What are online CLAS(ses)?
They are online classes delivered live via Zoom sessions from renowned CLAS Accredited tutors or teaching Fellows.
Currently on offer are a number of courses designed to help you submit work for the Certificate of Calligraphy which is the first rung on the CLAS Ladder of Progress. These courses are also particularly suitable for beginners looking to learn or improve a script and you don’t need to be a member to take part. Other courses to support candidates entering for the National Diploma are under development.
The Certificate of Calligraphy is offered for the following traditional scripts:
Angled Pen Uncial
Copperplate Part 1 : lowercase
Copperplate Part 2 : capitals
Each course costs £40 for members of CLAS and £50 for non-members, and at the moment they held on either Wednesdays or Saturdays, please check specific course timings.
Please note that all courses are payable online via PayPal, but you DO NOT need a PayPal account, you simply go through the process and scroll to the bottom of the payment page (when it transfers you to PayPal) and you are given the option to pay by credit or debit card.
What is the Certificate of Calligraphy?
The Certificate is an opportunity to have your work assessed and to receive comments on how well you’ve done as well as helpful suggestions about how to improve. There is no pass or fail – just a mark to give you an indication of the level you’re working at. You also get a certificate to proudly hang on the wall. It’s a great non-stressful way of really getting to grips with a script – and you only have to enter 3 sheets of writing!
Each Course has 2 x 2-hour zoom classes, held 2 weeks apart.
There are a limited number of places per class to ensure that you get the best possible tutor experience.
Entry to the Certificate is entirely optional, but if you wish to, you would need to complete an entry form independently from the course – it’s not automatic as a result of attending. The deadlines for entering are 30th April and 30th November each year. For more information click here.
All details, information on materials needed and exemplar sheets will be sent out prior to the course start. Terms and Conditions for all courses are available here.
Session 1: outline and letterforms
- Short outline of what to expect throughout the 2 classes.
- An introduction to the hand of choice.
- A run-through of how to write the alphabet, letter by letter.
- You will not be expected to write along with the tutor, as you can view the recording after the class as many times as you like for 2 weeks.
- An overview of the following session and suggested homework you could be doing.
Session 2: developing skills for Certificate entry
- General feedback from session 1 (not critiquing homework but tips and pointers given the group’s experiences).
- Explanations about spacing and how to gain a good rhythm.
- Layout, suitable margins and common mistakes, FAQs
Top tips and beginner guides
For more information on the Certificate itself and why you might think about entering it, click here to watch a user’s guide to the Certificate. You can also read answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions here.
We have a series of free video guides to help with all those pitfalls most people find when first using broad-edge pens along with suggestions about how to set up a workspace etc. Access the guides here.
If you decided that you wanted to gain more from your tutor, a private arrangement can be made for tuition and feedback on a 1 to 1 basis at a set fee. Your tutor will outline how that would work during your course – it is both optional and additional to the LiveOnline course, but it does give you access to some fantastic tutors at a fixed price, so it’s worth a thought if you enjoy the course and would really like to push your calligraphy forward.
Any questions – or has your course sold out?
If you have any questions or if the course that you’d love to take part in has sold out, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to answer all the queries or put you on the waiting list for the next course. This will also help us to schedule what is most popular, thank you.