Classes & Workshops

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Classes

NEW! Italic - Intensive (July) — (Elinor Holland) Saturday/Sunday: July 8 & 9, 2017
NEW! Copperplate - Intensive (July) — (Marcy Robinson) Saturday/Sunday: July 22 & 23, 2017

Workshops

Roman Capitals — (Marcy Robinson) Saturday/Sunday: June 3 & 4, 2017
Brush Lettering Basics for Beginners — (Debra Dick) Saturday, June 24, 2017
Gothicized Italic — (Barry Morentz) Saturday/Sunday, June 10 & 11, 2017
NEW! Extraordinary Letters — (Liesbet Boudens) Saturday/Sunday, July 15 & 16, 2017
Beginning Spencerian — (Michael Sull) Saturday/Sunday, May 20 & 21, 2017

NEW! Italic - Intensive (July)

Elinor Holland

Saturday/Sunday: July 8 & 9, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$160 members and non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues)
The Italic hand is a Renaissance development that combines grace and versatility. Flexible enough to be used for almost any calligraphic need, its subtle letterforms engage every eye. From invitations to signage, envelopes to love letters, Italic can be plain or dressed up with flourishes. Starting with miniscules we will study the basic underlying forms and structure that give Italic its distinctive look. We will add the capitals that are based on Romans and begin to develop in this elegant script. Practice is encouraged!

This is an intensive 2-day course, with an even smaller class-size than our usually-small introductory classes. Students will be given much individual attention.
Materials List
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Straight pen holder
At least one of the following 3mm broad-edged nibs:
Speedball C-2, Brause – 3mm, or Mitchell – 1
Higgins Eternal Ink
Lightweight layout paper such as Boris Layout Paper (9x12 or 11x14)
Pencil
Ruler or T-square

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.

NEW! Copperplate - Intensive (July)

Marcy Robinson

Saturday/Sunday: July 22 & 23, 2017
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
$175 members and non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 702A
This elegant and graceful script is written with a pointed pen by means of a pressure and release movement. Today this hand is used mostly for invitations, envelopes, and place cards. The upper and lower case alphabet will be introduced and analyzed with an emphasis on basic forms. All levels of experience are welcomed.

This is an intensive 2-day course, with an even smaller class-size than our usually-small introductory classes. Students will be given much individual attention.
Materials List
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* Brause EF 66 or similar nib such as Gillot 303, 404, Hunt 22, etc.
* Oblique pen holder (or straight holder for lefties)
* Black ink (non-waterproof, sumi ink in green bottle)
* Bond paper (Borden & Riley Cotton Comp, slight tooth to paper, 9" by 12")
* Dinky dip or empty bottle cap (an inch in depth)
* ruler
* pencil and pad for note taking

Instructor

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 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."

Roman Capitals

Marcy Robinson

Saturday/Sunday: June 3 & 4, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$160 members/$200 non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner & Intermediate
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 703A
This workshop is an introduction to pen-written Roman Capitals. It is designed for the beginner and anyone wanting to improve their skill level in this elegant hand. Staring with a monoline writing tool, students will examine the classical proportions, structure, letter spacing and rhythm associated with the capitals. Students will then use a broad edge tool -- making adjustments and refinements to the letters. Simple serif systems, variations of the letterforms and basic applications (headings, initials, etc.) will be demonstrated and then tried by the student.
Materials List
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* HB pencil
* monoline tool: a felt tip pen
* broad-edge tool: Speedball C-1/C-2 or equivalent in other nibs
* black ink (non-waterproof, like Higgens Eternal)
* bond paper (Borden & Riley Cotton Comp - 9 x 12, slight tooth to the paper)
* ruler
* eraser
* pen and paper for note taking

Instructor

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 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! Card-Making for Calligraphers: Pop-Ups & Decorative Folds

Eleanor Winters

Saturday, June 24, 2017
9:30 am to 2:30 pm
$50 members/$60 non-members ($10 materials fee)
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels.
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 702A
Hand-made greeting cards are one of the popular--and beautiful--ways we can showcase our calligraphy. In this workshop we will learn some easy pop-ups and folded cards. Professional skills of cutting, folding, and gluing will be emphasized in order to make one-of-a-kind examples that are elegant and well-constructed. This workshop is open to beginners and those with no calligraphic experience as well as more advanced students. (Please note: Some of the cards we made at the SoS Spring Fling may be repeated, but with more detail.)

You can see a few of Eleanor's cards in action here.
Materials List
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Cutting mat
Bone folder (or tea spoon)
Glue Stick or PVA Bookbinder's Glue
Scissors
Pencil
Eraser
Metal Ruler (12" is big enough)
Cutting tool such as Xacto knife or single-edge razor blade
Tracing paper
Paper & pen for note-taking

Note: Paper and cards will be provided; if you have any origami paper or other decorative papers (small pieces), feel free to bring some.

Instructor

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.

Brush Lettering Basics for Beginners

Debra Dick

Saturday, June 24, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$80 members/$100 non-members ($6 materials fee)
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Steet (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 702A
*SOLD OUT*

This workshop is currently filled, but if you would like to be put on the waiting list please continue with enrollment. You will only be charged if a spot opens up.

Brush lettering is super-popular right now, and let’s face it; this is a cool, versatile writing style that will serve you well. In this workshop you’ll get a thorough introduction to the basics. We’ll begin with individual strokes, and then build upon them to make rhythmic patterns and to form both the upper and lower-case alphabets. In the morning, we’ll focus on laying a strong foundation and becoming familiar with the unique aspects of writing with a pointed brush. As the day progresses, we’ll move from black ink to playing with color; from single letters to dynamic, brush-lettered words, then on to phrases and short quotes.

This is a good class for beginning calligraphers, students of pointed pen calligraphy, hobbyists, and handwriting enthusiasts. No previous lettering experience necessary.
Materials List
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There are many different brush lettering tools and materials available. Since you are just beginning your journey on the brush lettering path you may want to start with these relatively inexpensive options. Most are available from your local art or craft supply stores or online at: dickblick.com; jet.com; utrecht.com; jerrysartarama.com; paperinkarts.com; johnnealbooks.com.

BRUSH MARKERS: (nylon-tipped); one black, one gray, plus one or more additional colors of your choice. Choose from:
• Tombow Dual Brush Pen: blendable, water-based ink; nylon tip artist loft (available in individual colors or in sets)
• Artist’s Loft Watercolor Dual Tip Marker: nylon tip; water-based; blendable (come as a set; includes black and gray)

WATERCOLOR: inexpensive tubes or pan set, such as:
• Prang Professional Semi-Moist Watercolor Pan (8 colors)
• Artist’s Loft Watercolor Pan (36 colors)
• Artist’s Loft Fundamentals Watercolor Paint (tubes;12 colors)

MARKER LAYOUT PAD: 9X12” or larger, such as:
• Borden & Riley Marker Layout
• Bienfang 360 Graphics Pad

GRIDDED PAPER PAD: 9 x 12” or larger, such as:
• Paper & Ink Large Grid Pad, 11x17”
• Canson Foundation Graph Pad

IMPORTANT MISC ITEMS:
Ruler; Pencil; White Eraser; Brush Cleaner; Paper Towels; 6-well plastic paint palette; small mixing brush; plastic container for holding water (such as a butter/yogurt container); removable tape (such as Scotch or 3M brand)

OPTIONAL FUN MATERIALS:
• Gel Pens such as Sakura Gelly Roll (these are the best I’ve used)
• Uni-ball Signo UM 153 white gel pen (wonderful opacity)
• Winsor & Newton Water Colour Marker (not W&N Brush Markers!)
• Water Brush (round, medium size suggested), such as Sakura Koi 9 ml Water Brush; Aquastroke Watercolor Brush Pen; or, Kuretake Niji Waterbrush (Note: Instructor will have a few on hand to try.)

Materials Fee: $6.00 (for brushes, additional paper and miscellaneous materials for mini-project and media experiments) payable at registration.

Instructor

Debra Dick became a freelance lettering artist/graphic designer in the early 1990's. Her commissions have included logos, t-shirt designs, corporate resolutions and one-of-a-kind calligraphic art on paper and canvas. Her work has been published in Letter Arts Review and the Calligraphers’ Engagement Calendar. In 2004, Paper Kite Press invited her to illustrate Zoo Haiku, a book of poetry and broad-pen drawings.

Debra became a roster artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in 2000, and has since conducted numerous calligraphy-related arts residencies in schools, libraries and museums. In addition to traditional calligraphy pieces, she also incorporates beautiful writing into paintings, drawings, and hand-made books.

Gothicized Italic

Barry Morentz

Saturday/Sunday, June 10 & 11, 2017
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$160 members/$200 non-members
Level of difficulty: Intermediate & Advanced
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 703A
*SOLD OUT*

This workshop is currently filled, but if you would like to be put on the waiting list please continue with enrollment. You will only be charged if a spot opens up.

Edward Johnston’s last major manuscript hand, developed in 1924, was a compressed Foundational characterized by a rich, dense texture quite similar to a Gothic Textura. The name Gothicized Italic is, however, somewhat misleading, because the forms themselves bear little, if any, affinity to Italian Renaissance styles. Yet because of its compressed, pointed character, and when written on a slight slope, it does take on something of the lively rhythm of Italic, culminating in an evocative, often sumptuous style of writing. It is most effective for wedding invitations, formal documents, and some poetry.

In this workshop we begin by looking at Johnston’s forms and their historical antecedents. Then we zoom into the 21st century and consider the forms stripped of anachronisms, and apply modern techniques to make them more viable. Day 1 deals with the minuscules and the rhythm of writing and spacing. On Day 2 we will work with the variables that create an entirely different feel, as well as with the bounty of styles that permit us to create an endless repertory of Capitals.

This class is not for the newcomer to Calligraphy or for the faint-hearted. Prior experience, and some fluidity in Foundational and Italic is essential.
Materials List
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• usual calligraphalia
• Speedball C1 or C2, or Mitchell 0 or 1 for practice; some smaller sizes for actual writing. NO FOUNTAIN PENS -- you cannot understand or perform the subtleties inherent to this style with these instruments; save them for your next flight.
• Favorite inks; stick ink preferable; some colors if desired

Instructor

Barry Morentz owns and operates his Manhattan studio where he creates calligraphic works and hand-made books, boxes, and portfolios. He holds an MA in Medieval History, but abandoned pursuit of a doctorate in favor of an even less likely career in calligraphy. Initially self-taught, he began his formal calligraphic studies, primarily with Sheila Waters, in 1977, and eventually with almost every internationally recognized master. A seminal experience was participation in the Hermann Zapf Master Class at Rochester Institute of Technology in 1985, and subsequent paleographic studies in Rome and the Vatican Library. He has taught numerous workshops throughout the US, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and at five international Calligraphy Conferences.

In his midtown studio he ministers to the needs of The New York Public Library, Estee Lauder Companies, Cartier, Columbia University, and The Museum of Modern Art, where he has been The Living Anachronism since 1986. His day-to-day work includes Illuminated Resolutions and Awards Design, Publications Headings, Book and Portfolio Design, and the application of fine lettering in a range of areas. A life-long love for Shakespeare informs and inspires his personal work, which can be seen in numerous publications. In 2002 he realized a long-time goal of studying classical mosaics in Ravenna, Italy, where he learned to execute letters in an ancient format.

After more than 34 years, he remains inspired by the visual and emotional power of letterforms to communicate on a deeply-felt level and to challenge the viewer to discover and interpret the layers of meaning within a text.

NEW! Extraordinary Letters

Liesbet Boudens

Saturday/Sunday, July 15 & 16, 2017
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$160 members/$200 non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A
Our aim is to create powerful work using a chosen poem, phrase or sentence. We will start with Romans as a basis for built-up lettering and create small pencil sketches. Liesbet will use examples of her own pieces to take us through the initial design process. Using a copier to substantially enlarge our text we will refine and rework the letters. At several stages we will be talking as a group about the work of each student. As we develop our own style of drawn letters, each with unique character, we will study the meaning of our individual texts to suggest the shape and color of the lettering. Our goal will be to create a finished, expressive piece, with a very personal flavor for our words, painted in gouache or watercolor.
Materials List
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■ 0,3 automatic pencil w/ refills
■ HB 2 pencil
■ 9B graphite pencil (I will bring some myself )
■ Eraser
■ Break-away-type knife
■ Scissor
■ Tape (artists)
■ Glue stick
■ Container for rinsing brushes
■ Rag for cleanup
■ Layout or marker paper (A3 if possible)
■ Plastic triangle
■ Clear plastic measuring ruler (40 cm x 60 cm)
■ Old toothbrush and old brush for mixing gouache colours
■ Pointed brushes (choose a smaller and a bigger within the range of 00-2)
■ Palettes (any type)
■ Gouache (any type)
■ Watercolour
■ Colored pencils, soft and chalky (I will bring some myself )
■ Speedball pens (C2 / C3 / C4 / C5)
■ Small pieces of cold press paper for exercises
■ Cold press paper (I mostly use Waterford 300 gr, rough. Fabriano Roma -- though expensive! -- is also good for gouache)

Instructor

Liesbet Boudens was born 1957 in Bruges, Belgium. She specialized in art from age sixteen and trained as an art teacher. She studied painting with Dan Van Severen at Sint-Lucas Art Institute in Ghent. Liesbet currently teaches art in a secondary school in Bruges and teaches workshops in Belgium and abroad. Her web address is www.liesbetboudensletters.eu.

Beginning Spencerian

Michael Sull

Saturday/Sunday, May 20 & 21, 2017
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$160 members/$200 non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 701A
*SOLD OUT*

This workshop is currently filled, but if you would like to be put on the waiting list please continue with enrollment. You will only be charged if a spot opens up.

Spencerian Script was the most graceful and attractive form of vintage penmanship in 19th century America. Join us to learn the proper methods to produce this beautiful handwriting from the past! Subjects included in the class will be: the fundamentals of Spencerian Script penmanship, including tools, musculature, the Writing Zone, paper movement, lowercase and capital letters, and an introduction to Off-Hand Flourishing.

All levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced; no prior experience required.

Class ends at 4pm, but you're invited to stay for an extra "bonus" hour with Mike.
Materials List
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• an oblique penholder
• iron gall ink (such as McCaffery's)
• a lined Rhodia or Clairefontaine tablet
• a small container of water
• a pen to take notes

If anyone wishes to have the fun of writing in white on a dark paper, I suggest that they also have some suitable dark paper (I prefer Strathmore Artagain), a white writing fluid (I prefer Dr. Martin's Bleed Proof White), and an inexpensive artist's brush for mixing the Dr. Martin's (I like a No. 2 Winsor & Newton Sceptre Gold).

Instructor

Michael Sull is a certified American Master Penman known internationally for his work, teaching ability, and publishing efforts in Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship. He is credited as being the primary force in bringing back the American heritage of vintage handwriting which has led to the current renaissance of interest in Spencerian penmanship. Accomplishments; author of the texts "Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship", "Learning to Write Spencerian Script", "American Cursive Handwriting", "Spencerian Practice Set", and "Poems of a Penman"; served as former President Ronald Reagan's personal calligrapher, 1990-2003; Lettering Artist for Hallmark Cards, 1981-1986; founder of the Spencerian Saga workshop program, 1987 and its director for 26 years; President of IAMPETH, 2001, founder and director of the IAMPETH Master Penman program, 2001-2015, Zaner-Bloser Corporate Master Penman, 2010-present; and founder of the Spencerian Monument for American Handwriting, 2012. Currently he serves as the Academic Director of the Ink Academy and is Associate Producer of the documentary film for PBS now in production, "With Pen In Hand- the Journey of American Handwriting". He has taught workshops in American penmanship and engrossing in 40 states and 11 foreign countries.