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 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

    • 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.


    Download the Flier

    MEMBERS ONLY

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

    THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. Sometimes, people must drop, due to conflicts, etc. To be added to the wait list, please contact Alessandra Kawakubo.

     


    • 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.

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    • 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

     This workshop is now wait-listed.  If you are a member and wish to be put on the wait list, please contact Kristi at sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org.


    • May 22, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • May 23, 2021
    • 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom-online

    Presenter: Julie Wildman


    Workshop, sponsored by Inland Empire/Pomona Valley Chapter

    About the workshop: According to the 'Handwritmic' website, it was Friedrich Poppl (1923–1982), a German calligrapher and type designer, who first used a ruling pen on both its tip and its side for calligraphy in the 1950s. 

    Since then, calligraphers all over the world have used both traditional and modern ruling pens for expressive, energetic writing as well as drawn letters with interesting edges.

    In this class, we will explore five styles of ruling pens which I have in my toolbox: two types of traditional pens, plus the Dreaming Dog #3; the Ruling Writer; and the Handwritmic (a.k.a. "Brody") pen. Students do not have to have all of these. Just one of them will be fine.

    We will learn how the pens respond to different hand and arm movements; different fluids like sumi and walnut ink, as well as gouache; and different papers.

    Be prepared to have a wild time, and be sure to wear an apron. You'll need it!

    Cost: $60 

    Questions? Email  Alessandra at iepv.sfcworkshops@gmail.com 

    MEMBERS ONLY

    The PayPal option has Paypal's non-refundable fees added:


    Workshops are limited to 20 participants. 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. 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 check should arrive no later than two weeks before the workshop. 

       Please 1. your check payable to SfC to  Alessandra Kawakubo, Alessandra Kawakubo, 22891 Hilton Head Drive, # 197, Diamond Bar, CA 91765-4413

       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. 

    • June 11, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • June 13, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Instructor: Yukimi Annand

    WORKSHOP

    Sponsored by the SAN DIEGO Chapter of SfC

    About this workshop:

    Hermann Kilian (1929 – 2004) was a German calligrapher, typographer, book designer whose work was epitomized by classical simplicity with an underlying tension within every letter. Since I first saw his original work at the Klingspor Museum Offenbach his works have been my spiritual nourishments. I have been studying his works and have been asking how his surprising works were created.

    In this workshop, I will share my study of drawn Capital letters.  It starts with  reviewing  the forms of Roman Capitals, and then studying Kilian's works with tracing exercises. We will analyze his letterforms and layout, and write individual chosen texts using some of his styles. The technical instructions given in this workshop are designed to help you become proficient in using your tool to draw built-up capital letters. I hope this study will increase your interest in drawn capitals, as well as give you new ideas of drawn letters. 

    Please note: This workshop is geared toward Intermediate to Advanced students.

    Workshop recording will be available for a month following the event. 

    About Yukimi:

    Yukimi Annand is a calligrapher, lettering and book artist based in Southern California. She grew up in Japan and has a visual communication design background. She is passionate about the beauty of Roman alphabet and creates unique artwork with her love of calligraphic mark-making incorporated with nature. She has given over 100 workshops since 2011 in the US, Canada, Japan and European countries. Her work has been frequently shown in Letter Arts Review as well as other calligraphic journals and books and has been included in calligraphy collections in Berlin, San Francisco, and Moscow.

    Contact: Kristi Darwick

    $120

    Other Info:

    Students must be set up to take a Zoom class with video and audio (signed  in on one device); access to a printer is required to print some of the handouts.

    MEMBERS ONLY (Digital Payment Option will include PayPal's nonrefundable fees)

    WORKSHOP IS FULL. Conflicts  come up and occasionally, registrants need to drop.  To be added to the wait list, please contact Kristi Darwick at sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org.

    Workshop is limited to16 participants. 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. 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, we recommend that your payment arrive no later than two weeks before the workshop.

    Please send your check payable to SfC to: Kristi Darwick, 2455 Oakleaf Canyon Rd, Walnut, CA 91789-3435.

    Questions? E-mail Kristi at sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org workshops@societyforcalligraphy.org. 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 31, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online

    Presenter:  AMY SPENCER


    Sponsor: INLAND EMPIRE/POMONA VALLEY CHAPTER

    About the workshop: 

    Hardcover Accordion-Spine Books are an interesting and beautiful hybrid structure that lays open flat. In this workshop, we will make an approximately 5” x 4 ¾” book, with boards covered in decorative paper and containing a text block of 96 pages of 70 lb. Mohawk Superfine paper. A detailed handout will be emailed to participants.  Workshop will be recorded and available for a month following the workshop. 

    About Amy:

    Amy Spencer has taught a variety of book structures to students from as young as age four to adults. In addition to teaching for the Inland Empire Chapter of the Society for Calligraphy, she has taught privately, to church groups, homeschooling groups, for San Diego Book Arts and for eight years at the Riverside Art Museum. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in art history at UC Riverside. Her work can be seen @aestusbookarts on Instagram.

    Scroll to bottom for materials list.

    Questions? Contact Alessandra at iepv.sfcworkshops@gmail.com

    MEMBERS ONLY     

    PayPal options include Paypals added non-refundable fees.

    BOOK WORKSHOP, ONLY $40 via check or $42 via Paypal


    OPTIONAL KIT - PRIORITY MAILING $16- include check with workshop payment or $17 via PayPal (MAILED KITS MUST BE PURCHASED BY JULY 10, TO ENSURE TIMELY DELIVERY)


    OPTIONAL KIT - YOU PICKUP IN CORONA  $7- include check with workshop payment or $8 via PayPal  (PICKED-UP KITS MUST BE PURCHASED BY JULY 17 )

    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.

    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.

    MATERIAL LIST:

    Optional Materials kit price: picked up - $7, including domestic U.S.P.S. Priority Mail shipping - $16 

    Tools needed: Awl, ruler, pencil, bonefolder, scissors, glue brush, needle (size 20 or 22 tapestry needle recommended)

    Materials needed if you DO get the kit: PVA (recommended) or your favorite bookbinding glue

    Materials needed if you DO NOT get the kit:

    1.     PVA (recommended) or your favorite bookbinding glue

    2.     Twenty-four folios of 8” x 4 3/4” grain short text weight paper folded before the workshop into six signatures (4 folios each) note: You can tear all of these down from one 25 x 38 parent sheet.

    3.     One piece of 10” x 4 13/16” grain short, heavyweight, not too soft paper for the spine (examples are: thick lokta paper, elephant hide paper, Canson Mi-Teintes)

    4.     Two pieces of 5 x 4 3/4” grain long book board

    5.     Two pieces of 4 13/16” x 4 1/2” grain long paper for end sheets

    6.     Two pieces of 6 1/4” x 6” grain long paper for paper or book cloth to cover the boards

    7.     Six pieces of 10”-12” waxed linen thread

    Suggested materials: scrap piece of corrugated cardboard or foam core to punch signatures on and waste paper for gluing.

    Note on grain: It is very important in bookbinding to have the grain of all your materials, which have grain, running parallel to the spin. Paper, board and book cloth all bend easier along the grain direction. Here is a very nice description of the importance of grain direction - https://www.strathmoreartist.com/faq-full/how-can-i-determine-the-grain-direction-of-paper.html Grain long means the grain runs in the direction of the longest of the two measurements and grain short correspondingly means the grains goes in the direction of the shorter measurement.

    Note on pH: It is best to use materials in bookbinding that are acid-free, as acidic board and paper deteriorates over time.

    • August 21, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • August 29, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 4 sessions

    Presenter: Nina Tran


    Sponsored by: Inland Empire/Pomona Valley Chapter 

    SAVE-THE-DATE. More info to follow

    Questions: Alessandra Kawakubo

    • September 18, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • September 25, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom - online

    Presenter: Beth Lee


    Sponsored: Inland Empire Pomona Valley Chapter

    SAVE-THE-DATE: more info to follow.


    Questions? Alessandra Kawakubo

    • November 13, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM (PST)
    • Zoom - online

    Presenter: Jodi Denning


    Sponsored by: San Diego Chapter

    SAVE-THE-DATE

    More information to follow!


    Questions? Contact Kristi Darwick


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