Luca Barcellona – Blackletter Workshop – May 17-19

3-day workshop

Blackletter – A journey through gothic letterforms.

Gothic script is definitely the calligraphic style with the strongest appeal, thanks to its strong and sharp shapes. The workshop offers a journey through this writing style, starting from the textura, mainly used for writing manuscripts, to its Renaissance evolution. The fraktur writing, characterized by a strongly decorative component with complex and generous capital letters, offers the chance to experience endless possibilities of variations that are still widely used today. We will start by studying the historical shapes, writing with the broad edge pen, and then we will re-write the letters in a more expressive way using the twist of the brush. Finally we’ll pass to the development of other possible alphabets, more personal and modern. A course for beginners, experts and those who want to deeper the study of this writing style.

Duration: 3 Days
Participants: 10 people
Price: EUR 600,00 including materials and snacks, coffee, etc.

Every registration requires a deposit of EUR 200,00 which will be balanced with the final price.

Illumination Workshop with Grzegorz Barasiński | 30/31 March 2019 in Scriptorium Berlin

*Deutsche Beschreibung auf Anfrage

Illumination Workshop

What is it about?
The illuminated initial means a highly decorative letter as well as a gilded letter that appears as the first in the text. Actually, you often find the initials even in newspapers because a little larger letter in the beginning of the article is an initial too, even if not so adorned. Metaphorically, the illuminated initial means clarifying, throwing light on, explaining. From a technical point of view, it means using gold and other precious metal in order to enrich and to make more beautiful the letter, and it is strongly connected with brightness and glittering. This time I would like to put forward that we master the illumination skills by painting and gilding a grotesque.

What is a grotesque?
The book illumination may consist of an initial (indeed there are several types of initials, of course), line-fillers as well as borders. If on a page some amusing figures appear, we call them ‘drolleries’. They might be for exemple rabbits riding a hores or fighting snails. The hybrid forms of creature are ‘grotesque’ and I believe they will be perfectly fit to the Scriptorium Berlin, and some are just like ready-made as a tatoo pattern. We will take the exemples from the famous manuscript located in British Library. The Luttrell Psalter dates back 14th century and is still an incredible source of astonishing images. Furthermore, this awe-inspiring manuscript is not avaible solely for princes and bishops, as earlier it was, but nowadays we can enjoy it and admire page by page owing to Internet. And we will take advantage of this!

What will we do?
During the workshop the participants create a medieval style grotesque coming from the Lutrell Psalter with a gold accent. They are taught how to paint with tempera, i.e. a method of painting with pigments dispersed in an emulsion miscible with water, and how to use of gilding. If you like, you can also paint a letter and learn the Gothic letters according to the mentioned manuscript.

Fancy to prepare to the workshop?
There is no need to bring anything to the workshop or to be experienced at making illumination. You can really start from scratch! If you would like to prepare before the workshop, you can visit the page and choose something interesting for you.

About Grzegorz Barasiński
Ten years ago, he founded the Company Kaligraf. He runs the Calligrapher’s Shop ( ) and the School of Calligraphy (Krakow, Warsaw) ( , including the Summer Schools in Hebdów and in Wigry. He writes in Latin, Cyrillic and Hebrew alphabets. He wrote two books about calligraphy. Gratuated Jagiellonian University, he is a scientist of religions.

The workshop is held in English but the artist Grzegorz Barasiński can speak German, English, and Polish.

Good to know: anyone can start with this illumination workshop without knowing calligraphy or being good at paintings.

Duration: 2 Days

Price: EUR 180,00 including materials and snacks.

Participants: 12 people


Calligraphy workshop by Rainer Wiebe | 22-23 September 2018 in Scriptorium Berlin

(workshops in German or English)


    From the parallel pen to the ruling pen.

The pilot parallel pen and his possible applications in calligraphy with introduction to the classical writing style.

Rainer Wiebe will build and take with him different models of the modified Parallel Pen: the Rulingfüller (modified as a Ruling Pen) and the Spacefüller (double stroke nibs, or with three or four strokes). Each participant will be able to buy one, also in different width – only as long as stock lasts!

The Spacefüller will also be presented with extended possibilities of use.

The Rulingfüller (the name is adapted from the well known Rulingpen) with his diverse possible applications. Each participant receives a Rulingfüller (included in the price).

Price per person: 250 €
Material, Snacks and soft drinks are included.
The lunch is not included. You can eat in one of the restaurants close to Scriptorium.
Please bring with you your calligraphy material you already have.
We kindly ask you to send us a deposit of 100€ via bank transfer or PayPal.
Basic calligraphy knowledge is required for this workshop.

For the participants who have no basic calligraphy knowledge, Rainer Wiebe offers the possibility to have a 3 hours longs introduction course for beginners on Friday evening, from 18:00 to 21:30h. The price per person would be 80€ per person. Please let us know if you’re interested in doing the introduction course!

Rainer Wiebe stays available after the Workshop official hours for the participants who have questions or simply want to continue practice.

10 Spots available.

    In 2003 he founded the Calligraphy school of Saarbrücken. Since 2008 he builds his own special Parallel Pens which enable to write and draw with a spectrum of different stroke qualities.

    Feel free the check his internet page ( or Facebook

    ( if you’d like to know more about him.





Vom Parallelpen zum Space- und Rulingfüller


Beginnend mit dem 6mm Parallelpen werden klassische Stile wie Chancery, Textur und Fraktur geübt, anschließend auch die erweiterten Möglichkeiten des SPACEFÜLLERS gezeigt.

Rainer Wiebe wird zusätzlich zu den Pilot Parallelpen auch seine verschiedenen umgebauten Modelle SPACEFÜLLER und RULINGFÜLLER zum Verkauf mitbringen.

Wenn Teilnehmer bereits Parallelpen oder Spacefüller besitzen, bringt sie bitte zum Kurs mit.

Der Rulingfüller mit seinen vielseitigen Einsatzmöglichkeiten. Hierzu erhält jeder

Teilnehmer einen Rulingfüller, im Kurspreis inbegriffen.


Preis pro Person: 250 €

Material, Snacks und Getränke sind inbegriffen.

Das Mittagsessen ist nicht im Preis inbegriffen.

Ihr könnt in einem der Restaurants in der Nähe essen gehen.

Falls vorhanden könnt ihr
gern Euer Kalligrafiematerial mitbringen, vor allem Parallelpen, Space- und Rulingfüller.

Wir bitten Euch eine Anzahlung i.H.v. 100€ bei Buchung des Workshops zu überweisen (Banktransfer oder PayPal).

Voraussetzung für diesen Workshop sind Grundkenntnisse.

Für die Teilnehmer, die noch keine Grundkenntnisse haben, wäre ein dreistündiger Einführungskurs für Neueinsteiger am Freitagabend von 18:00 bis 21:30Uhr möglich.

Der Preis pro Person beträgt 80€. Bitte meldet Ihr Euch, falls Ihr Interesse habt.

Rainer Wiebe bleibt gern auch noch nach offizieller Kurszeit im Scriptorium, um Fragen zu beantworten und für die, die abends noch weiter üben möchten.

Insgesamt stehen 10 Plätze zur Verfügung.

SOLD OUT / Jeff Marshall Script & Casual Workshop Berlin

Jeff Marshall Lettering Workshops are designed for those who are looking to improve their casual and script lettering skills, to add flare and give this style of lettering character. You can be a well seasoned craftsman with minimal experience in this style or a newbie, either way Jeff will have you on track to producing casual and script correctly by learning the basic fundamentals.
People who would benefit mostly in the workshop would be newbies with minimal brush experience and Craftsmen with good brush skills but minimal knowledge of casual and script. The format of a workshop will be uncomplicated, easy going, at the pace of the individual and an environment where no judgments are made. The workshops are all about the passing on of methods in producing two letter styles and the development in the student.

The workshop will take place at Scriptorium Berlin, unless otherwise advised.

Price is €200 for both nights, 6pm-10pm Tues, 6pm-10pm Wed.
The class will be a maximum of 10, so its advisable to pay a 50% deposit to secure your spot and avoid disappointment due to the popularity.
Price includes refreshments both evenings, paint and supplies but doesn’t include brushes, although there will be some for sale on the evening.

To book a spot, please send a deposit of €100 by clicking on ‘Find tickets’ above. Thank you!

Initial illumination workshops

Illuminated Initial Workshops
What is it about?
The illuminated initial means a higly decorative letter as well as a gilded letter that appears as the first for example in the text. Metaphorically, the illuminated initial means clarifying, throwing light on, explaining, from a technical point of view, it means using gold and other precious metal in order to enrich and to make more beautiful the letter, and it is strongly connected with brigtness and glittering.
During the workshops the participants are going to create a medieval style initial using Lombardic uncial letter. They”ll try to compose their own letter and to decorate it wiht gothic leaves and flowers. They’ll be taught how to paint with tempera, i.e. a method of painting with pigments dispersed in an emulsion miscible with water and how to use two methods of gilding – a matt one and a gloss one.
The two days are going to be hosted by the artist calligrapher Grzegorz Barasiński.
Price per person: 200€
Two days, includes materials and snacks.
Limited number of participants.
tel: +49 0()30 241 74 500