A delicate balance between aesthetic beauty and functionality, Calligraphy was once a guarded practice in very few monasteries, with the aim of creating highly valuable manuscripts. The advent of the printing press radically changed its purpose, as well as its methods, becoming part of the every-day life of most people. With this transition, the techniques also changed. It was only at the beginning of the twentieth century in England, that ancient methods and formulas were rediscovered in their original form, by Edward Johnston. Thanks to the rediscovery of this knowledge and the developments that have been achieved in the 20th century, Calligraphy offers a multitude of expressive possibilities today in the Visual Arts and Graphic Design. The Scuola Internazionale di Grafica was amongst the first institutions in Italy to offer Calligraphy courses, also hosting International personalities such as Brody Neuenschwander and Julian Waters.
He trained mainly in Venice, at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, where he studied Calligraphy for a year with Kathy Louise Shank, a thirty year experience calligrapher. He continued his studies attending workshops – in Italy and abroad – held by calligraphers established internationally. Andrea also studied Graphic Design and created many graffiti and street art paintings.
His works are available on the following links:
This first part of the 2019 Calligraphy Course is made up of four lessons focused on writing with a flat point nib. Inexperienced students will have to attend all the lessons, while the experts will be able to register for one or more afternoons of work. The course will be held on Friday, from 11 January to 8 February 2019, from 15:30 to 19:30.
Over 50 years of activity at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica we have constantly evolved our didactic practice, thanks to the experience and exchange between guest artists from all over the world and artists from the Scuola, who in turn have been invited to teach in various International art institutions. The programs are structured in such a way as to give a solid foundation to beginners, while providing greater skills and awareness for more advanced students. While the courses have been taught for many years, there is constant renewal, embracing new topics and syllabi. Our calendar offers a full program of activities with attention to the different languages of expression. Artists are helped to develop their ideas through well-thought through projects. Often participants are in Venice for a limited period of time and hence not able to attend an entire course or series of classes; our calendar is designed to offer flexibility, by indicating the day by day schedule. Even a single afternoon of laboratory booked at the last minute may turn into a very productive and rewarding afternoon of art and creativity!
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