Randall HassonRandall Hasson

5 Days
All Levels
No Supply Fee

Instructor Bio

Randall M. Hasson is an artist, calligrapher, instructor and speaker who has appeared on the faculty of Arts, Lettering Arts, and Educational Conferences in the United States, Canada and England. He is the author of articles on a variety of Art or Lettering Art related subjects. His most recently completed project was the 24th (Centennial) Edition of The Speedball Textbook, which he co-edited.

He has spoken for the C.S. Lewis Foundation in Oxford England, and has appeared on the faculty of sixteen International Calligraphy conferences as a mainstage presenter and/or teacher with lecture topics covering Public Art, Art History, the Painting Process, Collaborative Art Projects, and the History of Writing including the recent invention of the ADLaM Alphabet which originated in western Africa. He is currently writing the history of Ross George, William Gordon and the Speedball story, due to be published in 2017.

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 Randall HassonClass Description

With references to the American tradition of show card lettering, and based on the series of Speedball textbooks and other early lettering texts, participants will begin with exploring tools and techniques that created distinctive lettering styles and characteristics of commercial letterers in the first decades of the 20th century. In addition we’ll gain an historical perspective of how these artists worked with the materials of creating show cards. Using pen nibs developed in 1915 with square, round and oval shaped points, we will translate the traditional techniques of calligraphy with a broad edged pen and adapt them to lettering of all types, from elegant monoline scripts and italics to blunt-edged and playful roman forms. We’ll look at the construction of bold faced display lettering using multiple strokes, and look at typefaces that letterers of the time would attempt to replicate with these tools.

We will then transition into contemporary letterform, applying these previously used tools for calligraphic exploration. Participants should come away from this workshop with an understanding of the roots of the American tradition of lettering and how it evolved, and will also be able to add new lettering techniques and new lettering styles with a variety of historical tools to their repertoire.

Supply List

Speedball A, B and D nibs, variety of sizes but at least a 0 and 3 of each. Would suggest a complete set if possible (not required as we may not use all sizes).
Dip pen holders and assorted nibs or parallel pens
Pigma Calligraphers, Speedball or other nylon tipped pens are okay for broad edged work.
Walnut or Sumi inks
Water containers
Ruler and triangle for layout
Graph paper
Other papers that you like to write on
The Mahara journal will also be a fine working surface if you have one.

A pre-class email will answer questions and provide links prior to class.


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