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Gothicized Italic with Nina Tran

  • April 13, 2024
  • 9:30 AM (PDT)
  • April 14, 2024
  • 4:30 PM (PDT)
  • Online - Zoom


  • Paid or Lifetime member of the Society for Calligraphy

Sponsored by San Diego SfC  

Saturday-Sunday, April 13-14, 2024 9 :30am-4:30pm PDT (includes one hour break for lunch)



Developed by Edward Johnston (1872-1944) in the mid-1920s, Gothicized Italic is a versatile and practical Gothic hand that combines the advantageous elements of other Blackletter styles, such as the tall, slender forms of the Texturas, and the pointed character of the o's and arches that energize the Gothic Cursives and Batardes.

This broad-edged style is also known as "Pointed Gothic," "Heavy Italic," and "Johnston's Compressed Hand."  The late Sheila Waters (1929-2022) further developed this style into a more vigorous and lively script, making it an immediate favorite among scribes all over the world.

In this class, we will learn:

Broad pen basics

Characteristics that define Gothicized Italic as a Gothic script as well as what sets it apart from other Blackletter styles

Stroke-by-stroke formation of minuscules and majuscules

Spacing, simple variations and flourishes

The workshop will be recorded and available for two months.

SUGGESTED EXPERIENCE: Beginner through advanced.

ABOUT NINA: Nina Tran is a calligrapher and a mom of 3 based in Los Angeles, CA.  She teaches pointed pen and broad-edged scripts with a focus on Copperplate, Spencerian, and Gothic scripts, including Gothic Cursive, Textura, and Fraktur.  When she is not writing at her desk, she enjoys reading, sketching, knitting, and hiking. 


REGISTRATION: YOU MUST BE A MEMBER BOTH WHEN YOU REGISTER AND WHEN THE CLASS IS HELD. Scroll to the bottom for information on becoming a member.

Pay by check or PayPal (see details below). No refunds.



2. Second, Make a payment of $100 via PayPal or check. 

Once you have registered, you will be sent a confirmation email containing the PayPal button and instructions to complete your registration. (If you don't see the message within a couple of minutes, please check your spam folder for a message from societyforcalligraph@wildapricot.org)

Due to the way our computer system works, registrations not immediately followed with payment may be cancelled. 

To pay by check, email Kristi, for the address, at SDWorkshopsTeam@societyforcalligraphy.org. Check is made out to San Diego Society for Calligraphy. Include the name of the workshop in the memo line.

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 OR contact Kristi to inquire about membership options for first-time members, only, OR to process membership electronically. 

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. 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.

Questions? Contact Kristi Darwick at SDWorkshopsTeam@societyforcalligraphy.org

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