Classes & Workshops

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Classes

Introduction to Copperplate — (Laura Di Piazza) Saturday/Sunday: September 7 & 8, 2019
Italic I — (Anna Pinto) 5 Saturdays: October 5, 12, 19; November 2 & 9, 2019
Copperplate I — (Elinor Holland) 4 Sundays: October 20, 27; November 3 & 10, 2019

Workshops

Modern Script Variations — (Suzanne Cunningham) Saturday, June 22, 2019
The Art of Chalkboard Lettering — (Cora Pearl) Saturday/Sunday, March 21 & 22, 2020

Introduction to Copperplate

Laura Di Piazza

Saturday/Sunday: September 7 & 8, 2019
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 703A
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
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• 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

Instructor

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. www.lauradipiazza.com

Italic I

Anna Pinto

5 Saturdays: October 5, 12, 19; November 2 & 9, 2019
9:30 am to 2:00 pm
$260 members and non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 702A
Italic is the graceful, elegant handwriting of the Italian Renaissance.  Students use traditional tools — broad-edged dip pens and ink, rather than fountain pens or markers — in this beginner class which covers minuscule (small) and majuscule (capital) letters, numerals and punctuation. Letterform consistency and spacing are emphasized to help students develop their eye as well as their hand. By developing skill with the broad-edged pen, students will be ready to continue their study of Italic or try other calligraphic styles such as Blackletter (Gothic), Uncial, Carolingian and Foundational.

Note: this is a four hour class with a half hour lunch break (9:30-2:00), so please bring your lunch.
Materials List
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Higgins Eternal Ink OR small bottle of Walnut Drawing Ink
Penholder
Two pen nibs:
one Speedball C-2 and one of the following: Mitchell 2½ and a reservoir, Brause 1½, or, as a last resort, Speedball C-4. If you are left-handed, get left-handed nibs.
9” x 12” or 11"x 14" Borden & Riley #37 Boris Marker Layout pad,
or Boris Cotton Comp pad
Masking tape, paper towel or rag

Calligraphy mail order suppliers have everything and are reliable and fast:
Paper & Ink Arts (800) 736.7772 www.paperinkarts.com
or John Neal Books (800) 369.9598 www.johnnealbooks.com

Basic supplies can be found locally at Dick Blick & Da Vinci.

Instructor

Anna Pinto divides her time between all sorts of freelance work — from envelopes to awards to props for the film industry — and teaching. Her work is included in The World Encyclopedia of Calligraphy by Christopher Calderhead and Holly Cohen, and Italic and Copperplate Calligraphy: the Basics and Beyond, by Eleanor Winters, and is in the collections of the San Francisco Public Library, and libraries at Rutgers and Yale.

Copperplate I

Elinor Holland

4 Sundays: October 20, 27; November 3 & 10, 2019
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
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Calligraphy supplies can be difficult to find...
John Neal has created an "Elinor Holland" package with all supplies on one page, here:
http://www.johnnealbooks.com/prod_detail_list/880

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
Pencil,
Drafting tape.

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

Instructor

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.

Modern Script Variations

Suzanne Cunningham

Saturday, June 22, 2019
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$80 members/$100 non-members
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 701A
Many people think modern calligraphy is a “no rules, free-for-all” style of calligraphy. That is not the case! There are several rules that need to be followed to make modern script as beautiful as it can be. In this class, you will learn how to write in a contemporary script, breaking down each letter to learn the proper form. You will also learn the different nuances that make a contemporary style and an organic style different from each other. You will then learn two modern variations called Opus Vertical and Florence Script. These styles are not as formal as Copperplate, but more structured than modern script. It’s a perfect combination of both! We will go over both minuscules and majuscules to learn this unique style of calligraphy.
Materials List
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• Sumi or walnut ink
• Favorite pointed nib (I prefer hunt 101)
• Favorite holder
• Borden & Riley Cotton Comp paper
• Water cup
• Paper towels
• Pencil
• Red pen or pencil for critiquing

Instructor

Suzanne Cunningham is a professional calligrapher with 26 years of experience. She has taught many workshops and private lessons, including Letterworks 2017, IAMPETH 2018, and numerous guilds throughout the country. She is also scheduled to teach at IAMPETH 2019 and 2020. She has participated in workshops taught by Master Penmen Michael Sull, Barbara Calzolari, Bill Kemp, Harvest Crittenden, Mike Kesceg, and Crown Office Scribe Paul Antonio, as well as Heather Held, Barbara Close, Angela Welch, Anne Elser, Maria Helena Hotsch, and Karen Brooks. She specializes in Copperplate Script and enjoys adding flourishes to her calligraphy. Suzanne lives in Florence, Alabama with her husband, two daughters, and Golden Retrievers, Mabel and Dixie. You can find her on Instagram @suzcunningham.

Flourishing: The Art of the Oval

Suzanne Cunningham

Sunday, June 23, 2019
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$80 members/$100 non-members
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 701A
You’ve learned the basics and know your letterforms. Now learn how to make them even more beautiful with flourishes! But here comes the kicker: How do I do that? Do I flourish every letter? Do I make small, tight flourishes or big, loose ones? When do I stop? Help! No worries, we will cover all of that! In this class, you will learn how to flourish off of the individual letter by extending ascenders and descenders, entrance and exit strokes, and how to balance all of that on envelopes and larger pieces. You will learn the steps to make a graceful oval, how to critique your work, and exactly what to look for when you break it down. This class will help you take your envelopes and larger pieces to the next level!

Update: a second session on Friday, June 21 is also filled to capacity. Please sign our wait list to be notified when a spot opens up.
Materials List
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• Sumi or walnut ink
• Favorite pointed nib (I prefer hunt 101)
• Favorite holder
• Borden & Riley Cotton Comp paper
• Water cup
• Paper towels
• Pencil
• Red pen or pencil for critiquing

Instructor

Suzanne Cunningham is a professional calligrapher with 26 years of experience. She has taught many workshops and private lessons, including Letterworks 2017, IAMPETH 2018, and numerous guilds throughout the country. She is also scheduled to teach at IAMPETH 2019 and 2020. She has participated in workshops taught by Master Penmen Michael Sull, Barbara Calzolari, Bill Kemp, Harvest Crittenden, Mike Kesceg, and Crown Office Scribe Paul Antonio, as well as Heather Held, Barbara Close, Angela Welch, Anne Elser, Maria Helena Hotsch, and Karen Brooks. She specializes in Copperplate Script and enjoys adding flourishes to her calligraphy. Suzanne lives in Florence, Alabama with her husband, two daughters, and Golden Retrievers, Mabel and Dixie. You can find her on Instagram @suzcunningham.

The Art of Chalkboard Lettering

Cora Pearl

Saturday/Sunday, March 21 & 22, 2020
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
$160 members/$200 non-members
Level of difficulty: Advanced beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 703A
Chalkboard lettering has become very popular in recent years. In this workshop, students will learn several different styles of hand drawn lettering as well as other design elements (such as flourishes, borders, and ribbons) and we will combine these components to create chalkboard style pieces of artwork. We will explore the essential elements of chalkboard design and layout and will work in both black on white and white on black. Students will create a sketch for one complex chalkboard layout and we will do several smaller designs, all working on paper. We will also touch on working large scale on chalkboard surfaces. This class is ideal for students who want to better understand this style of lettering, for students wanting to learn more about layout and design in lettering art, for students who want to explore the art of hand drawn lettering, and for students who want a new area of lettering to explore.
Materials List
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• 1 General’s White Charcoal Pencil
• 1 General’s Black Charcoal Pencil
• Canson Pro Layout Marker Paper 9” x 12”
• Micron Pen in size .05 (and any other sizes you may already have)
• Faber Castell Dust Free Eraser or any similar dustless eraser you may already have
• Factis Black Eraser
• 12” or 18” T-square Ruler
• A few sheets of Graph Paper
• 12” Ruler
• Pentel Graphgear 500 size .05 Mechanical Pencil or any mechanical pencil in .05 that you have
• Scissors
• Pencil Sharpener (any kind)
• 2 Sheets of Canson Mi-Teintes Paper in black (19” x 22”)
• $12 Materials Fee (payable to instructor)

Optional (but helpful):
• Fons & Porter Fabric Pencil - It is a little pricey at $14 so if you don’t feel like spending that much on one tool, you will be fine without it (Can be found at JoAnn’s Fabrics)
• Dividers (Blick sells Alvin dividers for about $10)

Instructor

Cora Pearl started studying calligraphy at age 11 and has been doing calligraphy and hand lettering ever since. She has a BA in Art and Art History from Oberlin College. Cora works as a full-time calligrapher and teacher of lettering arts. She teaches full credit calligraphy and hand lettering courses at Portland Community College and teaches independent workshops, classes and private sessions, including year-long courses in Design for Lettering Art. She has taught at several calligraphy conferences including Letters of Joy, IAMPETH, Letterfest, Typecon, the International Calligraphy Conference, and Letters California Style. Cora also does calligraphy commissions in addition to her teaching. Cora is passionate about teaching and values a holistic approach to learning based on building trust and safety in the classroom environment.