Workshops

The SfC generally has WORKSHOPS throughout the year, usually a variety of the different calligraphy-related disciplines our members enjoy. We invite instructors from all over the country and the world, who are part of the international calligraphic community, but we also invite instructors from our incredible local list.

Our seven Regional Chapters also organize all kinds of programs and workshops. Check the main Calendar listing for events in your area, or find the Regional representative for the chapter that most interests you. Currently, events are being conducted online, for safety reasons.

Questions? Email Carrie Imai at workshops@societyforcalligraphy.org



Upcoming Workshops

    • December 04, 2021
    • (PST)
    • December 05, 2021
    • (PST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Online - Zoom
    Join waitlist

    Presenter: Suzie Beringer

    SAT-SUN  DEC 4-5, 2021  9:30-4:30 PST (includes 1 hr lunch)

    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. Workshop will be recorded.

    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.

    Cost: $114 by check or PayPal

    MEMBERS ONLY

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

    Questions? Alessandra Kawakubo at  sfcworkshops@gmail.com


    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. 

    • January 04, 2022
    • (PST)
    • January 25, 2022
    • (PST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom - Online

    Presenter: Jane Shibata


    Sponsor: Inland Empire/Pomona Valley

    About this Workshop: Meld the past and the present with a seventeenth century French hand called "ronde". Evidence of very clear exemplars indicate that the ronde script was taught in school. Visually, it has some characteristics of the secretary hand and civilité type. It is also a script that can be adapted to a monolinear style for everyday writing. We will be getting up-close and personal with the original version first and then apply some modifications to make the letters contemporary. Some experience with a broad edge nib is recommended.

    About Jane: Jane Shibata teaches part-time in the art department at Santa Monica College in California and runs a design business specializing in the lettering arts in Los Angeles. Jane worked for the City of Los Angeles as a calligrapher for a few years and has done contract calligraphy work for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Graphic Arts division. She is a long-time Society for Calligraphy Southern California member who serves on the board, coordinates outreach events, and teaches many workshops for the Society for Calligraphy. Jane has also taught for a few other guilds in California and other states, SfC Letters California Style, and four international calligraphy conferences.

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

    MEMBERS ONLY

    Cost: $84 by check or PayPal


    Questions? Alessandra Kawakubo - 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. 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 IE/PV 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. Scholarships may be available for IE/PV chapter members. Contact Alessandra to inquire.

       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. 



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

    Presenter: Suzie Beringer

    Sponsor: San Diego Chapter

    SAT-SUN  JAN 8-9, 2022  9:30-4:30 PST (includes 1 hr lunch)

    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. Workshop will be recorded.

    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.

    Cost: $114 by check or PayPal

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

    THE WORKSHOP IS FULL. CONTACT KRISTI TO BE ADDED TO THE WAIT LIST.

    Questions? Kristi Darwick, sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org   

    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 SD SfC: Send to Kristi Darwick, 2455 Oakleaf Canyon Rd, Walnut, CA 91789-3435.
    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 Kristi regarding online membership registration.

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

    Instructor: ED FONG


    Sponsor:  Inland Empire/Pomona Valley chapter 

    PLEASE NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED TO MEET IN-PERSON

    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.

    We will be following protocol as it applies to the Montclair Mall on the date of the workshop. Per our PVAA contact, masks are currently recommended inside the individual retail spaces, but not required. We will keep you informed regarding any changes.

    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 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.

    www.societyforcalligraphy.org

    • April 09, 2022
    • 9:30 AM
    • April 10, 2022
    • 4:30 PM
    • TBD

    SAVE THE DATE! Registration will open as we get closer

    Presenter: Amity Parks


    Sponsor: Society for Calligraphy

    PLEASE NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS SCHEDULED IN-PERSON

    SAT-SUN APR 9-10, 2022 9:30-4:30 PST (includes 1 hr lunch)

    About this Workshop: In this class, the humble pencil and its relatives become powerful tools in creating many effects from subtle to stunning. We will use pencils, erasers, graphite sticks/blocks, powdered graphite and their water-soluble cousins to explore the possibilities of this medium for creating refined works of art to quickly made drawings in our sketchbooks. Starting with basic drawing principles like line quality and shading, we will experiment with each tool to discover the marks it can produce. We will then move on to drawing letters and designing word groups, both formal and casual. The monochromatic drawn letterform forces us to slow down and relate more organically to the forms we are creating. You will find drawing letterforms with care and thoughtfulness to be so helpful in improving your design and lettering skills and in allowing for more refined and subtle attention to detail. Further time will let us explore how to integrate our letters with their backgrounds into designs that will grab our viewer’s eye. Finally I’ll show you some of the tricks I’ve learned to save time and ensure success when working with this versatile medium.

    About Amity Parks: Amity Parks is an artist and calligrapher living in Missoula, Montana. For many years she has been studying calligraphy in weeklong and private tuition classes with internationally renowned instructors. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tulsa, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana. Her work has been featured in national and regional exhibits and publications. She has been a long-term active member and teacher in her local and state calligraphy guilds and travels within the US and internationally to teach workshops, including serving on the faculty for multiple International Lettering Arts Conferences, for the SSIW Conference in Melbourne, Australia, the Midwest Art and Lettering Retreat, Letters California Style and LaRomita School of Art in Umbria, Italy. She spends many hours in her studio on her personal and creative work, finding a balance between her teaching commitments and her busy family life. More information and artwork can be found on Facebook, Instagram and at her website, www.amityparkslettering.com.

    Supply List:

    • Mechanical Pencil- 0.5 and/or 0.3 and leads (I like the Pentel GraphGear 500)
    • A few drawing pencils in various hardness’ (6B, 4B, 2B, HB, 2H, 4H). And bring whatever pencils you have already in your toolkit.
    • Graphite stick (6B or 8B)
    • Water-soluble graphite crayon - Lyra 9B (Look for the water drop on the label)
    • Art Graf Black Carbon Water-Soluble Ink Block
    • Water-soluble graphite pencil (General’s Sketch and Wash or Faber-Castell Graphite Aquarelle 8B for example.)
    • Kneaded eraser
    • Small white eraser stick in holder: Preferably the Tombow Mono zero round, or General Factis
    • Your favorite writing tools (larger sizes of nibs, ruling pens, automatic pens,brushes, etc) (You won’t need any ink...trust me)
    • Scissors, X-acto knife, blades and small pencil sharpener (no motors please)
    • Steel Ruler
    • Large soft flat brush for wetting paper and a small #1or #2 pointed brush.
    • Paper- Strathmore 400 series drawing paper (any size) or whatever similar youhave at home. Few pages of any other papers you want to try.
    • Paper- Several pieces (11x17 or so) of budget watercolor paper (canson XL) orany heavyweight water friendly paper that you have already. Arches text wove, Arches MBM, and/or Arches watercolor papers are good quality water-friendly papers also.
    • Paper towels, water container, small spray bottle
    • A short quote or a few words you like to write (5-10 words or so)
    • Drawing Board/ padded surface to work on. (Masonite with a few sheets of paper taped to it.
    • Not required, but for your info: The sketchbook I use and recommend is the Moleskine 7.5” x 10” Plain Soft Cover Notebook.


    • April 23, 2022
    • (PDT)
    • May 01, 2022
    • (PDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom - Online
    Register

    Presenter: Suzie Beringer


    Sponsor: Inland Empire/Pomona Valley Chapter

    About this workshop: Come learn how to make letterforms that will almost dance off the page. In this workshop Suzie will show you the 'ins' and 'outs' of pressurized letterforms. The beauty of this technique is that ‘you’ as a calligrapher can incorporate this into many different hands. We will primarily be working with pencil but Suzie will address different products/tools and papers as well as techniques.

    All levels welcome! This workshop will be recorded, with the recording available for one month.

    About Suzie: Suzie Beringer is an artist/calligrapher who makes her home in the Pacific 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 

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

    MEMBERS ONLY

    $104 via Paypal or check


    Workshop will hold 18 students. 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 IE/PV 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. 

    • 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. 

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

    Presenter: Debby Reelitz


        Sponsored by our San Diego Chapter

    SAVE THE DATE!  We'll open registration as we get closer 

    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


    MEMBERS ONLY

    $35


    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.


Past Workshops

November 20, 2021 Botanical Embellishments - Creating Wreaths
November 13, 2021 Pointed Pen Holiday Elements
October 24, 2021 Everyday Uncial
October 18, 2021 Small Capitals with Small Landscapes
October 16, 2021 Who's afraid of Rudolf Koch?
October 09, 2021 Interlock Surfin’ Letters
October 01, 2021 LUSCIOUS LAYERS WATERCOLOR
September 28, 2021 Greeting Cards Galore
September 18, 2021 Small Capitals with Small Landscapes
August 22, 2021 Fabulous Flourishing : Techniques for All
August 21, 2021 Introduction to Fraktur
August 17, 2021 How Do You DOodle That? with Nancy Hays Hills
August 07, 2021 Angels in August
July 31, 2021 Hardcover Accordion-Spine Book
June 11, 2021 Drawn and Built-up Capitals - Study of Hermann Kilian's Work
May 22, 2021 Exciting World of Ruling Pens
May 16, 2021 Copperplate Capitals with DeAnn Singh
May 04, 2021 Tools Galore
April 11, 2021 Dutch Masters Script
April 10, 2021 Monoline Foundational Hand
March 19, 2021 The Foundational Hand from Form to Design
February 20, 2021 Assorted Blackletter
January 24, 2021 Copperplate Basics - For Beginners & Brush-Ups
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
November 21, 2020 Flourishing Text
November 14, 2020 Focus on Italics
October 24, 2020 Captivating Cadel Capitals with Vivian Mungall
October 18, 2020 Italic Basics: Beginners & Brush-Ups - DeAnn Singh
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 09, 2020 Introduction to Gothicized Italic - ONLINE with Nina Tran
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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