Roman Capitals with Renee Alexander


From Form to Freedom

In this course students will be introduced to Roman Inscriptional Capitals, their longevity and influence on type design. Students will first draw with pencil Roman Capitals in order to see and understand their proportions and spacing. We will then move onto pen execution to form these geometric structures. To create dynamic compositions, students will then learn a more hand friendly version of Roman Capitals, adopting some contemporary methods to make letters dance.

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About the Instructor

Renée Alexander brings over 30 years of calligraphy expertise to her North Vancouver hand-lettering studio.  She has worked for Government Institutes, Professional Associations, Graphic Designers, Universities as well as private commissions.

After receiving her art diploma in Vancouver, she spent a summer studying at Imperial College in London under Ann Hechle and later studied for two consecutive summers under Sheila Waters in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Renée has also studied at Cheerio’s Calligraphy Centre under master lettering artist, John Stevens and has taken workshops from other top lettering artists including Denis Brown, Julian Waters and Yves Leterme.

Renée is a faculty member in the Continuing Studies Department at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. She has also taught at Capilano University, the WOOL Conference sponsored by Westcoast Calligraphy Society and local Guilds.

Materials List


Staedtler 780 Technico Pencil – 2mm (this pencil has a sharpener on the top which can be removed to sharpen the lead.)

Rhodia Reverse Spiral Book 21 x 21 cm – the graph squares measure 1⁄2 cm square Plastic right angle
Plastic Circle template – has multiple sizes from very small to almost 2” / or a compass Clear plastic ruler

Red pencil crayon and regular pencil sharpener
Metal ruler
Mars Staedtler white eraser
Arches Text Woven paper cut to 11” x 14” – multiple sheets White practice paper

Tracing paper
Green painter’s tape (not frog tape)
Speedball C4 nib(s) and holder
Gouache (colours such as Red Oxide, Payne’s Gray and Ivory Black) Mixing and filling brushes
Small containers to mix gouache (small jars with lids work well) Water containers
Text for lettering

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