This comprehensive course will teach beginners several aspects of pointed pen calligraphy, starting from scratch. We will cover many different writing implements, papers, and inks using a variety of styles. The pace will be nice and slow with regular demonstrations giving you time to rest your writing hand.
In this 3-hour workshop, students will learn the difference between traditional broad edge and modern pointed pen calligraphy. Participants will use a range of pressure sensitive writing implements and learn the basic foundational strokes used in such hands as Copperplate, Spencerian, and modern brush lettering. We will cover the preparation, use, and care of both straight and oblique dip pens, nibs, and other necessary tools. No experience, training, or artistic skills required. All supplies will be provided. Ages 17 and up.
Students in this workshop should be familiar with the use of pointed dip pens in creating a fundamental hand. In this course we will cover layout and design principles in addition to some modern and Copperplate letterforms. We will learn how to use metallic, white, and watercolor inks as well as how to mix your own ink at home. Students will also learn some basic flourishing to take their calligraphy to the next level. This course will also introduce a more flexible nib and writing on handmade paper. All supplies are provided. Ages 17 and up.
Watercolor can be used along with or in place of black ink to create casual and fun letterforms and designs. In this class we will cover the basic principles of brush lettering and use both paintbrushes and dip pen nibs to write with. Students will become familiar with using pan watercolors as well as gouache, which will be used to create our own inks for dipping. We will also practice writing on watercolor paper, which is far less smooth than most calligraphy paper and comes with its own set of challenges. Ages 17 and up.
This beginner brush lettering class will go over the basics of modern calligraphy using brush pens and markers. Once students understand the fundamental strokes and how to combine them to form letters, the real fun begins! Feel free to BYOB to get those creative juices flowing and please be aware that this class will involve some light profanity. No experience or handwriting skills necessary. All materials provided. Ages 21 and up.
Students in this workshop will learn the essential principles of broad edge calligraphy used to write in classic hands such as Roman and Italic. We will start with basic strokes and move on to a full set of minuscules, majuscules, and numerals. Beginning with markers, we will cover the range of implements used in this style calligraphy, such as dip pens, brushes, and fountain pens. No prior knowledge or handwriting abilities are necessary! Ages 17 and up. All materials provided.
The principles of pointed pen calligraphy can be used to make wonderful, expressive drawings using a simple brush marker. This beginner-friendly art can be drawn with basic instruction long before one masters the basic strokes and learns a complete set of letterforms. This one day course provides a great introduction to the concept of pressure sensitive calligraphy with drawings echoing nature. All materials provided. Ages 17 and up.
This intermediate level calligraphy course assumes prior knowledge of how to use a dip pen with a pointed nib, though students may also use a brush marker if preferred. Copperplate is a lovely, traditional hand that stems from English Roundhand and was popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. The contrast between elegant hairlines and gentle swells will take your calligraphy to a more formal level while preserving legibility. This hand-on class will use black or brown inks that may stain clothing.
This beginning watercolor class will focus on learning brush strokes common to several leaves and flowers. We will explore various methods of color blending and ways to achieve texture. Loose florals are perfect for both anyone new to watercolor and those with some experience. All materials provided but you are welcome to bring your favorites, too!