Esplanade Presents | A Tapestry of Sacred Music


A Papal Script: Chancery Italic Calligraphy Workshop

Ludwig Tan (Singapore)
21 & 22 Apr 2018 Sat & Sun
Sat: 10am & 2.30pm*
Sun: 10am
21 & 22 Apr 2018 : 10am
21 Apr 2018 : 2.30pm
Esplanade Bay Room
*new workshop added



Have you ever wanted to learn traditional Western calligraphy? In this workshop, get to know the basics of italic, a calligraphic style that originated in the 15th century, used in the Papal chancery. It remains very popular today, owing to its beauty, simplicity and versatility. Learn how to write with an edged pen, make basic shapes with it, and combine them into letters of the Italic alphabet. By the end of the workshop, you should be able to write your name and some short phrases.

About Ludwig Tan
Ludwig Tan has been practising Western calligraphy since 1986, and conducts regular workshops for the public and at schools. He is an executive committee member of the UK-based Society for Italic Handwriting, for which he co-edited a book on handwriting, Dance of the Pen. Ludwig is Associate Professor and Vice-Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS).

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