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Presented by the Nashville Calligraphers Guild

Cost: $50 members; $60 not-yet-members (all supplies, gallery admission, and parking validation included)   

Elegance, simplicity, strength, and clarity­—these are the principal virtues of the uncial script. 

In this workshop inspired by the exhibition Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City, participants will be introduced to the beautiful uncial calligraphy hand. This hand appeared during the last centuries of the Roman Empire. It was developed in the scriptoria of monasteries and was used for religious, civil, political, and historical writings from the fourth through eighth centuries. Many illuminated manuscripts were written using the uncial script. 

Participants will practice uncial letters, learning techniques of this hand that can be used to address envelopes, add titles to poems and certificates, and more. Participants will be provided with exemplars of the hand, handouts describing it, paper on which to practice lettering, and a broad-edged marker to keep. They will also see a demonstration of a dip pen and ink used to create uncial letters. A display of uncial pieces will be shown, and samples of other calligraphy hands will be provided.  

The Nashville Calligraphers Guild was formed in 1981 to foster the continued study, practice, and use of calligraphy among its members and to encourage community awareness of the art of calligraphy. To this end, the guild meets five times a year, publishes a newsletter, and sponsors workshops and related activities. The guild consists of approximately eighty members from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. 

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