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Cost: $60 for members/$70 non members
There is nothing more alluring than sound structure in letterforms. The evolution of the ampersand, its styles and variations, has a history all of its own.

Come and explore this beautiful creature, its etymology, its history, traditional and modern and familiarise yourself with other famous ligatures. There will be a small component of research and analysis along with pen-work and drawing in this serious yet fun class. Suitable for all levels.

Specific skills you will learn at this workshop:

You will learn valuable research techniques and how to read a medieval manuscript and pick out ampersands & ligatures. You will draw both traditional and contemporary styles of ampersands and learn how to apply ligatures to a variety of hands in your calligraphy.
Handouts presented for download a couple of days before the workshop. 

  • Participants in this workshop will work via Zoom at the Warrane Neighbourhood House.
  • Most of us will be working from there but as Gemma will be coming to us via Zoom, anyone can join us.
  • Please let Jo know if you will be attending via Zoom at another location and she will send you the link. Email [email protected]
  • Gemma uses ‘Padlet’ as an after workshop place to post work. Please try it out before the workshop. Gemma will add the handout and materials list on padlet.
  • Jo will print out the exemplars for everyone so no need to print your own.
  • Padlet – You can just click straight into here. You do not have to be a registered Padlet member or user:


Materials List Gemma