Classes & Workshops

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Classes

Introduction to Copperplate — (Laura Di Piazza) Saturday/Sunday, November 18 & 19, 2017
Italic I — (Anna Pinto) 5 Saturdays: September 30; October 7, 21, 28 & November 4, 2017
Copperplate I — (Elinor Holland) 4 Sundays: October 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2017

Workshops

Drawn Letters — (Anthony Bloch) Saturday/Sunday, December 2 & 3, 2017
NEW! Basics of Blackletter — (Lynne Yun - Ethan Cohen) Saturday/Sunday, December 9 & 10, 2017
Spencerian — (Michael Sull) Saturday/Sunday, October 21 & 22, 2017
Big Magic: Taking Calligraphy Out of the Box — (Sherrie Lovler) Saturday/Sunday, November 4 & 5, 2017

Introduction to Copperplate

Laura Di Piazza

Saturday/Sunday, November 18 & 19, 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 Steet (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 701A
*SOLD OUT*

This class 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.

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: September 30; October 7, 21, 28 & November 4, 2017
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
*SOLD OUT*

This class 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.

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.
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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 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$260 members and non-members (pro-rated)
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.
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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.

NEW! How to Put Your Calligraphy on Photographs

Laura Di Piazza

Saturday, November 18, 2017
5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
$40 members/$50 non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 701A
Ever wonder how artists get their calligraphy/lettering onto digital photographs and illustrations? This 2.5 hour workshop will focus on the detailed steps needed to do just that. Laura will walk you through scanning your calligraphy, choosing quality photography or illustrations (stock images and your own) and layering your calligraphy onto digital images in Adobe Photoshop. A laptop and Photoshop are not needed to take the workshop.

Optional: Email Laura your calligraph/hand-lettering and photograph, by November 14th, if you'd like her to layer the two and show it in class.

Light refreshments will be provided.
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Optional: Bring your laptop if you like. You can download a free one-month trial of Adobe Photoshop at creative.adobe.com

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

Fancy & Fearless: Super Flourished Script Caps

Kathy Milici

Sunday, November 19, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$80 members/$100 non-members
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 702A
This workshop is not for the faint of heart! Ramp up your existing pointed pen style by learning the detailed principles and structure of successfully super-flourished script capital letters, indepth techniques and alternate stroke combinations.

First we will observe and study historic examples from English, French and Dutch writing masters, like Bickham, Van den Velde, Milns, Girault, and Ames. With exercises to loosen your hand and challenge your brain, we’ll then move to basic strokes that gradually increase in intricacy and difficulty. We’ll play with capital stem extensions, loops, ovals, intricate spirals, graceful direction changes, unusual shapes, tricky intersections and turned exits. Close attention will be paid to managing visual space. The result is super flourished, classic caps with character!

Kathy believes that anything worth flourishing is worth over-flourishing. Come build your repertoire and have FUN!

Please Note: This is a design class. Knowledge of pointed pen script lettering (Copperplate, Engrosser’s Script or Spencerian) is necessary to fully benefit from this workshop.
Materials List
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• Straight pen holder AND oblique pen holder
• Your favorite nibs, like Nikko G, Zebra G, Gillott 303, Gillott 404, Hunt 22 or Leonardt Principality
• Black Ink, Higgins Eternal or Sumi Moon Palace (or your favorites)
• Dr. Martin's Bleed Proof White
• Dinky Dip or ink well/holder
• 12” ruler (any kind)
• Pencil or mechanical pencil
• Kneaded eraser
• Small dropper bottle
• A few Viva paper towels

Paper:
• Tracing paper, 5 sheets
• Rhodia grid pad (orange cover)
• Borden and Riley Boris Marker Layout pad, 9 X 12
• 3-4 sheets of dark colored card stock

Optional:
• Scotch Removeable Tape
• Compass

Instructor

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 kathymilicicreative.com.

Drawn Letters

Anthony Bloch

Saturday/Sunday, December 2 & 3, 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
The aim of this workshop is to develop skills that instill a unique fluidity into the letterforms, that computer fonts can never replicate. Those who have taken last year’s Drawn Letters, as well as those who have not, will be fully accommodated, as both upper and lower case will be taught and demonstrated consecutively in a “one room schoolhouse” approach. Plenty of time will be spent one-on-one, drawing with the intructor.

Time tested techniques, and significant variables will be taught. We will begin with a new, revised intro to some outstanding drawn letter art that has emerged over the centuries, into the current era, also as relates to the styles we are working with. After pencil warm up exercises, the first day will focus on drawing old style letterforms, while incorporating significant adjustments in serifs, stem, stress and so on. The second day will branch out into drawing modern styles, after an overview of the underlying structural dynamic for even width characters. The workshop will be completed with an expanded presentation of, and exercise in the variables of shading.
Materials List
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HB pencils (or your choice of mechanical pencil) with eraser and sharpener, an 18 inch flexible metal ruler, white art tape, any sized triangle (plastic or metal), Bienfang Graphics 360 translucent marker pad, 11 x 14 (or 14 x 17) inches, tracing paper or velum pad, 11 x 14 inches.

Instructor

Anthony Bloch is an award winning lettering artist residing in New York City. He has studied with Hermann Zapf, Michael Harvey, Tony DiSpigna, Ed Benguiat, Sheila Waters and other distinguished typography and calligraphy teachers. His work has been featured in Letter Arts Review, Rockport Publications: "Label Design 3", 1992, "The Creative Stroke", 1992, "The Creative Stroke 2",1994, “New Vintage Type”, Watson-Guptill, and “Lettering Arts”, Rizzoli International Publications, 1993, and was awarded for excellence in design, "365: AIGA Annual Design Competition 29”, 2008. Anthony has taught hand lettering at the School of Visual Arts for 14 years, and also teaches Typography at Pratt Institute, Manhattan.

NEW! Basics of Blackletter

Lynne Yun - Ethan Cohen

Saturday/Sunday, December 9 & 10, 2017
9:00am - 2:30pm Saturday, 10am - 4pm Sunday
$160 members/$200 non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels. No prior calligraphy experience required.
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 701A
Blackletter is a genre of calligraphic hands that is characterized by its bold and dense texture. It evolved from Carolingian minuscules starting during the 12th century and was used throughout Europe for several hundred years. We will focus on Gothic Textura which, in addition to being a beautiful hand unto itself, is an excellent starting point for understanding and studying the myriad hands that fall under the blackletter umbrella, such as Fraktur and Batârde. Students will learn a basic Textura alphabet with special focus on spacing, rhythm, and consistency.
Materials List
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Higgins Eternal Ink
Straight Penholder
Two pen 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

Instructor

Lynne Yun - Ethan Cohen are Brooklyn-based calligraphers and type designers who attended the Type@Cooper Extended Program and serve on the Board of Governors of Society of Scribes. Lynne works as a type designer at Monotype and Ethan works as a type designer at Mucca Design.
www.lynneyun.com
www.ethancohenstudio.com

Spencerian

Michael Sull

Saturday/Sunday, October 21 & 22, 2017
10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Please come early 9:00 am Saturday if you'd like to purchase one of Mike's custom penholders!)
$180 members/$220 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.

Students are invited to come early (at 9 am on Saturday) to purchase a custom penholder and/or have one adjusted by Mike.
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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.

NEW! Holiday Flourishes: Creating Small Treasures

Kathy Milici

Sunday, October 29, 2017
10:00 am to 4:15 pm
$80 members/$100 non-members ($5 materials fee)
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 701A
Kathy’s back! In this fun workshop, you will learn how to combine simple flourishing techniques with easy drawn and painted fall and holiday designs. We’ll create seasonal treasures like flourishy wreaths, gratitude banners, leaves, pumpkins and owls; and special treats like flourished trees, garlands, snowflakes, holly, ornaments, snowmen, stars and bells, with step-by-step instruction for all. Add your own hand-lettered greeting for the perfect composition, and some glittering embellishments too!

Come and create lots of small, sparkling beauties, perfect for cards, envelopes, or to frame and give as gifts for the upcoming holidays! This workshop is sure to get you into the spirit!

As a bonus, Kathy will share her new peace dove design templates, perfect for any time of year.
Materials List
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Straight Pen holder with 3 Nikko G nibs (or your favorite)
matches
Waterproof black india ink
Dr. Martin’s Bleed Proof White (optional)

Dinky Dip (or ink well)
Ruler, soft pencil, kneaded eraser
A few Q-tips
A few colored pencils (fall, holiday colors)
White colored pencil, or Fons & Porter White Mechanical Pencil
Micron pigma pens (.01, .03 or .05 size ok)

Dropper bottle with water or plastic pipette
Tracing paper, a few sheets
Canson Marker Layout paper pad, 9 x 12

Small watercolor set (inexpensive ok)
Paint brushes, and 1 old brush for mixing
(Recommended: 000, 10/0, very small sizes)

Fine Tec Arabic gold watercolor single pan, or gold ink
Plastic mixing tray or palette (small)
Plastic water container or large cup
Viva Paper towels

OPTIONAL ITEMS:
Uniball Signo White Pen or Sakura Gelly roll white Pen
Sakura Gelly roll pens, 1 gold, 1 clear glitter
Stickles Glitter Glue, clear sparkle (or any glitter glue)
Self-adhering craft rhinestones
Painters tape (blue or green)

Supplies available through Paper and Ink Arts (paperinkarts.com) or John Neal (johnnealbooks.com)

Please note: There is $5 materials fee (payable at registration). You will receive a paper kit including watercolor paper, envelopes, and both black and colored paper.

Instructor

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 kathymilicicreative.com.

Big Magic: Taking Calligraphy Out of the Box

Sherrie Lovler

Saturday/Sunday, November 4 & 5, 2017
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$160 members/$200 non-members ($15 materials)
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.

The marks we make doing calligraphy can be strong, fluid, sensuous, and downright yummy. Each tool we use brings a distinct personality that creates a unique mood. In this class, we will explore the different traits of the pointed brush, flat brush, folded pen and wood veneer pen to develop abstract paintings based on calligraphic form.

Beginning with a bamboo brush, we will create marks that will become the basis of our first painting. We will explore gestures from our handwriting and textures from the Neuland style of lettering to use as integral parts of our paintings. We will begin with ink and add color as the days progress to make complete works of art and a book that each participant will make.

Lessons on the elements and principles of design will be woven into the fabric of this workshop; so even those with no formal art-training can learn this process of using calligraphic mark-making as a portal into the exciting world of artistic expression.
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PAPER:
2 sheets of black Canson or Strathmore cut according to Sherrie's attachment.
6 sheets of Arches Text Wove, 20” x 25” (or 3 of the full size sheets, 25” x 40”)
Pad of newsprint paper 18x24” 50 sheets with a heavy cardboard backing. (Everyone needs to have their own pad since this will also be used as a backing board to extend the surface area of the desks in the classroom.)

BRUSHES:
Flat brushes: ½” wide and 1” wide.
Pointed Brushes: Variety of sizes.
Large brush: 2” wide natural bristle brushes (like house painting brushes) or foam brushes
Mixing brushes: Cheap, synthetic (white nylon) #4 or 5 round i.e. Loew Cornell #795 round

PENS:
Favorite pens – the larger the better.

INK:
Moon Palace sumi ink
Walnut Ink

PAINT:
At least 2 tubes of complementary colors (blue and orange, or red and green, or purple and yellow), either gouache or watercolor. Plus black gouache (ivory or jet) and white gouache. Recommended brands: Winsor & Newton or M. Graham & Co.

MISC:
Breakable utility knife + solid cardboard to cut on (like the back of a pad of the newsprint pad or a cutting mat), metal ruler, scissors, palettes (at least 2 with 10 wells), 2 containers for ink (yogurt style – preferably with covers), water containers, notebook and pen for notes, 2B pencil and sharpener, glue stick, artist tape or masking tape.

Optional: color pencils, pan pastels or NuPastels.

Materials Fee:
$15 (payable at registration) for Bamboo brushes, handmade pens, extra paper and other items.

Instructor

Sherrie Lovler learned calligraphy in high school and has continued studying and advancing her art since then. Her two most important teachers have been Hermann Zapf, who taught her about precision and Dick Beasley, who taught her about freedom. She has a BA in Studio Art and has been teaching for over 30 years, including accredited classes at Northern Arizona University, International Calligraphy Conferences, Ghost Ranch, La Romita School of Art in Italy, and Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Her work has been published in The Art & Craft of Hand Lettering, Letter Arts Review Annual Juried issues, Bound and Lettered, and many other books and journals. Her abstract paintings have been shown in solo exhibitions and many juried and group shows. Her newest book, On Softer Ground: Paintings, Poems and Calligraphy, won a Gold Award for Most Outstanding Book Design of the Year for 2016 from Independent Publishers IPPY Awards. Her work can be seen at www.artandpoetry.com.