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

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

    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

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

    with Kristi Darwick


    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 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.

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

    with Eva-Lynn Diesenhaus

    Sponsored by your SAN DIEGO chapter

    Sunday, October 10, 2010


    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 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.

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


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

    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 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.

    • December 11, 2021
    • (PST)

    Artwork by Ginger Cook

    San Diego chapter


    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. 

    • 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 and @calligra_mi. 

    • 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. and @calligra_mi.

    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 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. 

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