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Tim Botts



Adult class 18+

Using favorite texts, we will write them so as to visually express their meaning and discover a powerful way to get inside the meaning of words. We will work through various stages of expression: paraphrasing, miming, gestural marks, grammatical sensitivity, creative letterspacing, uniform distortion, nesting and overlapping, writing on a path, repetition, color interpretation, selective ? our-ishing, and layering. These will be learned by studying examples, demonstra-tion of the thought process, and student exercises. The result will be enhanced communication of words you have a passion to write.

Supplies: SUPPLY LIST sumi ink in a round green bottle Winsor Newton gouache in tubes: the primary colors plus white *Holbein pearl gold gouache in a tube 11x14 or 11x17? white bond or photocopier paper for practice exercises broad-edged pen points: Speedball C-0, C-1, C-2 and Brause set of nine (esp 3/4 through 3 mm) several broad-edged watercolor brushes: 1/4? to 1? widths HB pencil and kneaded eraser inexpensive pointed brush (sometimes numbered 6-10) for mixing paint and palette with at least six wells assorted color pencils (especially Berol Prismacolor) and markers for layout several sheets of middle value (between black and white) of neutral colored charcoal paper (Canson MiTeintes is easy to get) such as tan, gray or blue at least 11x14? size several sheets of Fabriano Artistico or Arches text Wove cold press watercolor paper at least 11x14?
The work of Timothy R. Botts reaches back to letterforms as old as first century and combines contemporary graphic design principles with them in order to express the meaning of great words. He is interested in interweaving background, text and image so that they become one. He is always trying to strike a balance between visual expression and a degree of legibility with the goal of giving a face to that which is spirit. Tim Botts has a BFA in graphic design from Carnegie-Mellon University during which time he apprenticed in calligraphy with Arnold Bank. He spent three years in Japan teaching conversational English and was influenced by the rich tradition of their brush writing. For 40 years he designed more than 600 books for Tyndale House Publishers near Chicago where he was senior art director before retiring in 2012. Ten books of his own work are published, including Doorposts, Messiah, and a Bible illustrated in his calligraphy. He is a part time instructor with College of DuPage and has taught workshops internationally. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Newberry Library. His newest body of work, based on African American spirituals, was published in 2011 as a book entitled Bound for Glory.

Location: Kavanagh Building
Days: Saturday, Nov 4; 9am - 4:30pm ;
Class ID: 317110130
Class Price: $160
Member Price: $135
Materials Fee: $0

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