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

    • October 03, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • October 04, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: Nina Tran

    workshop

    Orange County Regional

    Contact: Gerry Phillips  

    $60

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    Description:

    In-depth exploration of Copperplate script. We will unravel the key concepts, learn how to manipulate our pens to create shapes that are fundamental to Copperplate letterforms, and build up letters from those basic forms. This class is for beginners and seasoned scribes looking to refine their script. No prior experience is required.

    Other Info:

    The supply list will be emailed with confirmation of registration and handouts will be emailed a few days before the workshop.


    • October 08, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: Victoria Kibildis

    Mini Workshop

    Non-SfC Sponsored

    Contact: Victoria Kibildis

    Contact phone: (760) 415-5660

    $20.00

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    Description:

    Learn how to create holiday cards with lovely pen strokes and a little
    bit of glitter that will make those on your holiday list very happy!

    Other Info:

    Registration ends October 06, 2020.

    Materials Needed:

    Materials List & Zoom invitation will be provided upon registration.


    • October 10, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: Risa Gettler


    workshop

    San Diego Regional

    Contact: Marsha Vanetsky  

    $50

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    Description:

    Decorative and intricate manuscript capitals are built layer by layer. Each layer is easily accomplished with the aid of Risa’s individual color plates. You will receive a pattern via email to print onto Arches Text Wove before the workshop. To ensure we get through this in one day, we will all work with the same letter. Risa will begin with a project overview, a review of the materials and will demonstrate various painting techniques. We will then paint the base colors to round out the morning. The afternoon will proceed with decorative painting and tooling demonstrations and final ‘ooohs and aaahs’ for our finished illuminated letters.

    Other Info:

    PLEASE NOTE, time is 9am - 4:15. We'll start with a short period for announcements and time to say "hello" to each other, then Risa would like to have extra time to give us more information. Zoom invitation will be sent a day or two before the event. 

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    • October 18, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: DeAnn Singh



    mini workshop

    West Los Angeles Regional

    Contact: Barbara or Judy 

    $25

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    • October 24, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Zoom - online


    Instructor: Vivian Mungall

    mini workshop

    Inland Empire Regional

    Contact: Alessandra Kawakubo  

    Contact phone: (909)839-3221

    $35

    Description:

    The 2 hour class will cover what is a cadel and the basic characteristics. Since there were no standard cadel exemplars and few exemplars printed in writing manuals, each scribe developed his own unique style across Europe. The class will be a journey through different cadel styles, showing different design techniques from Flamel’s simpler style to more complex letters by Rossi and Palatino. We will also cover how to use patterns to develop your own capitals.

    Other Info:

    Link to be sent prior to event

    Materials Needed:

    • 3.8 Pilot Parallel Pen with ink of your choice

    • Copy paper

    • Pencil and eraser

    • Micron and gold pen for filigree (like Pentel Sunburst

     Metallic Medium gold gel pen for the class. For formal

     pieces, Ziller’s Aspen Gold Ink or 24K gold powder)


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    • November 14, 2020
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • November 15, 2020
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: Barbara Close

    Workshop

    San Diego Regional

    Contact: Kristi Darwick 

    Contact phone: 909-274-8297

    $110

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    Description:

    Italics is the most admired style of calligraphy along with pointed pen scripts. But, sometimes they are a mystery. We will look at a traditional 5 pen-width high and 5 degree slant, then we will jump off the diving board and find more ways to gain enjoyment from these beautiful letters.

    Other Info:

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

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    • January 09, 2021
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • January 10, 2021
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • 10393 San Diego Mission Rd, Suite 100

    Instructor: Anne Elser


    workshop

    San Diego Regional

    Contact: Kristi Darwick 

    $120

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    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.

    Other Info:

    Paypal option includes Paypal fees

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    • January 13, 2021
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • January 14, 2021
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • TBA

    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:

    Paypal option includes Paypal fees

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    • January 16, 2021
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • January 17, 2021
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • TBA

    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.

    Other Info:

    Paypal option includes Paypal fees

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    • January 21, 2021
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • February 18, 2021
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • 5 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: Meredith Klein

    Workshop

    SfC Sponsored

    Contact: Kristi Darwick 

    Contact phone: 909-274-8297

    $150

    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.
    PAYPAL BUTTON AND FLIER COMING

    Materials Needed:

    Provided upon registration, or earlier, upon request


    • October 21, 2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • October 22, 2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • 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
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • October 25, 2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • 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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