John Stevens | Blackletter / Modern Gothic

John Stevens Workshop-black letter

Black-letter seems old fashioned yet remains popular.

Learning to write Black-letter (Textura, Gothic, Fraktur, Old English) properly is a pathway into many aspects of calligraphy. At first, the pretty forms and strong pen strokes are a key attraction. However, after a while, rhythm and form begin to interact and you can explore movement. Subtle variations on the strong vertical rhythm, can help us grow as calligraphers while writing black-letter is hypnotic and puts us into a meditative state.
Topics covered include rhythm, pen techniques (with and without manipulation), using as text hand as well as embellishing the decorative aspects. We will explore both history and a contemporary approach in the form of a project.
I believe practicing gothic or black-letter or fraktur is necessary to truly understand the nuances of broad-edged pen calligraphy as it is a lesson in the beautiful distribution of black and white.

Sign-up for this class to learn to be fluent in this type of pen-work.


Gothic Exemplar by John Stevens




To enroll in class:

Contact: Jim Teta • 336.924.5681 or
Workshops will be held at
Calligraphy Centre
2522 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106

When: Saturday, December 8th & 15th
Cost: $150. for 2 days or
$95. for one day

Bring lunch and workshop supplies. (supply list will be sent upon enrollment)
These classes will be both informative
and a lot of fun.


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