Manuscripts of the Digital Era (LS-GR-320)

Calligraphy is an art that was widely practiced through centuries by many civilizations. Today, however, it is almost forgotten, not taught at schools and calligraphic handwriting is considered as inefficient and time-consuming. However, the artistic value of calligraphic writing and the joy that it offers for both readers and writers still remains unsurpassed.

Calligraphy: an art between drawing and writing

Calligraphic letters created by the students
Calligraphic letters created by the students

Especially during medieval and renaissance times, thousands of manuscripts were written in east and west in calligraphic format. Calligraphers, usually monks, dedicated their lives to complete these masterpieces that were highly precious and unique. Led by their devotion to their God and their passion to convey and preserve the knowledge and wisdom of their current and past eras, calligraphers offered to next generations an invaluable treasure both from the aesthetic and historic aspect.

work in the classroom
work in the classroom

Implementation in the classroom

In this learning scenario, students browse the Europeana manuscripts collection, the Calligraphy gallery and many other internet resources to come in contact with many manuscript images, videos and texts that explain how manuscripts were made, how they were used at the time of their creation and how they are used now. They focus on techniques, practices and the aesthetics of calligraphic writing and they are challenged to create a modern manuscript by using technology.

more manuscripts being printed by students
more manuscripts being printed by students

The students created their own font based on their personal handwriting using the Calligraphr site. They uploaded the font on their computer and then they used it in a word processor to write some text.  After writing and decorating their texts with images of initials and drawings that they found on the Internet, all texts were gathered together by the teacher and placed in a common document that was the manuscript of the class. The result can be seen here.

screenshot of the final outcome of the implementation
screenshot of the final outcome of the implementation

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The featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and belongs to the public domain.

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