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Drawn to Letters: The Dutch Approach

  • October 08, 2022
  • (PDT)
  • October 09, 2022
  • (PDT)
  • 2 sessions
  • October 08, 2022, 9:30 AM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • October 09, 2022, 9:30 AM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Veterans Memorial Building, Culver City


  • 1) Register by clicking the REGISTER button.
    2) Then, scroll to the bottom, and pay by PayPal or send a check following the instructions.

PRESENTER: Elmo van Slingerland

SPONSOR: Society for Calligraphy


During this workshop we fully concentrate on hand-drawn letters. We will use various drawing techniques, such as pencil, broad-edged pen, pointed pen and brush with gouache/watercolor.

Through helpful exercises you will be able to expand your knowledge about several aspects of drawing letters, its possibilities, proportions, elegance and detail.

We will focus on form similarities and different contrasts and learn about all kinds of varieties which are possible within the three basic forms roman, cursive and capital. With or without serifs, playful or more strict, bold, light, big, small, narrow and wide, smooth or rough….

While drawing our letters, we shall always fall back on the written letter which in most cases will be our starting point.

You will learn how to apply the hand-drawn letter (large and small format) in some compositions during layout exercises.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced




  • Mechanical pencils: 2H and HB

  • A3 / 11" x 17" layout paper
  • Some sheets of transparent paper (preferably A3 / 11" x 17”)
  • A few sheets of good quality paper: watercolor paper (your preference), Ingres, etc.
  • (Kneaded) eraser
  • Ruler
  • Broad-edged nibs in different sizes (use a brand of your preference, but also a Speedball C2 and C3)
  • A pointed nib
  • Black and white gouache (and some other colors of your preference)
  • Watercolor (your choice of colors)
  • Pointed brushes: #2 (preferably Kolinsky sable hair or a good, cheaper alternative)
  • (Old) rough bristle brush
  • Mixing palette
  • Water jar
  • Black fine tip waterproof marker 0.25 mm
  • Larger black waterproof marker (±1.5 mm)
  • Optional: Black Tombow Fudenosuke brush pen (hard or soft-tip)
  • Optional: Bleed-proof white gouache


Payment details coming soon!

Workshop is limited to 20 participants. Registration is for 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 registration should be complete, or your check should arrive no later than two weeks before the workshop.

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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