Classes & Workshops

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Italic I — (Eleanor Winters) 5 Saturdays: February 22, 29; March 7, 14 & 21, 2020
Copperplate I — (Elinor Holland) 4 Sundays: March 1, 8, 15 & 29, 2020
Introduction to Copperplate — (Laura Di Piazza) Saturday/Sunday: May 30 & 31, 2020


Polish Your Penmanship — (Kathy Milici) Sunday, March 29, 2020
The Calligrapher's Process — (Rick Paulus) Saturday/Sunday, April 25 & 26, 2020
Designing Flourishes — (Lynne Yun) Saturday/Sunday, May 16 & 17, 2020
Fraktur — (Ethan Cohen) Saturday/Sunday, June 13 & 14, 2020

Italic I

Eleanor Winters

5 Saturdays: February 22, 29; March 7, 14 & 21, 2020
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
$325 members and non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner or more experienced calligraphers who want a detailed review of the basics
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 702A
Italic, or Chancery Cursive, is the handwriting of the scribes of the Renaissance, and remains an ever-popular introduction to calligraphy.  In this beginner class, students will learn this elegant, graceful alphabet, following a step-by-step approach covering basic strokes, minuscules (lower-case letters), capitals, numbers, and spacing.  Italic is a modern, legible alphabet, frequently used for invitations, envelopes, place cards, and other commercial calligraphy, as well as for calligraphic art, such as poetry and prose pieces.

Taking Italic I and Italic II with Eleanor will give you a very good foundation for all broad-pen hands; if you enroll in both classes this spring, we will refund $25 of your Italic II fee.
Materials List

Higgins Eternal ink, Brause 3mm and 2mm nibs, penholder, 11" x 14" pad of layout paper (such as Canson Pro-Marker Layout or Bienfang Graphics 360 or Borden and Riley 100% Cotton Comp), water container and cloth or paper towels, masking tape.

Note: Left-handed students should either get Brause Left-Handed 3mm and 2mm nibs or Speedball Left-Handed C-1 and C-2. Left-Handed Brause nibs will need to be ordered by mail.


Eleanor Winters is the author of Italic and Copperplate Calligraphy: the Basics and Beyond (Dover Publishing, 2011),1-2-3 Calligraphy! (Sterling Publishing, 2006), Calligraphy for Kids (Sterling, 2004), Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy (Dover, 3rd Edition, 2000), Calligraphy in 10 Easy Lessons (Dover, 2nd Edition, 2002), Professor of Art, Long Island University (1992-2010), Director of the Calligraphy Workshop, New School University (1985-1998), Workshops & Lectures in US, Europe, Asia, Exhibitions in Museums and Galleries, US and Europe, Master of Arts, New York University.

Copperplate I

Elinor Holland

4 Sundays: March 1, 8, 15 & 29, 2020
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$290 members and non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 702A
Copperplate is an elegant hand developed during the age of the great writing masters. This script is used extensively for invitations and formal events. We will introduce the use of the flexible pointed nib and learn the basic letter forms for minuscules and majuscules with emphasis on learning to see the underlying basic forms of this hand.

Note: This class runs 5.5-hours each Sunday with a half hour for lunch.
Materials List

Calligraphy supplies can be difficult to find...
John Neal has created an "Elinor Holland" package with all supplies on one page, here:

Higgins Eternal Ink,
Pad of Canson Marker Layout paper (size 9x12),
Dinky Dip,
Oblique (elbow) Penholder for right-handed students,
Straight Penholder for left-handed students,
Nibs: Nikko G, Gillot 303, 404, or Hunt 22
Drafting tape.

Materials fee: $1 to $10 (payable to instructor) for purchase of additional nibs


Elinor Holland works in both Latin and Arabic scripts. She teaches hands-on workshops in both types of script as well as lectures on Islamic Calligraphy. Her calligraphic work scans the range from invitation design to fine art commissions. She continually works toward refinement in her work through study and practice. Clients include Smithsonian Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Public Library and the Linearis Institute.

Introduction to Copperplate

Laura Di Piazza

Saturday/Sunday: May 30 & 31, 2020
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$160 members and non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Steet (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 702A
In this intensive weekend calligraphy workshop we will examine and practice letterforms in the Copperplate hand, a pointed-pen script that was developed in 16th century England. We will work with an oblique pen holder, pointed pen nib, ink, and guidelines. Our main focus will be on practicing varying amounts of pressure to apply to our pens to produce thick (shaded) and thin (hairline) strokes, letter slant and letter form. We will begin our practice with minuscule and later majuscule letters, which will be grouped according to similar letterforms. Feel free to bring in your favorite quote and/or project ideas for practice and discussion.

See a video of Laura's Copperplate lettering here.
Materials List

• Oblique pen holder (suggested: Speedball or better)
• Nikko G nib or Zebra G nib
• Black ink (suggested: small 2 oz. bottle of sumi ink)
• Dinky dip and pipette or 1/2 oz. or 1 oz. ink jar (glass or plastic)
• Small 4-6 oz. plastic or glass water container to clean your pen nibs (yogurt cups work)
• 4 sheets of paper towels or rag to clean your pen nibs
• T-square, 12" (John Neal sells a c-thru one for $2.50)
• Marker Layout Paper (semi-transparent) 9" x 12"
• Pencil
• Black ballpoint or rollerball pen


Laura Di Piazza (b. 1972, Brooklyn, New York) holds a MFA degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. Laura teaches calligraphy workshops at Dartmouth College, AVA Gallery and Art center and MAKE! Skilled Hands. She has exhibited artwork in Austria, Canada, Germany and the USA.

Polish Your Penmanship

Kathy Milici

Sunday, March 29, 2020
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$90 members/$110 non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A
This workshop is now being offered as a correspondence class.

Do you love to write, but wish your handwriting looked better? Do you long to send more handwritten notes?  Do you love making fancy, swirly letters and doodling? This is the perfect class for you!

You’ll first be led through a full review of proper cursive script letterforms and their structure, according to the gold standard of the Zaner Bloser method: lower case letters, upper case letters, numbers and punctuation. We will also explore proper line placement, size, slant, and the proportion of letters as we write. Connecting letters for ideal spacing is also an important detail. We will practice it ALL!

Kathy will also show you how to successfully add some flourishy details and doodles to help you create your own style!

Please note: This is not a calligraphy class; no ‘dip pen’ is used. This class focuses on cursive writing forms, and is open to tweens, teens and adults. Bring a pen friend!
Materials List

All you need are pens and lined paper! Recommendations:
Kakuno Fountain Pen, your choice of nib size and ink color
Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pens (colors set)
Pentel Energel Roller ball pens, .07 OR .05 size (colors set)
Uniball Signo Rollerball White Pen (broad .38mm or fine)
OR Sakura Gelly Roll White Gel Pen
Your favorite lined notebook (8 ½ x 11, smooth paper)
Rhodia lined stapled notebook (large)
Pacon black lined filler notebook paper


Kathy Milici is a nationally known calligrapher, designer, instructor and mentor. She happily admits to being obsessed with letters since early childhood. Owner of Kathy Milici Creative in Newton, New Jersey, her work has been seen in national magazines and on television. A very popular instructor at the IAMPETH calligraphy conferences (her workshops sell out!), Kathy travels the country, lecturing and teaching calligraphy and the related arts. The originator of Gratitude Script, a modern typeface, she also mentors fellow artists and art students in how to create a living and maintain a viable business as a working artist. After almost 40 years as a professional calligrapher and teacher, Kathy is still enjoying her lifelong passion for “everything calligraphy.” See more at

The Calligrapher's Process

Rick Paulus

Saturday/Sunday, April 25 & 26, 2020
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$180 members/$220 non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A
The challenges of placing text on a page in a meaningful way can be a daunting leap for one who has never attempted to do so. This comprehensive studio workshop is designed to introduce beginner and intermediate calligraphers to the process of creating a finished piece. Through a series of independent assignments, Rick will gently guide you through the process of taking your work from concept to completion, using easily acquired meth- ods and processes. Using a review of two formal hands as a launching point, we will move on to explore layout, design, texture, pattern, nuance, and more in the process of interpreting the meaning of text through calligraphy. Guided exercises will introduce the use of watercolor, gouache, gold leaf and a wide range of papers.

This is your opportunity to enjoy two days in the studio with former White House chief calligrapher, Rick Paulus. With over 30 years experience in commercial calligraphy and fine-art calligraphy, Rick is eager to share his tips of the trade through the exciting forum of this workshop.

Beginner to intermediate. Beginners should be familiar with the use of a dip pen. Knowledge of a formal hand is helpful but not required.
Materials List

Slant board/desk that slants up to 45 degrees.
Any stiff board, measuring at least 18” x 20” (Masonite, gatorfoam, or plexiglass work well also)
Pen holders and nibs
Minimum of three sizes of your favorite broad-edge dip pen, full set suggested.
Minimum of two pen holders, best to have enough for full set of nibs (6-8 holders)
Oblique holder and pointed nibs can be used if you choose.
Ink — Black ink. Your favorite (Sumi Moon Palace recommended)
Small tube(s) (Holbein, Winsor & Newton, Schmincke, etc....)
You will be creating much of your work in color during this class, please use your judgement as to how many colors you need on hand. Minimum one color in addition to the black ink you will be using.
Small tube(s) (Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith, Dr. Martin, QoR, etc.....)
You will be creating much of your work in color during this class, please use your judgement as to how many colors you need on hand. Minimum one color in addition to the black ink you will be using.
An old “retired” small brush for mixing colors (can be poor quality!) The more, the merrier! Nylon bristles +
Marker Layout paper (Canson Pro Layout Marker or Borden and Riley #37
Boris Bright White Layout Visual Bond, etc........either 9X12, or 11X14)
1 sheet, Arches 90#, or Arches 140# hot or cold press, or other high-quality paper. Can be cut to 1/2 size for transport, or, if you know that you work small, it can be cut to 1/4 size.
Tracing Paper. (12” roll is preferred and most cost effective). Tracing paper pads are acceptable.
Pencil — .05, HB in a mechanical pencil. Other pencil’s acceptable providing you can keep them sharp. Erasers — Clean plastic eraser such as Staedtler/Mars, Tombow, or clean kneaded eraser.
Ruler — Metal will give you more accurate measuring and a good, straight, sharp edge.
Tape — Artist tape, or removable scotch tape, 1/2” or 3/4” roll.
Xacto knife — #11 blade (The sharp, pointed blade)
Water container and paper towels or clean up cloths
Any favorite writing tool which I may have left out, that you enjoy working with.
Text from which to work:
One short poem/passage (10-15 words) and one long poem/passage (8 line poem, 40-50 words)

T square — Recommended but not required.
Triangle — 90 degree plastic triangle recommended, but not required
Extra Brushes
Thin, LED lightbox


Rick Paulus has been a calligrapher for over 40 years. He apprenticed for several years at the legendary Tolly Studios in Washington, DC, before becoming the engorsser for the US State Department. In 1998 Rick was appointed chief calligrapher for the White House, where he served for 8 years under the Clinton and Bush administrations.

Designing Flourishes

Lynne Yun

Saturday/Sunday, May 16 & 17, 2020
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$180 members/$220 non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner to intermediate (no calligraphy experience necessary, but students must have some familiarity with letterforms)
Location: 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 703A
Good flourishing is not the result of “happy accidents.” Flourishing is most effectively employed in a systematic way, instead of relying on spontaneity. In this class, we will go over the basic rules and principles of designing the flourished line.

We will examine high quality flourished work, learn how to identify basic elements of well-executed flourishes, dissect what makes good flourishing pleasing to the eye, and combine the elements to create our own designs. As we go through exercises, we will cover methods of combining flourishes in a visually pleasing way, with particular emphasis on white space and hot spot control, scale, intersecting angles, smoothness, and rhythm. Ultimately we will learn how to attach flourishes to letterforms and incorporate them into your compositions.
Materials List

• Grid paper
• Tracing paper
• Layout bond paper (Borden & Riley #37, Canson Marker Layout, or Bienfang Graphics 360)
• Ruler
• Pencil and sharpener or mechanical pencil with refills
• Eraser
• Tape (artist’s or masking)
• 1-2mm chisel tip marker or pen (e.g., Sakura Pigma calligraphy markers, Zig calligraphy chisel tip markers, chisel tip fountain pen, etc)
• 1mm or smaller chisel-edge dip pen nibs with ink, plus any flexible points you are comfortable with
• (Optional) Any existing flourishing design that you would like to improve


Lynne Yun is a NYC-based type designer and educator who specializes in typography, hand lettering, and calligraphy. She is a board member of AIGA NY and was previously a full time type designer at Monotype. During her tenure, she created custom typefaces for clients and a number of retail typefaces, including the Trade Gothic Display and Inline families. Prior to working at Monotype, Lynne held positions as a graphic designer at companies such as Apple Inc. and served on the board of Society of Scribes. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and a postgraduate certificate in typeface design from the Type@Cooper Extended Program. Lynne's work has been recognized by organizations such as AIGA, Type Directors Club and Art Directors Club, notably the Ascenders award which honors designers under the age of 35 who show remarkable achievement in typography, type design, and lettering.


Ethan Cohen

Saturday/Sunday, June 13 & 14, 2020
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$160 members/$200 non-members
Level of difficulty: All are welcome :)
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 703A
Fraktur is an eclectic genre of blackletter forms that was used widely both in calligraphy and in type beginning in the 16th century. It remained prevalent in German-speaking countries until 1941, when it was phased out by the Third Reich. Like all blackletter hands Fraktur is characterized by a bold and dense texture, though it is more decorative and less rigid than its close relative, Textura. In this workshop we will learn a basic fraktur alphabet, focusing on spacing, rhythm, and texture. We will then explore how these expressive fraktur forms lend themselves to modification and personalization.
Materials List

* Higgins Eternal ink or Walnut ink
* Straight penholder
* Two nibs: one Speedball C-0 and one Speedball C-1
* 9” x 12” or 11"x 14" Borden & Riley #37 Boris Marker Layout pad, or Canson Marker Layout pad
* Masking tape
* Paper towel or rag


Ethan Cohen is a type designer and calligrapher born and raised in New York City, currently living in Berlin and working as a type designer at LucasFonts. Before moving to Berlin, Ethan received a masters degree in type design from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK), worked at Mucca Design, studied type design at The Cooper Union’s Type@Cooper Extended Program, and served on the Board of Governors of Society of Scribes, where he co-founded the Society of Scribes scholarship program. Ethan likes cats, letters, music (he plays guitar and 5-string banjo), coffee, board games, and coding (in that order), and nothing else.