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Illuminated Manuscripts / Caligraphy

FOR BLUE BOX EXTRA CREDIT:

Copy the upper case alphabet on p. 159 of your text on calligraphy paper. This can be on the same page as your week 27 homework. +5 pts. 


FOR WEEK 28: Powerpoint Slideshow

1. Illuminate a verse/poem/quote of at least 8 words minimum using Gothic style techniques learned today in class.Use proper nib width and pen angle. You must include the use of some sort of border, unless you opt to do an illustration or a miniature instead. Your decorations must include florals, animals, human figures, smaller capital letters, ancanthus leaves, diaper/checkered designs, faux jewels, word boxes, etc. You don't have to do all of these, just pick 2-3 to incorporate into your design. Erase all pencil marks.  Use bright colors especially red, blue and gold.  Feel free to look at Gothic Littera Bastarda/Littera Hybrida manuscripts online (there are tons) for extra inspiration.  (10pts) DUE MAY 2

2. Bring in all your old projects and alphabets so that I can display them at the Fine Arts Festival. (10pts) DUE MAY 2

3. Scribe Project: We are doing this in lieu of a final exam. First, you are the scribe. Bring a quote of your choice (8 words minimum) in the script of your choice on a sheet of calligraphy paper. Be sure to leave enough room for someone to decorate it. Then you will have the chance to fill the role of illuminator to someone else's work. We will switch papers and illuminate another person's quote in class next week. (20pts; the in-class portion will count as an additional 20pts towards your final grade). DUE MAY 2

4. Bring in all your supplies so that you are ready to work- gouache paints, brushes, rulers, scratch paper for planning compositions, pencils, erasers, bullet nib pens, gold pens. 





FOR WEEK 27: POWERPOINT SLIDESHOW

Practice the Gothic Littera Bastarda alphabet on lined paper, then make a clean copy on calligraphy paper. Erase all lines, use correct nib width and pen angle. See slides or your text for reference. Due April 25.

FOR WEEK 26: POWERPOINT SLIDESHOW

Illuminate a verse/poem/quote of at least 8 words minimum using Gothic style decorations learned today in class.

Use proper nib width and pen angle.

You must include the use of some sort of border- see slides for ideas, it can go on 3 sides instead of all 4, or be made up of different motifs).

Your decorations should include grotesques, real animals, human figures, smaller capital letters, ancanthus leaves, diaper/checkered designs, word boxes, etc. You don't have to do all of these, just pick 2-3 to incorporate into your design. 

 Erase all pencil marks.

Use bright colors especially red, blue and gold. 

Feel free to look at Gothic Textura Precissa manuscripts online (you must type in this name or you wont find much; you can also type in the name of a text, like the Luttrell Psalter).

•DUE APRIL 11

FOR WEEK 25: Powerpoint Slideshow

Practice Gothic Textura Prescisus vel Sine Pedibus and then make a clean copy on calligraphy paper. Use correct nib width and pen angle. See slides or your text for reference.

DUE APRIL 11

FOR WEEK 24: powerpoint slides

Illuminate a verse/poem/quote of at least 8 words minimum using Gothic style techniques learned today in class.

Use proper nib width and pen angle.

You must include the use of some sort of border- see slides for ideas, it can go on 3 sides instead of all 4, or be made up of different motifs) if you are NOT doing a large illuminated letter or illustration.

Your decorations can be of the spidery thin type of circles and curlicues, or leaves. 

Erase all pencil marks.

Use bright colors, especially red and blue if you are doing the classic French style, or pinks, blues and green if you are more Bodmer Manuscript inspired. 

Feel free to look at Gothic Textura Quadrata manuscripts online (you must type in the whole name or you’ll get other kinds), or manuscripts from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries for inspiration. 

•DUE APRIL 4

FOR WEEK 23:

Practice Gothic Textura Quadrata alphabet p. 139 on lined paper. The drip effect on p. 140 is optional.

Then create a clean copy of the alphabet on calligraphy paper. Pay special attention to make sure your letters are narrow  and straight enough. 

Use correct nib width (3-5) and pen angle (45).

Erase all pencil marks.

DUE MARCH 28

Attached PDF

FOR WEEK 22:

Illuminate a quote of your choice with Ottoman or Early Romanesque decorations. Your quote must be at least 8 words long, written in Early Gothic script, with 4-6 nib widths high at 45 degrees. See slides for reference and inspiration, or look up the texts mentioned online for more pictures. Erase all pencil marks. Use bright colors, especially red and blue for Romanesque style or yellow, green and purple for Ottonian. Your project should be composed with one of the following options:

1. Illuminate the first letter 

2. Do an illustration (picture) with your script above or below it

3. Make your first letter the illustration in a box above the text

4. Do a side bar of decoration next to the text.

5. You must include the use of some sort of border- see slides for ideas, it can be a very simple one) if you are NOT doing a large illuminated letter or illustration (options 1-4)

DUE MARCH 21

Early Gothic Composition

Week 22 Slideshow

FOR WEEK 21: Link to pdf

Practice and complete a copy of the Early Gothic minuscule alphabet on calligraphy paper.  Check your text for pen angle and nib width. Erase all guidelines. 

DUE MARCH 14

FOR EXTRA CREDIT:

Practice and complete a clean copy of the drawn capitals (write with a pen; drawing with pencil doesn't count on this one). This can be done on the same page as your alphabet. Remember the correct nib width for these is 9-12, and pen angle is 0 degrees.

 

FOR WEEK 20:

Illuminate a verse/poem/quote of at least 8 words minimum using Carolingian techniques and motifs learned today in class. Use proper nib width and pen angle. You can illuminated the first letter if you'd like. ERASE ALL PENCIL MARKS. Use gold, red and blue (any variations of these colors) in your design. Any additional colors (muddy purple, orange, yellow, brown, mint green) are up to you. You must include the use of multi-colored stripes somewhere in your design. These can be the normal horizontal kind, the staggered brush kind, or the kind that is done inside of a shape. Refer to the slides and ask any questions if needed.

DUE MARCH 7

FOR WEEK 19:

Powerpoint Slideshow

Practice and complete a copy of the Carolingian minuscule alphabet on calligraphy paper. This includes the 5 ligatures. Check your text for pen angle and nib width. Erase all guidelines. 

DUE FEBRUARY 28

FOR WEEK 18:

Choose a verse, poem, prayer, etc., and copy it in Luxeuil minuscule. This project must be a minimum of 15 words. Use at least 3 ligatures from the ones we practiced in class- these do not need to be from the Complete List slide. See slides for instructions on how to go about this project, as well as a complete list of capitals to use. See also p.123 in your text for instructions on how to write some of them. +1 point for every capital you use in your project at the beginning of a sentence, paragraph, etc. Project MUST be the proper nib width. Any questions, feel free to ask.

Attached please find a general guideline for your nib width. If printed at 100%, the medium lines should be exactly 5 nib widths. You can use this sheet as a guide under your calligraphy paper. Obviously you will have to make exceptions for lines of ascenders and descenders, but hopefully this might save you some time and trouble, since wide rule paper is a little too wide for this particular alphabet. 

DUE FEBRUARY 14

FOR WEEK 17:

Practice and complete a clean copy of the Luxieul Manuscript on p. 121 of your text. Make sure you use the correct nib width. See slides for extra tips. DUE FEBRUARY 7.

Powerpoint Slideshow

Compose a folio of 6 words minimum using key patterns and zoomorphic decorations. Please make sure that your nib height (called letter height in the book) corresponds to the width of the pen you are using. If you aren't sure what this means, please ask. Make sure you write at a 45 degree angle. Rule at least 5 lines per line of text- one for ascenders, one for your main line, 2 for descenders, and one for the space in between this line and the next. Please see slides for reference. 

DUE JANUARY 31

FOR WEEK 15:

Practice the insular minuscule alphabet and then do a clean copy on a sheet of uncut calligraphy paper. See your book or slides for reference. Use the correct nib width and angles. Be sure to measure out 5 lines for every one line of text.  Powerpoint slideshow

DUE JANUARY 24

FOR EXTRA CREDIT:

Copy the ligatures on the last slide (also found in your text) for 5 extra pts. 

WEEK 14:

There was no powerpoint presentation this week due to the crash of my computer. Please complete the Tree of Life border we started in class. Outline your border in black. You may color it in if you'd like. Inside, please write a verse, phrase, prayer, etc. of no less that 6 words in insular majuscule. Fit it in nicely inside the border. 

Please see the attached photos of the border for reference. DUE JANUARY 17.

FOR WEEK 13:

Practice and write out a clean copy of the Insular Majuscule alphabet on a full size sheet of paper. Where there are 2 options for a letter (d, n, s, and z),  you may pick the one you like best. The letters V and W are optional, worth 1 pt of extra credit. This is a very difficult alphabet to master- please practice at least once (twice or three times is even better) on a scratch sheet of paper. Marking out 4 lines for your main section, ascenders, descenders and spaces in between each line of letters is a must.  See slides or p.111 in your book for reference. 

DUE JANUARY 10

FOR WEEK 12:

Complete a project in Roman half-uncial. Check your textbook for proper nib height and pen angle. Minimum of 20 words on an UNCUT sheet of paper. For the first initial, you have 2 options:

1. Roman style: In black ink, same size or larger than text, either done in Uncial, Roman Rustica, or Roman half-uncial script.

2.Artificial uncial style: Drawn capital larger than text, outlined with red or orange dots. The capital can be a color other than black. Second letter after the initial can also be outlined with dots. 

+5 pts if your project is in Latin.

+5 pts if you use at least 2 ligatures in your project. 

DUE DECEMBER 13

FOR WEEK 11:

On a full sheet of uncropped computer or calligraphy paper, write out a clean copy of the Roman Half-Uncial Alphabet. Refer to p. 107 in your textbook or the slides. The slides have an example alphabet on lined paper to refer to.

*The speed for this is faster than Artificial Uncial. 

*Don't forget to make the lines 4 nib widths and LEAVE PLENTY OF SPACE FOR ASCENDERS AND DESCENDERS

*Pen angle is your choice of 20-30 degrees. 

*Keep your vertical lines straight, not slanted. 

*If there is more than one option for a letter, just pick the one you like best. 

DUE DECEMBER 6

WEEK 10:

Complete an illuminated project in your choice of either Uncial or Artificial Uncial. Make sure you use the correct pen angle and nib width for your chosen font. Vertical strokes should be vertical without a slant. 

     Your project must be a minimum of 6 words, properly spaced on a full sheet of either computer paper or calligraphy paper. Decorations should be in one of the color schemes mentioned in week 8. Incorporate at least one of the motifs we have learned about in Week 8 or Week 10 in your design. This includes whorls, trinity knots, simple braid, King Solomon's knots, and/or spiral knots. 

DUE November 29   Powerpoint Slideshow

FOR WEEK 9 (NOVEMBER 8):

Complete a clean copy of the Artificial Uncial alphabet on calligraphy paper. 10 degree pen angle, straight vertical lines, on letters with more than one option, pick which you'd like best. Please go slowly; neatness counts. Perfection is not expected, this is a very difficult alphabet so do your best. I'm sure it will be great! Please refer to the slides and p. 99 in your book. Any questions, please ask. PowerPoint Slides

DUE NOVEMBER 13

Thanks!

FOR WEEK 8 (Nov. 1):

Complete your project for our class Raffle Basket. See any past slides or handouts for inspiration. This project can be in your choice of colors, script & script size (if applicable), and composition. Due Nov. 8 Week8 Powerpoint

For the Week of October 25:

Week 7 Powerpoint

1. Practice your Uncial Script and prepare a clean copy of the alphabet on calligraphy paper (or plain computer paper, if you are having writing issues). Your pen angle should be at 30 degrees, no slant to your vertical letters. Erase all pencil marks. See p. 95 in your book or refer to the Alphabet Guide below.

Due November 1.

Thanks!

For Week 6

Complete a finished piece in the Rustica alphabet with Ethiopian-inspired decorations. Use at least 2 bold, opaque colors; gold can be one of them. Your piece must be at least 6 words. All pencil marks should be erased, your letters narrow and evenly spaced. From this week on, you will lose points if your letters are not vertical (as opposed to having a slant to them). Neatness counts! Please see the slides for inspiration. Due October 25.

WEEK 5 (Oct. 11): 

Practice the Rustica alphabet and bring a clean copy of the full alphabet to class next week on calligraphy paper. Erase all pencil lines, make sure your letters are straight up and down, done at a 45 degree angle,  and narrow. NEATNESS COUNTS FROM NOW ON. Powerpoint Slides

Due Oct. 18

Hi: Attached please find the powerpoint for this week.

WEEK 4 HOMEWORK:

* Finish looking over the rest of the slides for tips on how to make a composition.

*Complete a project in your choice of Roman or Serif Roman on calligraphy paper. Must be a minimum of 6 words. DUE OCTOBER 11.

*Please remember to bring your book next week.

HOMEWORK:

Serif Roman alphabet on Calligraphy paper. Due October 4.

WEEK 3 POWERPOINT

ASSIGNMENT

One clean copy of the Roman alphabet in proper order. Due Sept. 27

WEEK 2 Powerpoint

Handout

Lefties Handout

Homework for this class: 

Exercises 1-9 in the slides; 20 strokes each (there is no exercise 6), done on lined paper (college or wide rule). Due Sept. 20

WEEK ONE COMPLETE POWERPOINT