Letter Anatomy: Italics & Scripts

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Letter Anatomy Italics and Scripts NYC workshop with John Downer

Letter Anatomy Italics and Scripts

Cost: $460.00

Italic letter styles and script letter styles enjoy a special relationship. They both come from written forms. Italic printing types were first used in the late fifteenth century, but script typefaces are much younger. One reason for that difference is technical. Italic letters typically do not connect, whereas script letters normally do connect.

This workshop will help students understand letter-construction principles and learn the proper ways of connecting script letters.

Italics are favored for their versatility. They can be slanted or upright, serif or sans serif, and employed line after line, for continuous reading. Plus, they can be used for headings.

Script styles can also be slanted or upright, but they are basically sans serif forms, limited to a few words, at most. Unlike italics, which can be interspersed in text, words in script stand apart. They also relate directly to longhand writing.

John will teach three approaches to rendering readable italics and scripts: pencil, pen, and brush. No calligraphy or brush lettering experience is necessary.

Meets: Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Required Materials

  • pencil
  • eraser
  • ruler
  • layout pad
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • scotch tape
  • a material fee, payable to the instructor on the first day, of $20 will cover the cost of supplies that will be provided

Students MUST enroll 5 business days prior to the course start date. Registration will start on Thursday, January 3rd..

Instructor(s): John Downer

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.