July 21 @ 10:00 am - July 26 @ 5:00 pm

We will examine the beautiful, fluid letterforms of the Art Nouveau/Modernist movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries from Catalonia and the UK (and maybe Austria...).  We will also make our own pens and design monograms, ex libris, personal logotypes,&c.
Bring your ideas! Each participant will be able to realise a personal project, & we will have a modest exhibition of our work at the end of the course. It will be fantastic.

Keith & Amanda will provide six hours of instruction every day, plus some evening presentations (slides/keynote).  We may be grinding natural pigments to make paint & writing with the paint.  No previous experience is necessary!  Experienced calligraphers will receive more advanced instruction. 
Bring words you want to write and projects you'd like to embark on or develop!  If you can, please bring backyard bamboo, ordinary reed/cane stems, bullrushes (dry), and if you live near swan-frequented ponds go round and pick up dropped feathers…the bigger the better, but they needn’t be glamorous.  Recycling beer and aluminium cans work well too!
The course cost includes all tools and materials (pens, paper, inks and paints) and a delicious wholefood lunch each day.  Comfortable cottage accommodation is available.  There is a 3-day weekend option from 21st - 23rd July.

About the Tutors: Keith Adams (M.A., Oxon), has lived and worked in Catalonia since 1976. He has been professor of calligraphy at Eina School of Art and Design, a faculty of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, since 1985, among many other Catalan design institutions.  

Amanda is a past president of the (Seattle) Society for Calligraphy & Handwriting; and was awarded First Prize for Italic Handwriting by the Society for Italic Handwriting (London) in 1993, 1996 and 2001.  

Together they have taught intensive summer courses in the Communities of the Arche (of Lanza del Vasto) in France for thirty years along with over a hundred other monographic courses in Brittany, Flanders, Catalonia, Spain, France, &c., and have had over twenty exhibitions of their lettering as well as participating in many collective exhibitions, including the 2015 calligraphy exhibition of the Spanish National Library.

Keith and Amanda’s webpage
See photos of the courses at Laya Point from 2015 & 2016
Keith and Amanda’s You Tube channel


Should you require accommodation, there are a number of options:

  • Rooms are available in a comfortable and homely farmhouse cottage with spectacular views of the valley and a large well appointed kitchen for self-catering. Single and double options available. £35 per person per night.
  • For the wild at heart camping is available with showers and hot water available on site. Pitch your tent in this glacial valley of England’s Lake District and enjoy 360˚ of panoramic spectacular views. Camping – £10 per tent per night.
  • Visit Staying with Us for more details and accommodation options.

For more information or to book on the course, please contact us at info@calligraphycumbria.co.uk.