Copperplate: Calligraphy course scheduled in Saluda

Published 10:00 pm Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A six-week course, Copperplate, will be offered at the Saluda Community Center Thursday mornings, 10 a.m. until noon. The course will run Sept. 29 until Nov. 3.

The instructor is Catherine Langsdorf. The course objectives are to teach basic calligraphic terms, to understand the flexible pen, to practice the copperplate letterforms and to gain an appreciation for the lettering arts.

This calligraphy course will be focused on learning how to use a pointed nib. Students will be introduced to the techniques and skills needed to control this flexible tool. Calligraphy styles associated with this tool are Spencerian script, Engrosser’s script, Copperplate script and ‘Modern’ calligraphy scripts.

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Students will practice basic forms and move into individual letters of lower case and upper case. The first session will be an introduction to calligraphy using pencil and a PowerPoint presentation. Supplies will be ordered as a class during the first session and be ready for week two. The fee for the six week course will be payable to instructor on the first day.

Catherine Langsdorf is a Chicago-land native with North Carolina roots. She and her husband have been in North Carolina since 1992. She began her pursuit of calligraphy in 1987 to be able to address her wedding invitations. She has been enthralled by calligraphy ever since. Langsdorf studies and teaches a variety of lettering styles. Long Village Lettering is her studio for calligraphy services serving western North Carolina. She has published instructional articles in calligraphic journals and has been published for her calligraphy pieces and other art forms. She has been teaching others calligraphy for over 20 years. Contact Maria McCall for more information at 749-3169.

– article submitted by Catherine Langsdorf