From A to Z – First Steps in Calligraphy and Type Designs

In this two-week workshop, the participants learned basic skills and knowledge about writing and designing type as a visual form of language. The basis of the work was the preoccupation with the typographical heritage of the city of Warsaw.

Basic writing exercises

The starting point was basic writing exercises and the transfer of special fonts from public spaces onto paper and computers. This makes it understandable that the form and shape of fonts have evolved from the millennia-old cultural technique of writing and that these are closely linked to the writing and printing tools as well as the various playback media. Typographic definitions, the examination of exemplary works by important typeface designers and contemporary examples complemented the exercises.

Drawing and constructing letters according to historical letter shapes

The result was, in addition to the individual exercise sheets, drafts for a mural of the institute building of the IEA, which is expected to be implemented in spring 2022.

printed letters for use in the mural
In the graphic work of the mural

Andreas Wendt led the workshop as a visiting professor at the Institute for Art Education of the Akademia Pedagogiki Specjalnej im. Marii Grzegorzewskiej in October 2021 in Warsaw.

Read the article on the Warsaw Academy of Special Education website. And take a look at more pictures from the workshop.