Lekha- A Devanagri Calligraphy workshop
Date: 28th April, 2018
Time: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Venue: Khar Social
Age group: 16+
Charges: Rs. 1500 (Inclusive of all taxes and material)
The letter they say is the fundamental unit of expression. Without the letter, no language can exist, and by extension, there can be no communication. Calligraphy celebrates the letter - by assigning visual poetry to everyday script. A meditative exercise, calligraphy not only enables script to become art in itself, but also makes the writer an artist!
Open bracket brings to you 'Lekha: A Devanagri calligraphy workshop' an interactive space for design enthusiasts to learn the art of traditional Indian calligraphy - with a twist - in a relaxed, stimulating setting. Our artist will teach the basics of the traditional technique of using a broad edged pen, introducing you to the Indian lettering styles - Devanagari. A brief history of the origin of Sanskrit sounds and alphabets will also be presented.
The workshop will focus on the essential skills of calligraphy: the proper way to load and hold the pen, correct and rhythmic movement, and creating beautiful letter forms. Participants will be lead through a complete alphabet as well as guidelines on spacing and layout. Our artist will share pro recommendations for how to practice at home and suggest specific goals following the class. During the workshop, he will share dozens of cool ideas for using your calligraphy skills to create lettering art going forward, interactive demos and 1-on-1 guidance. Participants will also get one on one guidance in creating a final take-away artwork using the skills and materials provided in the class.
Materials included in the workshop kit:
• Pen holders and steel nibs
• Black as well as coloured inks
• Complete sample alphabet with several hand - lettered examples
• Digital tools that you can use on your smart phone to learn and practice calligraphy as well as suggestions on useful online resources.
• List of stores that supply materials such as pens, inks, fine papers etc needed to produce professional work
About the Artist: This workshop will be conducted by our guest artist Jayant Silva. Jayant is an artist and computer scientist by education. He explores both contemporary and sacred themes in Indian languages through calligraphy. He works in a number of languages such as Sanskrit, Bengali, Tamil and Marathi. Besides traditional media, he also explores the making of letterforms using embroidery, engraving, embossing, cutting and folding on a number of surfaces such as wood, metal, cloth, leaves, paper mache etc. He has taught University courses on the Siddham script. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Sacred Art, Belgium as well as private collections. He has most recently been invited to contribute his work to the prestigious Klingspor Museum, Germany. You can learn more about his work on his website www.jayantsilva.com
About Open Bracket- Open bracket is an experimental platform for all things creative! We organize and curate custom made workshops that stand firmly in the no man’s land between classroom lectures and professional training, though never shying from mandatory hops of fun. The workshops are conducted by professionals who are invited from an extensive list of artists and creators from all over the country. To know more log on to www.openbracket.in