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A Sharp Pencil and a Keen Eye

  • April 09, 2022
  • 9:30 AM
  • April 10, 2022
  • 4:30 PM
  • TBD

SAVE THE DATE! Registration will open as we get closer

Presenter: Amity Parks


Sponsor: Society for Calligraphy

PLEASE NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS SCHEDULED IN-PERSON

SAT-SUN APR 9-10, 2022 9:30-4:30 PST (includes 1 hr lunch)

About this Workshop: In this class, the humble pencil and its relatives become powerful tools in creating many effects from subtle to stunning. We will use pencils, erasers, graphite sticks/blocks, powdered graphite and their water-soluble cousins to explore the possibilities of this medium for creating refined works of art to quickly made drawings in our sketchbooks. Starting with basic drawing principles like line quality and shading, we will experiment with each tool to discover the marks it can produce. We will then move on to drawing letters and designing word groups, both formal and casual. The monochromatic drawn letterform forces us to slow down and relate more organically to the forms we are creating. You will find drawing letterforms with care and thoughtfulness to be so helpful in improving your design and lettering skills and in allowing for more refined and subtle attention to detail. Further time will let us explore how to integrate our letters with their backgrounds into designs that will grab our viewer’s eye. Finally I’ll show you some of the tricks I’ve learned to save time and ensure success when working with this versatile medium.

About Amity Parks: Amity Parks is an artist and calligrapher living in Missoula, Montana. For many years she has been studying calligraphy in weeklong and private tuition classes with internationally renowned instructors. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tulsa, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana. Her work has been featured in national and regional exhibits and publications. She has been a long-term active member and teacher in her local and state calligraphy guilds and travels within the US and internationally to teach workshops, including serving on the faculty for multiple International Lettering Arts Conferences, for the SSIW Conference in Melbourne, Australia, the Midwest Art and Lettering Retreat, Letters California Style and LaRomita School of Art in Umbria, Italy. She spends many hours in her studio on her personal and creative work, finding a balance between her teaching commitments and her busy family life. More information and artwork can be found on Facebook, Instagram and at her website, www.amityparkslettering.com.

Supply List:

  • Mechanical Pencil- 0.5 and/or 0.3 and leads (I like the Pentel GraphGear 500)
  • A few drawing pencils in various hardness’ (6B, 4B, 2B, HB, 2H, 4H). And bring whatever pencils you have already in your toolkit.
  • Graphite stick (6B or 8B)
  • Water-soluble graphite crayon - Lyra 9B (Look for the water drop on the label)
  • Art Graf Black Carbon Water-Soluble Ink Block
  • Water-soluble graphite pencil (General’s Sketch and Wash or Faber-Castell Graphite Aquarelle 8B for example.)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Small white eraser stick in holder: Preferably the Tombow Mono zero round, or General Factis
  • Your favorite writing tools (larger sizes of nibs, ruling pens, automatic pens,brushes, etc) (You won’t need any ink...trust me)
  • Scissors, X-acto knife, blades and small pencil sharpener (no motors please)
  • Steel Ruler
  • Large soft flat brush for wetting paper and a small #1or #2 pointed brush.
  • Paper- Strathmore 400 series drawing paper (any size) or whatever similar youhave at home. Few pages of any other papers you want to try.
  • Paper- Several pieces (11x17 or so) of budget watercolor paper (canson XL) orany heavyweight water friendly paper that you have already. Arches text wove, Arches MBM, and/or Arches watercolor papers are good quality water-friendly papers also.
  • Paper towels, water container, small spray bottle
  • A short quote or a few words you like to write (5-10 words or so)
  • Drawing Board/ padded surface to work on. (Masonite with a few sheets of paper taped to it.
  • Not required, but for your info: The sketchbook I use and recommend is the Moleskine 7.5” x 10” Plain Soft Cover Notebook.


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