Classes & Workshops

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Classes

Copperplate I - Intensive — (Marcy Robinson) Saturday/Sunday: February 8 & 9, 2020
Italic I — (Eleanor Winters) 5 Saturdays: February 22, 29; March 7, 14 & 21, 2020
Copperplate I — (Elinor Holland) 4 Sundays: March 1, 8, 15 & 29, 2020
Italic II — (Eleanor Winters) 3 Saturdays: April 4, 11 & 18, 2020

Workshops

The Art of Chalkboard Lettering — (Cora Pearl) Saturday/Sunday, March 21 & 22, 2020

Copperplate I - Intensive

Marcy Robinson

Saturday/Sunday: February 8 & 9, 2020
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$225 members and non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 702
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 3-week course, with an even smaller class-size than our usually-small introductory classes. Students will be given much individual attention.
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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),
Adjustable triangle to determine proper slope of the letters,
T square, 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 22, 29; March 7, 14 & 21, 2020
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 Italic II 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 $25 of your Italic II fee.
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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, masking tape.

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

4 Sundays: March 1, 8, 15 & 29, 2020
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$290 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 5.5-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.

Italic II

Eleanor Winters

3 Saturdays: April 4, 11 & 18, 2020
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
$195 members and non-members
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 702A
For students who have completed a beginning class in Italic, this class helps you develop a broader understanding of this elegant Renaissance script. We will review and fine-tune your basic Italic alphabet and then study letter variations, including simpler and more ornate forms of the minuscules and capitals. We will learn other ways to vary the alphabet, including size, weight and proportions, and look at examples from the  Renaissance writing masters. Emphasis will be on the consistency and beauty of letterforms and spacing.
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Brause Nibs (1mm, 2mm, 3mm, 4mm)
Penholder
Non-waterproof ink (Higgins Eternal)
Smooth layout paper, such as Canson Pro-Marker Layout or Borden & Riley's 100% Cotton Comp
Water container and cloth
Masking tape
Pencil
Ruler

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.

Dancing in the Night: The Romance of Writing on Dark Paper

Barry Morentz

Sunday, December 8, 2019
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
$85 members/$105 non-members
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 703A
Writing on black, dark brown, and navy blue paper can be intimidating, but once you are comfortable with the mediums it is lush and visually exciting. We shall write with various white and pastel and metallic colors, while considering the opacity of gouache and the transparency of inks. Beginning with solid colors, we will move on to color blending, wet-on-wet techniques, the use of salt, alcohol and gold powders to create dazzling backgrounds for writing text. We will learn to control our palettes by the incremental addition of white to dark colors. Practical tips for effortless writing on black envelopes will be demonstrated.

(Lunch will be shortened to 30 minutes: please bring your lunch.)
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• favorite dip pens, including a few large and small nibs
• several tubes of gouache: including white, gold, silver and however many colors you wish to bring
• several colors of transparent inks (such as Dr. Martin’s)
• a few cheap mixing brushes
• palette
• few small sheets black paper (such as Canson, Arches, Cranford)
• ruler
• HB pencil
• Micron Pigma pen size 01
• brief quote

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.

Finish That Thing! Get Ready for Members' Show: Part 2

Anna Pinto

Saturday, February 22, 2020
10:00 am to 2:30 pm
$40 members/$50 non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels.
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 703A
Framing can be very expensive, and you may not wish to commit your work to this kind of treatment just yet. But that’s no excuse not to put something together for the exhibition!

Several simple mounting methods will be demonstrated, and advice given on framing using a standard pre-fab frame. Bring your finished (or close-to-finished) piece and a sheet or two of good paper (like Canson mi Teintes—which comes in a multitude of colors), a cutting mat, X-acto or similar knife, a metal ruler or triangle, pencil, eraser, and a sheet of light weight cardboard. Optional: a piece of mat board or a pre-cut mat, a bone folder or burnisher, a standard-sized frame. Some materials/tools will be available to share.

Pre-cut mats and standard sized frames are usually available at various art and craft shops.

If you would like to prepare something for our members exhibit, you’re welcome to come for some support/suggestions. There will still be plenty of time for participants who wish to work on their pieces in a relaxed situation with some individual guidance. This mini-workshop begins at 10am with a half hour around noon for lunch; class will end at 2:30, but the room will be open and you're welcome to stay and work until 5pm.
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Bring your finished (or close-to-finished) piece and a sheet or two of good paper (like Canson mi Teintes — which comes in a multitude of colors), a cutting mat, X-acto or similar knife, a metal ruler or triangle, pencil, eraser, and a sheet of light weight cardboard. Optional: a piece of mat board or a pre-cut mat, a bone folder or burnisher, a standard-sized frame. Some materials/tools will be available to share. Pre-cut mats and standard sized frames are usually available at various art and craft shops. Canson paper is available at Blick and DaVinci.

Instructor

Anna Pinto divides her time between all sorts of freelance work — from envelopes to awards to props for the film industry — and teaching. Her work is included in The World Encyclopedia of Calligraphy by Christopher Calderhead and Holly Cohen, and Italic and Copperplate Calligraphy: the Basics and Beyond, by Eleanor Winters, and is in the collections of the San Francisco Public Library, and libraries at Rutgers and Yale.

Finish That Thing! Get Ready for Members' Show: Part 1

Anna Pinto

Saturday, February 8, 2020
10:00 am to 2:30 pm
$40 members/$50 non-members
Level of difficulty: Beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 703A
Are you unsure how much of a margin to leave around your calligraphy? Do you wonder what the best way is to credit the author? Or are you unsure about appropriate color, layout or style…?

Bring roughs of an idea that you have been working on, ideally something not very complex—so that you actually finish it!—along with the tools/paper you have in mind to work with, and any questions you have. Even if you don’t finish your piece, you will come away with ideas and tips for the future.

Hopefully we can move your work along to a finished—or close-to-finished—state. Please consider working to a standard size, which will be easier to frame (5 x 7, 8 x 10, 9 x 12, 11 x 14).

We will work seminar style, since participants may have similar issues. Hopefully we will all learn from each other’s questions and difficulties!

This mini-workshop runs from 10am to 2:30pm with a half hour for lunch. Take either or both Saturdays.
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Bring an idea that you have been working on — in any stage, plus any roughs. Something not too complex — you do want to finish it! Any tools/paper/media you plan to use, plus bond paper, pencil, ruler, tape, markers or whatever you might use to creating a rough version.

Instructor

Anna Pinto divides her time between all sorts of freelance work — from envelopes to awards to props for the film industry — and teaching. Her work is included in The World Encyclopedia of Calligraphy by Christopher Calderhead and Holly Cohen, and Italic and Copperplate Calligraphy: the Basics and Beyond, by Eleanor Winters, and is in the collections of the San Francisco Public Library, and libraries at Rutgers and Yale.

The Art of Chalkboard Lettering

Cora Pearl

Saturday/Sunday, March 21 & 22, 2020
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
$160 members/$200 non-members
Level of difficulty: Advanced beginner and all levels
Location: SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 703A
Chalkboard lettering has become very popular in recent years. In this workshop, students will learn several different styles of hand drawn lettering as well as other design elements (such as flourishes, borders, and ribbons) and we will combine these components to create chalkboard style pieces of artwork. We will explore the essential elements of chalkboard design and layout and will work in both black on white and white on black. Students will create a sketch for one complex chalkboard layout and we will do several smaller designs, all working on paper. We will also touch on working large scale on chalkboard surfaces. This class is ideal for students who want to better understand this style of lettering, for students wanting to learn more about layout and design in lettering art, for students who want to explore the art of hand drawn lettering, and for students who want a new area of lettering to explore.
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• 1 General’s White Charcoal Pencil
• 1 General’s Black Charcoal Pencil
• Canson Pro Layout Marker Paper 9” x 12”
• Micron Pen in size .05 (and any other sizes you may already have)
• Faber Castell Dust Free Eraser or any similar dustless eraser you may already have
• Factis Black Eraser
• 12” or 18” T-square Ruler
• A few sheets of Graph Paper
• 12” Ruler
• Pentel Graphgear 500 size .05 Mechanical Pencil or any mechanical pencil in .05 that you have
• Scissors
• Pencil Sharpener (any kind)
• 2 Sheets of Canson Mi-Teintes Paper in black (19” x 22”)
• $12 Materials Fee (payable to instructor)

Optional (but helpful):
• Fons & Porter Fabric Pencil - It is a little pricey at $14 so if you don’t feel like spending that much on one tool, you will be fine without it (Can be found at JoAnn’s Fabrics)
• Dividers (Blick sells Alvin dividers for about $10)

Instructor

Cora Pearl started studying calligraphy at age 11 and has been doing calligraphy and hand lettering ever since. She has a BA in Art and Art History from Oberlin College. Cora works as a full-time calligrapher and teacher of lettering arts. She teaches full credit calligraphy and hand lettering courses at Portland Community College and teaches independent workshops, classes and private sessions, including year-long courses in Design for Lettering Art. She has taught at several calligraphy conferences including Letters of Joy, IAMPETH, Letterfest, Typecon, the International Calligraphy Conference, and Letters California Style. Cora also does calligraphy commissions in addition to her teaching. Cora is passionate about teaching and values a holistic approach to learning based on building trust and safety in the classroom environment.