Linas Spurga (junior)

Linas Spurga (younger) is a calligrapher, graphic designer and lecturer, who holds a Bachelor’s (2015) and Master’s (2017) degree from the Department of Graphic Arts at the Vilnius Academy of Arts (VAA). In his creative practice of calligraphy, he is engaged in unconventional, experimental writing, uses unfamiliar tools, and is interested in the history and philosophy of calligraphy.

In the field of calligraphy, L.Spurga (younger) has performed live at a concert by experimental musician Thanos Chrysakis at the Kirtimai Culture Centre (2018), has written calligraphies for the HBO television series „Catherine the Great“ (2018), created a copy of an 18th century Karaite wedding certificate for the agency Process Office (2019), and wrote calligraphies for the MO Museum’s major exhibition „Why is hard to love?“, curated by the artist Saskia Boddeke and the filmmaker Peter Greenaway (2020). 

In the field of graphic design, Linas has created the visual identity for the festival „Druskininkai Poetic Fall“ (2019, 2020), as well as for the book publishing house RARA (2020).

Since 2017 L.Spurga has been working at Vilnius College of Design, where he has been teaching Typography and Typeface since 2018.

Calligrapher L.Spurga (younger) received an individual scholarship from the Lithuanian Council of Culture in 2017. He was granted the status of Art Creator by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania in 2020 and since 2021 L.Spurga (younger) has been a member of the Lithuanian Design Association (LDA) and the Lithuanian Copyright Protection Association (LATGA).

Calligrapher, graphic designer, lecturer Linas Spurga (junior) will lead the Gothic Fracture calligraphy workshop.
The Fractur is a variant of the Gothic font that originated in the 16th century. Created for Emperor Maximilian I as a printing typeface, Frakur is perfect for calligraphic writing today. The Latin word Fractur means “break”. Therefore, in contrast to the strict, unmannerly, almost ascetic Gothic texture that existed before it, Fraktur is a “broken”, freer, more stylistically diverse version of the Gothic typeface.
The last manifestations of daily use of the Fractur are found in the 1950‘s  in Germany. The Fraktur is again relevant and rapidly gaining popularity  nowadays. It is especially loved by modern calligraphers and street artists due to its great stylistic possibilities.

DESCRIPTION OF CREATIVE WORKSHOP 
Participants of the Gothic Fracture calligraphy workshop will get to know the principles and tools of calligraphy writing; will learn the basics of Frakture font writing, get to know the history and specifics of this font, will try their hand at writing lowercase and uppercase letters and creating calligraphic compositions.
Importantly, the participants at last year’s Gothic font workshop will get to know a new style of gothic font – Fractur and broaden their horizons and understanding of calligraphic fonts. Also,  participants of last year’s workshop will have the opportunity to see the technical, stylistic and aesthetic differences between the previously learned fonts and this year’s fonts, and they will be able to gradually develop a more delicate sense of writing gothic fonts.

DETAILED SCHEDULE 
26th of September
5.00 – 6.40 pm Discussion of the workshop programme. Presentation on the  Fracture Calligraphy.
6.20-6.30 pm Break
6.30-20 pm Exercises. Tools, principles of writing, basics of Fracture font.

27th of September
5.00–6.40 pm Fracture lowercase letters. Principles, exercises.
6.40-7.00 pm Break.
7.00–7.40 pm Continuation of the practical exercise.
7.40–8.00 pm Discussion of the results.

28th of September
5.00–6.40 pm Fracture capital letters. Principles, exercises.
6.40-7.00 pm Break.
7.00–7.40 pm Continuation of the practical exercise.
7.40–8.00 pm Discussion of the results.

29th of September
5.00–6.40 pm Fracture. Text writing, composing.
6.40-7.00 pm Break.
7.00–7.40 pm Creating a composition.
7.40–8.00 pm Discussion of  the results.

30th September
5.00–7.00 pm Fracture. Composition creation, final works.
7.00 pm Workshop discussion.

Workshops will be held at the  Klaipedos gallery. Lithuanian Artists’ Association
Address Bažnyčių st. 6, Klaipeda (second flor).

The digitized works of the participants of the creative workshops will be exhibited on the website of the School of Calligraphy and Lettering Art: http://www.ink4.art/ and on the school social accounts.

Calligrapher, graphic designer, lecturer Linas Spurga (junior) will lead the workshop Brush Calligraphy.
Brush calligraphy technique is rapidly growing in calligraphy around the world. The brush, a more common writing tool in East Asia, has recently found a place in Western calligraphy, next to the more common cross and pointed nibs. Continuing the tradition of italic and pointed pen fonts (such as copperplate), the brush also expands the framework of classical calligraphy with its flexibility and dynamics, giving individuality and expression to ordinary writing.

DESCRIPTION OF CREATIVE WORKSHOP
The participants of the workshop will learn to use a special brush-shaped calligraphic marker, test their skills in writing capital and lower case letters, create free calligraphic compositions.

Preparation of participants – beginners and advanced.
Age of participants: 16+
Number of participants max 15 people.
Participants of the workshop will receive Certificates.

DETAILED SCHEDULE

25th of April
5 – 6.40 pm Discussion of the workshop programme. Presentation on the topic “Brush Calligraphy.” Demonstration – visual presentation of a calligraphy with a brush.
6.40 –7 pm Break.
7–8 pm Practical exercises. Tools, principles of writing, basics of brush calligraphy.

26th of April
5 – 6.40 pm Lower case letters. Practical exercises.
6.40 –7 pm Break.
7–7.40 pm Continuation of the practical exercise.
7.40-8 pm Discussion of the results.

27th of April
5–6.40 pm Capital letters with a brush. Practical exercises.
6.40 –7 pm Break.
7–7.40 pm Continuation of the practical exercise.
7.40-8 pm Discussion of the results.

28th of April
5–6.40 pm Calligraphy using a brush. Writing in free form, practical exercises.
6.40–7 pm Break.
7–7.40 pm Composition creation.
7.40–8 pm Discussion of the results.

29th of April
5–6 pm Calligraphy with a brush. Composition creation, final works.
6 pm Discussion of the results.

Workshops will be held at the studio of Ethnocultural Centre of Klaipėda City Municipality. Address Daržų st. 10, Klaipeda (Art Yard).

The digitized works of the participants of the creative workshops will be exhibited on the website of the School of Calligraphy and Lettering Art: http://www.ink4.art/ and on the school social accounts.

THE BASICS OF GOTHIC SCRIPT

Participants of the Gothic script workshop will get acquainted with the principles and tools of calligraphy, learn the basics of Gothic script, the specifics and history of the script, and will try their hand at writing lower and upper case letters of the script as well as creating calligraphic compositions. The workshop will also present the Gothic script in the form of a lecture and demonstration.
The workshop is free and open to all 16 years old and over.
The organizers will provide tools and materials.

Detailed Schedule:
20th of September
5 pm– 6.40 pm Discussion of the workshop programme. Presentation of the Gothic typeface and personal creations. Demonstration – visual presentation of the Gothic typeface.
6.40 pm– 7 pm break
7 pm-8 pm Practical exercises. Tools, writing principles, basics of Gothic script.

21th of September 
5 pm – 6.40 pm Lowercase letters in Gothic script. Practical activities.
6.40 pm– 7 pm break
7 pm – 7.40 pm Practical exercises.
7.40 pm- 8 pm Discussion of the results.

22th of September 
5 pm – 6.40 pm Capital letters in Gothic script. Practical activities.
6.40 pm– 7 pm break
7 pm – 7.40 pm Practical exercises.
7.40 pm- 8 pm Discussion of the results.

23th of September 
5 pm – 6.40 pm Gothic font. Writing and composing text.
6.40 pm– 7 pm break
7 pm – 7.40 pm Creation of a composition.
7.40 pm- 8 pm Discussion of the results.

24th of September 
5 pm – 6 pm Gothic font. Creation of a composition, final theses.
6 pm Exhibiting and discussing of calligraphy artworks by workshop participants.

The digitized works of the participants of the creative workshops will be exhibited on the website of the School of Calligraphy and Lettering Art: http://www.ink4.art/sample-page/ and on the school social accounts.