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. Please note that a few future events are tentatively listed as in-person. That may change based on pandemic conditions. Before registering, please consult with the workshop coordinator listed on the event's webpage to be sure that event will work for you.

Questions? Email Carrie Imai at workshops@societyforcalligraphy.org



Upcoming Workshops

    • June 07, 2022
    • (PDT)
    • June 28, 2022
    • (PDT)
    • 4 sessions

    Instructor:  Annie Lawrence


    Sponsor:  Orange County Society for Calligraphy


    I think the words MAJESTIC FORMAL ROMANS scares us calligraphers we think we are not ready for them until we learn and practice many other calligraphic hands. and BUT I believe studying these Roman forms (in a casual way) helps us with all calligraphic hands! The prerequisite for this class is a lot of patience and being able and willing to work slowly and play with our tools. No judgements, just loving these Big Guys and playing. Experience with the broad edge pen will be helpful.

    Please download flyer for supplies and class details

    Registration Details:

    Workshop fee $40

    SfC Members to register: email Barbara Steel bambigram1941@gmail.com and then mail your check for $40 (payable to OCSfC) to Barbara Steel, 17202 Sandra Lee Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92649. Your confirmation will be emailed to you along with class exemplars and Zoom information.

    Non SfC  Members to register: Follow instructions above but include a separate check for $42, (payable to SfC), this will give you a years subscription to all of the publications of the SfC and enable you to take all of the Zoom and In person workshops for just the workshop fee. Many fun Zoom workshops have been free for members. Send check along with a membership form.  Click to Download Membership Application 

    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. 



    • July 16, 2022
    • (PDT)
    • July 17, 2022
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
    Register
    PRESENTER: Sue Greenseth


    SPONSOR: South Los Angeles Chapter (Solar Nibs)

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:

    Travel back several decades and enjoy these unique and whimsical alphabets that became popular in the 1970s. These hands greatly influenced many calligraphers at the time, but they are just as relevant today as they were then.  

    In this 4-hour workshop, the focus will be to move the pen angle to create interesting letter strokes. Two alphabet variations will be introduced. Through study and practice of these unique shapes, students may be inspired to take their own lettering to a new level.

    ABOUT SUE GREENSETH:

    Sue Greenseth is a calligrapher and lettering artist in Portland, Oregon. In the 1970s, she moved from Central Illinois to Corvallis, Oregon, and found herself in the middle of a calligraphic renaissance. She has a broad range of creative pursuits. Early in her career, she taught calligraphy and freelanced as a commercial lettering artist for world-renowned clients. In the 1990s, when e-commerce was in its infancy, she became a designer for her own online jewelry company. These days, Sue continues to teach calligraphy as well as practice as a full-time artist. She loves breathing life into letterforms and animating words with a pen.

    Website: suegreenseth.com

    SUPPLY LIST:

    • Layout bond paper (Gilbert Bond preferred)
    • 6mm Pilot Parallel Pen (blue cap)
    • Larger dip pens for practice—Automatic and/or Horizon (optional)
    • Ink
    • Sharp pencil and eraser
    • Ruler
    • Small water container
    • A clean rag

    REGISTRATION DETAILS:

    Workshop fee $42 by PayPal - or - $40 by check. Please be sure to click on the "REGISTER" button at the top left first before making payment.  


    To pay by check, email Linda Renner at LArenner@yahoo.com. Send a check for $40 payable to "Solar Nibs" to: Linda Renner, 3223 East First Street, Long Beach, CA 90803. Be sure to indicate the class name in the memo section of your check. Non-members, include your membership form and a separate check for $42 payable to "SfC." Form can be found here:

    https://societyforcalligraphy.org/resources/Membership.pdf.


    If you have any questions, please email Linda at LArenner@yahoo.com

    Workshop is limited to 30 participants. Registration is for 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 registration should be complete, or your check should arrive no later than two weeks before the workshop.

    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.

    • July 30, 2022
    • 9:00 AM (PDT)
    • July 31, 2022
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online - Zoom

    Presenter: Andrea Wunderlich


    Saturday-Sunday, July 30 and 31, 2022 9:00AM-12:00PM (PT)

    Sponsor: IE/PV

    About this workshop: In our Who's Afraid of Rudolf Koch? workshop, we explored Rudolf's world of expressive gothic letterforms.  Now it's time to have a closer look at his unique use of color and ornament. He had his own style in decorating by creating powerful ornaments and initials. Let's find out what it's all about & how we can use them for our own contemporary gothic projects.
      If you've already been a student in Who's Afraid of Rudolf Koch?, you're a Rudolf Koch addict anyway,  or maybe you have some experience with gothic lettering? Perfect! This class will add some extras to your gothic lettering.
    Level: intermediate, must have some knowledge in Gothic/Blackletter 

    Workshop will be recorded

    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 

    Questions? Alessandra at iepv.sfcworkshops@gmail.com

    Cost: $75 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.  


    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. 

    *** 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

    1-4PM PST

    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.
    Workshop will be recorded.

    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)

    MEMBERS ONLY

    Cost: $35 for check or Paypal (see fine print below)




    REGISTRATION VIA PayPal or check: You must be a member both when you register and when the class is held.  No refunds.

       Enrollment is limited to current paid Society for Calligraphy members only. 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. For prompt receipt of supply list and confirmation, it is recommended that your check arrive no later than two weeks before the workshop. 
       
    Please make your check payable to SfC, and send to Kristi Darwick, 2455 Oakleaf Canyon Rd, Walnut, CA 91789-3435.  Please let Kristi know before you mail. 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 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 17, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online via Zoom
    PRESENTER: Carol DuBosch

    SPONSOR: South Los Angeles Chapter (Solar Nibs)

    Save the date. Details coming soon. 

    • September 24, 2022
    • (PDT)

    Presenter: Amy Spencer


    Sponsor: Inland Empire/Pomona Valley chapter

    Saturday, September 24, Time: 9:45 AM - 2:00 PM, with approx. 30 minutes for lunch.

    ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: Romanesque Stitch books are beautiful and unusual exposed-spine books. The workshop instruction is based on Shereen LaPlantz’s description of the binding in Bound and Lettered magazine. Romanesque Stitch books open flat, which makes them perfect for sketchbooks, cookbooks, guest books, and journals. In this workshop, we will make a book, approximately 5 ½” x 6 ½”, with boards covered in decorative paper and containing a text block of 158 pages of text weight paper.  

    Students may purchase an optional kit for $30 which includes paper, board and thread. This price covers USPS domestic shipping. Registrants will all receive a detailed supply list of tools and materials (glue for example) students will need to gather and will also give dimensions for the materials in the kits for those who don’t purchase them. Some preparation before class will be required and described fully (cover the board with decorative paper and fold the signatures).  

    The focus of the instruction will be the Romanesque Stitch; basic bookbinding information will not be given much attention. For this reason, the workshop may be more approachable for those with some bookbinding experience. However, beginners are more than welcome! 

    WORKSHOP WILL BE RECORDED AND AVAILABLE FOR ONE MONTH.

    REGISTRATION: You must be a member both when you register and when the class is held. Pay by check or PayPal. No refunds.  

    Cost $35. 


    OPTIONAL KITS for purchase at $30 (domestic shipping only). To help ensure timely delivery, the cutoff date to order is August 31, 2022.

    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

    *** You must ask permission of the artist/instructor to photograph any copyrighted materials, including demos. 

    • January 14, 2023
    • (PST)
    • January 15, 2023
    • (PST)
    • 2 sessions

    Presenter: Sue Greenseth


    Sponsored by 

    Save the dates! Details to follow

Past Workshops

May 14, 2022 Fresh & Fancy: modern illumination inspired by Lindisfarne Gospels
April 30, 2022 Playful Pressurized Letterforms
April 23, 2022 Playful Pressurized Letterforms
April 10, 2022 Mastering Markers
April 09, 2022 SPRING SYMPHONY
April 06, 2022 Bold & Blended: Chunky Roman Caps with Belgium Bister Inks
March 15, 2022 Introduction to Celtic Knots
January 29, 2022 BAMBOOZLED: Everything Bamboo
January 08, 2022 PARALLEL PEN: DEMYSTIFYING AND BEYOND
January 04, 2022 Round Ronde, A Ronde We Go!
December 27, 2021 Fabulous Flourishing Cards & Envelopes
December 04, 2021 PARALLEL PEN: DEMYSTIFYING AND BEYOND
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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