THE MG SCHOOL OF LATIN CALLIGRAPHY
CALLIGRAPHY  --  ILLUMINATION -- HERALDIC DESIGN

What makes MG School unique

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Individual attention 
@œ 33 courses and 17 one-day workshops!
MG School offers 33 courses related to the art of calligraphy, illumination and heraldic design. Also, 17 one-day workshops are available outside the regular courses and constitute an important support to gain knowledge of graphic techniques and certain aspects of Western culture.

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Through our unique teaching techniques, students learn how to develop their skills and artistic sense to master the art of calligraphy. Guidance is also provided towards understanding the spirit that animates European calligraphers.

@œ Beginners enjoy the experience of going through different phases of learning by enrolling in the initiation courses, intermediate and advanced levels to become full-fleged professionals.

@œ Aside from modern instruments, all courses include the use of traditional tools and materials.
@¦At the stage of initiation to calligraphy, beginners focus on posture, hand position, pen angles, warm-ups and other basic rules to achieve a good understanding of the art. All general classes in calligraphy begin with the basics of the particular style under study.

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Left: Bible leaf, 14th century. The text is written in the Rotunda script. A four-line illuminated initial "C" on a lapis lazuli background. Decorations in burnished gold, blue and pink.
@At the beginning of each class, students receive material gathered during years of research on European manuscripts and from the private collection of MG School's manuscript leaves. Original leaves are exhibited during the class on the History of Writing.@

 

* Students are taught the traditional posture of holding the pen in the right hand and the  stylus in the left hand.

* Traditional tools and materials are used - animal skins, rag papers, natural gums and  pigments. 

*While learning the historical background of each alphabet, students are also taught its  specific style of decorative letters and the use of colors.

* Instruction is provided in a wide range of illumination techniques from the Middle Ages to the present. 



Traditional tools




Homework done in blue gouache: corrected each week and given back to the student with comments and pen corrections

Blackboard example of decorated initials for French Gothic Bastarda

 


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Overseas trips



Manuscript study



Reading room at the National Library of France



Copyright Muriel Gaggini 1998 - All photographs and artwork are the property of MG School

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