Classes & Workshops

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Introduction to Copperplate — (Laura Di Piazza) Saturday/Sunday: May 19 & 20, 2018
Foundational — (Eleanor Winters) 3 Saturdays: April 14, 21 & 28, 2018
Copperplate I — (Elinor Holland) 4 Sundays: April 15, 22, 29 & May 6, 2018


NEW! Gothicized Italic — (Marcy Robinson) Saturday/Sunday, June 2 & 3, 2018
NEW! The Flourished Envelope — (Kathy Milici) Sunday, June 3, 2018
NEW! The Graceful Curve — (Harvest Crittenden) Saturday/Sunday, June 9 & 10, 2018
NEW! Working with Color — (Cynthia Dantzic) Saturday/Sunday, June 30 & July 1, 2018

Introduction to Copperplate

Laura Di Piazza

Saturday/Sunday: May 19 & 20, 2018
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.


Eleanor Winters

3 Saturdays: April 14, 21 & 28, 2018
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
$195 members and non-members
Level of difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 702A
The Foundational hand was developed by Edward Johnston in the early twentieth century as a beginner’s alphabet, the foundation (basis) of a calligraphic education. Based on tenth century English Carolingian, Foundational has evolved in usage from a student script to an elegant, legible hand, suitable for both small manuscript calligraphy and large, bold writing for signs and posters. This workshop will present the anatomical structure of the Foundational hand in a step-by-step method. Recommended for students with some familiarity with the broad-edged pen, as well as more experienced calligraphers.

Taking Italic I and Foundational 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 $40 of your Foundational fee.
Materials List

• Higgins Eternal or other non-waterproof ink
• Brause 2mm, 3mm and 4mm nibs (if you are left-handed, please bring left-handed nibs, either Brause 2,3, and 4mm or Speedball C-0, C-1, C-2)
• Penholder
• 11" x 14" layout pad -- either Canson Pro-Marker or Borden and Riley Cotton Comp
• Water container and cloth or paper towels
• Ruler, Pencil (hard, such as H or 2H), Eraser
• Fine-point black marker
• Masking tape


Eleanor Winters 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: April 15, 22, 29 & May 6, 2018
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 -- except on 4/29, when the times will be 12:30 to 4:00 pm with no lunch break.
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.

NEW! Gothicized Italic

Marcy Robinson

Saturday/Sunday, June 2 & 3, 2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$160 members/$200 non-members
Level of difficulty: Students should have some broad-edge experience, and be proficient in at least one other hand: Italic, Roman Bookhand or Foundational.
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 703A
Designed by Edward Johnston in the early 1900’s, this alphabet is a compressed upright lower case foundational hand incorporating the density of Blackletter with the liveliness of less formal scripts such as Italic. The important characteristics are a pointed narrow shape of the lower case letter “o” and the corner manipulation of the alphabet's ending strokes.

It is a vertical rhythmic hand with even spacing between the letters. The minuscules can be combined with its own capitals, Uncials, Roman or Versal capitals. Students should be proficient in at least 1 hand - Italic, Roman book hand or Foundational. This alphabet, popularized in the United States by Sheila Waters, may be used for poems, certificates, invitations, etc. Please see examples by Sheila Waters and Barry Morentz.
Materials List

1. Nibs - Speedball C1 or C2 or their equivalent.
2. Straight pen holder
3. Paper - Borden & Riley/Smooth Cotton Comp or similar
4. Ink - non waterproof - Sumi or Higgins Eternal
5. Pencil/pen and notebook for taking notes


Marcy Robinson is an award-winning lettering artist residing in New Jersey. She has studied with Julian and Sheila Waters and has taken workshops with many other calligraphic artists. Her work may be seen in Brides Magazine, the Calligraphy Engagement Calendars, Letter Arts Review, Calligraphies in Conversation and other calligraphic publications. Marcy was on the faculty of several calligraphy conferences. In addition, two pieces of her work were purchased by the Richard Harrison Collection of the San Francisco Library. She was one of 12 lettering artists featured in the "Alphabet" - the Journal of the Friends of Calligraphy, Spring 2011 issue. She also did the logo for "Alphabet."

NEW! The Flourished Envelope

Kathy Milici

Sunday, June 3, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$80 members/$100 non-members ($5 materials fee)
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 703A
This workshop is all about envelopes as art! It’s also designed for those who wish to learn the proper way to address envelopes using their existing calligraphy skills, and add a WOW factor through additional flourishing and ornamentation, while still working within USPS (postal service) guidelines. From traditional to trendy to funky and fun, you will be guided through the process of creating an envelope composition that pops!

You will learn the following:

• Envelope layout and composition
• Setting up guideline templates for all sizes
• Centering techniques
• Writing on an angle/curve
• Determining proper scale for writing in various sizes
• Dealing with dark and heavily lined papers
• Decorating and Ornament
• Integrating flourishing with lettering
• Choosing the right nib/ink for the job
• Postal Rules & Regulations for mailing
• Phantom Liner Demonstration

This workshop includes valuable tips for creating unique designs using your own style! Kathy will demonstrate the Phantom Liner, along with her “Spontaneous Writing” technique… no guidelines used! We will also cover the basic rules of etiquette for both formal and informal affairs as it applies to addressing.

Please note: This is not a letterforms class. A basic knowledge of calligraphy is necessary to fully benefit from this workshop.
Materials List

• Straight Pen Holder and/or oblique holder, your favorite
• Various pointed pen nibs, your favorites, 2 or 3
• Black india ink (Higgins Eternal or Sumi Moon Palace are good)
• Dr. Martin’s Bleed Proof White
• Sakura Gelly Roll pen in white OR Uniball Signo white roller ball pen
• Sakura Gelly Roll marker in clear sparkle, gold or silver
• Black fine line marker, like a Millennium marker, Micron Pigma .05 mm or fine black gel pen
• Dinky Dip
• 12” clear plastic ruler
• #2 Pencil or mechanical pencil
• Fons & Porter White Mechanical Pencil
• Kneaded eraser
• Dropper Bottle
• 2 Plastic Pipettes
• Small watercolor set with one small paintbrush
• Colored Pencils and/or fine line markers, just a few colors
• Plastic cup or container for water
• Notepad and pen

• Scotch Removable Tape (blue label)
• A few Viva Paper Towels
• Matches
• Small light pad, if you have one.

** Please bring a few blank envelopes in various sizes, if you have them.


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 teaches both at home and travels the country, lecturing and teaching calligraphy and the related arts. She also mentors fellow artists and art students in how to create a living and maintain a viable business, working as an artist. After 35 years as a professional calligrapher and teacher, Kathy is still enjoying her lifelong passion for “everything calligraphy.”

NEW! The Graceful Curve

Harvest Crittenden

Saturday/Sunday, June 9 & 10, 2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$160 members/$200 non-members ($8 materials fee)
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 703A
Beautiful pointed pen lettering is a wonderful place to start, but sometimes you need a little more to really kick your work up a notch. This class is being offered to those who wish to further study the art of flourishing to use with their pointed pen or broad edge lettering. Lettering will not be taught in this class. We will spend time going over a variety of entry and exit strokes, flourishing text, stand alone cartouches, the principals of correct shape, size and design. We will spend time going over wedding envelopes and invitations.

This class is open to persons of intermediate to advanced skill level. Comprehensive instruction is given in every manner of flourishing, with special attention paid to color work, work on black or colored paper, a variety of stationery that the wedding industry uses, means of lining and using a light table, making corrections, banners and so much more. We will spend time exploring all the birds, feathers, borders, cartouches, banner and ribbons that you could ever want!
Materials List

• Graph paper with 8 squares per inch
• Mechanical pencil
• Kneaded eraser
• Nikko G or Zebra G nib
• Straight or oblique pointed penholder, your preference. You may want to try both.
• Iron Gall black ink, OR walnut ink OR sumi ink watered down slight.
• Bleed Proof White
• Translucent layout paper. I usually use Borden & Riley or Canson
• A few sheets of Artigan black paper appx. 8” x 10”
• Viva paper towels and a small container of glass cleaner for the nibs

Materials fee: $8, payable at registration.
I will bring French curves and oval templates to share, colored pencils, pastels and applicators, Fine Tec gold, colored foils, tiny gems with glue and many other supplies to share so students don’t have to bring much.


Harvest Crittenden is a Master Penman, and has been a professional lettering artist for more than 30 years. Past owner of The Gold Leaf and founder of Acorn Arts, Harvest specializes in calligraphy, illumination, and engrossing. Harvest is a past winner of the Marjorie Pavelich Calligraphy Grant, and past president of The Michigan Association of Calligraphers. She has studied illumination and lettering in the United States and Italy and has served on the faculties of numerous regional, national and international conferences. Harvest has taught workshops to calligraphy guilds and other organizations for over 20 years. Harvest specializes in online classes and also teaches for The Sacred Art Institute, The Religious Sisters of Mercy, The Poor Handmaids, and offers workshops internationally.

In 2010 Harvest was inducted as a Master Penman by IAMPETH at their annual convention. IAMPETH is an international, non-profit association dedicated to practicing and preserving the beautiful arts of calligraphy, engrossing and fine penmanship. IAMPETH is one of the oldest lettering arts associations in America. In 2013 Harvest became the director of the Spencerian Saga, a very special series of 2 week-long workshops held each year at Geneva on the Lake, Ohio, where Platt Rogers Spencer is from. Spencerian lettering remains one of her most popular workshops. Her work can be seen in museums, galleries and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. She has been published in numerous publications worldwide.

More of her work and a client list can be seen on her website at

NEW! Working with Color

Cynthia Dantzic

Saturday/Sunday, June 30 & July 1, 2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$160 members/$200 non-members ($25 materials fee)
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 703A
Invaluable for those using color to enhance calligraphic work, this hands-on workshop, taught by a student of Josef Albers at Yale, will include a concise overview of his classic Color Interaction course. You will discover and apply such effects as making one color appear as two completely different colors, creating the illusion of transparency with opaque colors, and making a color glow with electric vibration in one environment, yet melt away edgelessly in another.
Materials List

• X-acto pencil knife with #11 pointed blade
• 6" or 12" Metal straight-edge ruler
• Rubber cement
• $25 Materials Fee (payable at registration) for Color Aid paper


Cynthia Dantzic studied calligraphy at Yale and has been teaching at Long Island University since 1964, where she was promoted to Senior Professor. Her courses include drawing, color, painting, 2D design and calligraphy (Western and Non-Western). A longtime Board member, she served as programs coordinator for many years. Her ninth art-related book, 100 New York Calligraphers, which includes the work of a number of SoS members, was featured in Schiffer’s Spring 2015 catalog.