Event Calendar

    • August 07, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: Risa Gettler

    Sponsor: Solar Nibs Regional


    A painting workshop with Risa Gettler.  Join us as we paint a colorful angel from a 8th century Spanish manuscript in Mozarabic art style.  Described as “a luminous whirlwind that Ezekiel saw in the sky and that St, Jerome interpreted”.  Upon registration you will receive, via email, the materials list, a copy of the original manuscript painting, Risa's reproduction, and the angel pattern.

    In addition to the painting Risa will be discussing steps to creating patterns and demonstrating patent gold leaf.

    Questions: contact Risa: inkcredible@ez2.net

    To Register contact Linda Renner, larenner@yahoo.com

    Registration fee: $35

    REGISTRATION: You must be a  SfC member both when you register and when the class is held. Please Pay by check.


    Your membership must be current at time of sign-up as well as when class is held.  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 one week before the workshop. You do not have a spot in the workshop until you are notified by the coordinator. Write the workshop name in the memo space of the check.  Non-members, include a separate check for $42, made out to Society for Calligraphy, along with your membership application: Click to Download Membership Application  Include your current name, address, phone number, and email with the check (s) in the envelope.

    Janet Martorello, Tech Host

    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.


    • August 17, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • August 18, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom - online
    Register
    Instructor: Nancy Hays Hills

    SAN FERNANDO VALLEY REGIONAL OUTREACH EVENT

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    Description: This is an Outreach Event on ZOOM

    All levels

    FREE and open to all.

    Registration Fee: FREE - RSVP by August 14, 2021

    Maximum participants: 98

    Contact Jann Marks at callijann@aol.com with questions.






    • August 21, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • September 25, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom - online
    Register

    Speaker:  D O N A L D   J A C K S O N

    From Royal Scrolls to the Saint John’s Bible to “Have I had my breakfast yet?”  Master Calligrapher Donald Jackson shares lessons and insights from a lifetime of working in letters. He is the official scribe and calligrapher to the Crown Office of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Donald is also the author of The Story of Writing and The Calligrapher's Art.


     Lecture 1August 21:   LEARNING and LUCK

    Early studies and training opportunities, inspiration and influences; traditional materials and techniques.

    Lecture 2September 4:   EARNING and LUCK

    Quills, gold leaf and parchment: Who needs them? Keeping afloat over the years, making things in ways that matter to you and for people who don’t need them (until they do).

    Lecture 3September 18:   SPREADING the WORD

    Teaching, sharing, showing and telling; students and teachers learning from each other.

    Lecture 4September 25:   FACING the DEMONS

    What next? Where will these marks I am making take me to? The role of playing with letters with an open heart


    Download Flyer for 2021 Master's Lecture Series


    Sponsor: Society for Calligraphy,  Los Angeles, CA


     ABSOLUTELY NO RECORDING OF ANY TYPE.
    • August 21, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • August 29, 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.

    WORKSHOP IS FULL. PLEASE CONTACT ALESSANDRA TO BE PLACED ON THE WAIT LIST.

    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.

    • August 22, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online
    Register

    Instructor: Jane Shibata

    Mini Workshop

    Westside Regional

    Contact: Barbara or Judy CalligraphyWLA@aol.com

    Download the flyer

    Fee:  $25

    Description:

    Are you a newbie to flourishing or are you experienced?
    Jane will teach valuable techniques for all to use in your everyday
    practice and more.
    Flourishing tips and tricks with parallel pens, markers, and other
    pen tools will be explored.

    Supply list will be sent after enrollment. Exemplar will be emailed prior to the class.

    Other Info:

     For SfC members only.  Non-members join SfC 2021/2022 for a separate $42 fee.  Membership can be used for any workshop/class thru June 30, 2022. 

      https://societyforcalligraphy.org/Join-SfC

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

    Zoom set-up and audio test begins at 10:45AM, 15 minutes prior to the start of the class.

    Paypal option includes non-refundable Paypal fees



    • 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? 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.

    www.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 28, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online
    • 90
    Register

    Instructors: Carrie Imai and Lise Orwig


    SAN FERNANDO VALLEY OUTREACH EVENT

    Description:

    Lise Orwig and Carrie Imai will teach several different card structures to use for the holidays and all year.

    All levels welcome to this FREE workshop

    Click here to Download flyer

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED:                                                      FREE - RSVP by September 25, 2021

    Maximum participants: 98

    Contact Jann Marks at callijann@aol.com with questions.








    • 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, 2010

    Free

    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
    • 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? 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.

    www.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. 

    • October 22, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Online - Zoom

    PLEASE SAVE THE DATE, MORE INFO TO FOLLOW!

    • October 30, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    Register

    Presenter: Mina Taylor

    Sponsored by Inland Empire/Pomona Valley chapter

    About this workshop: Fall leaves are delightful to watercolor. And Morse Deco, a whimsical alphabet will be reviewed by Mina Taylor. We will learn to use the side of the brush to easily make leaves and blend colors. 

    About Mina: Mina Taylor has practiced calligraphy for over 40 years. For 20 years she ran an art show featuring 25 artists from southern California. In 1979, she launched her calligraphic business: Mina’s Manuscripts & More. Taking on students and limited commissions, her current work can be seen on Instagram, @minas.manuscripts . “I believe that calligraphic words of truth can inspire people in transition, in grief, in hopelessness, in joy, in all of life really, to think beyond their situation to eternal things."


    Supply list:

    1.Paper Cold or Hot Press 9x12 watercolor (the different textures render different effects), heavier Scratch paper (for practicing the alphabet)

    2. Watercolors: Your favorites (Winsor Newton, Schminke) or a box Prang is good, too. 

    3. At least 2-3 water color brushes with a fine tip. # 1, 2 are preferred; 3, 4 can work on a larger scale. 

    3. Fine-tipped (not extra fine) Sharpie pen or a Black Posca Medium point (not chisel)

    4. B-3 Speedball nib in holder (round nib) 

    5.  Paper towels, 5-10 q tips, small spray bottle, pencil, eraser, 4 sheets Graph paper. Removable masking or scotch tape.

    6. If you prefer to use a different short quote among the leaves you can have that penciled out on your watercolor paper.

    7. Prepare guidelines on paper that doesn’t bleed: Capitals is 8 dots, x-height is 5 dots.

    8. Padding: Mina uses thin felt to sit behind the paper as we letter

    Questions? E-mail Alessandra at iepv.sfcworkshops@gmail.com. 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.

    www.societyforcalligraphy.org

    • 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)

    Artwork by Ginger Cook

    San Diego chapter

    MORE INFO TO FOLLOW

    Take a break from your hectic holiday prep and join us as we relax with friends.  We’ll learn about making the perfect cup of tea and other related factoids, before sharing our favorite affirmations. Beforehand, we’ll ask you to send us two or three favorites, to be compiled and later sent to our San Diego membership.  The aim will be for everyone to choose a favorite, or two, and create a piece of calligraphy. All entries will be shared on our Instagram account. 

    • 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.

    • January 29, 2022
    • 9:45 AM - 4:45 PM (PST)
    • Pomona Valley Art Association - Montclair

    Instructor: ED FONG


    Sponsor:  Inland Empire/Pomona Valley chapter 

    SAVE THE DATE! Registration will open soon!

    ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: Learn how to letter with a bamboo stylus. Students will watch a detailed demonstration on how the stylus is handcrafted. Participants will make their own stylus from prepared components in the workshop. Learn a beautiful modified Italic miniscule alphabet. Discover the nuances of the finest hairlines, bold sweeping strokes with wispy endings with a single tool. Pointed pen applications with the stylus will also be explored. This workshop is open to all levels, although some lettering experience is helpful. 

    ABOUT ED: Ed Fong is a Los Angeles City Council Graphics lettering artist for more than 36 years, began a lifelong passion for lettering at the age of 11 under the mentorship of his father Roy K. Fong, a student of William B. Wollman. Ed also maintains a free- lance calligraphy business, specializing in formal certificates and retirement resolutions for various corporate, municipal and nonprofit clients. His calligraphic work is influenced by the engrossing style of the Zanerian College of Penmanship in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to teaching an occasional work- shop, he currently mentors individual students in engrossing and illumination.

    Cost: $57 for check or Paypal (see fine print below)

    REGISTRATION: You must be a member both when you register and when the class is held. Pay by check or PayPal. No refunds unless your place can be filled from a wait list.

    Questions? E-mail Alessandra at iepv.sfcworkshops@gmail.com

    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. 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. 

    Questions? E-mail Alessandra at iepv.sfcworkshops@gmail.com. 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.

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    • February 12, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (PST)
    • San Diego TBA

    Presenter: Yvonne Perez-Collins

    Sponsor: San Diego Chapter 

    SAVE THE DATE! Conditions permitting, this program will be held in person. Registration will be opened as we know more.

    SfC membership not required. 

    ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: This is an alphabet by German type designer Rudolf Koch while he worked at the Klingspor Type Foundry. He was a skilled calligrapher in his own right.  In this class you will learn the simple principles of Neuland and then also enjoy writing with the alternative letterforms.  Think of it as a guided tour but then you will be on your own and the only rule is to explore and be inspired by what you see being created.  This versatile hand is useful for broadsides, envelopes, certificates, ceramic pots, walls and posters.

    ABOUT YVONNE: Yvonne Perez-Collins taught Textile Surface Design twenty-four years that included state and national conferences. She has always enjoyed learning as much as teaching. Feeling that lightbulb moment doesn’t get old and is only better when you can turn it on for someone else. Yvonne continues to work in numerous mediums with lettering and various arts. She teaches bookmaking in San Diego libraries to various age groups. Visit: envisionitsandiego.com

    COST: 

    SUPPLY LIST:

    $2 materials fee 
    • C-thru ruler
    • mechanical pencil
    • white eraser
    • water container, few paper towels
    • watercolor set (in pan or palette not tubes)
    • 1/4” flat brush
    • 1/2” flat brush/optional
    • Speedball C-2
    • 6mm Parallel Pen
    • Walnut Ink, Higgins Eternal, or Pelikan 4001 suggested (or whatever ink you like)
    • a stamp pad of any kind, if you have one
    • general all-purpose paper for practice writing that holds ink, we’ll make our own lines white or light color ok
    • OPTIONAL:
      scrap cardstock, art paper, watercolor, printmaking paper that you can write a name or word on and later use it on a card or project.
    • Any broad edge tool you would like to write with 1/4”-1/2”

    Contact Name and email/phone: Kristi Darwick, societyforcalligraphyevents@gmail.com

    • April 10, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (UTC-07:00)

    Presenter: Michelle Morin

    Sponsor: San Diego Chapter  

    SAVE THE DATE!  More info to follow

    ABOUT THE PROGRAM: In this class, we will use found materials (cracker boxes, recycled junk mail, used wall calendars, leftover or offcut art papers, etc.) to create and hand-bind satisfyingly chubby “junk journals” using long stitch and chain stitch bookbinding techniques. We’ll learn how to make a custom-fit piercing guide and how to make a piercing cradle from recycled materials.  You’ll also learn to see potential recyclable journal material all around you!     As time permits, we’ll share ideas for decorating and using your jumbo junk journals and show you a smaller, pamphlet-stitched variation on the “jumbo” journal.

    Making a journal yourself, from found or recycled materials, is incredibly freeing… and addictive. These books can be used for so many types of creative expression!  I use mine as mixed-media art journals, sketchbooks, storehouses for ideas or images I want to explore later, and as a place to stick collage art… the sky’s the limit.

    ABOUT "MIMO": Michelle Morin ("Mi Mo") enjoys learning and creating across several visual arts and calligraphic traditions, including mixed-media, watercolor, hand bookbinding, calligraphy and lettering. Mi Mo teaches Copperplate-based Modern Calligraphy and has hosted calligraphy study groups and creative exploration meetups in-person and online.  She is also a collector of fountain pens, hoarder of art supplies, avid journal-keeper and journal-maker, Programming Chair for Pacific Scribes, lawyer, and member of several calligraphy guilds.  You can find Mi Mo on Instagram @michelle.l.mo and @calligra_mi. 


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

    PRESENTER: ANDREA WUNDERLICH


    Sponsored by the 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. 

    • May 21, 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)

    Presenter: Michelle Morin

    SPONSORED: Inland Empire/Pomona Valley Chapter


    SAVE THE DATE! Registration will open closer to May 2022.

    ABOUT THE PROGRAM: In this class, we will use both composition principles and intuition (improvisation) to make fun and beautiful modern flourished borders for your calligraphy or handwritten pieces. Michelle will  use a pointed pen with metallic watercolors, but you  may use any tool and any ink you prefer (see materials list for suggested alternative  monoline or pressure-sensitive tools).
        
    These borders can coordinate with many calligraphic hands, including Copperplate-based and Spencerian-based pointed pen scripts.  Michelle has  used these borders around and in her calligraphy sketchbook pages and art pieces, on cards, and as custom stationary borders.
       Experience with preparing and using a pointed pen is recommended but not required if other tools are used. 

       In this class, we will learn:

    • How to make easy shapes that become the components of a modern flourished border
    • How to combine those shapes as you move along the page border, in either an intuitive process or through intentional planning and, if you wish, a grid system
    • How to vary the shapes and styles to create different looks, using metallic watercolors, watercolor pencils, and/or different types of pointed nibs

    ABOUT MIMO: Michelle Morin ("Mi Mo") enjoys learning and creating in many visual arts and calligraphic traditions, including mixed-media, watercolor, and hand bookbinding, as well as calligraphy and lettering using pointed pen, pointed brush/marker, pencil, and other tools.  Mi Mo teaches a Copperplate-based Modern Calligraphy and runs regular calligraphy study groups and creative meetups online.  She is also a collector of fountain pens, hoarder of art supplies, avid journal-keeper and journal-maker, Program Chair for Pacific Scribes, corporate lawyer, and mom.  @michelle.l.mo and @calligra_mi.

    SUPPLIES: 
    Your favorite pointed pen holder (straight or oblique), at least two different pointed nibs, ink, preferably in a few colors, and paper of your choice that works well with your inks and nibs.  
       These are the nibs, inks, and paper I like. You do not have to buy exactly what I use! Use what you have and what you love:

    • Nibs: a softer nib such as a Hunt 101; a slightly firmer nib such as a vintage Gillott 404 and/or a Nikko G or Zebra G might be fun to try as well. 
    • Inks: I will be using half-pans, quarter pans, or sample “dots” of metallic watercolors (i.e., rewetting dry watercolors and painting them onto the nib). My current favorite makers are:

    - Shipped from US (find online or on Etsy): Cloverset Lettering (she rotates colors often and I love her sample dots because they are bigger than average); Iuile Watercolors; Tiny Cactus Designs; Coliro Finetec.
    - Ships from outside the US, so availability/shipping time may be an issue: The Creative Kinds, And Flower Tales. (both on Etsy)

    • Paper: 

    - For class practice, anything that works with your pointed pens and watercolor pencils. Marker paper such as Canson XL or Borden & Riley #37 Boris Marker Layout will work for the pointed pens.

    - Crane’s Lettra, which is a yummy but expensive 100% cotton paper with a bit of tooth, is great for this type of watercolor pencil work and also works for pointed pen, though your nib may catch on the fibers.

    - Southworth 100% Cotton resume paper (in white or ivory,  in 24 or 32 lb) is a bit smoother than Crane’s Lettra.

    - Tomoe River (extremely lightweight, smooth, 52 gsm Japanese stationery paper) is very good for writing with pens and fountain pens. It  works with pointed pen and I love writing letters with it.

    • Watercolor pencils and a fine-point waterbrush, such as the Pentel Aquash or similar. (Or simply use a soft-graphite pencil!)

    - I suggest having a selection of warm and cool reds or pinks, warm and cool greens, a few blues and purples, a yellow, and any other colors you like.  For example, in Derwent Inktense I like Fuchsia, Poppy Red, Apple Green, Teal Green, Peacock Blue, and Mustard.  You could buy  singles from your local art store or dickblick.com if you want to try them out.

    - I suggest a good artists’ quality brand, such as Derwent Inktense or Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils, because rewetting the pigment with the waterbrush will have more impact. 


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

    Presenter: Debby Reelitz


        Sponsored by our San Diego Chapter

    ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: Seeing your calligraphy in a circle is an exciting design component. During this three-hour workshop, we will practice lettering on a curve and how to calculate, draw and letter a full circle of text. I'd recommend focusing on just one lettering style and applying the techniques to that one lettering style. Digital handouts will be provided prior to class.

    ABOUT DEBBY:  Debby Reelitz is a professional calligrapher in North Granby, Connecticut.  Introduced to calligraphy by her 5th grade teacher, she dabbled for years until opening her own calligraphy studio in Chicago. For more than 24 years, she has been a professional lettering artist, creating awards, gifts, commissions, chalkboards, writing on walls, teaching and much more. She has been teaching calligraphy and related skills for more than 15 years. Information can be found at her website: http://letteringdesign.com

    SUPPLIES:

    *calligraphy nib or brush for the lettering style/size you have chosen (those using a broad edge lettering style, have several sizes of nibs)

    *guidelines (straight) for the lettering style and size you have chosen

    *writing medium: ink, gouache or watercolor

    *compass

    *calculator

    *paper for lettering (paper with 25% cotton is recommended, ie: a resume paper)

    *pencil  & sharpener

    *scissors
    *tape

    *2 quotes 9-15 words long (hopefully that will be about 12-18” of text in length)

    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.


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August 15, 2020 Long Stitch Bookbinding - ONLINE with Amy Spencer
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