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

    • February 11, 2023
    • (PST)
    • Zoom - Online

    PRESENTER: VERONICA PHILLIPS


    SPONSOR 

    Saturday, February 11, 2023 1-4pm PST (online)

    Veronica will walk us through making wonderful little "blank" books--the covers are decorated with our favorite napkin designs.  She'll walk us through techniques to embellish the books, including interleaving patterned pages and incorporating decorative pockets. (Calligraphic practice pages work well for this--you may want to use some of your drafts from Neuland+Embossing and/or from any lettering workshop.)  These little booklets make great little gifts!
          Veronica will also take us through making folders, large pockets and tags, using napkins. This workshop can be simple with a short supply list (please note--a craft iron or old thrift store iron is a must-have), or, optionally, you can go all out, with a longer supply list, to make more elaborate collaged tags and the eyelet-ribbon fasteners for the booklets. See linked flier for images: 2023-02-11_VPhillips_flier.pdf .

    All levels. Workshop will be recorded and available for three months. 

    REGISTRATION: MEMBERS ONLY - You must be a member both when you register and when the class is held

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    Cost: $5. Pay via Paypal (or contact Kristi regarding instructions to pay by check.) No refunds.  


    Questions? Contact KristiDarwick at sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org

    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.  Supply list will be provided within the week following receipt of your registration.

    PayPal is preferred, but checks are accepted--please contact Kristi to pay via that method. Also, contact Kristi if you need to pay online for your membership.

    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. 

    • February 25, 2023
    • 10:00 AM (PST)
    • February 26, 2023
    • 5:00 PM (PST)
    • Online - Zoom

    PRESENTER:  TODD JAMESON


    Sponsored by the Inland Empire/Pomona Valley chapter

    RESCHEDULED DATE: February 25 and 26, 2023 10am-5pm (1 hour for lunch) subject to change

    Do you want to learn Italic Calligraphy? Or want to work on why your italics don’t quite sing the way that you know they could? 

    This 2-day online course will help you learn and unify the forms that harmonize the minuscule alphabet of a formal Italic hand. We will work with various pens and ink on paper. 

       We will study the forms at a large size with a 6mm Pilot Parallel pen and then transition into smaller letters written with a Speedball C-2 nib.

       Todd will provide after-course exercises and an opportunity for individual feedback. FOR ALL LEVELS. This workshop will be recorded and available for a month.  


    Todd Jameson is a poet and artist who lives with two housecats in Lomita, California. He has been studying Calligraphy and Book Arts since 1977, and has been a member of SfC since 1986. He has studied with a lot of people and taught classes in many subjects for many different organizations. His day gig is with a large aerospace corporation as an industrial artist. Writing transient letters in the sand has been his practice this year.
    See more of Todd's work @trjameson.

    Cost: $75, paid by check or Paypal (see details below)

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


    Questions? Contact Alessandra Kawakubo at 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. 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.

    To pay by check, please contact Alessandra for instructions. 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. 

    • March 11, 2023
    • (PST)
    • March 12, 2023
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom - Online

    Presenter: Julie Wildman


    Sponsor: San Diego SfC


    March 11-12, 2022  9:30am - 4:30pm (with 1 hr break for lunch)


    About the workshop: Imre Reiner was born in 1900 in Versec, Hungary. He was an artist, type designer and graphic designer, who studied at several different art schools. Type designer, Ernst Schneidler, was an influential teacher. After a brief stint as a graphic designer in London, Paris, New York and Chicago, he returned to study with Schneidler, and from 1931 onwards, he lived and worked in Ruvigliana, Switzerland as a painter, graphic designer and illustrator. 

       During his career, he created over 14 typefaces and more than 100 handdrawn alphabets. His calligraphic style is  distinc­tively his own: abstract and playful, yet drawing from his more formal, traditional lettering education. His career as an illustrator also clearly influenced his calligraphic style.

       In this class, we will look at many samples of Reiner’s work, inclu­ding his illustrations, drawn letters and typefaces. We will analyze how he created his letterforms, then try tools and exercises to mimic his style until it becomes our own.

    Note from Kristi: Imre Reiner’s wide variety of letters, written and drawn during our last century, are inspirational for us. We're sure to come away from this workshop, full of ideas and our own unique letters on paper--a wonderful opportunity!

    All levels. This workshop will be recorded and available for a month. 

     About Julie: Julie Wildman is a professional in the fields of graphic design, commercial lettering, calligraphy and workshops.

       Her calligraphic expertise is sought after for staff development classes, onsite promotional events, community programs, lettering conferences, and personal growth workshops both locally and throughout the U.S. and Canada.

       For more info about Julie: https://www.wildmandesigns.com/

    Cost: $75, paid by check or Paypal (see details below)

    Pay by check or Paypal

    REGISTRATION: You must be a member both when you register and when the class is held. You are not registered until you have confirmation from the workshop coordinator, Kristi Darwick.


    Questions? Contact KristiDarwick at sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org

    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. No refunds unless you space can be filled from the waitlist. 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 SfC, and 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.  Or contact Kristi to inquire about paying 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. 

    • March 22, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • ZOOM
    Register

    PRESENTER: Roxanne Glaser  -  aka SuperDoodleGirl

    This workshop is sponsored by the San Fernando Regional.

    This workshop is free but you must be a current member of SfC.                          

    In this class, you will create a gorgeous abstract work of art using hand drawn letters and a watercolor technique. Through this process, learn how to help settle your thoughts and tap into your innate creativity. The project will be improvisational and responsive as you work with a gratitude quote for the content focus. Quiet your mind, connect with breath, and focus on the lines as you follow the movement of the pen and the colors on your page.


    ROXANNE GLASER is a prolific process artist who sparks joy with her art and illustrations. In elementary school, Roxanne doodled throughout the day, filling pages with imaginative swirls and letters. When her husband and sister passed away unexpectedly, she turned to art to help process the grief and begin rebuilding her life.

    As SuperDoodleGirl, she helps people get unstuck using simple tools and techniques to connect with their creative super powers. Inspired by nature and her personal yoga practice, Roxanne’s art touches hearts and minds with themes of transformation and encouragement.

    In 2022, Roxanne launched her online workshops and classes to help nurture creativity for students anywhere at any time. Her current offerings include art journaling, lettering, creativity, and mindfulness.

    You can learn more about Roxanne’s coloring books, journals, and online workshops at www.superdoodlegirl.com. Be sure to join her mailing list for updates and new offerings.

    Click the link to follow Roxanne on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/superdoodlegirl/


    SUPPLY LIST:

    Pencil

    Micron Pens (black), 05 & 01

    Identipen (black)

    Tombow Fudenosuke Dual Tip   (black/gray)

    Sakura Glaze Pen (black)

    Uniball Signo UM 153 (white)

    Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Ink   (dark blue & yellow ochre)

    Round brushes, sizes 1, 3, & 6

    Canson XL Mixed Media Pad, 7" x 10"

    Please join us for this amazing workshop. Once you register for this workshop and are confirmed as a current member of SfC, you will receive a PDF workshop handout. You will be emailed a Zoom link a few days prior to the workshop. There will not be a recording available for this workshop as it is a free event.

    For more information about this workshop please contact Carrie Imai at carrie@carriedesigns.com



    • March 25, 2023
    • (PDT)
    • March 26, 2023
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions

    SAVE THE DATE! More info to follow

    We will focus on majuscules, a.k.a. capitals

    • April 19, 2023
    • 9:30 AM (PDT)
    • April 20, 2023
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • TBD
    • 20

    Instructor:  Amity Parks


    Sponsor:  Society for Calligraphy

    More Information Coming Soon!

    • April 22, 2023
    • 9:30 AM (PDT)
    • April 23, 2023
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • TBD
    • 20

    Instructor:  Amity Parks


    Sponsor:  Society for Calligraphy

    More Information Coming Soon!

    • April 29, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online

    SAVE THE DATE! More info to follow.

    • July 05, 2023
    • (PDT)
    • July 12, 2023
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • ZOOM Online


    INSTRUCTOR:  Nina Tran

    SPONSORED by San Fernando Valley Regional 

    ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

    This class is designed for those who are already familiar with Copperplate script and want a refresher.  On our first day, we will review the minuscule letters and all the nitty gritty details such as tine manipulation for squaring tops and bottoms of strokes, terminal dots, spacing, and consistency exercises.  Our second day will be dedicated to tuning up our majuscule letters.  We will review the underlying characteristics that unite them as a family and ways we can improve our capital flourishes.

    Workshop will take place over Zoom. Two sessions on Wednesday, July 5 and Wednesday, July 12, 2023, from 10am - 1pm.

    REGISTRATION:  

    Workshop fee:  $25

    ABOUT NINA

    Nina Tran is a calligrapher and single-mom of three based in Los Angeles, California. She teaches pointed pen and broad-edged scripts with a focus on Copperplate, Spencerian, Gothicized Italic and Gothicized Textura & Fraktur. When she is not writing or studying letters at her desk, she enjoys sunshine in the garden, hiking and reading.  

    Click on the link to look at some of Nina's work on her Instagram feed https://www.instagram.com/anintran/  or her website http://anintran.com/ 


    MATERIALS LIST

    - Flexible pointed nib (ex: Hunt 101, Hunt 22, Zebra G, Leonard Principality EF, etc.)

    - Oblique or straight penholder
    - Ink
    - Marker layout paper (ex: Borden & Riley Boris Layout, Canson Prolayout, etc.)
    - Mechanical pencil
    - Colored pens for taking notes
    - 12" Ruler
    - 2 Paper clips                                                                                                                                  - Artist's tape or washi tape                                                                                                         - Small container of clean water                                                                                                  - Paper Towels

    A Zoom link will be emailed to all registered and confirmed participants a few days before the workshop.

    For more information about this workshop please contact Carrie Imai at carrie@carriedesigns.com





    You must be a member of SfC when you register and when the class is held. 

    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. Please follow the link on the main website page to become an SfC member. 


Past Workshops

January 21, 2023 To B or Not to B: A B-Nib Play
January 14, 2023 Neuland+embossing
December 03, 2022 Gelli-Printing with Printers' Inks (MEMBERS-ONLY)
November 27, 2022 Fabulous Flourishing for the Holidays
November 19, 2022 The Inside Curve
November 12, 2022 Text and Texture - Folded Pen and Color Blending
November 10, 2022 CREATIVE CARDS
October 30, 2022 ONE-STROKE LETTERS WITH DECORATION
October 23, 2022 Calligraphic Dirds
October 22, 2022 Calligraphic Dirds
October 14, 2022 Versals
October 08, 2022 Drawn to Letters: The Dutch Approach
October 06, 2022 Whispers & Screams: Exploring the Ruling Pen
September 24, 2022 Romanesque Stitch Book
September 17, 2022 Uncial Uprise
September 11, 2022 Writing on Circles and Curves
September 05, 2022 Mastering Numbers
August 27, 2022 Basic Monoline Italic
August 10, 2022 Once Upon a Circle
July 30, 2022 Rudolf Koch in Color and Ornament
July 16, 2022 Mid-Century Pen Moves
July 03, 2022 Parallel Pen Party
June 26, 2022 Painting a Decorative Medieval Knot
June 07, 2022 No Fear CASUAL ROMANS
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 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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