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

    • November 27, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PST)
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: Jane Shibata


    SPONSOR:  Westside Regional

    Description:

    Jane teaches practical flourishing techniques using a variety of markers and parallel pens. Perfect for your holiday cards, envelopes, gift boxes, tags, decorations and more! This class is suitable for all levels. 

    A short supply list will be sent following registration.

    Download Workshop Flyer

    Registration Details:

    Questions? Contact: Barbara or Judy (link to CalligraphyWLA@aol.com)

    Workshop Fee: $25

    For SfC members only. Sign-up either by PayPal with the Buy Now button below or by check for $25, payable to ‘Society for Calligraphy’.  Mail check to Society for Calligraphy/WLA, 2118 Wilshire Blvd. #326, Santa Monica, CA 90403

    Non-members, include a separate check for $42 for membership. Use for any SfC workshop or classes through June 2023. Make check payable to Society for Calligraphy, along with your membership application: Click to Download Membership Application   Include your current name, address, phone number, and email with the check (s) in the envelope.  No refunds.  


    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. 


    • December 03, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PST)
    • IN-PERSON - Scripps Ranch Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road, (near Scripps Poway Parkway and Cypress Canyon Road)

    Presented by Kristi Darwick

    Sponsored by your San Diego Chapter 

    IN-PERSON EVENT : SATURDAY, DEC 3, 2022, Noon - 4PM PST.

    ABOUT THIS PROGRAM: Can you picture these circles printed in place on paper or fabric, or printed, then cut-out and glued onto a writing surface? We've studied calligraphy in circles and these can be a great shape to write around. The 3" Gelli-plate will be perfect for 5x7 greeting cards. This will be an enjoyable session--a chance to get messy with your fellow art and lettering enthusiasts. All levels are welcome.

    (Kristi learned this from member, Linda Elder, when she taught it to several central California members.)

    We will provide the round Gelli Plates (3" diameter), as well as Printers' Ink, and a few other supplies. (Scroll down for the supply list.)

    Attendees will take home a mini-Gelli-plate. (We cannot mail them to those who don't attend in-person.)

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    Members-Only. Attendance will be limited.

    $5 - PLEASE NOTE--THIS IS AN IN-PERSON EVENT


    Non-refundable unless your place can be filled from the waitlist.

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    SUPPLY LIST

    We will supply:

    • 3” round Gelli Plates (feel free to also bring your own Gelli-Plates of different shapes and sizes. Small sizes are especially nice for gaining quick results.)
    • Deli paper, rice paper, copier paper
    • Printers' inks
    • Assorted acrylic paints and inks (You may wish to bring any of your favorite colors)
    • Stencils, texture plates, and other materials for masking.


    Participants will bring:

    • A table cover--a plastic dollar-store rectangular tablecloth or shower curtain will work fine
    • Brayer (if you don't have one, we will have a couple to share.)
    • Paper: Your favorites with which to experiment. Scraps are great! You may wish to try printing on black. Fabric is great to try!
    • Any favorite colors of acrylic paints or inks.
    • Favorite stencils, plant materials, feathers, rubber stamps, and other materials (yarn or anything else you can think of—be creative!) to serve as masks; mark-making tools for experimentation.
    • Paper plate to use as pallet (we'll have a few to share for those who forget)
    • Paper towels, wet wipes, rag, etc, for cleaning your brayer (we'll have a few to share)


    Show and Share: Please bring  anything you have been working on that you’d like to share with those present.


    Give-aways: This is a good place to pass on artist supplies you no longer need, but that may be treasures to another member. Kristi will be bringing donated items to pass on.

    Questions, please contact Kristi at sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org 

    Our San Diego chapter hasn't had an in-person event since March 2020. During the pandemic, we lost our regular venue. We'll meet at Scripps Ranch Community Center. (We may be able to assist with organizing carpools--please contact Kristi.) With regards to pandemic, the flu, etc., we will follow local health rules in place at the time. There should be plenty of tables to spread out and distance.

    • January 14, 2023
    • (PST)
    • January 15, 2023
    • (PST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Presenter: Sue Greenseth


    Sponsored by San Diego SfC 

    About this workshop: We will explore the chunky and versatile hand of Neuland. By varying the x-height, customizing crossbars, using slight pen manipulations, adding outlines, and embossing, an artist can easily personalize this hand to make it applicable for almost any purpose. A traditional alphabet, a more contemporary variation, as well as ways to modify this hand will be covered.

       Part of the course will be spent covering how to emboss, and students will have a chance during class to emboss their own Neuland letters. Open to all levels. Workshop will be recorded and available for a month.

    About Susan: 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 create pursuits. Early in her career, she taught calligraphy and freelanced as a commercial lettering artist for world-renowned clients. 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.

    Cost: $40, 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. Not refundable.


    Questions? Contact Kristi Darwick 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. 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 SD SfC and mail to Kristi Darwick, 2455 Oakleaf Canyon Rd, Walnut, CA 91789-3435. 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 OR contact Kristi at sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org for digital membership registration. 

    NO audio or video recording of any program, meeting, workshop or other SfC function permitted without 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. 

    • January 28, 2023
    • (PST)
    • January 29, 2023
    • (PST)
    • 2 sessions

    SAVE THE DATE! More info to follow

    Do you want 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. Homework and an opportunity for feedback will follow if you wish. 

    • 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 the Staatliche Bildhauerschule Zalatua (Zalatua State Sculpture School), the Kunstgewerbeschule Frankfurt (Frankfurt School of the Arts and Crafts), and the Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Arts and Crafts) in Stuttgart, where type designer, Ernst Schneidler, was his 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 near Lugano, 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. 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 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.

Past Workshops

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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