The Sculpture Channel

Online Letter Carving Course

Learn how to carve letters in stone. 
After this online course you will be able to carve your own letters in stone.
It’s the first step in mastering a unique craft.

€249

About this course

This online course mainly consists of high-quality instructional videos that cover all you need to know to learn carving letters in stone on your own. From discussing tools, materials and techniques to real-time demonstrations of preparatory exercises and letter carving. You will be able to watch Athar carve each exercise in real time from close-up and from an ideal vantage point. During the process, Athar will provide detailed explanations of his actions and guide you through each step.

The course also includes downloadable PDF sheets that complement the instructional videos.

Following the step by step process, the course will enable you to carve your first letters in stone in your own workspace and according to your own tempo.

Additionally, you can share the process with Athar through pictures and videos and he will be available through online video calls to answer your questions and help you out with additional comments and demos where needed.

It’s like you’re in class, except that you will be able to engage according to your agenda without missing out on anything!

What you will learn

Professional letter carvers have arguably the most delicate mastery over the use of hammer and chisel. This course is ideal to build up confidence with these tools. A wide variety of cutting techniques will be taught and demonstrated.

Professional letter carvers have arguably the most delicate mastery over the use of hammer and chisel. This course is ideal to build up confidence with these tools. A wide variety of cutting techniques will be taught and demonstrated.

The V-cut Roman Capital will be the main focus of this letter carving course. A study of its design is essential for anyone who is interested in lettering.

Whether your are a sculptor, a stonemason, a calligrapher or a graphic designer, the knowledge and insight that you will gain from carving letters into stone is invaluable as the enduring art form continues to have many uses in both historic and contemporary contexts. 

Course information

Estimated time: 30/60 hrs

Difficulty: beginner

Course instructor: Athar Jaber

What's included

Video tutorials

+6 hours of video content. where, your instructor will guide you through the whole process step by step.

Downloadable PDF

Downloadable PDF sheets with detailed explanations of the different stages of the work.

One-on-one mentoring

60 minutes of personal mentoring through scheduled online calls (4 calls of 15 minutes each).

Private Facebook Group

Share your progress and results with fellow students from across the world.

optional toolkit set

For an additional fee, a set of all the tools needed will be shipped to you.

1. Welcome
2. Required Materials
3. Lesson 1: Chisels
4. Lesson 2: Hammers
5. Lesson 3: The Stone
6. Lesson 4: Light Setup
7. Lesson 5: Stone Setup
8. Lesson 6: The Chisels
9. Lesson 7: The Hammer
10. Lesson 8: Health and Safety
11. Lesson 9: Roman Capital Letters: Design and
12. Lesson 10: Illustrated V-Cut Diagram
13. Lesson 11: Chisel Inclinations
14. Lesson 12: Chasing and Chopping
15. Lesson 13: Straight Vertical Lines
16. Lesson 14: Straight Horizontal Lines
17. Lesson 15: Upwards and Downwards Serifs
18. Lesson 16: Diamonds and Squares
19. Lesson 17: The Letter I
20. Lesson 18: The Letter E
21. Lesson 19: The Letter A
22. Lesson 20: The Letter O
23. PDF 1: Tracing Templates
24. PDF 2: Carving Directions
25. PDF 3: Intersections
26. Bibliography

This online class will mainly consist of high-quality instructional videos. They will thoroughly discuss all aspects relevant to letter carving: from studio setup, tools and techniques and finally, demonstrations of the carving of letters with real time commentary. You will be able to watch your instructor carve the exercise from close-up and from an ideal vantage point. During the process, the instructor will provide detailed explanations of their actions and guide you through each step. The course also includes downloadable PDF sample sheets that complement the instructional videos.

Following the step by step process, the course will enable you to carve your first Roman capital letter in your own workspace and according to your own tempo. You can share the process with your instructor through pictures and videos and they will be available through online video calls to answer your questions and help you out with additional comments and demos where needed.

It's like you're in class, except that you will be able to engage according to your agenda without missing out on anything!

Who is this course for

This letter carving course is suitable for all skill levels, whether you are a passionate beginner eager to learn, or a professional looking to expand your skill set. 

Beginner and intermediate sculpture students

Sculpture and calligraphy teachers

Professional sculptors and calligraphers

Stonemasons

Graphic designers

Anyone interested in lettering

What our students say

About your instructor

Athar Jaber is a professional stone sculptor and an Associate Professor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp, where he has been teaching stone carving for over 12 years. He has a PhD in the Arts and has served as a visiting professor at many international art academies and institutions such as Florence’s Art Academy, Florence’s Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Madrid’s University, the University of Ghent, Zurich’s ETH, and Havana’s Institute of Art.

Beside his teaching commitments, Athar Jaber has established international career in the contemporary art scene. He exhibited in various international venues around the world such as Washington D.C., Miami, Dubai, London, Berlin, Prague, Zurich, Rome, Florence, Havana among many others.

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