• Instructor with 30 years of teaching experience
  • 5 week class, 2 hours a week
  • Online corrections of homework between sessions
  • Video available for 3 months after classes
  • Interactive Zoom sessions. Slack for in-between-sessions
  • Demonstrations, lectures, Q&A sessions
  • From skeletons to majestical serifed shapes
  • A variety of techniques
  • Variations covered
  • All levels welcome

I am pleased to announce I will be teaching Roman Capitals. Classes will start on the day that Romulus and Remus funded Rome in 783 BC, 21st of April (well, according to some geeks on the Internet). Classes are from 20:00 – 22:00 CEST. This will be my first independent live online workshop. We will be using Zoom for the weekly classes, and Slack, a great communication tool, for the assignments and corrections.

Why Roman Capitals? 
These are shapes that have endured for more than 2000 years. They have developed, changed and fused with other forms. They are the source and origin of our Latin alphabet. Roman Capitals are both strictly geometrical and full of potential movement and diversity. At their best they contain unparalleled poise, grace and beauty. 

Been there, done that?
We never quite finish investigating these shapes. After more than thirty years of experience I learn more every time I revisit these old Roman friends. The subtle lift of a stroke, the curve in a serif, a surprising change in weight, they unravel their secrets softly and slowly and are therefore always explorable. And; I will teach these step by step. From skeleton to broad edged pen to pencil drawn forms and typographic detailing.  There are many ways to Roman Capitals. Let’s explore!

What’s special?
I will teach these letters by constructing them in order to learn proportions, writing them to understand the thicks and thins / the swelling of the strokes and drawing them in order to understand the finer typographic details (hairlines and serif variation). All this through lectures showing historical and contemporary examples, demonstration of tools and techniques and Q&A sessions.

Cost: 120 Euros

John Neal Books does postal orders, and he has many of the materials required.


  • Some or all of the following choice of papers:
  • Arches Text Wove
  • Zerkall
  • Rives BFK
  • Khadi Indian Handmade papers come in several different textures.
  • Daler layout pads in A3 size are good for practicing sometimes.
  • A cartridge paper of good quality


  • All sizes of Brause nibs are recommended [Mitchell nibs not suitable] 
  • Pencil [2h]. 
  • Pointed brush, for loading nib with ink
  • Colored pencils


  • Chinese Stick Ink of good quality
  • Ink Stone
  • Higgins Eternal is a cheaper substitute, but the Chinese stick ink is highly recommended 
  • Colours are optional, but please use Winsor & Newton gouache


  • T Square
  • Dividers 
  • Compass
  • Scalpel blade [no 22 for scraping]
  • Adjustable drawing board 
  • Sandarac powder 
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Old cloth
  • Water jar
  • Guard sheet or cotton glove (as you prefer),