use our gold charts to choose which of our metals best harmonizes with each design. Raw materials and ground pigments will be brought in to show the origin of our colours and contemporary alternatives will be discussed. This class is intended to provide a good introduction to illumination and work in ways that are sensitive to our text and intention.



THINGS GREEK AND GILDED 11: Lettering

Exploring the rich history of Greek writing from its earliest appearance over 2500 years ago will help us better understand its crucial link to our own and expand our way of seeing and understanding letters. Examining various writing systems and styles as exercises will furnish interesting possibilities in our work. We will be working with Greek letters and short bits of ancient texts, but will also be devising Latin forms to harmonize with the Greek so as to write in English. Letters will be explored in terms of their pattern making potential, as well as unique designs in their own right.




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Ann Rabinovitz
1696 Belledeer Dr. W., Cordova, TN 38016

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901-757-2403 or annsrab@bellsouth.net

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