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3rd International Calligraphy Workshop

The art of handwriting
CONTEMPORARY CALLIGRAPHY: A gesture of self-expression

3rd International Calligraphy Workshop in English and Italian

October 1st 2011 to October 8th 2011

This year, on the occasion of the 54th International Art Exhibition open from 6 June to 30 November 2011, the calligraphy course will be held in the International Gallery of Modern Art, Ca’ Pesaro, the foundation of which was directly connected to the birth and development of the Venice Art Biennale. Located on the third floor in the Palazzo, the Oriental Art Museum, also plays an important role in this course.

Handwriting will therefore mainly be analysed and practised as an image, emphasising its ability to communicate as a form, sign and gesture of the hand, and therefore of oneself, since it was thanks to art that it was rediscovered in the western world as a form of expression followed by the considerable development of its visual potential. By following the original forms of western letters and a comparison with Oriental art, a non-verbal sign will be developed that encompasses the alphabet, working with music, using both hands and experimenting with the different writings with a wide range of tools. Each participant will make a series of books of large dimensions, and also be responsible for the binding.

Monica Dengo, calligrapher

> Course participation and cost


Saturday, October 1st, 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Programme presentation, distribution of the materials and handbooks.
Guided visit of the Gallery and the exhibition by the Museum director.

Sunday, October 2nd, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Study of the form of letters, the ductus and its development from the Roman Capital of the Chancellery handwriting to our everyday writing.
Practice with various square point nib tools

Monday, October 3rd
Day off

Tuesday, October 4th, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Visit to the Oriental Art Museum located on the third floor of Ca’ Pesaro, to study the art and writing of other cultures in comparison to western traditions.
Design and development of one’s own alphabet.

Wednesday, October 5th, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Exercises to develop gestural expressiveness: Writing to music, writing standing up, writing with both hands.

Thursday, October 6th, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Page and book design.
Creation of pages with textures of letter, illegible texts and compositions of signs.

Friday, October 7th, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Binding of the large books with pages made during the previous days without using glue.

Saturday, October 8th, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Exhibition of all the works and end of course.

> Course participation and cost