Calligraphy for beginners – Uncial Script

Sunday 17 September 2017



The course

A day aimed at those who are new to calligraphy, this day will cover the basics of using a dip pen and ink and learning the letter forms of the Uncial script, which was used most between the 4th and 8th centuries across Europe, but is still popular with calligraphers today.  After gaining familiarity with the letter forms students will write out a short quote of their choice, producing a simple layout ready for the piece to be completed.

The tutor

Rebecca Osborne is a calligrapher based in West Sussex.  Her love of calligraphy began at primary school when her class was introduced to writing in the Italic hand with a broad edged pen.  She began to develop her skills a few years ago when she started a regular evening class.  In 2012 she gained a Foundation Diploma in Calligraphy from the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society, and has recently completed the Advanced Training Scheme run by the Society of Scribes and Illuminators.

Participant information

The tutor will supply:

  • A pen holder
  • Two different sizes of nib
  • A small supply of black ink
  • Some layout paper for practice
  • A sheet of cartridge paper for the finished piece
  • Use of a board for writing on (which you can purchase on the day if you wish, for a cost of £2)

Students should bring with them:

  • A mini jam jar (around 30ml size) with a screw-top lid
  • A cushion
  • A new kitchen roll
  • A pencil and sharpener
  • glue stick such as Pritt
  • low tack masking tape
  • a ruler
  • a small quote of about 15-20 words that you would like to write out
  • an old toothbrush

Please advise the Museum when booking whether you are left or right handed


£65 per person, this includes tuition, morning coffee and afternoon tea.

You can bring your own packed lunch or the café will be open at lunchtime.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.



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