CLAS Ladder of Progress

Up the Ladder of Progress Where did you first learn calligraphy? For many of us it was at Adult Education Centres in day or evening classes where, if we were lucky and had a good tutor, our enthusiasm was nurtured and perhaps even inspired. Good progress can be made with a good tutor, but how do you get beyond that, or find out about different approaches to the craft, or about skills and techniques your tutor may not have?

The Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society has in place a structured system of assessment, the CLAS Ladder of Progress which helps everyone to improve - from beginners to Fellows. The advantage of the CLAS system is that it satisfies those who want the occasional workshop to boost & pursue their skills as well as those who are looking for accreditation. Entry on the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society Ladder of Progress can be made at any level - whatever is appropriate for you. Some CLAS members will be satisfied with a Saturday or weekend course, supplementing this perhaps with courses at the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society Festival of Calligraphy; others may look for recognition of the progress they have already made and the standard they have achieved.

To supplement your studies in order to help you to work towards one of the levels, CLAS offers a Ladder of Progress Course. This can be organised by any calligraphy group – details of how to set up are provided, see the link below...


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  CLAS Fellowship  
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  National Diploma in Calligraphy
Advanced
  up
  Accredited Tutor
  up
  National Diploma in Calligraphy
Intermediate
  up
  National Diploma in Calligraphy
Foundation
  up
  Certificate of Calligraphy  
  up  
  Beginners
Self-taught, Adult Education Centres,
Art & Craft Centres, Private Classes,
Local Calligraphy Groups etc.
 

Criterion referenced assessment is the basis for all the levels of achievement in CLAS. This means that specific criteria are chosen and marks allotted to the various categories, details of which participants know in advance. In calligraphy, matters such as construction of the letters, which includes pen angle and x-height, spacing, consistency of family characteristics - the shape of the letter 'o' and related forms (for example arches starting in the right places) - use of colour in layout and design to help interpret the words and so on; are all crucial. Marks awarded from an allocated maximum show clearly where there are strengths and weaknesses. All CLAS assessments have feedback to candidates built in to the procedure. This process, though time consuming for the assessors, is essential if there is to be progress and improvement.


The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society, 54 Boileau Road, London SW13 9BL England

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