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Versals

  • October 14, 2022
  • (PDT)
  • November 04, 2022
  • (PDT)
  • 4 sessions
  • October 14, 2022, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PDT)
  • October 21, 2022, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PDT)
  • October 28, 2022, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PDT)
  • November 04, 2022, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PDT)
  • Online - Zoom

Presenter: Mark Van Stone, Ph.D.


Sponsored by 

Friday evenings: Oct 14, 21, 28, & Nov 4

About the workshop: My teachers were the Medieval artists who made the manuscripts that enthrall us today. Having deciphered their techniques by scrutiny and experiment, I employed their ingenious improvisatory decorations in my own calligraphy work. 
These are the easiest and most improvisational Versal techniques, which is why they are so abundant in Medieval manuscripts. Like any improvisatory style, they have basic rules, but once these simple rules and methods are mastered, then the designs can grow organically.
     All levels. Workshop will be recorded and available for one month, afterward.

About Mark: Mark Van Stone spent 1972, in Ireland and Britain, studying his first love, Celtic Manuscripts. Then, for two decades, he taught his signature Illumination and Historic Scripts workshops across North America and Europe. 

   He delved further into ancient scripts and in 1989, a Guggenheim Fellowship took him around the world studying inscriptions in Egypt, Turkey, and Southeast Asia. 

  Along the way, his interest in carved writing led to a stint in 1988-89, working as a clay-animator at Will Vinton Studios—those from that era will remember those California Raisins--and, in 1982-83, an apprenticeship with a master Netsuke-Carver Saito Bishu in Japan. 

   Mark also worked as a disk jockey and interviewer for WUNH-FM in Durham, New Hampshire in 1975-77. What started as a lark to get backstage to talk to rock stars; led to interviews with authors, activists, and presidential candidates. 

   Mark's interest in ancient scripts took him back to graduate school in 1996. A doctorate from the University of Texas in Maya Hieroglyphs, led to teaching History of Art at Southwestern College in Southern California, since 2002.

Cost: $105, 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 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. 

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. 

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