Abc of a Scribe

The year-long “ABC of a Scribe” course was designed for beginners in calligraphy.


Not only does it introduce them step by step into the arcana of this craft, but it also reveals the secrets of working in a medieval scriptorium. During the classes, participants learn to use different medieval hands, from the subtle uncial, which is still rooted in the world of antiquity, to the flaming Gothic bastarda. In addition, students try modern and old tools and writing materials and learn the elements of the illuminating technique on the example of an historiated initial.


The practical classes are accompanied by a series of lectures devoted to medieval manuscripts: from the history of Latin writing to the technical aspects of book production, all of which are accompanied by plenty of anecdotes that bring the minds and colours of the epoch closer.


Together with the course “ABC of an Illuminator”, the “ABC of a Scribe” workshops provide a comprehensive, two-year introduction to the art of Latin calligraphy and medieval book painting.


Practical classes are conducted by Kamil Bachmiński,


lectures by Dr Magdalena Łanuszka, art historian, academic lecturer, author of the blog “Posztukiwania”, radio broadcasts and articles in the cultural weekly “Tygodnik Powszechny”.




Apart from the first and last weekend sessions all the sessions take place at 1/1 Michałowskiego Street in Cracow on Saturdays, 10:00am to 6:00pm (with a lunch break) and Sundays, 10:00am to 2:00pm.


6–7 October—an away workshop in Bukowina Tatrzańska

3–4 November

26–27 January

16–17 February

16–17 March

13–14 April

11–12 May

1–2 June – an away workshop in Bukowina Tatrzańska

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