Date(s): 05/03/2020 - 05/04/2020
Following LOJ, Randall will be teaching a workshop: Writing with a Bent Nib. This class will be an exploration of the tools and techniques used for lettering in the early 20th century, featuring the bent-nib Speedball pen. Students will explore drawn Roman lettering, pen lettering with Speedball A, B and D nibs, and the extreme flexibility of the Speedball C nib that can be used for larger scale variations of “pointed pen” work.
The lettering artists of this time used variations of lettering forms with which we are familiar as calligraphers, and these variations will be explored and compared with modern forms. The participant should expect to have an expanded knowledge and repertoire of tools, techniques, and the ability to adapt and innovate with their letter-forms, as well as a “rediscovery” of vintage pen nibs.
About the Instructor: Randall M. Hasson is the co-editor of the 24th (Centennial) Edition of The Speedball Textbook. He 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. He has spoken for the C.S. Lewis Foundation in Oxford England, and has appeared on the faculty of fifteen International Calligraphy conferences as a mainstage presenter and/or teacher with lecture topics covering The History of Speedball and the Show Card industry, Public Art, Art History, the Painting Process, Sacred Art, and the History of Writing including the recent invention of the ADLaM Alphabet which originated in western Africa. He is the author of a forthcoming history of the Speedball bent-nib pen, the textbook and its inventors, due to be published in 2019. See more from this artist here.