Yerevan & TBILISI
calligraphy camp

1 — 11 June 2019

For whom?
This camp is tailored for designers, illustrators, typographers and everyone ready to embrace a distraction-free calligraphy immersion. Calligraphic experience and nib using skills are highly welcomed. The camp will introduce you into new lettering styles and expand your creative capacity.
How the process goes?
Camp’s programme presumes daily calligraphic practice and an introduction into the culture of the scripts of two cultures. Schedule requires daily participation from 10 to 18. Course’s extra activities include museum visits and walks around the city.
What's the outcome?
As a result you’ll receive plenty of practice and inspiration! During the course you can reach out to our curators for consultations and benefit from group discussions and work analysis. The camp is a creative vocation and an opportunity to treat yourself with novel impressions and deepen your existing knowledge with up-to-date insights.

Juliana Morgun
Curator
Our full-time lecturer, online and offline courses author. Specialized in both historical and modern typography. An adept of combining analytical and experimental approaches.
Roman Grigorian
Curator
Architect, calligrapher, stonecutter, book illustrator and a muralist. Remarkable for his works at the verge of graffiti and calligraphy, and numerous memorial project including the currently implemented monument for 100th anniversary of Yerevan State University.
Otar Mchedlishvili
Curator
Calligraphy teacher at National Archive of Georgian, and expert of bookmaking and miniature art. A member of Society of Friends of the Georgia’s National Centre of Manuscripts and Lezhava Multi Profile International Academy of Sciences. Workshop is conducted in English.
Course programme
1 — 11 June
1st June
WELCOME
First day, check-in and housing begins at 12:00.

If you are coming in the morning or early afternoon, you will gain a whole day to hang around the city. Studying will begin on 2nd of June.

20:00−22:00
Student meet-up & dining
2st june
Curated by Juliana Morgun

10:00—11:00
Forthcoming workload discussion. Defining "artbook" and creation principles analysis. Discussing ideas and concepts of your forthcoming course project.

11:00—12:00
Learning flat-nib calligraphy basics using the example of Italian cursive. Going through rhythm exercises and digging into variety of flat-edge tools — quill, brush and DIY instruments. Creating a rhythmic structure compositions.

12:00—14:00
Introduction to Latin script. Writing practice.

14:00—15:00
Lunch break.

15:00—18:00
Matenadaran Museum visit.

After 18:00 free time
3rd june
Curated by Juliana Morgun

10:00—12:00
Introduction to Cyrillic script. Writing practice.

12:00—14:00
Exploring the differences between classic calligraphy and modern expression-driven style. Practice.

14:00—15:00
Lunch break.

15:00—16:00
Polyrhythmic writing technique with the use of brush, flat and round nibs.

16:00—18:00
Working with unconventional letterforms with practices of deconstruction, alternative proportions and tool angle adjustment.

After 18:00 free time
4th june
Curated by Roman Grigorian

10:00—14:00
Introduction to Armenian script and grapheme writing workout with the use of pointed and flat nibs.

14:00—15:00

Lunch break.

15:00—18:00
Creating calligraphy compositions. Works presentation and discussion.

After 18:00 free time
5th June
Curated by Juliana Morgun

10:00—12:00
Curated by Juliana Morgun

12:30—14:00
Collage technique: combining calligraphy, lettering and graphics.

14:00—15:00
Lunch break.

15:00—18:30
Bringing artbook together. Works presentation and discussion, learned material discussion.

After 18:00 free time
6th june
Transfer to Tbilisi.
National Gallery visit.
7th June
Curated by Juliana Morgun

10:00—12:00
Flat nib cursive writing technique. Connecting letters, alternative letterforms and connections.

12:00—14:00
Vertical composition artwork creation.

14:00—15:00

Lunch break.

15:00—16:00

Exploring the influence of writing speed to its characteristics. Conscious and unconscious expression.

16:00 —18:00
Multilayer composition creation.

After 18:00 free time
8 июня
Curated by Juliana Morgun

10:00—14:00

Flat brush maneuvering. Creating new letterforms with an unconventional curves and strokes.

14:00—15:00
Lunch break.

15:00—16:00
Applying flat nib and brush in geometric abstraction.

16:00 —18:00
Creating your own alphabet.

After 18:00 free time
9 июня
Curated by Otar Mchedlishvili

10:00—12:00
Manuscripts museum visit.

12:00—13:00
Lunch break.

13:00—18:00
Introduction to Georgian script, pointed nib ligatures writing practice. Phrase-based composition.

After 18:00 free time
10 июня
10:00—12:00
Outdoor picnic breakfast. Practicing quill, brush and improvised tools calligraphy in the park.

12:30—14:00
Georgian and Cyrillic calligraphy as a ground of abstraction.

14:00—15:00
Lunch break.

15:00—17:30
Second artbook assembling.

17:30—19:00
Works review and discussion.

20:00
Course celebration dinner. Hurray!
11 июня
10:00—13:00
Final day of the camp. Departure.
Student reviews
A truly energizing course! You dive into creativity with no distractions, putting all your worries aside. Only pure and intense creativity and nothing else! I can hardly arrange something like this in my daily lifetime, while the camp’s intense programme helped me to gain the applicable skill, get a handle on lettering and improve my calligraphy’s weaknesses.
Besides the new knowledge of calligraphy, this course had also revealed me numerous design essentials including composition and typography. Curated reviews were of great use and helped to constantly keep in line with my progress and go further. Open-minded, positive and talented people around were inspiring and stimulating for creativity of my own.
The trip relieved the stress of daily working and household turmoil. My mind just switched to creativity, merrily soaking in novelty and impressions. I sure can say Tbilisian charge still does work even today! :)
New experience, new language, complete cultural and artistic immersion 24/7!
This camp pulled me out of the usual pace of life and dragged me fully into calligraphy studies with plenty of theory, techniques and practice. On top of that, I’ve gotten to fell in love with Armenian culture and make some acquaintances with creative and interesting people.
Really appreciated the management of studies and extracurricular activities :) Same relates to Juliana’s teaching approach, her assistance in material mastering and that curators really enjoyed the process themselves. Awesome people in the course group contributed to the supportive and nourishing learning environment. As for the techniques, I really liked the cola pen thing! Another undeniable advantage is the smooth combo of out-of-school cultural activities and casual wine & dine. Could not get enough of khinkali and time for everything. Speaking seriously, there’s nothing to pick on for me, at least from the newbie’s point of view.
Enjoyed working with the previously untapped tools (like a broad flat brush). Digging into the new alphabet and language really activated my thinking and pushed towards fresher approach to my working on native Cyrillic letterforms:) Also, the trip kindled up my reclining inspiration. Thanks to the camp I’ve got the insider view to the new culture, the perspective that, in my opinion, provides the best way of new information perception and memorizing.
New materials, instruments, artistic expression forms, writing techniques and an absolutely new typographic framework — all of these gave me a mighty kick of creativity and growth motivation! Appreciated the emotional aspect of the course: wonderful, easy-going creatives that are open to pleasures of both studying and having fun. Fresh spring breeze, pristine waters and blossom smells are all around! Yes, exactly what I needed, thanks! :)))
Course enrollment
596 dollars — for regular students of our off-site сourses (price valid until 1st of May)

627 dollars — for new-coming students.
Price includes education and a shared-house accomodation. Flights, food and museums are paid separately. Course participation also requires the purchase of certain calligraphy materials. Georgia and Armenia are visa-free access countries.
In order to participate in the course, you have to send an email to hey@controforma.school with a brief story about yourself and a link to your works.

We provide all the necessary documents if the course is paid by your employer. This course can be purchased as a gift certificate. You can divide the payment in two parts.

We are glad to answer your questionsphone: +7 921 413 91 34 (Olya), e-mail: hey@controforma.school.
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