Calligraphists from Auckland, Auckland’s only major city, have been getting in on the action with a calligraphical training course that aims to give people a taste of the art.
The Calligraphic Training for People in New Zealand is the brainchild of Joanna Raine, an Auckland-based writer and lecturer at Auckland University.
The course is part of an ongoing programme to train and teach the public about the art of calligraphying.
The Auckland City College and University of Auckland are supporting the Calligraphics for People program through their Arts and Humanities Research Fund.
Joanna says the calligraphics course has been designed to get people interested in the art, which she describes as “very, very popular in Auckland”.
The aim is to get more people involved in the profession, but the aim is also to get a better understanding of the process.
Jo, who has also taught calligraphys for the Auckland School of Art, says that many calligraphs can be found in public spaces, such as parks, or in the home.
“A lot of them are very simple.
They’re not very sophisticated or sophisticated.
It’s more like you could take a pen and put your finger on it and it would turn out pretty much like what you see in a picture.”
Joanna said that the aim of the Calligraphic Training for people in New York, a city with a population of more than 2 million, was to teach calligraphies and get people to think about how to create and use them.
The students, who will study calligraphry in a studio in NewYork, will learn about drawing and how to put together intricate hand-drawn work.
“I want people to be thinking about the history of calligraphing, and about what it means and how it’s done,” she said.
Jo says there are more than 100 schools and colleges across the country offering calligraphic training courses.
The courses will also help people to learn how to use the tools of the trade and how calligraphistics has evolved over time.
“We’re really trying to bring people into the conversation about the profession as well,” she added.
There are also plans for a calligraphic museum in New England, which will be open to the public, Joanna added.
“The museum is very much a cultural and educational space.
It has been a very long time since we’ve had a callagrapher or a callicam, but we’re really excited to have that space.”
Jo says she was drawn to the calligistic art form because it was such a “unique, creative, interesting art form”.
“We have such an amazing amount of history and the fact that the craft is so complex, that’s really exciting to me.”
The course will be offered through the Auckland City School of Arts and The University of New Zealand.
For more information on the calliope, visit the Calliope website.