Workshops

The SfC generally has WORKSHOPS throughout the year (fewer during the summer and in December), 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 in your area. Currently, events are being conducted online, for safety reasons. 

LOCATION: Workshop locations will be posted at the time of the workshop announcement.

COST: Unless otherwise noted, the cost of a Two Day Workshop is $120. One-day workshops cost $60 plus lunch. The cost for Mini-workshops varies  and are open to the public. Materials fees may be payable to the instructor and are paid on the start of class.

REFUNDS: If you cancel at any time and your spot can be filled from the wait list, a full refund is issued. If you cancel more than 45 days in advance and your spot cannot be filled before the workshop, your fee will be refunded, minus $25. No refunds for cancellations within 45 days of the workshop, if the spot cannot be filled. If you must cancel, please allow sufficient time so your place can be filled. Paypal fees are not refunded to us, and so, cannot be refunded to those wishing to cancel. When eligible for a refund, you may choose to have your full payment credited to a future workshop.

ELIGIBILITY: Workshops are open to current paid SfC members only (except mini-workshops). You must be a paid member of SfC at sign-up as well as the time the workshop is held. Your space will not be reserved for you until your dues are paid. If your dues are not current, you become ineligible to take the class and your space will be filled from the waiting list.

REGISTRATION: Enrollment is limited to 20 or fewer per workshop. Sign-ups and checks are accepted once a workshop has been publicized, on a first-come, first-served basis. Your check will be cashed upon receipt. Supply lists and any last minute information will be sent by e-mail.

CONTACT INFO: Send registration forms with your check (payable to SfC) to: Kristi Darwick, 2455 Oakleaf Canyon Dr., Walnut, CA 91789-3435.

Questions? Email Kristi Darwick at workshops@societyforcalligraphy.org



Upcoming Workshops

    • January 09, 2021
    • (PST)
    • January 10, 2021
    • (PST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: Anne Elser


    workshop

    San Diego Regional

    Contact: Kristi Darwick 

    $120

    Download the flyer  

    Description:

    Flourishing means to flower, and must come from within. We assume we can’t because we are beginners, because we hesitate, because our hands are shaky, our lines imperfect, and man, that dern pointed pen is so persnickety. We are incredibly hard on ourselves. This kind of negative thinking chokes our ability to thrive, so my approach to flourishing begins with marveling first at the miracle you are, becoming a friend to fear, and then training the eye on what it needs to see to create flourishes - the OVAL. I’ll show you just how easy it is to spot opportunities for ovals to be made. We take our cues from the shapes and strokes already there in your letter forms. We’ll train the eye to work from micro to macro, dissecting space into simple shapes of counterbalance and we’ll work slowly enough to give the eye time to spot opportunities to flourish as you are moving.
         Time includes an hour for lunch, as well as mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.

    Other Info:

    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 some of the handouts.

    Paypal option includes non-refundable Paypal fees

    Workshop is full. Often, people need to cancel due to unexpected conflicts. Contact Kristi to be put on the Wait List 

    MEMBERS ONLY


    • January 13, 2021
    • (PST)
    • January 14, 2021
    • (PST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: Anne Elser


    workshop

    SfC sponsored

    Contact: Rosana Ang 

    $120

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    Description:

    Open-Shaded Script: Using a colored pencil to describe the contour of a shaded stroke offers insight into its construction with its native tools, the broad-edge, pointed pen, or paint brush. Drawing these letter forms is not only useful in sketching out and planning of larger projects to be later filled in with ink, I believe they are also valid and beautiful class of letter forms in, and of, themselves. This workshop is a prerequisite for Flora.

    Other Info:

    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 some of the handouts.

    Paypal option includes non-refundable Paypal fees

    MEMBERS ONLY

    • January 16, 2021
    • (PST)
    • January 17, 2021
    • (PST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: Anne Elser


    workshop

    SfC sponsored

    Contact: Rosana Ang  

    $120

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    Description:

    Flora (the feminine personification of the healing powers of nature), draws upon the texture created by the double-hit, Open-Shaded Script stroke made in Monolinear Lettering, as a way to illustrate flourishes and florae forms as accents and extensions of our lettering. Using watercolor pencils and watercolors, we’ll harness the power of sensuous forms through the lens of pencils and a brush, and the vivid expression of color. Pencil meets paintbrush - you’ll become more adept at brush control as it flirts so beautifully with the soft, buttery, and thirsty watercolor pencils. We’ll use soft oval-shaped curves to describe absolutely every space-filling element on the page with every stroke. Open-Shaded Script is a prerequisite for this course.

    We will take plenty of breaks!

    Other Info:

    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 some of the handouts.

    Paypal option includes non-refundable Paypal fees

    MEMBERS ONLY



    • January 21, 2021
    • (PST)
    • February 18, 2021
    • (PST)
    • 5 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: Meredith Klein


    Workshop

    SfC Sponsored

    Contact: Kristi Darwick 

    Contact phone: 909-274-8297

    $150

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    Description:

    Do you love the beautiful round uncial letters? Originating in the 2nd to 4th centuries, they were the primary book hand, used in religious texts, until the 9th century. They continued to evolve and were used in the hierarchy of scripts beginning in Carolingian times. Still popular today, this elegant all-capital alphabet may be used alone or combined with other hands. In this class we begin with a version of uncials based on a 5th century manuscript.  Students will learn the basic letterforms and the rhythm of round and upright strokes that give this hand its distinctive appearance. We will then look at uncial usage by contemporary calligraphers, and students will learn ways of modernizing uncials for use today.

    Other Info:

    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 some of the handouts. If you must miss a session, Meredith will provide the necessary info, so you don't miss out.

    Materials Needed:

    Provided upon registration, or earlier, upon request

    MEMBERS ONLY


    • January 26, 2021
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • May 04, 2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • 3 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: Barbara Close, Robbie Saslow, Carrie Imai

    Mini Workshop

    San Fernando Valley Regional

    Contact: Carrie Imai

    Contact phone: 818/388-6717

    Close workshop $20, Robbie Saslow $30, Carrie Imai $20

    Download the flyer

    Description:

    3 Fun Workshops

    Other Info:

    Sign up for one or all three; Pay by check or Paypal

    Materials Needed:

    Will be sent after registration

    Payment: please email Carrie for link

    • March 19, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • March 21, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: Yukimi Annand


    Workshop

    Inland Empire/Pomona Valley Regional

    Contact: Alessandra Kawakubo

    Contact phone: 909-839-3221

    $120

    Description:

    The Foundational Hand is based on the 10th century Ramsey Psalter (BL, Harley 2904) and was popularized by the English calligrapher Edward Johnston in the early 20th century. This letterform provides an excellent basis for understanding the structure of the minuscule alphabet. The form is based on the circle and vertical straight line, and it provides a very clear concept and a good lettering discipline.

    This course begins with analysis of 10thcentury English Carolingian to observe how the form was structured and written. Then we study geometric skeleton form of the Foundational hand. Once the form and letter spacing become familiar, we study weighted form with broad edged tool. We will practice text writing with study of basic design, layout and composition as well as usage of colors.

    As the hand’s variation, narrow foundational hand and light weighted contemporary style of the hand will be presented. This study of the Foundational Hand will seed for learning calligraphic letterforms of almost any kind.

    Other Info:

    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 some of the handouts.

    Paypal option available. PayPal's non-refundable fees will be added

    Download the Flier

    MEMBERS ONLY


     


    • April 10, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: Nina Tran


    Mini Workshop

    San Diego Regional

    Contact: Kristi Darwick

    $35

    Be sure to scroll entire length for details and terms/conditions.

    Description:

    This class will give you yet another reason to love Foundational Hand -- if that's even possible!  In this mini workshop, we'll study and practice the skeletal forms of Edward Johnston's (1872-1944) Foundational hand coupled with skeletal Roman Capitals.

    Because this hand is based on a circular o, it's easy and fun to learn.  No previous Foundational Hand experience is necessary.  In fact, if Foundational Hand is something you've been curious about, perhaps learning this monolinear forms is good place to begin.

    Other Info:

    This program is open to both members and non-members--price varies based on membership status. Non-members pay $10 more. For this year only (through June 30, 2021), our annual membership is discounted to $25, which gives access to our many members-only events. 
    Please review find print at bottom. 

    To Pay by Check
    Members, send check for $35

    Non-members, send check for $45
    Non-members who wish to  join, contact Kristi at sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org for a membership invoice. Please, include a photograph or scan of your membership form (found at https://societyforcalligraphy.org/resources/Site/Membership/Membership.pdf)
    to Kristi Darwick, 2455 Oakleaf Canyon Rd, Walnut, CA 91789-3435

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    Includes Paypal's added fees OF $2 (non-refundable)

    NON-MEMBER $47


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    MEMBERS $37

    Questions? E-mail Kristi at sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org. 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 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.

    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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    • April 11, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • May 02, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: Judy Detrick


    Instructor: Judy Detrick

    Workshop

    SfC Sponsored

    Contact: Kristi Darwick

    $150

    Description:

    Often overlooked by calligraphers who seek inspiration from historical scripts, the Dutch masters of the 17th century never fail to astonish and motivate. Not only weris truly original script, and look at its place in modern design. We will analyze what makes the design so dynamic, and learn how to adopt the best parts of what we like about the script—feeling free to mix and match our favorite letterforms from other sources—to create a hand of our own! Learn why the Dutch masters were, and continue to be, so highly regarded by calligraphers the world over. e they virtuosos at rendering most European styles, their technical mastery paved the way for the emergence of pointed pen scripts a century later.

    The hand quite distinctly their own is our subject. In this class we will decode the construction and decorative aspects of this truly original script, and look at its place in modern design. We will analyze what makes the design so dynamic, and learn how to adopt the best parts of what we like about the script—feeling free to mix and match our favorite letterforms from other sources—to create a hand of our own! Learn why the Dutch masters were, and continue to be, so highly regarded by calligraphers the world over. 


    *Some experience with the broad edge pen is required.
    *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 some of the handouts. 

    Other Info:

    We may add an optional fifth session on May 16.

    See flier for payment and 

    Download the Flier for payment and event details

    MEMBERS ONLY

     


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

    Instructor: Yukimi Annand


    SAVE THE DATE! More information to follow!

    • October 21, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • October 22, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • TBA

    Instructor: Elmo van Slingerland


    workshop

    SfC sponsored

    Contact: Kristi Darwick  

    $120

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    Description:

    NOTE: EXACT DAYS ARE TENTATIVE We will focus on good proportions, applying serifs, variations in letters and attention for detail and quality of form. We will use pen manipulation and pressure.

    Other Info:

    Level: Intermediate. $124 Paypal option includes Paypal fees FLYER WILL BE UPDATED WITH NEW DATES, LOCATION


    • October 24, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • October 25, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • TBA

    Instructor: Elmo van Slingerland


    workshop

    SfC sponsored

    Contact: Kristi Darwick  

    $120

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    Description:

    NOTE: EXACT DAYS ARE TENTATIVE Taking the Italic hand with a broad edged pen a step further. Focusing on essential aspects of this versatile letter: construction of the letter, good proportion, quality of form and attention to detail, pen manipulation, pressure and pressure release and building up strokes. The goal is making our formal letters more dynamic and more vibrant.

    Other Info:

    $124 Paypal option includes Paypal fees FLYER WILL BE UPDATED WITH NEW DATES AND LOCATION



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