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 for in-person Workshop  are $60 per day.  The cost for Mini-workshops varies  and may be 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 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: the coordinator listed on the Event page, or use the provided button to register via PayPal.

Questions? Email Kristi Darwick at workshops@societyforcalligraphy.org



Upcoming Workshops

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

    with Meredith Klein


    Workshop

    SfC Sponsored

    Download the Flier

    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.

    Contact: Kristi Darwick 

    Contact phone: 909-274-8297

    $150

    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. Workshop will be recorded
         It's not often we have the opportunity to study on a weeknight. Meredith offers 2.5 hours of solid learning each week and she'll critique our work between classes--a huge help toward learning to see and write these beautiful forms. 
         Class limited to 16 students.

    Materials Needed:

    Provided upon registration, or earlier, upon request

    MEMBERS ONLY

    Digital payment option will include Paypal's additional fees.


    • January 24, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PST)
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: DeAnn Singh


    Mini Workshop

    Westside Regional

    Contact: Barbara or Judy CalligraphyWLA@aol.com

    Download the flyer


    $25

    Description:

    New to calligraphy?  Or looking for a brush-up?  Welcome new students, as well as those who would enjoy a practical review, this session will focus on Copperplate lettering techniques and more.

    A short supply list will be sent after enrollment. Exemplar will be emailed prior to the class.

    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 the handouts.

    Zoom set-up and audio test begins at 11:45AM, 15 minutes prior to the start of the class.

    Paypal option includes non-refundable Paypal fees



    • 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

    • February 20, 2021
    • (PST)
    • February 21, 2021
    • (PST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    with Nina Tran

    Workshop sponsored by the Inland Empire/Pomona Valley chapter

    This class is an exploration of assorted Blackletters.  We'll begin our adventures in Textura, then transition to Fraktur and Gothicized Italic, while examining and experimenting with the letterforms along the way.  We'll tickle our imagination, test the boundaries of Blackletters, and, perhaps, discover our own Blackletter hybrid.  Day 1 will be for the study of minuscules and Day 2 for majuscules.  Oh, the possibilities! Some gothic lettering experience highly recommended. Workshop will be recorded

    About Nina: Nina Tran is a mom to three energetic kids in the San Fernando Valley.  She is passionate and enthusiastic about learning and teaching calligraphy and penmanship. Her main focuses of study are Copperplate Script, Spencerian Script, and various Gothic Hands. 

    Other Info:

    Students must be set up to take a Zoom class with video and audio (signed on with one device).

     $80 via check.   MEMBERS-ONLY
    Paypal option includes added non-refundable Paypal fees

    THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. THINGS COME UP AND SOMETIMES REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS NEED TO DROP. PLEASE CONTACT ALESSANDRA TO BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST.

    Workshop is limited to 20 participants, 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. 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. Please send your check payable to IE/PV SfC: Send to Alessandra Kawakubo, 22891 Hilton Head Drive, # 197, Diamond Bar, CA 91765-4413. Write the workshop name in the memo space.  Non-members, include a separate check for $25, 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.

    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.

    • 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 the  fine 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.

    www.societyforcalligraphy.org

    • 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!

    • July 31, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor Amy Spencer


    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

    Download the flyer  

    Description:

    NOTE: EXACT DAYS ARE TENTATIVE, DUE TO PANDEMIC.  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

    Download the flyer  

    Description:

    NOTE: EXACT DAYS ARE TENTATIVE, DUE TO PANDEMIC. 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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