Ornamental Letters

This time, we will be looking into the secrets and mysteries of calligraphy. Letters are so familiar to us and our entry into reading. Yet the way we construct letters is the fruit of many and long traditions. Before computers – and which of children can conceive of such a time? – adding ornament to writing was proof of the importance of the message, quite literally transforming letters into art.

This workshop will also show children that the Western alphabet is only one among many, and so we will look at Chinese signs too. But in the main we will focus on our own Roman alphabet, bringing our imagination to bear in decorating and ornamenting letters.

As ever, art is wonder, and wonder is a path to joy!