Type@Cooper - Drawing Letterforms: The Sans Serif

Drawing Letterforms: The Sans Serif


with Ewan Clayton




Sat., Jun. 25 – Sun., Jun. 26, 2016
10:00AM – 5:00PM
location: On campus

Registration for this workshop begins May 4th.

Two thousand years of the sans serif letter. From Republican Rome to the twenty first century, what is the fascination of this letterform? This year is special for the sans serif, it is 200 years since Caslon’s first printed sans and 100 since Johnston’s sans rolled out on the London underground. We look at this history and at several approaches to drawing letterforms. We will also learn from looking at the sans serif in other script systems.


    Required Materials

  • Layout Bond, not smaller than 11" by 17"/ A3
  • Pencils, 2H for ruling lines, 2 b or softer for quick sketching, HB or H for fine drawing
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • A fine paint brush for detailed work
  • Non-waterproof black ink
  • Various sizes of calligraphy dip-pens with Mitchell Rexel, Brause C nibs, Speedball C nibs, or equivalent
  • Cloth for wiping the pen
  • A few gouache colors, including black
  • Palette for the gouache
  • Water container

Register online…


Instructor: Ewan Clayton

Drawing Letterforms: The Sans Serif
Ewan is a calligrapher and part-time Professor in Design at The University of Sunderland where he co directs the International Calligraphy Research Centre. He grew up associated with a community of craftsmen at Ditchling in Sussex founded by Eric Gill. Ewan has enjoyed a varied professional career working as both a calligraphy teacher and a consultant to Xerox PARC, and he is currently a core faculty member at the Royal Drawing School in London. In 2013 he was awarded the first Karl-Georg Hoefer prize by The Schreibwerkstatt Klingspor for his work in calligraphy and education. His book on the history of calligraphy and typography The Golden Thread is out in paperback this year in the USA and has recently been released in Spanish and Italian translations.

• www.ewanclayton.co.uk



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