Cláudio Gil

C504 Capitals on the Wall: A Collective Project

Five Day Class
Lettering, Design

This workshop will focus on learning to write Roman capital letters with flat brushes and applying these skills in executing a collaborative project by all participants—painting a mural. Designed for the intermediate and advanced student, we will combine project development with daily drawing and composition practices. The class will focus on the execution of a mural involving all participants with three components running throughout: the concept (theme), development, and execution.

Through technical, theoretical, practical, and historical examples and instruction, you will develop multiple skills and use them working with a team on a class project. The large scale mural will be formed by panels or canvas. You will have your part in the project and experience the challenge of a vertical surface, while being supported by the entire team. The idea is to form a bond of trust between peers that bolsters the perception that all the challenges involved in the project are more easily solved when everyone works together.

There will be time for the group project, discussions, collaborative processes between peers, and time to develop and test writing in scale. Each of these skills will prepare you to perform your best and add to the overall success of the mural.

Supply List
  • Water container
  • Strathmore 300 or 400 Series drawing paper: A3/11" x 17"
  • Optional: sketchbook
  • 4 or 5 sheets black paper: A3/11" x 17"
  • Zig Calligraphy marker: 2mm and 5mm chisel tip; black and/or any color
  • Pencil or automatic pencil or fine line marker (i.e. Sharpie)
  • Ruler
  • Golden Heavy Body acrylic paint in several colors
  • Optional: gouache or tempera
  • Flat brushes (suggested: Raphael Kaerell #18, #10, #6: OR Daeler Rowney System 3 #18, #10, #6 OR Winsor Newton Series 995 1/4", 1/2", 1"
  • Flat brush: 1-1/2" (suggested: Daeler Rowney Skyflow)
  • Optional: Liquitex FreeStyle brush 4"
  • Fine pointed brush for detail touch-up
  • Apron
  • Neutral soap bar
Materials Fee
To be announced

Cláudio Gil is a teacher, designer, artist and calligrapher who lives in Rio de Janeiro. He has a Master in Design by ESDI-RJ and is a university professor teaching art, design and calligraphy. A self-taught calligrapher, he started his first investigations and pieces in 2003 and has held more than 300 workshops since then. In recent years, he has been researching paleography, writing, calligraphy and visual languages. Cláudio works as a graphic designer and artist for schools and universities, events of art, design and calligraphy in Brazil, Latin America, Canada, and Europe. A solid base obtained through practice and research allows Cláudio to explore and extrapolate the limits of the classic letterforms. His work explores many paths, is always full of freshness, which has become a trademark in his contemporary work. His productions have been exhibited and published in several countries, and many of his works are in collections of museums and cultural institutions around the world.