Event Calendar

    • March 14, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • November 14, 2021
    • (PST)
    • 9 sessions
    • online ZOOM

    Instructor:  Victoria Kibildis

    Non-SfC Sponsored Extended Classes

    Location:  Online ZOOM.  A recording will be available for two weeks

    Registration Fee:  $40 per class

    NOTE: The class repeats monthly

    Contact:  Victoria Kibildis at 760-415-5660

    Description:  More than learning how to write in cursive, or how to improve your cursive handwriting.  We will also turn our thoughts to how important a handwritten letter or note really is and the place it has to hold in our lives. "The soul lies buried in the ink that writes", John Clare.


    Materials:  Wide-lined "college ruled 3-hold" paper and a #2 pencil

    To purchase, register or questions: please contact Victoria Kibildis



    • March 14, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • December 12, 2021
    • (PST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Host: Nancy Campbell

    social event

    San Gabriel Valley Regional

    Contact: Zoom hosting details TBD. Check back for updates.

    free

    Description:

    Exact times TBD.

    Share an evening of fun and sharing on Zoom. You are welcome to bring your art work to share. Members of any regional group are welcome.


    • June 11, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • June 13, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: Yukimi Annand


    Sponsored by the SAN DIEGO Chapter

    About this workshop:

    Hermann Kilian (1929 – 2004) was a German calligrapher, typographer, book designer whose work was epitomized by classical simplicity with an underlying tension within every letter. Since I first saw his original work at the Klingspor Museum Offenbach his works have been my spiritual nourishments. I have been studying his works and have been asking how his surprising works were created.

    In this workshop, I will share my study of drawn Capital letters.  It starts with  reviewing  the forms of Roman Capitals, and then studying Kilian's works with tracing exercises. We will analyze his letterforms and layout, and write individual chosen texts using some of his styles. The technical instructions given in this workshop are designed to help you become proficient in using your tool to draw built-up capital letters. I hope this study will increase your interest in drawn capitals, as well as give you new ideas of drawn letters. 

    Please note: This workshop is geared toward Intermediate to Advanced students.

    Workshop recording will be available for a month following the event. 

    About Yukimi:

    Yukimi Annand is a calligrapher, lettering and book artist based in Southern California. She grew up in Japan and has a visual communication design background. She is passionate about the beauty of Roman alphabet and creates unique artwork with her love of calligraphic mark-making incorporated with nature. She has given over 100 workshops since 2011 in the US, Canada, Japan and European countries. Her work has been frequently shown in Letter Arts Review as well as other calligraphic journals and books and has been included in calligraphy collections in Berlin, San Francisco, and Moscow.

    Contact: Kristi Darwick

    $124 via Paypal or check

    Other Info:

    5 percent administrative fee for those requesting refunds

    Students must be set up to take a Zoom class with video and audio (signed  in on one device); access to a printer is required to print some of the handouts.

    MEMBERS ONLY

    WORKSHOP IS FULL. Conflicts  come up and occasionally, registrants need to drop.  To be added to the wait list, please contact Kristi Darwick at sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org.

    Workshop is limited to16 participants. Enrollment is limited to current paid Society for Calligraphy members only. Your membership must be current at time of sign-up as well as when class is held. If your membership lapses, you become ineligible and your space will be filled from the waiting list. Sign-ups are accepted in advance on a first come, first served basis. No refunds unless your place can be filled from a wait list. If you must cancel, please allow sufficient time for your place to be filled. For prompt receipt of supply list and confirmation, we recommend that your payment arrive no later than two weeks before the workshop.

    Please send your check payable to SfC to: Kristi Darwick, 2455 Oakleaf Canyon Rd, Walnut, CA 91789-3435.

    Questions? E-mail Kristi at sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org workshops@societyforcalligraphy.org. NO audio or video recording of any program, meeting, workshop or other SfC function permitted consent of both guest artist and a representative of the Board of Governors. *** You must ask permission of the artist/instructor to photograph any copyrighted materials, including demos.

    • June 27, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online
    Register

    Presenter: Janet Faught


    Sponsor: Inland Empire/Pomona Valley chapter

    About the workshop: Participants will learn a little bit of history and create replicas of correspondence written by poets, musicians, merchants, aristocrats and spies in the 17th century and later. They will discover how paper folding techniques, seals, slits, tabs, holes and string were used in the past to secure letters in a time before envelopes were mass produced. 

    Link to an interesting news article related to Letter Locking: https://www.cnn.com/style/article/opening-sealed-letters-study-scn/index.html


    About the instructor: Janet is a visual artist living in Utah. She has a BS in Biology, a teaching credential and a BFA in Art. She was a founding member of the Inland Empire Regional Group of the Society for Calligraphy (active in the 1980s), and is a board member of the Utah Calligraphic Artists. Currently, Janet is teaching classes such as Pointed Pen Calligraphy, Gothic Hand Calligraphy, Fountain Pens and Inks (Ink a Dink a Doo), Letterlocking and Correspondence Art through the University of Utah Lifelong Learning Program. She enjoys painting in oil, acrylic, ink and watercolor. She enjoys handwritten letters, wheel thrown pottery, guitar, reading, bookmaking and knitting. She designs wedding announcements and addresses wedding envelopes.

    Supply List: 

    Paper

    Writing tool of your choice Sealing Wax
    Seal
    Candle
    Matches
    Xacto knife
    Cutting surface
    Bone folder (optional)
    2 large paper clips Embroidery floss

    Paper
    Rhodia pad No.18, or bond paper, or light weight paper, approximately 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Unlined is good.
    Blick has Rhodia. O
    ffice supply stores have bond paper.

    Writing tool of your choice
    Of course it is more fun to write with gel pens, fine liners, and fountain pens.

    Sealing Wax
    The kind you get will depend on the heating source you plan to use. You may use a candle, a glue gun, or a candle furnace, or just wax with a wick on it. If you use a glue gun you need to get the sealing wax made for that.
    Many stores have sealing wax, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Blick, plus many on-line stores like Jet Pens, Nostalgic Impressions, JohnNealBookseller, Goulet Pens and others.
    Amazon has nice sets of wax beads, candle furnace and spoon.

    Seal
    A wax seal can be found at the sources mentioned in Sealing Wax above.

    Candle
    See sealing wax above.

    Matches
    Only needed to light the candle. You don’t need matches if you are going to use a glue gun.

    Xacto knife
    Used for cutting slits in paper. You may be cutting through many layers.

    Cutting Surface
    A cutting mat, or a piece of thick cardboard will work.

    Bone Folder
    Used for making crisp folds in paper.

    Paper Clips
    I use them to stir the wax in my spoon, and to make a stand for the spoon when it is hot. If you are not using the spoon method, you don’t need the paper clips.

    Embroidery Floss
    A very small amount will be used to wind around one of the letter-locked letters.

    Be sure to register to receive the Zoom invitation, which will be sent a couple days before the program.

    Questions? Email  Alessandra Kawakubo

     NO audio or video recording of any program, meeting, workshop or other SfC function permitted without prior consent of both guest artist and a representative of the Board of Governors. ** You must ask permission of the artist/ instructor to photograph any copyrighted materials, including demos.

    • July 17, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online
    Registration is closed

    Instructor: Victoria Kibildis


    Program

    San Diego Regional

    Contact: Kristi Darwick

    Please note: due to SfC's Feb 13 Oral History program with our Founding Members, this will not be held on our normal second Saturday of the month. 

    Description:

    Legible handwriting is attainable! In this class you will learn how proper forms, combined with the rhythm of writing, will give you a personal, legible style you will want to write. No more apologizing for your handwriting.

    About Victoria:

    Classes taken over the years from exceptional calligraphers, most notably Julian Waters, Claude Mediavilla, and Jean Larcher, have inspired Victoria to continue to strive for excellence for herself and her many students.

    Her work was juried into the  The Saint John's Bible and the Art of the Book exhibit at the Naples Museum of Art, the Sarasota Museum of Art, and the 2020 exhibit at the Muzeo Museum.

    Materials Needed:

    • Wide-rule loose-leaf Notebook paper
    • Pencil and/or your favorite pen

     

    This program is open to both members and non-members. Feel free to bring a friend, just be sure they are registered.

    Questions? E-mail Kristi at sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org. NO audio or video recording of any program, meeting, workshop or other SfC function permitted without prior consent of both guest artist and a representative of the Board of Governors. ** You must ask permission of the artist/ instructor to photograph any copyrighted materials, including demos.


    • July 23, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Zoom - online


    Save the date! More information to follow.



    Contact: Wendy Telford

    • July 31, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online

    Presenter:  AMY SPENCER

    Sponsor: INLAND EMPIRE/POMONA VALLEY CHAPTER

    About the workshop: 

    Hardcover Accordion-Spine Books are an interesting and beautiful hybrid structure that lays open flat. In this workshop, we will make an approximately 5” x 4 ¾” book, with boards covered in decorative paper and containing a text block of 96 pages of 70 lb. Mohawk Superfine paper. A detailed handout will be emailed to participants.  Workshop will be recorded and available for a month following the workshop. 

    About Amy:

    Amy Spencer has taught a variety of book structures to students from as young as age four to adults. In addition to teaching for the Inland Empire Chapter of the Society for Calligraphy, she has taught privately, to church groups, homeschooling groups, for San Diego Book Arts and for eight years at the Riverside Art Museum. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in art history at UC Riverside. Her work can be seen @aestusbookarts on Instagram.

    Scroll to bottom for materials list.

    Questions? Contact Alessandra at iepv.sfcworkshops@gmail.com

    REGISTRATION: You must be a member both when you register and when the class is held. Pay by check or PayPal. No refunds.

    PayPal options include Paypals added fees.

    BOOK WORKSHOP, ONLY $40 via check or $42 via Paypal 


    OPTIONAL KIT, WITH PRIORITY MAILING $16- include check with workshop payment or $17 via PayPal (MAILED KITS MUST BE PURCHASED BY JULY 10, TO ENSURE TIMELY DELIVERY):


    OPTIONAL KIT - YOU PICKUP IN CORONA  $7- include check with workshop payment or $8 via PayPal  (PICKED-UP KITS MUST BE PURCHASED BY JULY 17 )

    Enrollment is for current paid Society for Calligraphy members only. Your membership must be current at time of sign-up as well as when class is held. No reservation will be held until your dues are current. If your membership lapses, you become ineligible and your space will be filled from the waiting list. Sign-ups are accepted in advance ona first come, first served basis. No refunds unless your place can be filled from a wait list. If you must cancel, please do so early enough for your place to be filled. For confirmation and prompt receipt of supply list, we recommend that your payment arrive no later than two weeks before the workshop. You do not have a spot in the workshop until you are notified by the coordinator. Please send your check payable to IE/PV SfC: Send to Alessandra Kawakubo, 22891 Hilton Head Drive, # 197, Diamond Bar, CA 91765-4413. Write the workshop name in the memo space.  Non-members, include a separate check for $42, made out to Society for Calligraphy, along with your membership form: https://societyforcalligraphy.org/resources/Site/Membership/Membership.pdf.  Include your current name, address, phone number, and email with the check (s) in the envelope.

    NO audio or video recording of any program, meeting, workshop or other SfC function permitted without prior consent of both guest artist and a representative of the Board of Governors.

    MATERIAL LIST:

    Optional Materials kit price: picked up - $7, including domestic U.S.P.S. Priority Mail shipping - $16 

    Tools needed: Awl, ruler, pencil, bonefolder, scissors, glue brush, needle (size 20 or 22 tapestry needle recommended)

    Materials needed if you DO get the kit: PVA (recommended) or your favorite bookbinding glue

    Materials needed if you DO NOT get the kit:

    1.     PVA (recommended) or your favorite bookbinding glue

    2.     Twenty-four folios of 8” x 4 3/4” grain short text weight paper folded before the workshop into six signatures (4 folios each) note: You can tear all of these down from one 25 x 38 parent sheet.

    3.     One piece of 10” x 4 13/16” grain short, heavyweight, not too soft paper for the spine (examples are: thick lokta paper, elephant hide paper, Canson Mi-Teintes)

    4.     Two pieces of 5 x 4 3/4” grain long book board

    5.     Two pieces of 4 13/16” x 4 1/2” grain long paper for end sheets

    6.     Two pieces of 6 1/4” x 6” grain long paper for paper or book cloth to cover the boards

    7.     Six pieces of 10”-12” waxed linen thread

    Suggested materials: scrap piece of corrugated cardboard or foam core to punch signatures on and waste paper for gluing.

    Note on grain: It is very important in bookbinding to have the grain of all your materials, which have grain, running parallel to the spin. Paper, board and book cloth all bend easier along the grain direction. Here is a very nice description of the importance of grain direction - https://www.strathmoreartist.com/faq-full/how-can-i-determine-the-grain-direction-of-paper.html Grain long means the grain runs in the direction of the longest of the two measurements and grain short correspondingly means the grains goes in the direction of the shorter measurement.

    Note on pH: It is best to use materials in bookbinding that are acid-free, as acidic board and paper deteriorates over time.

    • August 17, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • August 18, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom - online
    SAVE THE DATE!!


    Instructor: Nancy Hays-Hills


    SAN FERNANDO VALLEY REGIONAL OUTREACH EVENT

    All levels

    Description: This is an Outreach Event on ZOOM,

    FREE and open to all.

    RSVP required,  Contact: Jann Marks 


    Details to follow




    • August 21, 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - Onine

    Speaker: DONALD JACKSON

    SAVE THE DATE: MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW

    Donald Jackson is a British calligrapher, official scribe and calligrapher to the Crown Office of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Jackson is artistic director of The Saint John's Bible, a hand-written and illuminated Bible commissioned by the Benedictine monastery of Saint John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, United States of America. He is the author of The Story of Writing and The Calligrapher's Art.



    • August 21, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • August 30, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Presenter: Nina Tran

    Sponsored by: Inland Empire/Pomona Valley Chapter 



    About the workshop: Fraktur is a 16th century German style of Blackletter which combines the dense vertical texture of Gothic Textura and the lively curves of Gothic Batarde hands.  The name Fraktur, derived from the Latin word fractura (meaning "broken"), appropriately describes the distinctive fragmentation of joined and overlapped strokes.

    In this Fraktur class, we will begin with a brief study of the parent Gothic Textura as a guide and foundation to the ever-evolving Fraktur.  The first weekend will be a study dedicated to learning minuscules and the second weekend to majuscules.  Despite the typical characteristics attributed to Fraktur, this hand is quite versatile and can be easily varied from bold to light, compressed or airy, coarse or elegant with just a few adjustments, as we will see in class. Students will be invited to submit specific work for critique.  

    All skill levels are welcome.  However, some knowledge of the broad pen is highly recommended.

    This workshop will be recorded, with the recording available for one month to registered members.

    About Nina: Nina Tran is mom to three energetic kids in the San Fernando Valley. She is deeply passionate and enthusiastic about learning and teaching calligraphy and penmanship. Her main focuses of study are Copperplate, Spencerian, and various Gothic Hands. When she is away from her pens, she enjoys reading, bullet journaling, and bookbinding.

    Cost: $124 by check or PayPal

    Must be a member both at the time of registration and when the workshop is held.

    Questions? Alessandra Kawakubo

    Workshop will hold 20 students, plus facilitator. Enrollment is for current paid Society for Calligraphy members only. Your membership must be current at time of sign-up, as well as when class is held. No reservation will be held until your dues are current. If your membership lapses, you become ineligible and your space will be filled from the waiting list. Sign-ups are accepted in advance ona first come, first served basis. No refunds unless your place can be filled from a wait list. PayPal's fees are not refundable. If you must cancel, please do so early enough for your place to be filled. No refunds after handouts are distributed, usually a week in advance. For confirmation and prompt receipt of supply list, we recommend that your payment arrive no later than two weeks before the workshop. You do not have a spot in the workshop until you are notified by the coordinator. Please send your check payable to IE/PV SfC: Send to Alessandra Kawakubo, 22891 Hilton Head Drive, # 197, Diamond Bar, CA 91765-4413.
    Please write the workshop name in the memo space.  
    Non-members, include a separate check for $42, made out to Society for Calligraphy, along with your membership form: https://societyforcalligraphy.org/resources/Site/Membership/Membership.pdf.  Include your current name, address, phone number, and email with the check (s) in the envelope. Or contact Alessandra to pay for membership via PayPal.

    NO audio or video recording of any program, meeting, workshop or other SfC function permitted without prior consent of both guest artist and a representative of the Board of Governors.

    • September 04, 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online

    Speaker: DONALD JACKSON

    SAVE THE DATE: MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW

    Donald Jackson is a British calligrapher, official scribe and calligrapher to the Crown Office of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Jackson is artistic director of The Saint John's Bible, a hand-written and illuminated Bible commissioned by the Benedictine monastery of Saint John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, United States of America. He is the author of The Story of Writing and The Calligrapher's Art.

    • September 12, 2021
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online
    Register

    with Kristi Darwick


    SPONSORED: SAN DIEGO CHAPTER

    Sunday, September 12, 1:30pm

    This program will be part of our Practice Challenge. We'll be using Play Sheets as motivation to experiment and for practice. The variations are only limited by our imagination.  Kristi was inspired by Kingsley Benefield, who in turn, adopted the concept during classes with Marsha Brady. During this session, we'll walk through guided exercises to enhance our enthusiasm around the practice of calligraphy and we'll talk about other ideas.

    You may wish to save some of your sheets for next month's activity: Meander Books.

    Questions? Kristi Darwick sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org 

    • September 18, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • September 25, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Presenter: Beth Lee


    Sponsor: Inland Empire/Pomona Valley Chapter

    Please note time change: due to a conflict being schedule, we needed to shift the time for this workshop. 

    About this workshop: The idea of monumental Roman capitals is intimidating for many calligraphers, but making and arranging small capitals on a page can help us to connect with the fun of lettering while focusing on some basic design principles.

    Great for beginners and the experienced letterer alike, this workshop will explore the use of small broad-edged and pointed pens in the creation of texture in our texts through the manipulation of letter spacing, color changes, and other design decisions. We'll examine how the act of writing creates rhythm and movement. In the second session, we'll create tiny painted landscapes as a graphic element that melds beautifully with our texts.
      

    This workshop will be recorded, with the recording available for one month to registered members.

    About Beth: Beth Lee is a calligrapher and book artist living in Bozeman, Montana. She has been featured in Letter Arts Review, and her work is included in the Beinecke Rare Book Library, Baylor University Moody Library, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, and in other institutional and private collections around the United States.

    Cost: $51 for check or Paypal (see fine print below)

    Questions? Alessandra Kawakubo: iepv.sfcworkshops@gmail.com

    MEMBERS ONLY

    Workshop is full. Participants sometimes need to drop, so please contact Alessandra if you wish to be placed on the wait list. 

    Workshops are limited to 20 participants. Enrollment is limited to current paid Society for Calligraphy members only. Your membership must be current at time of sign-up as well as when class is held. No reservation will be held until your dues are current. If your membership lapses, you become ineligible and your space will be filled from the waiting list. Sign-ups are accepted in advance on a first come, first served basis. No refunds unless your place can be filled from a wait list. If you must cancel, please allow sufficient time for your place to be filled. For prompt receipt of supply list and confirmation, your check should arrive no later than two weeks before the workshop. 

       Please make your check payable to SfC to  Alessandra Kawakubo, 22891 Hilton Head Drive, # 197, Diamond Bar, CA 91765-4413
       Please write the workshop name in the memo space.  Non-members, include a separate check for $42, made out to Society for Calligraphy, along with your membership form: https://societyforcalligraphy.org/resources/Site/Membership/Membership.pdf.  Include your current name, address, phone number, and email with the check (s) in the envelope. Or contact Alessandra to pay for membership via PayPal.

       NO audio or video recording of any program, meeting, workshop or other SfC function permitted consent of both guest artist and a representative of the Board of Governors. *** You must ask permission of the artist/instructor to photograph any copyrighted materials, including demos. 

    • September 18, 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online

    Speaker: DONALD JACKSON

    SAVE THE DATE: MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW

    Donald Jackson is a British calligrapher, official scribe and calligrapher to the Crown Office of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Jackson is artistic director of The Saint John's Bible, a hand-written and illuminated Bible commissioned by the Benedictine monastery of Saint John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, United States of America. He is the author of The Story of Writing and The Calligrapher's Art.

    • September 25, 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online

    Speaker: DONALD JACKSON

    SAVE THE DATE: MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW

    Donald Jackson is a British calligrapher, official scribe and calligrapher to the Crown Office of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Jackson is artistic director of The Saint John's Bible, a hand-written and illuminated Bible commissioned by the Benedictine monastery of Saint John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, United States of America. He is the author of The Story of Writing and The Calligrapher's Art.

    • September 28, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online
    SAVE THE DATE!!


    Instructors: Carrie Imai and Lise Orwig


    SAN FERNANDO VALLEY REGIONAL OUTREACH EVENT

    All levels


    Description: This is an Outreach Event on ZOOM, FREE and open to all.

    RSVP required,  Contact: Jann Marks 


    More details to follow




    • October 10, 2021
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom online
    Register

    with Eva-Lynn Diesenhaus


    Sponsored by your SAN DIEGO chapter

    Sunday, October 10   1:30 PM-3:30pm

    No cost

    We'll create a box and books using one sheet of paper for each. You'll come away with a box with a lid and four books inside.  You may wish to use your Playsheets from the September program.

    For the box and lid: 

    • 90# mixed media paper (Eva-Lynn used Canson).
    •  Cut to the following sizes: 1 at 9"x9”; 1 at 4.75"x4.75”

    For the books:

    • Text weight- your practice papers or papers from the September Meeting, scrapbook paper, or another paper of your choice. 
    • Cut to the following sizes: 2 at 8.5"x 11”; 2 at 11"x11”


    Additional Supplies:

    • Pencil
    • Eraser
    • Eraser
    • Metal Ruler
    • Cutting Mat
    • Xacto knife with #11 blade
    • Bone Folder
    • Needle
    • Thread for binding
    • Scissor for cutting thread
    • Awl
    • Glue:  Glue Stick OR Double sided tape (1/4 “or 1/2”) such as SuperTape by iCraft (red liner) OR tape runner with double-sided tape (such as Tombo or Scotch)
    • Optional:  beads and needle and thread, used for the beads

    Questions? contact Kristi Darwick, sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org 



    • October 16, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • October 17, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Presenter: Andrea Wunderlich


    Sponsor: Inland Empire/Pomona Valley chapter

    About the workshop: You might already be a big fan of gothic and blackletter, but it happened to me that I didn't like Rudolf Koch's gothic work when I first saw it many years ago at the Klingspor Museum in Offenbach. I was especially shocked by his very expressive works and couldn´t believe that he is the same person who also designed famous typefaces like the Maximilian or the Wilhelm-Klingspor type. So, yes - I´ve been afraid of him. But I also believe that the study of gothic and blackletter is very important for every calligrapher and person in love with letters. So, I began with my own research on Rudolf Koch as a person, lettering artist and craftsman. Come with me on a journey during which you learn more about the character of Rudolf and his ideas and thoughts, have a closer look at his career and work and after all, let all this be an inspiration for your own thoughts, ideas and work. We will go step-by-step through his instructions on blackletter-forms, look at some of his typefaces and then analyse his expressive gothic writing. All the new things you discover will flow into your own work. This is meant to be a trip into your own contemporary approach to gothic and blackletter. 

    About Andrea: Andrea Wunderlich is a freelance calligrapher & book artist from Germany. She's working on commissions on a wide field of sign-painting, lettering, logo-design and murals. In her free artwork she loves to follow the historic paths of alphabets and enjoys expressive transformation into the contemporary. Her art is shown both nationally and worldwide and is part of private and public collections like the Berlin calligraphy collection, the Center of Book Arts, San Francisco and the Int. Museum for Contemporary Calligraphy in Moscow. She is a member of German societies ars scribendi and Schreibwerkstatt Klingspor Offenbach (board member), CLAS fellow (Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society), full member of LX (Letter Exchange) in London and member of Friends of Calligraphy, San Francisco. www.andreawunderlich.com / instagram: wunderliche_welt

    Workshop will be recorded and available to registered participants for one month.

    Level: all, basic skills with broad edge pen is required

    Cost: $85 for check or Paypal (see fine print below)

    Questions? Contact Alessandra Kawakubo at iepv.sfcworkshops@gmail.com

    REGISTRATION: You must be a member both when you register and when the class is held. Pay by check or PayPal. No refunds.  


    Enrollment is limited to current paid Society for Calligraphy members only. Your membership must be current at time of sign-up as well as when class is held. If your membership lapses, you become ineligible and your space will be filled from the waiting list. For prompt receipt of supply list and confirmation, your payment should arrive no later than two weeks before the workshop. Supply list will be provided within the week following receipt of your registration.

    Please make  check payable to IE-PV SfC and mail to Alessandra Kawakubo 22891 Hilton Head Drive, # 197, Diamond Bar, CA 91765-4413.  Include your current name, address, phone number, and email with the check  in the envelope. Non-members, include a separate check for $42, made out to Society for Calligraphy, along with your membership form: https://societyforcalligraphy.org/resources/Site/Membership/Membership.pdf.  

    NO audio or video recording of any program, meeting, workshop or other SfC function permitted consent of both guest artist and a representative of the Board of Governors. *** You must ask permission of the artist/instructor to photograph any copyrighted materials, including demos. 

    • November 13, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM (PST)
    • Zoom - online

    Presenter: Jodi Denning




    Sponsored by: San Diego Chapter

    About the workshop: Join the San Diego Society for Calligraphy for a fun-filled class exploring how we can use our pointed pen to create a wide variety of decorative elements that can be combined to create beautiful “snowflakes”, mandalas, holiday shapes, borders, and other decorative pen work.  Learn how to design a simple segment layout and create beautiful snowflakes and a festive embellished Christmas tree.

    Workshop will be recorded and available to registered members for one month. Great for making your holiday cards!

    About Jodi:  With no artistic background, Jodi Denning jumped into calligraphy in late 2016 with a serious desire to learn pointed pen calligraphy, and no clue as to how to get started. She began navigating the many challenges of learning calligraphy on her own.  She eventually connected with master calligrapher Bill Kemp for sessions of correspondence course-type instruction.  This, along with other online classes and dedicated practice, helped to develop her traditional Copperplate/Engrosser’s style calligraphy. 

    Jodi’s professional career in software engineering gave her a natural orientation toward detail.  Her lifelong “hobby career” in training horses and teaching riding skills gave her an understanding of how to break complex skills down into “bite-sized” pieces for a less intimidating learning experience, as well as a focus on self-assessment as a tool to develop increased skill refinement which she now brings to her calligraphy instruction.

    Jodi currently serves as co-moderator for the 7,000+ member Facebook group “Copperplate Script For All” which focuses on traditional variations of the Copperplate script.

    Cost: $40 for check or Paypal (see fine print below)

    Questions? Contact Kristi Darwick

    REGISTRATION: You must be a member both when you register and when the class is held. Pay by check or PayPal. No refunds.  

    Enrollment is limited to current paid Society for Calligraphy members only. Your membership must be current at time of sign-up as well as when class is held. If your membership lapses, you become ineligible and your space will be filled from the waiting list. For prompt receipt of supply list and confirmation, your payment should arrive no later than two weeks before the workshop. Supply list will be provided within the week following receipt of your registration.

    Please make  check payable to SD SfC and mail to  Kristi Darwick, 2455 Oakleaf Canyon Rd, Walnut, CA 91789-3435. Write the workshop name in the memo space.   Include your current name, address, phone number, and email with the check  in the envelope. Non-members, include a separate check for $42, made out to Society for Calligraphy, along with your membership form: https://societyforcalligraphy.org/resources/Site/Membership/Membership.pdf. 

       NO audio or video recording of any program, meeting, workshop or other SfC function permitted consent of both guest artist and a representative of the Board of Governors. *** You must ask permission of the artist/instructor to photograph any copyrighted materials, including demos. 

    • November 20, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PST)
    • Online - Zoom

    Presenter: CATHERINE LANGSDORF


    Sponsor: Inland Empire/Pomona Valley Chapter

    About this workshop: Online mini workshop with Catherine Langsdorf, scribe. We will focus on calligraphic flourishes and decorative florals. Students will explore the small, pointed brush marker to build up floral motifs. These designs can be used in journals, on cards and envelopes, and with frame-able art. Students will work along with the instructor to create a finished wreath of florals. Learning how to use and exploit the flexibility of a pointed brush on botanical embellishments will train the calligrapher’s hand in skills applicable to various alphabets.
       The three learning units include 1) learning the tool and building a range of elements, 2) creating botanical motifs, and 3) making a wreath. Various techniques will be shared (measurement shortcuts and writing in a circle.) Prior to the workshop, color handouts will be provided for students to print. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and to show their completed project.

    All levels welcome.  
    Workshop will be recorded and available for a month.

    Examples of Catherine’s work on this topic are on Instagram:  #lvs_botanical

    About Catherine: She began her pursuit of calligraphy in 1987 to enable her to address her own wedding invitations. She continued to study from top instructors at Cheerio and through her local guild, Carolina Lettering Arts Society. She owns Long Village Studio based in Hendersonville, North Carolina. She enjoys working with clients on one-of-a-kind lettering projects and providing wedding details to couples. Since 1990, Catherine has taught at various shops and galleries, and through community colleges all over North Carolina. Her instructional articles have been published in Bound & Lettered (2017, brush markers) and she has won awards in the Graceful Envelope Contest since 1999 (2005 Best in Show). Her art can be seen on Instagram @clangsdorf_calligrapher. Catherine is a Chicago-land native with North Carolina roots. She and her husband migrated south in 1992 and have adult twins.

    Questions? Contact Alessandra at iepv.sfcworkshops@gmail.com

    $35

    REGISTRATION: You must be a member both when you register and when the class is held. Pay by check or PayPal. No refunds. 

    Enrollment is for current paid Society for Calligraphy members only. Your membership must be current at time of sign-up as well as when class is held. No reservation will be held until your dues are current. If your membership lapses, you become ineligible and your space will be filled from the waiting list. Sign-ups are accepted in advance ona first come, first served basis. No refunds unless your place can be filled from a wait list. If you must cancel, please do so early enough for your place to be filled. For confirmation and prompt receipt of supply list, we recommend that your payment arrive no later than two weeks before the workshop. You do not have a spot in the workshop until you are notified by the coordinator. (Paid events are handled manually, so please allow several days.) Please send your check payable to IE/PV SfC: Send to Alessandra Kawakubo, 22891 Hilton Head Drive, # 197, Diamond Bar, CA 91765-4413. Write the workshop name in the memo space.  Non-members, include a separate check for $42, made out to Society for Calligraphy, along with your membership form: https://societyforcalligraphy.org/resources/Site/Membership/Membership.pdf.  Include your current name, address, phone number, and email with the check (s) in the envelope.

    NO audio or video recording of any program, meeting, workshop or other SfC function permitted without prior consent of both guest artist and a representative of the Board of Governors

    • December 05, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PST)
    • Chatsworth, CA
    Host: Carrie Imai


    San Fernando Valley Regional 

    Registration Fee: FREE - RSVP required

    Contact: Jann Marks 


    Description:

    The San Fernando Valley Regional  annual Holiday Party and gift exchange with some lessons taught by Sylvia Kowal. Come join us for a fun time and delicious food!!




    • December 11, 2021
    • (PST)

    Save the date! San Diego Chapter Holiday Social and Program - more details to follow. 

    • January 08, 2022
    • (PST)
    • January 09, 2022
    • (PST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Online - Zoom

    Presenter: Suzie Beringer

    Sponsor: San Diego Chapter

    SAVE THE DATE! More details to follow.

    About the Workshop: Come learn what an amazing tool the Pilot Parallel Pen truly is! In this workshop you will learn what a great letter making tool this is but also see how easily it is to manipulate this pen, making it a great design tool as well. We will also explore different ways of color blending and use different mediums, some of which you probably already own, and some you may not. This workshop will be lively, full of color, and show the potential versatility of this amazing tool. 2 day workshop - all levels welcome.

    About Suzie: Suzie Beringer is an artist/calligrapher who makes her home in the Pacifc Northwest. She has a degree in commercial art with a life time passion for calligraphy. She is a designer, and talented artist who enjoys teaching. Constantly exploring new possibilities and pushing herself creatively. Suzie loves to share her passion in mark making and design with others. As an artist Suzie loves the challenge and discovery that lettering on different surfaces brings. It has been said that if something around her doesn't move quickly enough it may end up with letters on it! You can see more of her work on Instagram: penstrokedesignstudio.

    • March 12, 2022
    • (PST)
    • March 14, 2022
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • San Diego location - TBA

    Instructor: CAROL DUBOSCH

    Sponsor:  SAN DIEGO SFC

    SAVE THE DATE! MORE IMAGES AND INFORMATION TO FOLLOW

    About the workshop: Modern Versals are the extremely popular contemporary capitals that can be used in a variety of ways, both expressive and traditional. The clean look of these letters gives them a compelling charm and enables them to be used in just about any calligraphy layout. The pen-written, built-up forms require careful attention to detail and are best done with opaque gouache. The letters can be adapted to the text and the lettering artist has a chance to make design choices along the way. We will work with several pen sizes, beginning large and moving to a smaller pen size. Experience with a broad-edge pen is needed.

    About Carol:  I've been a calligrapher in Portland, Oregon since I was first introduced to nibs and ink in 1959 as a high school art student. In the 55 years since, I gained a degree in Graphic Design and have studied with every major calligrapher in the US and Europe. I've been teaching college level and private classes locally and workshops throughout the US and most recently in Italy. I have directed three International Calligraphy Conferences in Portland, bringing 500 scribes together for a week of study and sharing. I am interested in every aspect of the field of calligraphy, from the formal invitation to writing on walls and enjoy seeking out ways to stretch the boundaries of my art. My artwork has appeared in Letter Arts Review, Bound & Lettered and my newly-published book Folded Pen Adventures. As a life-long learner, I look forward to the next new thing.



    • May 14, 2022
    • (PDT)
    • May 15, 2022
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    PRESENTER: ANDREA WUNDERLICH


    SAN DIEGO CHAPTER

    All levels

    About the workshop:  "The Lindisfarne Gospels or book of Lindisfarne is, quite simple, one of the most beautiful and inspiring handwritten and illuminated books in the world, a landmark of human creative achievement and a testament of commitment and faith.“  Michelle P. Brown, Professor Emerita of Medieval Manuscript Studies, University of London

    We will have a look at the book, learn about it´s history, explore the story behind. After that, let´s focus on the illuminated headings. We find out about the letterforms, we analyse, draw and discover their beauty. 

    Nothing can stop us then from creating our own alphabet, influenced by old and new letterforms, let all of this flow into contemporary design. Knowing the origins, we play and add some freshness & fancyness to create our own modern illumination.

    Workshop will be recorded and available to registered participants for one month. 

    About Andrea: Andrea Wunderlich is a freelance calligrapher & book artist from Germany. She´s working on commissions on a wide field of sign-painting, lettering, logo-design and murals.
    In her free artwork she loves to follow the historic paths of alphabets and enjoys expressive transformation into the contemporary. 
    Her art is shown both nationally and worldwide and is part of private and public collections like the Berlin calligraphy collection, the Center of Book Arts, San Francisco and the Int. Museum for Contemporary Calligraphy in Moscow.
    She is a member of German societies ars scribendi and Schreibwerkstatt Klingspor Offenbach (board member), CLAS fellow (Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society), full member of LX (Letter Exchange) in London and member of Friends of Calligraphy, San Francisco.

    www.andreawunderlich.com / instagram: wunderliche_welt 

    Cost: $85 for check or Paypal (see fine print below)

    Questions? Contact Kristi Darwick at sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org

    REGISTRATION: You must be a member both when you register and when the class is held. Pay by check or PayPal. No refunds.  

    Enrollment is limited to current paid Society for Calligraphy members only. Your membership must be current at time of sign-up as well as when class is held. If your membership lapses, you become ineligible and your space will be filled from the waiting list. For prompt receipt of supply list and confirmation, your payment should arrive no later than two weeks before the workshop. Supply list will be provided within the week following receipt of your registration.

    Please make  check payable to SD SfC and mail to  Kristi Darwick, 2455 Oakleaf Canyon Rd, Walnut, CA 91789-3435. Write the workshop name in the memo space.   Include your current name, address, phone number, and email with the check (s) in the envelope. Non-members, include a separate check for $42, made out to Society for Calligraphy, along with your membership form: https://societyforcalligraphy.org/resources/Site/Membership/Membership.pdf. 

       NO audio or video recording of any program, meeting, workshop or other SfC function permitted consent of both guest artist and a representative of the Board of Governors. *** You must ask permission of the artist/instructor to photograph any copyrighted materials, including demos. 

    • September 11, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)

    Presenter: Debby Reelitz

    Sponsored by our San Diego Chapter

    More info to follow

Past events

June 06, 2021 AGM --Calligraphic Journey of Love, Nancy Ouchida-­Howells
May 22, 2021 Exciting World of Ruling Pens
May 16, 2021 Copperplate Capitals with DeAnn Singh
May 08, 2021 Romans Review
May 04, 2021 Tools Galore
April 24, 2021 Nib Holder Book
April 11, 2021 Dutch Masters Script
April 10, 2021 Monoline Foundational Hand
March 19, 2021 The Foundational Hand from Form to Design
March 13, 2021 Triangle Brush Florals
February 20, 2021 Assorted Blackletter
February 13, 2021 Lecture: A Talk with SfC's Founding Members
February 07, 2021 Practical Lessons in Penmanship
January 27, 2021 Drop Dead Gorgeous - Kitty Maryatt Exhibit
January 24, 2021 Copperplate Basics - For Beginners & Brush-Ups
January 23, 2021 Watercolor Ocean Waves
January 21, 2021 Uncial, Then and Now with Meredith Klein
January 16, 2021 Flora with Anne Elser
January 13, 2021 Open-Shaded Script with Anne Elser
January 09, 2021 Love, Fear and Flourishing
January 08, 2021 Pencil, Pixel, Nib and Brush
December 19, 2020 SGVRG Holiday Zoom Party
December 06, 2020 Wedge Brush Watercolor Wreath
December 05, 2020 Decorated Floral Envelopes with Schin Loong
November 21, 2020 Flourishing Text
November 14, 2020 Focus on Italics
November 12, 2020 HOLIDAY GREETINGS WITH VICTORIA KIBILDIS
October 24, 2020 Captivating Cadel Capitals with Vivian Mungall
October 18, 2020 Italic Basics: Beginners & Brush-Ups - DeAnn Singh
October 17, 2020 Watercolor Poppies and Morse Deco (ZOOM) with Mina Taylor
October 10, 2020 Illuminated Capitals (via Zoom) with Risa Gettler
October 08, 2020 Holiday Greetings with Victoria Kibildis
October 03, 2020 Introduction to Copperplate Script (via ZOOM) with Nina Tran
September 13, 2020 RESCHEDULED: Italic Basics: For Beginners & Brush-Ups (ZOOM) with DeAnn Singh
September 12, 2020 Watercolor an Original Wine Label or Jam Label -- ZOOM Program with Barbara Roth
September 09, 2020 Introduction to Gothicized Italic - ONLINE with Nina Tran
September 05, 2020 Colors Between the Letters -- ZOOM program with Barbara Close
August 30, 2020 AGM --Documentary Screening with live introduction by Kitty Maryatt
August 22, 2020 Playful Letters on ZOOM with Carrie Imai
August 15, 2020 Long Stitch Bookbinding - ONLINE with Amy Spencer
August 05, 2020 Copperplate Garden (ZOOM) with Barbara Close


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