Type@Cooper - Flourished Script Lettering

Flourished Script Lettering


with Ken Barber




Sat., Oct. 14 – Sun., Oct. 15, 2017
10:00AM – 5:00PM
tuition: $ 440

location: On campus

The personality and allure of flourished script is tough to ignore, making decorative lettering particularly ideal for creating memorable advertisements and identities. During this workshop, students will learn techniques for drawing well-constructed and attractive flourishes to enhance logotype, packaging and publication work.

With the aid of reference models spanning the 18th to the 21st century, participants will begin by drawing formal script as the base for their ornamental linework. Next, students will learn about the different varieties of flourishing (including vine work, cartouches and pictorial styles), basics of stroke construction, as well as entry/exit points for embellished upper- and lowercase letters. Skill-building exercises will reinforce concepts such as fluid movement and spacial balance, while slide shows and demonstrations will illustrate how to combine strokes to devise more complex compositions. Important details such as volume, proportion and shading will also be addressed.


    Required Materials

  • No.2 pencils (conventional or mechanical)
  • pencil sharpener (if applicable)
  • erasers (conventional and kneaded)
  • pad of tracing paper (9″×12″ pad is recommended)
  • pad of quadrille 4×4 grid/graph paper (9″×12″ pad, 4 squares per inch is recommended)
  • 12 inch ruler
  • Sharpie® Fine and Extra Fine markers
  • white-out correction fluid pen
  • adhesive tape (for posting sketches)


Please note that much of the flourishing content of this workshop was introduced during my 2016 week-long summer workshop, Advanced Techniques In Script Lettering. The introductory section on drawing formal script is also similar to the information provided in my Script Lettering class.

This course will focus on pencil-drawing techniques intended to reinforce ideas foundational to Flourished Script. Although workshop participants will not be using vector drawing software, a brief presentation on digitization will be given.

Finally, prospective students are encouraged to reference The Universal Penman by George Bickham, and Script Lettering for Artists by Tommy Thompson. The Dover Books reprinted editions are both affordable and easy to acquire.

Registration opens in September
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Save the date: Sat., Oct. 14, 10:00AM


Instructor: Ken Barber

Flourished Script Lettering
Ken Barber is a letterer, type designer and type director at design studio and type foundry House Industries. He is also a partner of Photo-Lettering, Inc., the online lettering-vending service nominated by the Design Museum London as a 2011 Design of the Year recipient. Ken's work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and has been honored by the New York Type Directors Club. Association Typographique Internationale recently selected several of his typefaces for inclusion in the organization’s decennial design competition. In addition to teaching at Maryland Institute College of Art, Ken regularly lectures internationally on the subjects of lettering and typography. He also manages typeandlettering.com, an online resource for students and attendees of his frequent workshops.

• Type and Lettering
• House Industries



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