Judy Detrick

C503 Dutch Masters Script

Five Day Class

Often overlooked by calligraphers who seek inspiration from historical scripts, the Dutch masters of the 17th century never fail to astonish and motivate. Not only were they virtuosos at rendering most European styles, their technical mastery paved the way for the emergence of pointed pen scripts a century later.

The hand quite distinctly their own, is our subject. In this class we will decode the construction and decorative aspects of this truly original script, and look at its place in modern design. We will analyze what makes the design so dynamic, and learn how to adopt the best parts of what we like about the script—feeling free to mix and match our favorite letterforms from other sources—to create a hand of our own! Learn why the Dutch masters were, and continue to be, so highly regarded by calligraphers the world over.

Supply List
  • Plain, white practice pad: 17" x 11"
  • T-square
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Any favorite ink
  • Brause nibs: 1, 2, and 3 mm
  • Pen holder
  • Small ink container: could be a bottle cap, crystal ink well, or anything in-between

Judy Detrick is a calligrapher and designer living on the Mendocino coast of Northern California where she taught calligraphy and graphic design at College of the Redwoods for more than 25 years. Her work can be found in several anthologies of calligraphy and graphic design, and she is represented in the Harrison Collection of Calligraphy and Lettering at the San Francisco Public Library. She is the author of Simply Calligraphy, A Beginner’s Guide to Elegant Lettering.