The Portland Society for Calligraphy Presents:
Watercolour Monumental Trajans A Workshop with Gemma Black
A Workshop with Gemma Black
Monday, February 5 and Tuesday, February 6, 2018
9:00 am–4:00 pm both days
Location: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral • Bishop Scott Room
147 NW 19th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
This workshop is appropriate for all levels
Tuition: $135 PSC members / $165 non-members
About This Workshop
There is so much majesty and strength of character in the monumental Roman lettering of the first century CE. Our prime specimen will be the Trajan Inscription from the base of Emperor Trajan’s Column in the Roman Forum. Its geometric balance, beauty and perfection, is the pinnacle of the evolution and development of lettering as we know it.
We will explore the history and the drawing of the Trajan inscription starting with its geometric skeletons. The class will then move on to a very contemporary, cut-back watercolour painting technique building up layers of colour with the Trajan letter forms as our subject matter. The Akim Cursive hand will be explored and used as a design element of support.
Please note: this is not a flat brush workshop
About The Instructor
Gemma Black is an artist, teacher and calligraphic-designer from Tasmania, Australia. In 1991 Gemma received a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study in Europe. She is an Honoured Fellow and Fellow of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society, UK.
Gemma teaches for organisations throughout Australia and has also joined the faculty at international lettering-art conferences in Italy, Germany, the USA, Canada and the UK. Her work is housed in private and public collections including the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK, the European Parliament, Letterform Archive San Francisco and Parliament House Canberra.
Her area of expertise is calligraphic history, evolution of the western alphabet from the Roman period through to the 21st century. Gemma shares her passion and love for letterforms with enthusiasm.