Charles Pearce Workshop

A Gentler Gothic Hand

Featuring: Charles Pearce

The Gothic hands of the Middle Ages from the eleventh century up to the time of the Rnaissance developed a certain harshness about them. In the search for rhythm and compactness they tended to lose some of their legibility. However, in the southern parts of Europe the gothic hands tended to be less harsh with a certain softness to them. Italy had its Rotunda, and in some parts of Spain a hand developed which is what this workshop is based on.
Using some historical examples we shall look at what appealed to the Mediterranean peoples as opposed to those of northern climes. We shall try to create a hand which is a little more appropriate to present day usage. A little softer and thus a little more legible. We shall still attempt to maintain the “picket fence” look and strength so characteristic of good Gothic hands while adding a certain curvature and flair to the strokes.
Some knowledge or understanding of the Gothic hands would be an advantage but is not essential.
It is always a good idea to bring a notebook and cameras are permitted in class, but please keep flash to a minimum, and use only when writing is not in progress! Thank you.
You will need to bring:
• A selection of large pens, such as: Coit, Automatic Lettering, Horizon, Hiro, etc. at a minimum size of 3/8″ (8mm)
• Some Mitchell’s (size 3 and 3 1/2) or Brause (size 1.5mm and 2mm) pens and penholders
• A goodly supply of ink preferably of the aniline dye variety – Pelikan 4001, Quink, etc,
• A pad or two of layout/detail paper, 14″ x 17″ (or A3) minimum
• A sheet of Arches 90# Hot Press Watercolor Paper or similar
• An HB (#2) pencil and pencil sharpener
• A drawing board and T square
• A water pot
Dates: Saturday, October 9th and Sunday, October 10th, 2010
Place: Baptist Medical Park – Azalea Room
9400 University Parkway
(9 Mile Road and University Parkway)
Pensacola, Florida
Cost: $100.00 Guild Members
$125.00 Non-Guild Members
(Non-Guild Members will receive membership benefits for one year including workshop discounts).
Total Registration Fee is due by: Tuesday, August 31, 2010.
The workshop is full at this time with a waiting list so to secure your spot for the workshop please be sure to mail your registration in before the deadline.
Mail checks to:
Gulfcoast Calligraphy Guild
5889 Greenfield Street
Pace, Florida 32571-7323
Workshop Contacts:

Gothic Refresher – Sept 11, 2010

September 11, 2010

In preparation for the upcoming Charles Pearce calligraphy workshop, the group had a Gothic Refresher program at the monthly meeting.

Handouts provided by Dona.

Practicing the downstroke.

Practicing capitals and words.

The letter S tends to be tricky in this hand.

Marianne reviews her work.

Beginning Foundational Class


Open to all Gulfcoast Calligraphy Guild members.

June 22 & June 29, 2010 (Tuesdays)
10am to 12pm

This class will focus on Foundational hand, which is the prerequisite for all other hands.

All members, beginners and those who would like to use it for review, are WELCOME!

Instructor: Dona Stenstrom. Held at her house.

For more info: email!

Cost ($20 per hour) will be split by the students.

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Petrea dabbles in Brush Flowers

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