Classes & Workshops

** Workshops on April 30 and beyond will be open for registration on February 27/28. It is advisable to register early and online. Our classes are necessarily small and often sell out quickly. If a class is filled to capacity, please sign our Waiting List: we will try to accommodate everyone — and if possible, we may add another session. To receive an email when new seasons are posted, sign up for our Newsletter. Please read our Registration Policy at the bottom of this page. **

Classes

Copperplate I - Intensive (Feb) — (Marcy Robinson) 2 Sundays: February 19 & 26, 2017
Italic I — (Eleanor Winters) 5 Saturdays: February 25; March 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2017
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

Workshops

Flat Brush — (Loredana Zega) Saturday, February 25, 2017
Embossing — (Loredana Zega) Sunday, February 26, 2017
Introduction to Fraktur — (Paul Shaw) Saturday/Sunday, March 4 & 5, 2017
A is for Accordion — (Cherryl Moote) Saturday/Sunday, March 11 & 12, 2017
Italic Variations — (Anna Pinto) 2 Saturdays: March 18 & 25, 2017
Modern Storybook Script — (Kathy Milici) Sunday, March 26, 2017
Cadels — (Vivian Mungall) Saturday/Sunday, April 1 & 2, 2017
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
Roman Capitals — (Marcy Robinson) Saturday/Sunday: June 3 & 4, 2017

Copperplate I - Intensive (Feb)

Marcy Robinson

2 Sundays: February 19 & 26, 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."

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.

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
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

Flat Brush

Loredana Zega

Saturday, February 25, 2017
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$80 members/$100 non-members
Level of difficulty: Intermediate to advanced
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, 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.

Brush is a very unique, responsive and gentle tool, which can be used for your calligraphy backgrounds or the final art work. With the patterens and transparent paths of the brush, you will enjoy all the advantages that offers. You will build your design by exploring the textures of the colour and the brush by making numerous layers of letters, changing positions... This effect is really breathtaking! In this short version of the workshop we will be working on a chosen script and focus more on the technique rather than a final piece. But for advanced students, there is of course more freedom in creativity...
Materials List
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• Flat Brush 995 W&N series - nr. 1/2 is best
• Gouaches.- blue & violet are of the best fluidity
• Square oblique jar for colors
• Water jar
• Pencil
• Ruler
• Mixing brush
• Heavier paper - at least 130 gsm, not smooth
• Some good quality paper for final work, watercolor papers

Instructor

Loredana Zega is a devoted freelance calligrapher and an artist with a rich creative energy and a strong passion for work. When only a child she totally fell in love with letters. Her aunt was a designer and she was constantly sending the family calligraphy written cards. At her age of 9 she finally lend her her own calligraphy pen - for some hours of course! And that was a start to a very painful path of her self teaching. :) At the age of 15 her calligraphic flambeau was chosen from 400 and it was given to a pope John Paul II. After finishing high school she started to write exercise books for teaching calligraphy and opened her own calligraphy company at the age of 21. Through teaching she gained a lot of practical knowledge, but she felt something is missing. She found English calligraphy organisation CLAS which holds the National diploma in Calligraphy and organizes calligraphy master classes. With a help of Denis Brown she gained the National Diploma in Calligraphy in 2013 - advanced level, passed with distinction.

In these 14 years of professional freelancing she got some international awards and started to exhibit and teach all over the world.
The last few years she started to combine calligraphy with dance - another childhood passion. With a professional colleague Ales Bajec - videographer, she created a performance "Dance the Letters". For one video, which is a part of the performance, they gained the 1st prize by Art University Nova Gorica - Slovenia. Her last project is a musical "A day of a calligrapher" - first on the stage for the "Passionate pen conference" last year in San Francisco. It is comically representing an artist through her day, including dead lines, annoying clients and funny stories. Through live big scale calligraphy, videos, singing her own written songs on the very well known music, dancing and theatre, she represents a real passion for her work....

"My pieces contain letters and soul... And most of them are huge, written with a broom on the floor at airports, streets, cars. My characters are unique and special. Written fast and easy... like dancing... My pieces are everything I am ... I am ... calligrapher!

Embossing

Loredana Zega

Sunday, February 26, 2017
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$80 members/$100 non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A
I've always been fascinated with embossing. The letters which are rising up from the paper are just gorgeous! We'll start with simple designs and then add more letters to go forward with layering and pressure possibilities. If you have some pieces of paper with watercolor background or a final art piece that you think it is little empty you are encouraged to bring it to the workshop...

Over the years, I have discovered lots of different options of applying this technique. The possibilities to use it in a final art work are amazing... And when teaching it, I just adore the results and ideas from participants. I am sure you will enjoy it, too.
Materials List
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• Broad edge calligraphy pens (pallet, gouaches, mixing brushes, water jar)
or two pencils taped together or automatics
• A block of sketch paper
• Few 350 gsm papers A3
• Cutting pad
• Scalpel knife
• Bigger needles for embossing
• Masking tape
• Glue stick
• Ruler
• Few graphic/handmade papers

Instructor

Loredana Zega is a devoted freelance calligrapher and an artist with a rich creative energy and a strong passion for work. When only a child she totally fell in love with letters. Her aunt was a designer and she was constantly sending the family calligraphy written cards. At her age of 9 she finally lend her her own calligraphy pen - for some hours of course! And that was a start to a very painful path of her self teaching. :) At the age of 15 her calligraphic flambeau was chosen from 400 and it was given to a pope John Paul II. After finishing high school she started to write exercise books for teaching calligraphy and opened her own calligraphy company at the age of 21. Through teaching she gained a lot of practical knowledge, but she felt something is missing. She found English calligraphy organisation CLAS which holds the National diploma in Calligraphy and organizes calligraphy master classes. With a help of Denis Brown she gained the National Diploma in Calligraphy in 2013 - advanced level, passed with distinction.

In these 14 years of professional freelancing she got some international awards and started to exhibit and teach all over the world.
The last few years she started to combine calligraphy with dance - another childhood passion. With a professional colleague Ales Bajec - videographer, she created a performance "Dance the Letters". For one video, which is a part of the performance, they gained the 1st prize by Art University Nova Gorica - Slovenia. Her last project is a musical "A day of a calligrapher" - first on the stage for the "Passionate pen conference" last year in San Francisco. It is comically representing an artist through her day, including dead lines, annoying clients and funny stories. Through live big scale calligraphy, videos, singing her own written songs on the very well known music, dancing and theatre, she represents a real passion for her work....

"My pieces contain letters and soul... And most of them are huge, written with a broom on the floor at airports, streets, cars. My characters are unique and special. Written fast and easy... like dancing... My pieces are everything I am ... I am ... calligrapher!

Introduction to Fraktur

Paul Shaw

Saturday/Sunday, March 4 & 5, 2017
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$160 members/$200 non-members
Level of difficulty: Intermediate, must have experience working with a broad-edged pen
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 3rd/2nd Avenues) Room 703A
Fraktur is a slippery word. It simultaneously describes the full range of blackletter styles (e.g. textura, bâtarde, rotunda) in calligraphy and type as well as a specific style of blackletter which originated in the early 16th century. This workshop will focus on the latter, which can be described as a hybrid of textura and bâtarde.

Chronologically, fraktur is the last of the four major styles of blackletter. It is generally believed that Leonhard Wagner (c.1453–1522), prior at the Abbey of SS. Ulrich and Afra in Augsburg, Germany, “invented” fraktur. Among the one hundred sample scripts in his 1507 manuscript Proba Centum Scripturarum una Manu Exaratarum the one labeled Clipalicana maior is consid- ered to be the rst example of fraktur. However, there are other scripts by Wagner, such as the smaller Imperatorucalis, which are very similar. A decade after Wagner produced his sample book Johannes Schoensperger, printer to Emperor Maximilian I, published the Teuerdank (1517). Its typeface, based on the calligraphy of Vincenz Rockner, is the rst true fraktur typeface. The new style quickly became a staple of German calligraphy and printing alongside textura. Its prominence came to an abrupt end with World War II.

The workshop will look at historical and modern examples of fraktur by such masters as Johannes Neudorffer the Elder, Urban Wyss, Rudof Koch, Friedrich Poppl, Hermann Zapf, and Werner Schneider. The goal will not be to master fraktur but to under- stand its features, structure and manifold possibilities.
Materials List
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• Brause nibs 2 mm to 5 mm
• Pilot Parallel Pen 3.8 mm or 6 mm
• layout bond paper
• ruler with metric markings
• pencil
• tape
• water jar

Instructor

Paul Shaw is a letter designer and graphic design historian. He is the sole proprietor of Paul Shaw / Letter Design, a studio specializing for thirty years in calligraphy, lettering and typography. Among his clients have been Clairol, Origins, Lord & Taylor, Campbell’s Soup, Cinzano, Vignelli Associates, and Pentagram. Paul was formerly a partner in LetterPerfect, a digital type foundry based in Seattle. Since 1980 he has taught calligraphy, lettering, typography and graphic design history at a variety of New York area design schools. Currently he is at both Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts. He writes on letter-related subjects for Print, Eye, Baseline, Letter Arts Review, and AIGA's Voice. His book Helvetica and the New York City Subway sold out in two months, with a trade edition planned to be published by MIT Press. In 2002 Paul was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome. Finally, Paul is the reigning authority on W.A. Dwiggins, having spent 30 years researching his life and work.

http://www.paulshawletterdesign.com

A is for Accordion

Cherryl Moote

Saturday/Sunday, March 11 & 12, 2017
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$160 members/$200 non-members ($40 materials)
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 3rd/2nd Avenues) Room 703A
Every craft has basic techniques that need to be learned before the crafters feels confident in their knowledge and skills and bookbinding is no exception. This class is devoted to exploring the basic techniques behind accordion or concertina books and all of the myriad ways that they can be bent, folded and manipulated. Each technique will be explored and housed in a finished accordion book of trade secrets. Students will learn about tools, materials, folding, joining, sewing, covers, pop-ups, paper engineering, explosion folds, pockets and much more.
Materials List
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- mechanical pencil and white eraser
- craft knife or scalpel and a number of extra blades
- self-healing cutting mat
- bone folder
- paper slitting knife
- bookbinding awl
- scissors (large and fine)
-18” stainless steel ruler with cork back
- Omnigrid Ruler (6” x 12” recommended)
- 2 fresh glue sticks
- bookbinding cradle if you have one (pattern available before class)
- small collection of decorated, distinctive or natural paper (approx. 4” x 6”) - notebook or sketchbook for idea file
Materials Fee: $40 for papers and materials (payable at registration)

Instructor

Cherryl Moote is a calligrapher, bookbinder and paper artist. Cherryl was born with a natural teaching talent and loves to create print materials, videos and classes that allow you to learn new techniques with maximum enjoyment and success. The inspiration and guidance that she has received from her teachers and mentors have made her aware of the need to support other artists and craftspeople as they explore the paper arts. In additon to writing and teaching, she is actively involved in creativity coaching and is available to coach in person, online and by telephone.

Italic Variations

Anna Pinto

2 Saturdays: March 18 & 25, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$160 members/$200 non-members
Level of difficulty: Intermediate, participants should have a solid Italic hand and a working knowledge of other hands.
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 3rd/2nd Avenues) Room 703A
This class will give you an opportunity to develop some Italic variations – not so much copying someone else’s style, as learning to develop variations based on your Italic!

This will involve analyzing the elements that make Italic the graceful hand that it is, and then methodically altering those elements to give a new spin to this mainstay of the calligrapher’s repertoire. We will consider ways to simplify and/or quiet it down, as well as ways to make it more elaborate and festive.

This is not a class for beginners: participants should have a solid Italic hand and a working knowledge of other hands.
Materials List
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Basic tools including:
• 2.5 Mitchell and/or 1.5 Brause nibs
• some smaller nibs
• a good layout pad (Boris Marker Layout #37 is very nice)
• some different writing tools for experimenting (only if you have them), such as pointed nibs, felt tip pens (pointed/chiseled/scroll),
fountain pens, Parallel Pens, Speedball B nibs
• two texts or quotations (one more lyrical or exuberant, the other more thoughtful or serious)
• any samples of italic you particularly admire

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 can be seen 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 Universities.

Brush Lettering Basics for Beginners

Debra Dick

Sunday, March 19, 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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All materials are available from a variety of sources including your local art or craft supply stores; dickblick.com; jet.com; jerrysartarama.com; utrecht.com.
WRITING TOOLS: We’ll write with medium firm, pointed-tipped, nylon paint brushes as well as water brush pens and brush markers. It will be helpful to have a selection of writing tools –one or two from each of the following suggested categories. Perhaps a mix of sizes as well: medium and large are best for beginners; small sizes are optional.
* Paint Brushes:
      • Will be provided by the instructor/included in additional materials fee
* Water Brushes:
      • Sakura Koi Water Brush OR Aquastroke Watercolor Brush Pen OR Kuretake Niji Waterbrush (round, medium size suggested; small and large optional)
* Brush Markers (black; felt-tip): such as Tombow Dual Brush Pen (felt tipped) OR Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen
Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen - Hard Tip (Gives better control for beginning brush letterers.)
WATERCOLOR: We’ll keep it simple by using inexpensive pan set such as:
* Prang Professional Semi-Moist Watercolor Pan (8 colors)
* Artist’s Loft Watercolor Pan (36 colors)
PAPER:
* Marker Layout Pad 9X12” or bigger, such as: Borden & Riley Marker Layout, OR Bienfang 360 Graphics Pad
* Gridded paper such as: Bloc Rhodia No. 11 Graph Paper Pad OR Fabriano EcoQua Notebooks—reviewers report that the paper in this notebook is good, but the binding is weak, and the paper falls out. Not a deal-breaker for me if I’m using it for practice sheets.)
* Watercolor Paper 90# to140#, such as Arches Hot Press; Canson Watercolor Cold Press pad, 9x12” (Note: large sheets will have to be cut to manageable sizes prior to class.) You will need approximately 3 to 5, 9x12” pieces.
MISC:
Ruler; Pencil; White Eraser; Brush Cleaner; Paper Towels; 6-well plastic paint palette; mixing brush

Students should also bring:
• plastic container for holding water (such as a butter/yogurt container)
• plastic pipette
• removable tape (such as Scotch or 3M brand)

OPTIONAL/FUN MATERIALS:
* Brush Markers and Pens (colors of your choice) such as: Tombow Dual Brush Pen OR Winsor & Newton Water Colour Marker OR Prismacolor Premier Brush Tip Marker OR Artist’s Loft Watercolor Dual Tip Markers OR Faber Castel Pitt Artist Pens (Brush Tip; comes in shades of gray and various color sets) OR Kuratake ZIG Clean Color Brush Pens (available individually or in sets.);
* Gel Pens such as Sakura Gelly Roll (these are the best I’ve used)
* Uni-ball Signo UM 153 white gel pen (wonderful opacity)
* Washable Paint Pens such as Elmer’s or Crayola

Materials Fee: $6.00 (for brushes, additional paper for mini-project and “surprise” 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.

Modern Storybook Script

Kathy Milici

Sunday, March 26, 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
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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
Pencil
Kneaded eraser
Dropper Bottle (OR pipette)
Borden and Riley Boris Marker #37 Layout Bond pad, 9 X 12, 50 sheets
Matches

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

Supplies available here:
http://www.paperinkarts.com/storybook.html
http://www.johnnealbooks.com/prod_detail_list/999

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.”

Cadels

Vivian Mungall

Saturday/Sunday, April 1 & 2, 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
A Cadel is a letter composed of a series of tape-like strokes, nearly parallel lines which interweave and knot together to produce a complete letter—ranging from simple to complex. These capital letters were used as a single initial letter or versal or multiple letters in headings and historically were confined to secular work. The cadel initials were most common in the fifteenth century, and they were occasionally used in sixteenth and early seventeenth-century documents and writing manuals as well. The oldest example found was in the 1409 prayer book, the Trés Riches Heures du Duc de Berry by Jean Flamel. There is no one standard lettering style for cadels. The class will cover how the scribes have interpreted them over the years. After learning several of the letters, basic strokes and cadel designs, you will be ready to start creating your own beautiful Cadels. This class covers a very unique and individualize style of lettering with no standard forms.
Materials List
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• Pencil, eraser
• Favorite black ink or colored ink
• Broad pen holders and nibs like Mitchell nibs with reservoirs – sizes 2, 1.5 1, 0. – can also use a pilot pen
• straight holder and favorite pointed pen for drawing lines
• Practice or layout paper at least 8.5” x 11”
• Graph paper if you like to use it (just make sure your pen nibs, ink and paper all get along)
• Plastic centering ruler by Westcott or C Thru Ruler Company
• Wooden ruler with edge to use with pointed pen
• Tracing paper
• Your imagination
• Finetec gold, gold gouache, or gold ink brushes, water, etc. for adding detail
** OPTIONAL, but not necessary: **
• Water color or gouache
• 8” x 10” Arches 140# hot press or equivalent for finished piece if desired
• Portable light box
• I always work flat but a slant board if desired
• Electric eraser
• Scratch knife

Instructor

Vivian Mungall is a member of Ziller’s LLC, and took her first calligraphy classes from Larry Menser in Plantation, Florida. When she moved to Kansas City, Missouri, Larry suggested that Vivian meet with his friend, Stephen A. Ziller. He was the owner of Ziller of Kansas City and a 1932 graduate of the Zanerian College in Columbus, Ohio. In 1936, he became the second owner of the studio founded in 1894 by Frederick W. Tamblyn, a well-known lettering artist and teacher of penmanship. After meeting him, Steve offered her a job in the studio. There she started to learned the art of engrossing. In 1985, her husband, Richard, became the victim of corporate downsizing. So, with his business expertise and her artistic expertise, they became partners of Ziller of Kansas City. In 2012, they moved the studio to Orlando, Florida. Vivian specializes in lettering and illumination of certificates, diplomas, awards, scrolls and resolutions. Some of the people who have received her resolutions are: Barbara Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton, Sandra Day O’Connor and Walter Cronkite.
In 2015, Vivian taught the cadel class at IAMPETH. She became addicted to researching the subject and had more information than needed. Since no books have been written on cadels, she wrote an Ebook of 300+ pages with hundreds of how to and historical illustrations. It is now available on IBooks for Apple devices. Vivian also has an illuminated letter in the new Speedball book.
In 2002, Vivian was inducted as a Master Penman by IAMPETH at their annual convention. In 2010, she was president of IAMPETH and organized the convention in Orlando, Florida. To see more of her work and information about the studio go to www.zillerofkc.

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
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.

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."