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  • April 19, 2023
  • (PDT)
  • April 20, 2023
  • (PDT)
  • 2 sessions
  • April 19, 2023, 9:30 AM 4:30 PM (PDT)
  • April 20, 2023, 9:30 AM 4:30 PM (PDT)
  • 15




Sponsor:  Society for Calligraphy


2 Day Workshop – Intermediate-Advanced Level with Amity Parks

Wednesday, 19th April  &  Thursday, 20th April, 2023


In person at the Veteran's Memorial Building - 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 90230. (Corner of Overland Ave and Culver Blvd.) Free parking located along Culver Blvd.


Imagine having time dedicated to focusing and exploring a series of works that combine meaningful words and images in multiple ways. Our focus will be on layout and design, layering lettering techniques, combining text and images, an most importantly learning to work one multiple pieces at once in order to overcome the "fear" we develop when the investment is focused on a single precious piece. The freedom of multiples allows us to take more chances, to do the unexpected and not settle on the first solution to a problem. By working in a series we forget the preciousness of each piece knowing that not everyone will be successful, and embracing that freedom to make mistakes.

Throughout the class we will employ a variety of techniques, such as painting, drawing, collage, and image transfer in combination with our calligraphy. While not strictly a lettering class, we will incorporate our calligraphy throughout the process. Layering, masking and photo transfer techniques with a variety of mixed media allow for risk taking and experimentation as we discuss layout principles and make thoughtful design choices. You will work in a small scale in multiples, focusing on the development of a series of work, refining your designs and the integration of images, words and letters into your pages.

You will explore how to incorporate personal meaning into your pieces, and why this is necessary to create work that tells a compelling story. The class includes a discussion on the importance of choosing words that are not only interesting to look at, but add meaning to your work, avoiding the obvious and respecting your audience enough to leave some of the mystery for them to solve.

By the end of class you should have a few resolved final pieces, a pile full of work that needs more attention and the skills to go back to your studios equipped with a way of working without worrying!

Supply list pdf link at bottom of page.


Amity Parks is an artist and calligrapher living in Missoula, Montana.  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  travels within the US and internationally to teach workshops, including serving on the faculty for multiple International Lettering Arts Conferences. 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.amityparks.com



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. Sign­ups 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.


Click on the REGISTER button and then follow the directions listed below for your chosen payment option

Your payment must be received within 10 days of registering (credit card or check); otherwise, your registration will be cancelled and you will lose your place in the workshop.

Two payment options:

PAY BY CREDIT CARD:  Click on the REGISTER button and enter the information requested.  When you get to the window saying "INVOICE ME" or PAY ONLINE", choose "PAY ONLINE."  You will be taken to a page where you can enter your credit card information.  When this is completed, you will be preliminarily registered for the workshop. Once your membership status is verified by the workshop coordinator you will receive an email confirming your registration.

Non­members, contact Carrie at the email below for instructions on how to pay your membership by PayPal.

PAY BY CHECK: Click on the REGISTER button and enter the information requested.  When you get to the window saying "INVOICE ME" or PAY ONLINE", choose "INVOICE ME."  Then send your check, payable to SFC, to Carrie Imai at 10636 Bothwell Rd, Chatsworth, CA 91311. Please write the workshop name in the memo space. Your place in the workshop is not confirmed until your check is received. Once your membership status is verified by the workshop coordinator you will receive an email confirming your registration.

Non­members, include a separate check for $42, payable to Society for Calligraphy (SfC), along with your downloaded membership form: SfC membership form  Include your current name, address, phone number, and email with both checks in the envelope. This will give you a years subscription to all of the publications of the SfC and enable you to take all of the Zoom and In-Person Workshops for just the workshop fee. Many fun workshops have been free for members.

Contact Carrie Imai at carrie@carriedesigns.com with workshop questions.

Supply List-Amity Parks-April 2023.pdf

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