Spring Fling Mini-Workshops: April 8, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Rooms 701A/702A
$40 members/$50 non-members (includes materials & lunch)
Register here.


(1) Eleanor Winters: Pop-Up & Pop-Out Cards
In this class, students will learn some quick and easy cutting and folding techniques in order to make one-of-a-kind greeting cards, which they can use to enhance and showcase their calligraphy.


(2) Marcy Robinson: Marbling Technique with Shaving Cream
Marbling is defined as the process of floating paint on the surface of a thick cellulose solution. The floating paints are swirled into patterns and captured with fabric or paper (Dharma Trading Company). A simplified method is to use shaving cream with drops of paint, ink or gouache. Participate in this messy but fun marbling technique. Finished pieces may be used for cards, notes, embellishments, etc. More here.


(3) Chavelli Tsui: Making a Cheap & Cheerful Nib Organizer
Corrugated cardboard is perfect for holding—and more importantly, organizing—calligraphy nibs. The best part is that it’s super cheap (free, even!), easily customizable and incredibly functional. Keep it in your drawer at home, or toss it into a bag for workshops and conferences when you’re not sure exactly which nibs you need with you. More here.


(4) Lynne Yun: Writing with Gradients
Knowing how to write with colorful gradients can be a lot of fun and lend a spark to your work. Using absorbent writing material such as balsa wood, we will dip corners in different colors to create a colorful gradient effect. The size of the gradient is only limited by the size of the tool, so we will use a variety of sizes of balsa wood and foam brushes to create letters, words, and textures.

Please bring these tools for all 4 mini-workshops:

• Watercolor Paper
• Glue Stick
• Scissors
• Pencil
• Eraser
• Bone Folder or Tea Spoon
• Metal Ruler (12″)
• Exacto Knife/Box Cutter & Cutting Mat
• Packing Tape
• Collection of Favorite Nibs

All other materials and pizza for lunch will be provided by SoS.
(A detailed/updated supply list will be email to registered participants.)

Basic Schedule:
(Tentative schedule, subject to change, depending on number of participants.)

11:00 – 12:00   Workshop 1
12:10 – 1:10     Workshop 2
1:20 – 2:20        Lunch
2:20 – 3:20        Workshop 3
3:30 – 4:30        Workshop 4
(John Neal Books will be open from 10:00 to 6:00)

Spring Fling Instructors:

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.

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, 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.

Chavelli Tsui is a graphic designer who started seriously studying calligraphy with Myrna Rosen during her undergrad years at Carnegie Mellon. Many years later she rediscovered her love for calligraphy while in the Type@Cooper typeface design program and since then she has had the pleasure of studying with many amazing lettering artists.  She runs her own eponymous design studio and is grateful to be able to infuse her design work with her growing calligraphy skills. A lifelong lover of letters, she loves being part of SoS through which she aims to further promote the practice and enjoyment of calligraphy and its related arts. www.chavelli.com

Lynne Yun is a Type Designer based in Brooklyn who specializes in lettering and calligraphy. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and a postgraduate certificate in typeface design from the Type@Cooper Extended Program. She currently works at Monotype and has held positions at Apple, Publicis, and Deutsch. Lynne and her work have been recognized by the Type Directors Club, Art Directors Club, Working Not Working and various other organizations and press outlets. www.lynneyun.com