Classes & Workshops

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Classes

Italic I — (Eleanor Winters) 5 Saturdays: February 23; March 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2019
Copperplate I — (Elinor Holland) 4 Sundays: March 24, 31; April 7 & 14, 2019
Foundational — (Eleanor Winters) 2 Saturdays: April 6 & 13, 2019
Introduction to Copperplate — (Laura Di Piazza) Saturday/Sunday: April 6 & 7, 2019

Workshops

Modern Storybook Script — (Kathy Milici) Sunday, March 31, 2019
The Art of Chalkboard Lettering — (Cora Pearl) Saturday/Sunday, March 21 & 22, 2020

Italic I

Eleanor Winters

5 Saturdays: February 23; March 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2019
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, 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 24, 31; April 7 & 14, 2019
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.
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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 6 & 13, 2019
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
$140 members and non-members
Level of difficulty: Advanced Beginner
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. Recommended for students with some familiarity with the broad-edged pen, as well as 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.
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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: April 6 & 7, 2019
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 703A
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

Modern Storybook Script

Kathy Milici

Sunday, March 31, 2019
10:00 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 702A
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.
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(Some supplies may not be available in local stores. Please allow enough time to order. Info below)

Straight Pen Holder, Speedball, black plastic, or your favorite holder
3 Nikko G nibs
Sumi Moon Palace Black Ink
Dinky Dip, screw top
12” clear plastic ruler
Pencil
Kneaded eraser
Dropper Bottle (OR pipette)
Canson Marker Layout 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 Kathy Milici Creative in Newton, New Jersey, her work has been seen in national magazines and on television. A very popular instructor at the IAMPETH calligraphy conferences (her workshops sell out!), Kathy travels the country, lecturing and teaching calligraphy and the related arts. The originator of Gratitude Script, a modern typeface, she also mentors fellow artists and art students in how to create a living and maintain a viable business as a working artist. After almost 40 years as a professional calligrapher and teacher, Kathy is still enjoying her lifelong passion for “everything calligraphy.” See more at kathymilicicreative.com.

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.