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Let's get Italicized! Master the Basics of Italic Calligraphy

  • November 11, 2023
  • (PST)
  • December 09, 2023
  • (PST)
  • 4 sessions
  • November 11, 2023, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PST)
  • November 18, 2023, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PST)
  • December 02, 2023, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PST)
  • December 09, 2023, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PST)
  • Online - Zoom

Presented by Elmo van Slingerland

Sponsored by 

Saturdays, November 11, 18, December 2, and 9, 10am-noon PST 

ABOUT  THE WORKSHOP: We will take a look at the history of the Italic hand, the tools and materials used, and the various techniques to create a script that is both powerful and beautiful. 

Welcome to this workshop where we'll cover the basics of italic! Our focus is on the Italic hand and how to use the broad-edged pen as our primary tool. We'll start by looking at the construction of letters, developing good proportions and rhythm, and exploring how to write texts that are pleasing to the eye. Our approach is slow and concentrated, allowing us to take the time to fully immerse ourselves in the craft. 

Through practice and dedication, we will gain the knowledge to take our formal lettering to the next level. 

By the end of the workshop, we hope to have developed the skills necessary to create a refined and elegant script.

ABOUT ELMO: He was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He studied at the Rotterdamse Grafische School (school for printing and graphic arts) and finished his study of graphic and typographic design at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. In 1986, Elmo attended a workshop in France with Claude Mediavilla and considers this his start on the path of calligraphy. He has taught workshops in different countries in Europe, as well as in Australia, South Korea, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S.. Elmo has also taught a post-graduate course in type design at The Royal Academy of Arts. After graduating from the Academy, he worked as a freelance type designer for DTL, and worked as a graphic designer. He has exhibited calligraphy in Belgium, France, South Korea and the Netherlands and has also had work published in several publications.

All levels - beginners will learn and for others it will be a fantastic refresher from this master

Workshop will be recorded and available for two months.

Zoom invitation will be sent a couple days in advance.

Cost: $120, 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.  (Contact Kristi for the information on paying via paper check.) 


You must be a member of SfC when you register and when this program is held. Enrollment is limited to current paid Society for Calligraphy members only. No reservation will be held until your dues are current. Please click HERE to join via check, or contact Kristi at sdworkshops@societyforcalligraphy.org to inquire about becoming a member of SfC.

Questions? Contact Nan Anantharaman and Kristi Darwick: SDWorkshopsTeam@societyforcalligraphy.org.

For prompt receipt of supply list and confirmation, your check should arrive no later than two weeks before the workshop. You are not registered until confirmed by the workshop coordinator.

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. 

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