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Calligraphy Intensive ~ Art Nouveau lettering

July 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am - July 26, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


An intensive Calligraphy experience with Barcelona-based calligraphers, Amanda and Keith Adams, at our stunning Lake District location

Out-of-the ordinary scripts, full of possibilities, along with delightful decorative initial letters- Meet the challenge to bring them into the modern day, in your own creative way, or keep them mysteriously historical.

Cost: £450 (6-day option) or £250 (3-day weekend option from 21st-23rd). Cost includes all tools and materials (pens, paper, inks and paints) and a delicious wholefood lunch each day. Comfortable cottage accommodation is available (see further information at bottom of page)

Bring words you want to write! You will learn to write the historical scripts along with modern interpretations, majuscules & minuscules; make your own pens, enhance your texts with beautiful and amusing initial letters and border decorations.

This unique course runs over six days or there is a 3-day weekend option (21st-23rd July). Everyday there will be six hours of instruction, plus some evening presentations (slides/keynote). In addition to this you will also learn how to make pens, and there is hope we’ll be grinding pigments into paste (levigating) also. Bring backyard bamboo, ordinary reed/cane stems, bullrushes (dry)…and if anyone lives near swan-frequented ponds go ‘round and pick up dropped feathers…the bigger the better; but they needn’t be glamorous ones.   Recycling beer and aluminium cans work well too!

No previous experience necessary!

About the Tutors:

Keith Adams (M.A., Oxon), has lived and worked in Catalonia since 1976. He has been professor of calligraphy at Eina School of Art and Design, a faculty of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, since 1985, among many other Catalan design institutions.  

Amanda is a past president of the (Seattle) Society for Calligraphy & Handwriting; and won the First Price of the Society for Italic Handwriting (London) in 1993, 1996 and 2001.  

Together they have taught intensive summer courses in the Communities of the Arche (of Lanza del Vasto) in France for thirty years along with over a hundred other monographic courses in Brittany, Flanders, Catalonia, Spain, France, &c., and have had over twenty exhibitions of their lettering as well as participating in many collective exhibitions.

Keith and Amanda’s personal webpage

Keith and Amanda’s personal You Tube station


Should you require accommodation, there are a number of options:

  • Rooms are available in a comfortable and homely farmhouse cottage with spectacular views of the valley and a large well appointed kitchen for self-catering. Single and double options available. £35 per person per night. 
  • For the wild at heart camping is available with showers and hot water available on site. Pitch your tent in this glacial valley of England’s Lake District and enjoy 360˚ of panoramic spectacular views. Camping – £10 per tent per night. 
  • Visit Staying with Us for more details and accommodation options.

For more information or to book on the course,  please contact us at info@layapoint.com or +44 (0)1229 716154.

Calligraphy Intensive ~ Art Nouveau lettering


July 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am
July 26, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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