Classes & Workshops

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Classes

Copperplate I — (Elinor Holland) 5 Sundays: March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 2017
Foundational — (Eleanor Winters) 2 Saturdays: April 22 & May 6, 2017
Introduction to Copperplate — (Laura Di Piazza) Saturday/Sunday, May 20 & 21, 2017
Italic I — (Eleanor Winters) 5 Saturdays: February 25; March 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2017

Workshops

The Artful Flourish — (Heather Held) Saturday/Sunday: April 29 & 30, 2017
The Flourished Name — (Kathy Milici) Sunday, Apri 30, 2017
Spencerian Script — (Harvest Crittenden) Saturday/Sunday: May 6 & 7, 2017
A Sharp Pencil & A Keen Eye — (Amity Parks) Saturday/Sunday, May 20 & 21, 2017
NEW! Advanced Spencerian — (Michael Sull) Friday, May 19, 2017
NEW! Beginning Spencerian — (Michael Sull) Saturday/Sunday, May 20 & 21, 2017
Roman Capitals — (Marcy Robinson) Saturday/Sunday: June 3 & 4, 2017
Brush Lettering Basics for Beginners — (Debra Dick) Saturday, June 24, 2017
NEW! Gothicized Italic — (Barry Morentz) Saturday/Sunday, June 10 & 11, 2017

Copperplate I

Elinor Holland

5 Sundays: March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 2017
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
$325 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-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.

Foundational

Eleanor Winters

2 Saturdays: April 22 & May 6, 2017
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
$160 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.

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 for both beginners and 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
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• 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

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.

Introduction to Copperplate

Laura Di Piazza

Saturday/Sunday, May 20 & 21, 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 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
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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

Eleanor Winters

5 Saturdays: February 25; March 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2017
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 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
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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. 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.

Instructor

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.

NEW! Spring Fling Mini-Workshops!

Eleanor Winters

Saturday, April 8, 2017
11:00 am to 4:30 pm
$40 members/$50 non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Rooms 701A/702A
A fun-filled day of 4 hour-long mini-workshops (clockwise from upper left):
1. Eleanor Winters: Pop-Up & Pop-Out Cards
2. Marcy Robinson: Marbling Technique with Shaving Cream
3. Chavelli Tsui: Cheap & Cheerful Nib Organizer
4. Lynne Yun: Writing with Gradients

More details here.
Plus: shopping at John Neal Books Pop-Up Shop and pizza party for lunch!
Materials List
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• Watercolor Paper
• Glue Stick
• Scissors
• Pencil
• Eraser
• Bone Folder or Tea Spoon
• Metal Ruler (12″)
• Exacto Knife/Box Cutter & Cutting Mat
• Packing Tape
• Collection of Favorite Nibs

Instructor

Eleanor Winters , Marcy Robinson, Chavelli Tsui, Lynne Yun

The Artful Flourish

Heather Held

Saturday/Sunday: April 29 & 30, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$160 members/$200 non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 3rd/2nd 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.

Offhand Flourishing is an ornate, non-lettering calligraphic art form based on 19th Century pen techniques. The flourished designs are spontaneous and meditative and created with very little pre-planning. The designs are unique to each individual and the results are very rewarding, Historic designs such as scrolls, quills and ornamental cartouches will be explored as well as contemporary floral designs. During the workshop, the student will explore the essential strokes of these versatile designs and learn colouring and embellishing techniques to add depth and interest. There are limitless possibilities with these ornate flourishes. It is an exciting experience and open to students of all skill levels. Prior pointed pen experience is not required.
Materials List
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• Oblique or Straight Pen Holder: Left handed students may prefer to use a straight holder. Right handed students can use either the oblique or straight holder.
• Nibs: Your favourite nib for pointed pen work.
Beginners: Zebra G or Hunt 22 recommended.
Leonardt EF Principal is a good flexible nib for flourishing but requires a lighter touch than the other nibs.
• Ink: McCaffery Brown for Line and Wash Technique McCaffery Black or Old World Iron Gall ink
• Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleedproof White (for work on Dark Paper)
• 2 small water jars and inexpensive mixing brushes
• Eye dropper or pipette for water
• Newspaper to act as cushion sheet
• Pencil, ruler, soft vinyl eraser, factis black eraser, paper towels for pen wipes (Blue Shop towels work well)
• Practice paper: my favourite is Rhodia blank or gridded, Clairefontaine triomphe paper or Maruman Imagination paper. If you have a favourite blank practice paper that works well with pointed pen, please bring it along.
• Art paper: Michael’s Recollection cardstock . I use their black and dark colours as well their cream coloured. The New Diploma parchement from John Neal is wonderful. Cansone Mi-Tientes pastel paper and Arches HP 140 lb. paper also works well. Paper should be cut to 5”x7’ sizes. We will be doing several projects.
• Colour Supplies: Watercolour or watercolour pencil can be used for the line and wash technique. You will need a good small watercolour brush in size 0 or 00. I use a Winsor Newton series 7 but any good quality watercolour brush will work. We will be using a few colours for florals, so bring your favourites and a mixing palette if you wish to use watercolour. The Derwent Metallic set of 12 watercolour pencils work well for the line and wash techniqe as well as coloured pencil techniques.
• Coloured Pencil: bring your favourites. I use Prismacolour, FaberCastell Polychromos and Derwent ColourSoft.
• Special Effect Supplies: If you have any of these, please bring them along to add depth to your work. Sakura Gelly Roll pen in clear stardust, Hot foil pen,Yasutomo pearlescent watercolours, Finetec gold watercolour palette, Diane townsend pastels for background effects (with small piece of sandpaper and applicator brush). Anything shimmery or shiny that you can add to your work.
• Note taking supplies

Instructor

Heather Held is a Canadian freelance-lettering artist who operates The Victorian Pen studio. She has served as a faculty member of several calligraphy conferences. In 2013-2014 she served as President of IAMPETH. Her work in promoting handwriting skills has attracted television, magazine and radio coverage in Canada. She conducts intensive workshops in Offhand Flourishing, Decorative Lettering and Ornamental Penmanship throughout North America. Her art work is in private collections around the world and has been featured in Pen World, Bound and Lettered, Calligrafia, Somerset Studio, Romantic Homes, The Penman’s Journal, The Spencerian Review, 1000 Handmade Cards and Good Mail Day and the Speedball Textbook.

The Flourished Name

Kathy Milici

Sunday, Apri 30, 2017
9:30 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
Ornamental Decorative Flourishing is one of the most challenging and rewarding skills that a calligrapher can acquire. But did you ever wonder how it’s done?
In this workshop, we’ll combine both history and artistry as we explore the world of flourished names. First, students will learn the simple, fundamental “rules” and techniques of flourishing, with its signature graceful curves, concentric ovals, and gentle direction changes. Next, in this step-by-step tutorial, we will examine the endless possibilities of flourished attachments using pencil sketches. The end result will be a finished composition rendered in pen and ink. Both decorative and useful, our goal in flourishing names and words is to achieve a balanced, harmonious and visually beautiful look, while maintaining the integrity and readability of the letterforms.

Please note: This is not a letterforms class. A basic knowledge of pointed pen calligraphy is necessary to fully benefit from this workshop.
Materials List
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• Straight pen holder AND oblique pen holder
• Your favorite nibs: Recommended are Nikko G, Zebra G, Gillott 303, Gillott 404, Hunt 22 or Leonardt Principality
• Higgins Eternal Ink or Sumi Moon Palace Black Ink
• Dinky Dip or ink well/holder
• 12” clear plastic ruler
• Hard Pencil
• Kneaded eraser
• Small dropper bottle

Paper:
• Tracing paper, 5 sheets
• Quadrille (graph) grid paper, 4 squares per inch, 5 sheets
I recommend Ampad “Gold Fibre” pad or Rhodia grid pad (orange cover)
• Borden and Riley Boris Marker Layout pad, 9 X 12
• A few Viva paper towels
• Scotch Removeable Tape

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 24 Karat Designs Calligraphy Studio 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!), she is also a Board Member at large. 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.”

Spencerian Script

Harvest Crittenden

Saturday/Sunday: May 6 & 7, 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 3rd/2nd 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.

This workshop is designed to explore the beautiful lettering style of Spencerian Script, the only lettering style that is uniquely American. Designed by Platt Roger Spencer in the 1800’s, we will explore the gracefulness of nature’s forms that inspired Mr. Spencer. The workshop will include study of the lower case, the upper case, simple off-hand flourishing and using letterforms as borders. This system of writing is still very relevant today. Brides frequently request elegant and graceful, Spencerian Script.

Spencerian script is a pointed pen alphabet built on 4 simple principals and 7 stroke forms. We will start with pencil and work our way up to pen and ink. We will cover all the basic letterforms and play a little with capital variations that make this lettering style so unique. This class is designed for all skill levels. It is most frequently written with an oblique penholder but experience with an oblique penholder is not necessary. If left-handed you may prefer to use a straight penholder.
Materials List
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-Nikko G or Zebra G nibs are recommended for beginners. More advanced students may prefer to use a more flexible nib.
-An oblique penholder is recommended. If left-handed you may prefer to use a straight penholder depending on the amount of hook when you write.
-McCaffery’s black ink OR walnut ink OR Iron Gall ink OR black ink of your choice.
-Good quality translucent layout paper, Borden & Riley or Canson.
-a mechanical pencil .5 with extra lead
-a kneaded eraser
-Something to keep your nibs clean

Instructor

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 www.acornarts.org

A Sharp Pencil & A Keen Eye

Amity Parks

Saturday/Sunday, May 20 & 21, 2017
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$160 members/$200 non-members
Level of difficulty: All levels, some calligraphy experience is helpful
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A
In this class, the humble pencil and its relatives become powerful tools in creating many effects from subtle to stunning. We will use pencils, erasers, graphite sticks/blocks, powdered graphite and their water-soluble cousins to explore the possibilities of this medium for creating refined works of art to quickly made drawings in our sketchbooks.

Starting with basic drawing principles like line quality and shading, we will experiment with each tool to discover the marks it can produce. We will then move on to drawing letters and designing word groups, both formal and casual. The monochromatic drawn letterform forces us to slow down and relate more organically to the forms we are creating. You will find drawing letterforms with care and thoughtfulness to be so helpful in improving your design and lettering skills and in allowing for more refined and subtle attention to detail.

Further time will let us explore how to integrate our letters with their backgrounds into designs that will grab our viewer’s eye. Finally I’ll show you some of the tricks I’ve learned to save time and ensure success when working with this versatile medium.
Materials List
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• Mechanical Pencil- 0.5 or 0.3 and leads
• A few drawing pencils in various hardness’ (6B, 4B, 2B, HB, 2H, 4H). Bring whatever you have already.
• Graphite stick or woodless graphite pencil (4B or 6B)
• Water-soluble graphite stick-Lyra 6B or 9B (Look for the water drop on the label)
• Art Graf Black Carbon Water-Soluble Ink Block
• Kneaded eraser
• White eraser stick: Preferably the Tombow Mono zero round, or Paper Mate ‘Tuff Stuff’
• Your favorite writing tools (larger sizes of nibs, ruling pens, automatic pens, brushes, etc). You won’t need any ink... trust me!
• Blending Stump (I’ll have some for purchase if you need)
• X-acto knife, blades and small pencil sharpener (no motors please)
• Steel Ruler
• Large soft flat brush for wetting paper
• Paper- Strathmore 400 series drawing paper (any size) or whatever similar you have at home. Few pages of any other papers you want to try.
• Paper- A few pieces (11x17 or so) of Arches text wove and/or Arches hot press watercolor paper or any cheaper mixed media/watercolor or heavyweight paper that you have already.
• Paper towels, water container, small spray bottle
• A short quote or a few words you like to write (5-10 words or so)
• Drawing Board/ padded surface to work on.
• Not required, but for your info: The sketchbook I use and recommend is the Moleskine 7.5” x 10” Plain Soft Cover Notebook

Instructor

Amity Parks is an artist and calligrapher living in Missoula, Montana. For some years she has been studying calligraphy in weeklong and private tuition classes with internationally renowned instructors. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tulsa, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana. Her work has been featured in national and regional exhibits and publications. She has been a long-term active member and teacher in her local and state calligraphy guilds and travels within the US and internationally to teach workshops, including serving on the faculty for the International Lettering Arts Conference in 2014, 2015 & 2017, for the SSIW Conference in Melbourne, Australia and the Midwest Art and Lettering Retreat in 2016. She spends many hours in her studio on her personal and creative work, finding a balance between her teaching commitments, her business and her own busy family life. More information and artwork can be found on Facebook and at her website, www.amityparks.com.

NEW! Advanced Spencerian

Michael Sull

Friday, May 19, 2017
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$80 members/$100 non-members
Level of difficulty: Intermediate & Advanced
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 701A
In this class we will be taking the beautiful style of Spencerian Script up to a higher level. Topics will include: basic and flourished lowercase and capitals, Off-Hand Flourishing, Signature Writing, and flourished line-endings.

Participants should have previous knowledge or experience with pointed pen script, particularly Spencerian, to gain the most benefit from this class.

Registration for this class will begin March 27 for members; March 28 for general public.
Materials List
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• an oblique penholder
• iron gall ink (such as McCaffery's)
• a lined Rhodia or Clairefontaine tablet
• several sheets (8 1/2"x 11" or 9"x12") of graph paper
• 3 colored pencils (red, blue, and green)
• 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! 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.

Registration for this class will begin March 27 for members; March 28 for general public.
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.

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."

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
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.
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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.

NEW! 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
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.
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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.