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World Calligraphy Day 2019

August 14, 2019 - 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

World Calligraphy Day

World Calligraphy Day 2019

Want to try out calligraphy?  Come along to the third World Calligraphy Day at the Pen Museum and celebrate the art of calligraphy and hand lettering.

Come and join us for calligraphy fun and tips!

Whether you are an expert, a beginner who’s just getting started or simply an admirer of beautiful writing, come and meet some amazing artists.

This year we welcome all day drop in sessions with:

Modern Calligraphy, Jane Lappage, founder of Calligraphy Arts

Are you inspired by the art of Modern Calligraphy and creating beautiful writing?

Modern calligraphy is a fresh, new style that brings a flexibility and uniqueness that is both appealing and accessible. Whereas the more traditional ‘Roundhand’ style dictates form and function, modern calligraphy lends itself to a more fluid, closer-to-your-handwriting approach.

The demonstrations are light-hearted, fun and aimed to give a taster of the basic skills needed to produce this very popular beautiful script. Ideal for all those personal touches to your crafted cards or for generating your own unique designs. Learn about the history of calligraphy and how to correctly hold and generate the strokes needed to create this lovely script. The Museum hosts Jane’s very popular workshops during the year see our events page.

Ottoman Calligraphy, Arabic Calligraphy School

Bringing you the unique opportunity to enjoy the rare experience of writing in classical 18th century Arabic ‘Islamic’ Calligraphy – Hüsnühat with Ottoman Calligraphy.

The workshop will highlight the ‘Naskh/Nesih’ script under the style of Mehmed Şevki Efendi (1829 Kastamonu–1887 Istanbul) taught by a calligrapher of the traditional Ottoman school of calligraphy.

Traditional tools, hand-crafted ‘qalam’ (bamboo/reed pen), ink and materials will be available to use on the day.

Jahangir Rashid is a calligrapher, designer and artist who has been studying Arabic Calligraphy since 2013. In January 2018, his devout passion for the art, took him to Istanbul, where he began the traditional student programme under the Master Efdaluddin Kilich, an authorised senior teacher. Prior to Master Efdaluddin Kilich’s graduation, he was a student of the world renowned Grand Master Hasan Celebi (Arabic Calligrapher and IRCICA lead judge).

Jahangir will direct the workshop with a short historical introduction to the art form, lead by practical demonstrations along with the opportunity for attendees to make connections themselves to this magical handwriting journey. Attendees will practice writing authentic basic forms of a few chosen letters.

Sheila Smith of Birmingham Scribes

Demonstrating traditional calligraphy throughout the day in a relaxed way and suited to everyone’s pace of learning. The Pen Museum hosts regular Learning Calligraphy workshops with Sheila for beginners and the more experienced.

Pen Museum 

Explore the Pen Museum and learn about the many pen companies of Birmingham and the history of the trade starting from quills and dip pens to the modern day fountain pen. Step back in time and try your hand at creating your very own steel pen nib using traditional machinery!

Share this event on social media using the hashtag #worldcalligraphyday and let everyone know.

Cost £6 this includes Museum admission, drop-in demonstrations and a free gift for attendees from the gift shop of a pen holder and postcard. Payment can also be made on the day by purchasing adult admission to the Museum. 

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World Calligraphy Day

Say Something Special

As part of World Calligraphy Day, Manuscript Pen Company is partnering with Birmingham Children’s Hospital for the 2nd year on the ‘Say Something Special’ campaign #SaySomethingSpecial.

The campaign encourages people to handwrite a special letter, message or create an illustration to send to the children at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. You can get involved by sending letters to Say Something Special c/o Small Man Media, 2nd Floor, 6 Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4BL.

Last year we received over 100 letters and notes from all over the world! These varied from beautiful calligraphic notes, to handwritten stories from celebrities, calligraphers and artists, schools, children and adults!


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