Classes & Workshops

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Copperplate - Intensive (July) — (Marcy Robinson) Saturday/Sunday: July 22 & 23, 2017


Spencerian Script — (Harvest Crittenden) Saturday/Sunday: August 5 & 6, 2017 --or-- Monday/Tuesday: August 7 & 8, 2017
NEW! Modern Storybook Script — (Kathy Milici) Sunday, August 13, 2017

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 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.

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

* 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


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."

Spencerian Script

Harvest Crittenden

Saturday/Sunday: August 5 & 6, 2017 --or-- Monday/Tuesday: August 7 & 8, 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 702A

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.

The Sat/Sun session is sold out; to be placed on wait list, click here.
To register for the Mon/Tue session, click here.
Materials List

-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


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! Modern Storybook Script

Kathy Milici

Sunday, August 13, 2017
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
$80 members/$100 non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 703A
This playful alphabet has fun written all over it! This charming, casual script gives a fresh, modern twist to the traditional alphabet. In this one-day workshop, you'll first learn some of the tools of calligraphy and how to use them. Then you'll learn a series of simple strokes that form this whimsical yet elegant alphabet; first lower case letters, then upper case capitals. We'll also examine letter endings, connectors, numbers and punctuation. Strokes into letters, letters into words, words to sentences… and voila! You have a brand new, useful and versatile alphabet style that is so easy to make uniquely your own.
Materials List

Straight Pen Holder, Speedball, black plastic, or your favorite holder
Nikko G nibs (OR your favorite, like Zebra G, Hunt 22, Blue Pumpkin, Brause EF66, Gillott 303/404, make sure nib fits in your holder)
Higgins Eternal Ink OR Sumi Moon Palace Black Ink
Dinky Dip
12” clear plastic ruler
Kneaded eraser
Dropper Bottle (OR pipette)
Borden and Riley Boris Marker #37 Layout Bond pad, 9 X 12, 50 sheets

Scotch Removable Tape (blue label)
Rhodia grid pad, orange cover
A few Viva Paper Towels
Bottle water

Supplies available here:


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.”