Letters, stencils, sketchbook, rabbits, monsters, drawing, no laptops, contour, edge, shape, thinking hand
Who can apply
Anyone can apply. Expertise limited mostly to the latin alphabet but students who want to explore additional writing systems are very welcome.
Lots of energy, an open mind, willingness to be present and participate.
Dates may be modified and courses may be canceled depending on the evolution of the pandemic.
There are many ways to draw lettering. Cyrus Highsmith works in an approach based largely on the importance of white space and sensitivity to form. This method applies to both typographic design and the creation of images of all kinds. For Highsmith, it is a way of looking at the world. The workshop will be a messy, hands-on, computer-free exploration of how to draw, make, and think about lettering.
The goal of this workshop is to create a memorable week, drawing letters and creating art. It ends with a joint exhibition of our work.
Cyrus is a letterer, professor, author and graphic artist. He teaches typographic design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He wrote and illustrated the acclaimed guide Inside Paragraphs: Typographic Fundamentals. In 2015 he received the Gerrit Noordzij Award for outstanding contributions to the fields of type design, typography, and typographic education. In 2017 he became Creative Director of Latin Type Development at Morisawa, U.S.A. He goes to bed very early.