The SfC offers free programs to the public throughout the year as part of our mission to support and share calligraphy in Southern California. 

Upcoming events

    • December 03, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PST)
    • IN-PERSON - Scripps Ranch Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road, (near Scripps Poway Parkway and Cypress Canyon Road)

    Presented by Kristi Darwick

    Sponsored by your San Diego Chapter 

    IN-PERSON EVENT : SATURDAY, DEC 3, 2022, Noon - 4PM PST.

    ABOUT THIS PROGRAM: Can you picture these circles printed in place on paper or fabric, or printed, then cut-out and glued onto a writing surface? We've studied calligraphy in circles and these can be a great shape to write around. The 3" Gelli-plate will be perfect for 5x7 greeting cards. This will be an enjoyable session--a chance to get messy with your fellow art and lettering enthusiasts. All levels are welcome.

    (Kristi learned this from member, Linda Elder, when she taught it to several central California members.)

    We will provide the round Gelli Plates (3" diameter), as well as Printers' Ink, and a few other supplies. (Scroll down for the supply list.)

    Attendees will take home a mini-Gelli-plate. (We cannot mail them to those who don't attend in-person.)


    Members-Only. Attendance will be limited.


    Non-refundable unless your place can be filled from the waitlist.



    We will supply:

    • 3” round Gelli Plates (feel free to also bring your own Gelli-Plates of different shapes and sizes. Small sizes are especially nice for gaining quick results.)
    • Deli paper, rice paper, copier paper
    • Printers' inks
    • Assorted acrylic paints and inks (You may wish to bring any of your favorite colors)
    • Stencils, texture plates, and other materials for masking.

    Participants will bring:

    • A table cover--a plastic dollar-store rectangular tablecloth or shower curtain will work fine
    • Brayer (if you don't have one, we will have a couple to share.)
    • Paper: Your favorites with which to experiment. Scraps are great! You may wish to try printing on black. Fabric is great to try!
    • Any favorite colors of acrylic paints or inks.
    • Favorite stencils, plant materials, feathers, rubber stamps, and other materials (yarn or anything else you can think of—be creative!) to serve as masks; mark-making tools for experimentation.
    • Paper plate to use as pallet (we'll have a few to share for those who forget)
    • Paper towels, wet wipes, rag, etc, for cleaning your brayer (we'll have a few to share)

    Show and Share: Please bring  anything you have been working on that you’d like to share with those present.

    Give-aways: This is a good place to pass on artist supplies you no longer need, but that may be treasures to another member. Kristi will be bringing donated items to pass on.

    Questions, please contact Kristi at 

    Our San Diego chapter hasn't had an in-person event since March 2020. During the pandemic, we lost our regular venue. We'll meet at Scripps Ranch Community Center. (We may be able to assist with organizing carpools--please contact Kristi.) With regards to pandemic, the flu, etc., we will follow local health rules in place at the time. There should be plenty of tables to spread out and distance.

    • December 04, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (PST)
    • Zoom - online

    Presenter: Peter Greco


    December 4, 2022 1-2:30 PM

    THIS LECTURE WILL BE RECORDED AND MADE AVAILABLE TO ALL REGISTRANTS. Registration is open to the public, as well as all SfC members.

    About the Lecture: Peter will talk about the commitment to the traditional approach in calligraphy and hand lettering. He'll discuss the joy of creating by hand in the studio and on walls. We'll see beautiful images that highlight versatility of lettering styles, related to type as communication, and also as personalized fine art. 

    About Peter: Peter Greco specializes in the art of traditionally-inspired, hand-crafted lettering and typography. His continuous exploration and passion has enabled him to reach beyond design into the realm of fine art. He continues to design logos and lettering art by hand as well as to produce “calligraffitti” street art, hand-painted signs, and also interior and exterior typographic murals. His work has been exhibited in various art galleries in the Los Angeles area. In addition he has created an authentic body of Renaissance manuscript art as a library exhibit and as a graphic novel. For over a decade, he has been an instructor of Expressive Typography at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he also teaches a calligraphy workshop. Peter is a member of the Inland Empire/Pomona Valley chapter of the Society for Calligraphy.

    No charge

     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.

    Notes on Zoom notification:  A very small percentage of emails bounce back.  If you do not receive your Zoom invitation a couple days in advance, please contact Kristi:

    • January 06, 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PST)
    • Zoom - online

    Sponsored by 

    FRI, January 6, 2023,  6:30-8PM PST

    No charge for these Study Group Sessions.

    By request, we'll look at the work of  Sherri Thornton. Sherri is known for both her contemporary versals, a.k.a Kersals, as well as her Word Paintings. We'll start with a very quick review of spacing for Romans.

    Kristi's Word Painting made under the direction of Sherri

    These sessions are led by members, sharing what they have learned. They do not claim to be masters. Members and guests may register for any session--there is no requirement to attend all sessions. The aim is to share knowledge with newbies and to provide a refresher for those with more experience.  

    The session will be led by Kristi Darwick. We plan to record this session. Kristi asks that you remind her!


    1. Share our work--feel free to bring any work/practice you'd like to share that you feel will be of interest, whether related to Romans, or not

    2. Quick review of a basic concept/technique for Romans

    3. Review the day's topic

    4. Start Project to reinforce the topic

    5. Share what we've done for the day (always optional).

    Project: We'll work on designing the letter layout for a small piece. (We'll cover color/embellishment in a future session.)


    • Sketchbook or other paper for sketching letter composition.
    • Pencil and eraser. 
    • T-square or Ruler

    Membership not currently required

    Zoom invitation and handouts  are sent a couple days in advance.

    If you sign up later than that, please email to Kristi at, so she can forward them to you. It's not guaranteed that you'll receive them beforehand, if you sign up the day of . . .

      • February 11, 2023
      • (PST)
      • Zoom - Online

      SAVE THE DATE! More info to come. . .

      Veronica will walk us through making wonderful little "blank" books. She'll walk us through some techniques to decorate the pages, and an important goal will be for us each to also incorporate various techniques we've recently learned and want to reinforce.  You might consider January's neuland+embossing (hint-hint)

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