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Composition for Calligraphers with Mike Gold

  • October 13, 2024
  • (PDT)
  • November 13, 2024
  • (PST)
  • 4 sessions
  • October 13, 2024, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • October 20, 2024, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • October 27, 2024, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • November 13, 2024, 6:00 PM 7:00 PM (PST)
  • Online - Zoom


  • Paid or Lifetime member of the Society for Calligraphy


Sponsored by 

Sundays, October 13, 20, 27, 1-5pm, and Critique/Review session, Wednesday, Nov 13, 6pm-7pm Pacific time

ABOUT  THE WORKSHOP: Good design, says artist Irene Au, is like a refrigerator—when it works no one notices, but when it doesn’t, it stinks. This workshop is designed to help artists of all skill levels who use letters and letterforms better understand composition and the elements and principles of design. You will come away with a better understanding of design essentials and some layout tips of special interest to lettering artists. The workshop will include many handouts, demos, and exercises to build your design skills. The three-session course will also include a review of work a couple weeks following the instruction to give you time to complete work. Details to Follow

ABOUT MIKE: Mike Gold worked as a commercial lettering designer for over 35 years, mostly in the social expressions business. But his real passion is exploring the corridors of calligraphy that have been less traveled, the path where words and letters are design elements with which to play with line, shape and form, where creating a visual statement is more important than writing a readable text. In both his professional and personal art, Mike breaks traditional rules to create contemporary, non-traditional work.

Mike has an M.A. in Visual Communications and has studied with many outstanding lettering and design masters over the years. Mike has taught around the country and at several international calligraphy conferences. His personal work has been featured in Letter Arts Review many times over the past 25-plus years. He has been a juror for the Letter Arts Review annual and his work is in many private collections, including the Berlin Calligraphy Archive. He is the author of Lines to Live By (available through John Neal, Bookseller), which is Mike's take on being a non-traditional calligrapher in the 21st century. 

EXPERIENCE: Beginner to Advanced (Some lettering experience is helpful) All levels

Workshop will be recorded and available for four months.

Zoom invitation will be sent a couple days in advance.


You must be a member both when you register and when the class is held. 

No refunds.

Cost: $150, paid by check or Paypal (see details below).

Once you have registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with the PayPal button to complete your registration. Please pay  within 24 hours to keep your spot or your registration will be cancelled. 

To pay by check email Nan or Kristi, for mailing instructions, at SDWorkshopsTeam@societyforcalligraphy.org If you are paying by check, it should be made out to Society for Calligraphy.  Please send us the check number right away and make sure the check reaches us within a week. Include your current name, address, phone number, and email with the check (s) in the envelope.


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.

To join SfC if you are not a member (this is a members only workshop):


Please select the San Diego Chapter on your membership form to receive early notifications of our upcoming Inland Empire workshops.

Questions? Contact Nan Anantharaman: 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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