This online class comes with helpful, downloadable and printable sample and practice sheets. Each week you'll also be given access to high quality instructional videos that will allow you to watch (again and again) everything in detail from close by and
from an ideal vantage point.
Merely watching the videos, alas, won't bring you the skills to do it yourself. At the end of every lesson, some homework will be suggested, that you can then post on the Classroom Forum, accessible only to the participants. On that platform you can connect with your classmates, see how they're doing, learn from my comments on their work, but also signal problems and ask for clarifications. I'm permanently available to help out with additional comments and demos where needed. It's like you're in class, except that you can enter and leave when you want without asking permission or missing out on anything
- school life as it should have been!
You don't have to be a computer genius to take an online class.
In fact, you only need to have access to a computer.
We give you clear instructions of what to do and, at all times,
Harvest Crittenden from Acorn Arts is at your service
if you would still experience technical problems.
The videos will remain online for an additional six weeks after the last class, in case make-up time is needed.
Cost for the entire 6 weeks class : 350 USD
Here's a video of what's to come!
And here's another teaser. Enjoy!
The Romans built for eternity. Even after two millennia, the Capitalis Monumentalis, as featured on the famous inscription at the base of the Trajan column (hence its nickname 'Trajan'), has lost nothing of its solemn majesty and striking beauty. Characterized by ideal proportions in form and weight and by graceful lines and serifs, this mother of all capitals has been studied, admired, followed and tweaked by generations of typographers, letter carvers and calligraphers alike.
A study of the Trajans is highly recommendable for anyone who's serious about calligraphy; it not only provides a sound foundation to build upon, it also sharpens the eye, improves the hand skills and makes one more sensitive to all the tiny details that make up the difference. As a result, all your writing will benefit from the time you spend on them.
Therefore, apart from the fun and deep satisfaction these capitals bring, there are plenty of reasons to present this online course in which I intend to approach and tame that beautiful but fierce Trajan horse, armed only with a pencil, a nib and a flat brush.
However daunting these letters may seem, the class is aimed not only at intermediate and advanced students, but it's also open to beginners. Calligraphers, typography students, letter carvers,... anyone who follows the detailed instructions will be able to draw well proportioned and refined Trajans by the end of the course. Making elegant Trajans with the flat brush, however, requires more time and skill, but the instructional videos, showing every single stroke and letter in detail, will provide you with a sound base to start from or will surely take you to the next level.
Students who took the first edition of this class in February 2018 were unanimously enthusiastic and delighted by the visible progress they made. You can read some of their testimonials here, but be sure to check out their incredible work on Instagram - follow the hashtag 'Trajansonline'.
As a result of this overwhelmingly favorable response, we ran it a second time in Nov-Dec 2018 and a third time in Jan-Feb 2020.
We'll teach this class one final time in February-March 2022.
Feb 7: lesson 1
Feb 14: lesson 2
Feb 21: lesson 3
Feb 28: lesson 4
March 14: lesson 5
March 21: lesson 6
You can sign up for this class from Dec 31st 2021onwards.
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