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Letterfest 2016

Thank you for you interest in Letterfest 2016, All Oregon Calligraphy Conference! Letterfest 2016 is a one-day regional gathering of calligraphers and lettering artists sponsored by the Portland Society for Calligraphy. There will be a morning social gathering/welcome, a variety of 2.5 hour classes (you choose two), lunch, exhibits, and vendors. Carol DuBosch presents
“A Few Tips for Scribes”.

Vendors and exhibits are open to the public all day.

Registration opens September 1. To ensure your class selection register early. Download your registration packet from the link below. If you have any additional questions or concerns, contact Meri Taylor at meriscribe@gmail.com

» Download the registration form

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Where: Cascade Heights Public Charter School
Directions: 15301 SE 92nd Ave, Clackamas, OR 97015

SESSION 1


The Magical Carousel Book

Angela Batchelor – AB1
Skill level: All

A cross between a pop up, accordion and tunnel book, the Carousel Book is a versatile structure that can be as simple or complex as you desire. With its 3D elements and layers, this beautiful book is a delight at every turn. Students will be guided with clear, easy instructions on how to create their very own.

  • Supplies: Pencil, bone folder, glue stick, metal ruler, small cutting mat, scissors, X-acto knife
  • Optional supplies: Collage images, stencils, rubber stamps, shaped paper punches or shaped scissors
  • Material fee: $5

Flat Brush Italic

Christine Colasurdo – CC1
Skill level: All (previous experience with Italic will be beneficial)

Christine Colasurdo demonstrates simple flat-brush Italic for all levels of calligraphers. Enjoy the sensuous quality of the brush as it glides across the paper with gouache. This is a great opportunity to review basic brush techniques, the use of gouache, and Italic letter forms.

  • Supplies: Paper at least 12 x 18 (my preference is Strathmore Drawing/Watercolor pads), pencil, pen, T-square, notebook (for taking notes), black gouache (my preference is Jet Black by Winsor & Newton), brush*, apron, jar for water, rag, yogurt top (I will also bring extras)
    * Note on brushes: I prefer 1/2-inch Connoisseur series 107 “Square Wash”). But there are two similar alternatives: Blick 1/2-inch Studio Synthetic “Wash” or Winsor & Newton 1/2-inch series 885. If you want to work small: Winsor & Newton #8 (series 500) 1/4-inch flat.
  • Material fee: $0

Drawing Letterforms

Kristen Doty – KD1
Skill level: All

Hone your drawing skills and calligraphy by drawing letterforms with graphite and colored pencils.

  • Supplies: Graphite pencils – HB, 2B, pencil sharpener (hand held or battery operated), mechanical pencil with 0. 5mm with HB polymer lead (most come with HB), eraser (Pentel click eraser is great), ruler, artist-quality colored pencils – one each of the primary and secondary colors: red, blue, yellow, green, orange, violet, plus white (the 12-color Prismacolor basic set includes these, plus a few others).
  • Optional supplies: Bone folder, note paper and pen or pencil for note taking, 4B graphite pencil, X-acto knife, small cutting mat, plus additional artist-quality colored pencils you may have.
  • Material fee: $3

Add Punch with Pastels

Laura Drager – LD1
Skill level: All

Want to add some pizzazz to your art? Enhance your black and white calligraphy with soft pastels. After an overview of the types and qualities of pastels, you’ll learn to apply beautiful, subtle color to your calligraphy with pastel dust. We’ll cut and use stencils for patterning, blend, swipe, shade, and intensify color. The possibilities are endless. These simple techniques will add life to your work. A take-home booklet for all the techniques you try will be provided.

  • Supplies: X-acto knife, small cutting mat
  • Optional supplies: soft pastels, pieces of B&W calligraphy or drawings you want to enhance, pen and ink to create pieces to enhance, notebook & pencil for notes.
  • Material fee: $3

ABC’s of Neuland

Carol DuBosch – CD1
Skill level: All

In this class, students will make two simple pens and learn to write an artful variation of the marvelous typeface NEULAND (noylund). These bold, husky letters can be useful when written expressively to create a particular mood or written simply and combined with other calligraphic scripts. NEULAND is a valuable script for calligraphers, and is easily learned.

  • Supplies: Layout bond (Gilbert 25% cotton is my favorite and can be found at John Neal Books preorder, PCC bookstores, Muse and Columbia Art)
  • Optional supplies: Pilot Parallel Pen 6 mm (blue cap)
  • Material fee: $2

Calligraphic Drawing

Faith Emerson – FE1
Skill level: All

This workshop will explore expressive drawing with the broad nib or pointed pen. Using rhythm and repetition, we will adapt the flourished line into a calligraphic drawing of your own creation using a favorite animal, flower or object. This workshop will include demonstrations and examples of pen patterns, rhythm and expressive line. Have fun loosening up your calligraphic hand while creating your own inspired designs. All levels welcome.

  • Supplies: Regular number 2 pencil or HB, white eraser or kneaded eraser (not pink), paper to work on -marker or calligraphic paper, tracing paper, scratch paper, dip pen materials (nibs: Speedball C-2, or Brause 3mm, or favorite pointed pen nib, penholder, black ink – Higgins eternal, Calli black ink or Speedball Super Black), image of favorite object, animal or flower from sketch or photo.
  • Material fee: $5

Tangled Letters

Jessica Fisher –JF1
Skill level: All

Tangled letters are an expressive lettering style that references the free flowing Zen Tangle patterns and the bold styles of graffiti writing. For this class we will be working with this expressive technique within the restraints of the classical Neuland script. The techniques you learn in this class will allow you to decorate your favorite capitals with a variety of patterns and textures to create your own expressive lettering forms.

  • Supplies: 8.5” by 11” sketch book (at least 100lb, preferably watercolor), ruler, eraser, 2 pencils, pencil sharpener, Pigma Graphic 3 (this is a broad edge 3.0 mm pen), Pigma Micron 08 (this is a monoline 0.5mm pen).
  • Optional supplies: Watercolor pencils, Koi water bush #2.
  • Material fee: $5

Flourishing with the Pointed Pen

Holly Monroe – HM1
Skill level: All (previous pointed pen experience will be beneficial)

Workshop will have a refresher on tools, ink, papers that work with pointed pen, plus pointed pen strokes that make up various flourishes, how to combine strokes to make compound flourishes, the elements and ornaments that you can add to a flourish to give a little ‘bling’, and how to create your own flourished icon.

  • Supplies: Smooth paper for lettering (11×17 or a little larger is best), ruler (18-20” or smaller 6” ruler if you have one), Ink (Moon Palace, Ziller ink, or Walnut Ink – buy the crystals and we can liquefy, or whatever ink you love to use with pointed pen), Dinky Dip Set or small containers with wide enough opening to dip pen, Oblique penholder (my favorite is the Hourglass Adjustable Oblique), nibs (Gilliott 303, Hunt 101, Hunt 22 or your favorite vintage pointed nibs), drawing pencil (HB lead or other), eraser (Mars Staedtler), water container to rinse pens, paint rag or paper towels.
  • Optional supplies: Portable drawing board if you don’t want to work flat on table
  • Material fee: $5

Flourished Versals

Christi Payne – CP1
Skill level: All

After studying and copying medieval illuminated letters for many years, I have a compendium of design techniques and styles that are traditional to these letters and times. In this class we will be using Lombardic-style Versals as our base and learning some simple design motifs that you can use to create medieval style flourished caps.

  • Supplies: Paper (any good bond or other that you like to use will be fine. It does not need to be large; letter size is OK, a sketchpad is OK), pencil, eraser, black pen (Micron 08 or a fine Sharpie), red fine-tipped pen (Micron 005 and/or 01).
  • Optional supplies: Blue fine-tip (Micron 005 or 01), Gold PenTouch (fine).
  • Material fee: $2

Frank Lloyd Wright Lettering

Cora Pearl – CR1
Skill level: All

In this workshop we will study the monoline lettering style of the architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. This style of lettering, comes from some of Wright’s blueprints. We will use Speedball B-nibs to create smooth monoline strokes and to make lines that are thick and graceful. This workshop is equally an opportunity to get comfortable using B-nibs as it is learning a new style of writing. This class is a good refresher as a natural companion to Cora’s Art Nouveau Bungalow lettering workshop.

  • Supplies: Speedball B-5 nib, nib holder, Higgins Eternal black ink, Gilbert Bond paper or Canson Pro Layout Marker paper 9″x12″.
  • Material fee: $0

Funky Gilding

Nancy Pickett – NP1
Skill level: All

We will be playing with quick and easy ways to lay down gold, faux gold and other metallics on surfaces and/or papers. We will start by making and embellishing a folded packet to hold our examples and instructions.

  • Supplies: Ruler, pencil, cutting mat, X-acto knife, bone folder, embossing tool, glue stick, 2 brushes for painting on sizing (one flat and one round), 1 stiffer brush for brushing off excess gilding.
  • Optional supplies: Oil pastels if you have them.
  • Material fee: $2

Paper 101

Alesia Zorn – AZ1
Skill level: All

Paper 101 will look at how paper’s made and what’s important for calligraphers to know. Using the paper sample pack from John Neal Books, we will go through the most popular papers that calligraphers use, testing hands-on with your favorite pen and ink.

  • Supplies: Several of your favorite nibs and inks to start your reference sheets.
  • Material fee: $8 for the paper pack supplied by John Neal Books (normally retails at $13.50)

SESSION 2

The Magical Carousel Book

Angela Batchelor – AB2
Skill level: All

A cross between a pop up, accordion and tunnel book, the Carousel Book is a versatile structure that can be as simple or complex as you desire. With its 3D elements and layers, this beautiful book is a delight at every turn. Students will be guided with clear, easy instructions on how to create their very own.

  • Supplies: Pencil, bone folder, glue stick, metal ruler, small cutting mat, scissors, X-acto knife
  • Optional supplies: Collage images, stencils, rubber stamps, shaped paper punches or shaped scissors
  • Material fee: $5

Drawn & Decorated Letters

Angelina Cox – AC2
Skill level: All

We will study Lombardic Capitals and loosely drawn Modern Versals. Learn to draw traditional Lombardic style capital letters (from the 12th-14th centuries). These letters are sometimes called Illuminated letters due to the fancy designs drawn around them, and the liberal use of gold leaf in ancient manuscripts. We will draw the letters within a square then decorate the area around the letters.

We will also focus on drawn modern Versals, these are lighter and have a “sketched” appearance. Each style can be simple or gloriously bedazzled with any amount of design and color; it all depends on your imagination and artistic eye.

  • Supplies: Sketch or drawing paper, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, ruler, black pens (a variety from micro point (.005-.5) to medium (felt/gel/roller/sharpie), a few of your favorite colored pencils or your favorite markers or crayons.
  • Optional supplies: gold or silver gel pens, glue, glitter, water color palette or water color pencils (with water container & fine point brush), quality paper scraps (watercolor cold/hot press, pastel papers)
  • Material fee: $2

Drawing Letterforms

Kristen Doty – KD2
Skill level: All

Hone your drawing skills and calligraphy by drawing letterforms with graphite and colored pencils.

  • Supplies: Graphite pencils – HB, 2B, pencil sharpener (hand held or battery operated), mechanical pencil with 0. 5mm with HB polymer lead (most come with HB), eraser (Pentel click eraser is great), ruler, artist-quality colored pencils – one each of the primary and secondary colors: red, blue, yellow, green, orange, violet, plus white (the 12-color Prismacolor basic set includes these, plus a few others).
  • Optional supplies: Bone folder, note paper and pen or pencil for note taking, 4B graphite pencil, X-acto knife, small cutting mat, plus additional artist-quality colored pencils you may have.
  • Material fee: $3

Add Punch with Pastels

Laura Drager – LD2
Skill level: All

Want to add some pizzazz to your art? Enhance your black and white calligraphy with soft pastels. After an overview of the types and qualities of pastels, you’ll learn to apply beautiful, subtle color to your calligraphy with pastel dust. We’ll cut and use stencils for patterning, blend, swipe, shade, and intensify color. The possibilities are endless. These simple techniques will add life to your work. A take-home booklet for all the techniques you try will be provided.

  • Supplies: X-acto knife, small cutting mat
  • Optional supplies: soft pastels, pieces of B&W calligraphy or drawings you want to enhance, pen and ink to create pieces to enhance, notebook & pencil for notes.
  • Material fee: $3

ABC’s of Neuland

Carol DuBosch – CD2
Skill level: All

In this class, students will make two simple pens and learn to write an artful variation of the marvelous typeface NEULAND (noylund). These bold, husky letters can be useful when written expressively to create a particular mood or written simply and combined with other calligraphic scripts. NEULAND is a valuable script for calligraphers, and is easily learned.

  • Supplies: Layout bond (Gilbert 25% cotton is my favorite and can be found at John Neal Books preorder, PCC bookstores, Muse and Columbia Art)
  • Optional supplies: Pilot Parallel Pen 6 mm (blue cap)
  • Material fee: $2

Calligraphic Drawing

Faith Emerson – FE2
Skill level: All

This workshop will explore expressive drawing with the broad nib or pointed pen. Using rhythm and repetition, we will adapt the flourished line into a calligraphic drawing of your own creation using a favorite animal, flower or object. This workshop will include demonstrations and examples of pen patterns, rhythm and expressive line. Have fun loosening up your calligraphic hand while creating your own inspired designs. All levels welcome.

  • Supplies: Regular number 2 pencil or HB, white eraser or kneaded eraser (not pink), paper to work on -marker or calligraphic paper, tracing paper, scratch paper, dip pen materials (nibs: Speedball C-2, or Brause 3mm, or favorite pointed pen nib, penholder, black ink – Higgins eternal, Calli black ink or Speedball Super Black), image of favorite object, animal or flower from sketch or photo.
  • Material fee: $5

Tangled Letters

Jessica Fisher – JF2
Skill level: All

Tangled letters are an expressive lettering style that references the free flowing Zen Tangle patterns and the bold styles of graffiti writing. For this class we will be working with this expressive technique within the restraints of the classical Neuland script. The techniques you learn in this class will allow you to decorate your favorite capitals with a variety of patterns and textures to create your own expressive lettering forms.

  • Supplies: 8.5” by 11” sketch book (at least 100lb, preferably watercolor), ruler, eraser, 2 pencils, pencil sharpener, Pigma Graphic 3 (this is a broad edge 3.0 mm pen), Pigma Micron 08 (this is a monoline 0.5mm pen).
  • Optional supplies: Watercolor pencils, Koi water bush #2.
  • Material fee: $5

Stylizing Your Pointed Pen Letters

Holly Monroe – HM2
Skill level: All (previous pointed pen experience will be beneficial)

Learn how to stylize your letters with the pointed pen. Workshop will review the foundations of great pointed pen script, plus learn about linear variations – bouncing your letters, curving your letters, alternative letter-forms to modernize your script, and learn how to create your own modernized scripted words for a greeting card or stationary.

  • Supplies: Smooth paper for lettering (11×17 or a little larger is best), ruler (18-20” or smaller 6” ruler if you have one), Ink (Moon Palace, Ziller ink, or Walnut Ink – buy the crystals and we can liquefy, or whatever ink you love to use with pointed pen), Dinky Dip Set or small containers with wide enough opening to dip pen, Oblique penholder (my favorite is the Hourglass Adjustable Oblique), nibs (Gilliott 303, Hunt 101, Hunt 22 or your favorite vintage pointed nibs), drawing pencil (HB lead or other), eraser (Mars Staedtler), water container to rinse pens, paint rag or paper towels.
  • Optional supplies: Portable drawing board if you don’t want to work flat on table
  • Material fee: $5.00

Flourished Versals

Christi Payne – CP2
Skill level: All

After studying and copying medieval illuminated letters for many years, I have a compendium of design techniques and styles that are traditional to these letters and times. In this class we will be using Lombardic-style Versals as our base and learning some simple design motifs that you can use to create medieval style flourished caps.

  • Supplies: Paper (any good bond or other that you like to use will be fine. It does not need to be large; letter size is OK, a sketchpad is OK), pencil, eraser, black pen (Micron 08 or a fine Sharpie), red fine-tipped pen (Micron 005 and/or 01).
  • Optional supplies: Blue fine-tip (Micron 005 or 01), Gold PenTouch (fine).
  • Material fee: $2

Frank Lloyd Wright Lettering

Cora Pearl – CR2
Skill level: All

In this workshop we will study the monoline lettering style of the architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. This style of lettering, comes from some of Wright’s blueprints. We will use Speedball B-nibs to create smooth monoline strokes and to make lines that are thick and graceful. This workshop is equally an opportunity to get comfortable using B-nibs as it is learning a new style of writing. This class is a good refresher as a natural companion to Cora’s Art Nouveau Bungalow lettering workshop.

  • Supplies: Speedball B-5 nib, nib holder, Higgins Eternal black ink, Gilbert Bond paper or Canson Pro Layout Marker paper 9″x12″.
  • Material fee: $0

Funky Gilding

Nancy Pickett – NP2
Skill level: All

We will be playing with quick and easy ways to lay down gold, faux gold and other metallics on surfaces and/or papers. We will start by making and embellishing a folded packet to hold our examples and instructions.

  • Supplies: Ruler, pencil, cutting mat, X-acto knife, bone folder, embossing tool, glue stick, 2 brushes for painting on sizing (one flat and one round), 1 stiffer brush for brushing off excess gilding.
  • Optional supplies: Oil pastels if you have them.
  • Material fee: $2

Paper 101

Alesia Zorn – AZ2
Skill level: All

Paper 101 will look at how paper’s made and what’s important for calligraphers to know. Using the paper sample pack from John Neal Books, we will go through the most popular papers that calligraphers use, testing hands-on with your favorite pen and ink.

  • Supplies: Several of your favorite nibs and inks to start your reference sheets.
  • Material fee: $8 for the paper pack supplied by John Neal Books (normally retails at $13.50)

Corita Kent Calligraphy

The Portland Art Museum is currently featuring a show of Corita Kent’s work, Spiritual Pop. The show lasts through January 29, 2017. In conjunction with this show, the art museum has planned the following lectures:

Art and Conversation Thursday, Oct. 20. 9AM Coffee and 10AM lecture in the Whitsell by the curator of prints, Mary Weaver Chapin. (This lecture is free for seniors over 62.)

Corita King and the Language of Pop On Sunday, Dec. 4th, special guest lecturer and expert Susan Dackerman.

Midday Art Break on Dec. 14th at 12:30PM again with Mary Weaver Chapin.(This lecture is free with admission.)

The Justice Center Show is up and ready for viewing. Amazing volunteers committed this past Sunday morning to hang the show and did a wonderful job of it!  The windows look great and show our pieces very well with the black slatted background. We had quests right away who were quite impressed with the diversity of lettering, the colors and variety of styles. They really took time to look at the art pieces. The show will be up through Saturday, August 27. The windows are on SW Madison St. between SW 2nd and 3rd Sts. I hope all calligraphers will find a time to go see them . The windows are lit up 24/7, so even if you’re downtown for an evening event , you can walk by and enjoy them.

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PSC Members Exhibit to be held at the Multnomah Library in Portland 10/15/16 – 12/4/16. Entries will be due September 24th with many more details and entry forms to follow. There will be a size limit of 20″ x 24″.

Get Involved

Exhibit Summary

Call For Entries

Entry Form

The annual International Lettering Arts Conference will be June 24 – July 1, 2017 at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Registration begins July 1, 2016. Details on the conference website www.LetterWorks.org

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Planning has begun for this year’s Oregon State Fair being held August 26–September 5. The “Here Comes the Fun” theme promises another great year.

It’s not too early to decide which pieces of art you want to display. Registration online has begun. Up to two pieces created in the last two years are eligible for entry, in either the Juried or the Non-Juried division. Ambassadors from almost all of your guilds/areas are ready to take questions and coordinate drop-off and pick-up of artwork. You can find them on the Capital Calligraphers website: www.capitalcalligraphers.org Demonstrators (writing names) and hosts play a very important role in making our exhibit one of the most popular at the Fair.

Click below for the PDF with all the information about entering your calligraphy in the State Fair, as well as volunteering to write names and demonstrate during the Fair.

OSF Update #2-2016

 

Monday, September 12, 7 PM
Trinity Cathedral, Morrison Room
147 NW 19th, Portland 97209

TBA stay tuned!

 

 

The PSC Board of Directors will meet on September 27, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Avenue in Portland. The agenda for the meeting will include a discussion of how PSC might increase its education and outreach to middle schools, high schools, college age students and young adults. All PSC members are invited to attend and participate in this discussion.

Parking at Trinity is available in the lot directly across 19th Avenue from the building or in the lot on the south side of the building.

The Portland Society for Calligraphy Board meetings are open to all members. At the meetings, the Board of Directors develops and carries out the Society’s policies and by-laws with the help of committees who report activities to the Board. While the Board reflects a diversity of calligraphic experience, everyone is devoted to the art. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced, we invite you to come to the next Board meeting and help the Society grow.

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Letterfest, All Oregon Calligraphy Conference – Saturday October 22, 2016

23rd August 2016 by David Grimes

Letterfest 2016

Thank you for you interest in Letterfest 2016, All Oregon Calligraphy Conference! Letterfest 2016 is a one-day regional gathering of calligraphers and lettering artists sponsored by the Portland Society for Calligraphy. There will be a morning social gathering/welcome, a variety of 2.5 hour classes (you choose two), lunch, exhibits, and vendors. Carol DuBosch presents
“A Few Tips for Scribes”.

Vendors and exhibits are open to the public all day.

Registration opens September 1. To ensure your class selection register early. Download your registration packet from the link below. If you have any additional questions or concerns, contact Meri Taylor at meriscribe@gmail.com

» Download the registration form

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Where: Cascade Heights Public Charter School
Directions: 15301 SE 92nd Ave, Clackamas, OR 97015

SESSION 1


The Magical Carousel Book

Angela Batchelor – AB1
Skill level: All

A cross between a pop up, accordion and tunnel book, the Carousel Book is a versatile structure that can be as simple or complex as you desire. With its 3D elements and layers, this beautiful book is a delight at every turn. Students will be guided with clear, easy instructions on how to create their very own.

  • Supplies: Pencil, bone folder, glue stick, metal ruler, small cutting mat, scissors, X-acto knife
  • Optional supplies: Collage images, stencils, rubber stamps, shaped paper punches or shaped scissors
  • Material fee: $5

Flat Brush Italic

Christine Colasurdo – CC1
Skill level: All (previous experience with Italic will be beneficial)

Christine Colasurdo demonstrates simple flat-brush Italic for all levels of calligraphers. Enjoy the sensuous quality of the brush as it glides across the paper with gouache. This is a great opportunity to review basic brush techniques, the use of gouache, and Italic letter forms.

  • Supplies: Paper at least 12 x 18 (my preference is Strathmore Drawing/Watercolor pads), pencil, pen, T-square, notebook (for taking notes), black gouache (my preference is Jet Black by Winsor & Newton), brush*, apron, jar for water, rag, yogurt top (I will also bring extras)
    * Note on brushes: I prefer 1/2-inch Connoisseur series 107 “Square Wash”). But there are two similar alternatives: Blick 1/2-inch Studio Synthetic “Wash” or Winsor & Newton 1/2-inch series 885. If you want to work small: Winsor & Newton #8 (series 500) 1/4-inch flat.
  • Material fee: $0

Drawing Letterforms

Kristen Doty – KD1
Skill level: All

Hone your drawing skills and calligraphy by drawing letterforms with graphite and colored pencils.

  • Supplies: Graphite pencils – HB, 2B, pencil sharpener (hand held or battery operated), mechanical pencil with 0. 5mm with HB polymer lead (most come with HB), eraser (Pentel click eraser is great), ruler, artist-quality colored pencils – one each of the primary and secondary colors: red, blue, yellow, green, orange, violet, plus white (the 12-color Prismacolor basic set includes these, plus a few others).
  • Optional supplies: Bone folder, note paper and pen or pencil for note taking, 4B graphite pencil, X-acto knife, small cutting mat, plus additional artist-quality colored pencils you may have.
  • Material fee: $3

Add Punch with Pastels

Laura Drager – LD1
Skill level: All

Want to add some pizzazz to your art? Enhance your black and white calligraphy with soft pastels. After an overview of the types and qualities of pastels, you’ll learn to apply beautiful, subtle color to your calligraphy with pastel dust. We’ll cut and use stencils for patterning, blend, swipe, shade, and intensify color. The possibilities are endless. These simple techniques will add life to your work. A take-home booklet for all the techniques you try will be provided.

  • Supplies: X-acto knife, small cutting mat
  • Optional supplies: soft pastels, pieces of B&W calligraphy or drawings you want to enhance, pen and ink to create pieces to enhance, notebook & pencil for notes.
  • Material fee: $3

ABC’s of Neuland

Carol DuBosch – CD1
Skill level: All

In this class, students will make two simple pens and learn to write an artful variation of the marvelous typeface NEULAND (noylund). These bold, husky letters can be useful when written expressively to create a particular mood or written simply and combined with other calligraphic scripts. NEULAND is a valuable script for calligraphers, and is easily learned.

  • Supplies: Layout bond (Gilbert 25% cotton is my favorite and can be found at John Neal Books preorder, PCC bookstores, Muse and Columbia Art)
  • Optional supplies: Pilot Parallel Pen 6 mm (blue cap)
  • Material fee: $2

Calligraphic Drawing

Faith Emerson – FE1
Skill level: All

This workshop will explore expressive drawing with the broad nib or pointed pen. Using rhythm and repetition, we will adapt the flourished line into a calligraphic drawing of your own creation using a favorite animal, flower or object. This workshop will include demonstrations and examples of pen patterns, rhythm and expressive line. Have fun loosening up your calligraphic hand while creating your own inspired designs. All levels welcome.

  • Supplies: Regular number 2 pencil or HB, white eraser or kneaded eraser (not pink), paper to work on -marker or calligraphic paper, tracing paper, scratch paper, dip pen materials (nibs: Speedball C-2, or Brause 3mm, or favorite pointed pen nib, penholder, black ink – Higgins eternal, Calli black ink or Speedball Super Black), image of favorite object, animal or flower from sketch or photo.
  • Material fee: $5

Tangled Letters

Jessica Fisher –JF1
Skill level: All

Tangled letters are an expressive lettering style that references the free flowing Zen Tangle patterns and the bold styles of graffiti writing. For this class we will be working with this expressive technique within the restraints of the classical Neuland script. The techniques you learn in this class will allow you to decorate your favorite capitals with a variety of patterns and textures to create your own expressive lettering forms.

  • Supplies: 8.5” by 11” sketch book (at least 100lb, preferably watercolor), ruler, eraser, 2 pencils, pencil sharpener, Pigma Graphic 3 (this is a broad edge 3.0 mm pen), Pigma Micron 08 (this is a monoline 0.5mm pen).
  • Optional supplies: Watercolor pencils, Koi water bush #2.
  • Material fee: $5

Flourishing with the Pointed Pen

Holly Monroe – HM1
Skill level: All (previous pointed pen experience will be beneficial)

Workshop will have a refresher on tools, ink, papers that work with pointed pen, plus pointed pen strokes that make up various flourishes, how to combine strokes to make compound flourishes, the elements and ornaments that you can add to a flourish to give a little ‘bling’, and how to create your own flourished icon.

  • Supplies: Smooth paper for lettering (11×17 or a little larger is best), ruler (18-20” or smaller 6” ruler if you have one), Ink (Moon Palace, Ziller ink, or Walnut Ink – buy the crystals and we can liquefy, or whatever ink you love to use with pointed pen), Dinky Dip Set or small containers with wide enough opening to dip pen, Oblique penholder (my favorite is the Hourglass Adjustable Oblique), nibs (Gilliott 303, Hunt 101, Hunt 22 or your favorite vintage pointed nibs), drawing pencil (HB lead or other), eraser (Mars Staedtler), water container to rinse pens, paint rag or paper towels.
  • Optional supplies: Portable drawing board if you don’t want to work flat on table
  • Material fee: $5

Flourished Versals

Christi Payne – CP1
Skill level: All

After studying and copying medieval illuminated letters for many years, I have a compendium of design techniques and styles that are traditional to these letters and times. In this class we will be using Lombardic-style Versals as our base and learning some simple design motifs that you can use to create medieval style flourished caps.

  • Supplies: Paper (any good bond or other that you like to use will be fine. It does not need to be large; letter size is OK, a sketchpad is OK), pencil, eraser, black pen (Micron 08 or a fine Sharpie), red fine-tipped pen (Micron 005 and/or 01).
  • Optional supplies: Blue fine-tip (Micron 005 or 01), Gold PenTouch (fine).
  • Material fee: $2

Frank Lloyd Wright Lettering

Cora Pearl – CR1
Skill level: All

In this workshop we will study the monoline lettering style of the architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. This style of lettering, comes from some of Wright’s blueprints. We will use Speedball B-nibs to create smooth monoline strokes and to make lines that are thick and graceful. This workshop is equally an opportunity to get comfortable using B-nibs as it is learning a new style of writing. This class is a good refresher as a natural companion to Cora’s Art Nouveau Bungalow lettering workshop.

  • Supplies: Speedball B-5 nib, nib holder, Higgins Eternal black ink, Gilbert Bond paper or Canson Pro Layout Marker paper 9″x12″.
  • Material fee: $0

Funky Gilding

Nancy Pickett – NP1
Skill level: All

We will be playing with quick and easy ways to lay down gold, faux gold and other metallics on surfaces and/or papers. We will start by making and embellishing a folded packet to hold our examples and instructions.

  • Supplies: Ruler, pencil, cutting mat, X-acto knife, bone folder, embossing tool, glue stick, 2 brushes for painting on sizing (one flat and one round), 1 stiffer brush for brushing off excess gilding.
  • Optional supplies: Oil pastels if you have them.
  • Material fee: $2

Paper 101

Alesia Zorn – AZ1
Skill level: All

Paper 101 will look at how paper’s made and what’s important for calligraphers to know. Using the paper sample pack from John Neal Books, we will go through the most popular papers that calligraphers use, testing hands-on with your favorite pen and ink.

  • Supplies: Several of your favorite nibs and inks to start your reference sheets.
  • Material fee: $8 for the paper pack supplied by John Neal Books (normally retails at $13.50)

SESSION 2

The Magical Carousel Book

Angela Batchelor – AB2
Skill level: All

A cross between a pop up, accordion and tunnel book, the Carousel Book is a versatile structure that can be as simple or complex as you desire. With its 3D elements and layers, this beautiful book is a delight at every turn. Students will be guided with clear, easy instructions on how to create their very own.

  • Supplies: Pencil, bone folder, glue stick, metal ruler, small cutting mat, scissors, X-acto knife
  • Optional supplies: Collage images, stencils, rubber stamps, shaped paper punches or shaped scissors
  • Material fee: $5

Drawn & Decorated Letters

Angelina Cox – AC2
Skill level: All

We will study Lombardic Capitals and loosely drawn Modern Versals. Learn to draw traditional Lombardic style capital letters (from the 12th-14th centuries). These letters are sometimes called Illuminated letters due to the fancy designs drawn around them, and the liberal use of gold leaf in ancient manuscripts. We will draw the letters within a square then decorate the area around the letters.

We will also focus on drawn modern Versals, these are lighter and have a “sketched” appearance. Each style can be simple or gloriously bedazzled with any amount of design and color; it all depends on your imagination and artistic eye.

  • Supplies: Sketch or drawing paper, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, ruler, black pens (a variety from micro point (.005-.5) to medium (felt/gel/roller/sharpie), a few of your favorite colored pencils or your favorite markers or crayons.
  • Optional supplies: gold or silver gel pens, glue, glitter, water color palette or water color pencils (with water container & fine point brush), quality paper scraps (watercolor cold/hot press, pastel papers)
  • Material fee: $2

Drawing Letterforms

Kristen Doty – KD2
Skill level: All

Hone your drawing skills and calligraphy by drawing letterforms with graphite and colored pencils.

  • Supplies: Graphite pencils – HB, 2B, pencil sharpener (hand held or battery operated), mechanical pencil with 0. 5mm with HB polymer lead (most come with HB), eraser (Pentel click eraser is great), ruler, artist-quality colored pencils – one each of the primary and secondary colors: red, blue, yellow, green, orange, violet, plus white (the 12-color Prismacolor basic set includes these, plus a few others).
  • Optional supplies: Bone folder, note paper and pen or pencil for note taking, 4B graphite pencil, X-acto knife, small cutting mat, plus additional artist-quality colored pencils you may have.
  • Material fee: $3

Add Punch with Pastels

Laura Drager – LD2
Skill level: All

Want to add some pizzazz to your art? Enhance your black and white calligraphy with soft pastels. After an overview of the types and qualities of pastels, you’ll learn to apply beautiful, subtle color to your calligraphy with pastel dust. We’ll cut and use stencils for patterning, blend, swipe, shade, and intensify color. The possibilities are endless. These simple techniques will add life to your work. A take-home booklet for all the techniques you try will be provided.

  • Supplies: X-acto knife, small cutting mat
  • Optional supplies: soft pastels, pieces of B&W calligraphy or drawings you want to enhance, pen and ink to create pieces to enhance, notebook & pencil for notes.
  • Material fee: $3

ABC’s of Neuland

Carol DuBosch – CD2
Skill level: All

In this class, students will make two simple pens and learn to write an artful variation of the marvelous typeface NEULAND (noylund). These bold, husky letters can be useful when written expressively to create a particular mood or written simply and combined with other calligraphic scripts. NEULAND is a valuable script for calligraphers, and is easily learned.

  • Supplies: Layout bond (Gilbert 25% cotton is my favorite and can be found at John Neal Books preorder, PCC bookstores, Muse and Columbia Art)
  • Optional supplies: Pilot Parallel Pen 6 mm (blue cap)
  • Material fee: $2

Calligraphic Drawing

Faith Emerson – FE2
Skill level: All

This workshop will explore expressive drawing with the broad nib or pointed pen. Using rhythm and repetition, we will adapt the flourished line into a calligraphic drawing of your own creation using a favorite animal, flower or object. This workshop will include demonstrations and examples of pen patterns, rhythm and expressive line. Have fun loosening up your calligraphic hand while creating your own inspired designs. All levels welcome.

  • Supplies: Regular number 2 pencil or HB, white eraser or kneaded eraser (not pink), paper to work on -marker or calligraphic paper, tracing paper, scratch paper, dip pen materials (nibs: Speedball C-2, or Brause 3mm, or favorite pointed pen nib, penholder, black ink – Higgins eternal, Calli black ink or Speedball Super Black), image of favorite object, animal or flower from sketch or photo.
  • Material fee: $5

Tangled Letters

Jessica Fisher – JF2
Skill level: All

Tangled letters are an expressive lettering style that references the free flowing Zen Tangle patterns and the bold styles of graffiti writing. For this class we will be working with this expressive technique within the restraints of the classical Neuland script. The techniques you learn in this class will allow you to decorate your favorite capitals with a variety of patterns and textures to create your own expressive lettering forms.

  • Supplies: 8.5” by 11” sketch book (at least 100lb, preferably watercolor), ruler, eraser, 2 pencils, pencil sharpener, Pigma Graphic 3 (this is a broad edge 3.0 mm pen), Pigma Micron 08 (this is a monoline 0.5mm pen).
  • Optional supplies: Watercolor pencils, Koi water bush #2.
  • Material fee: $5

Stylizing Your Pointed Pen Letters

Holly Monroe – HM2
Skill level: All (previous pointed pen experience will be beneficial)

Learn how to stylize your letters with the pointed pen. Workshop will review the foundations of great pointed pen script, plus learn about linear variations – bouncing your letters, curving your letters, alternative letter-forms to modernize your script, and learn how to create your own modernized scripted words for a greeting card or stationary.

  • Supplies: Smooth paper for lettering (11×17 or a little larger is best), ruler (18-20” or smaller 6” ruler if you have one), Ink (Moon Palace, Ziller ink, or Walnut Ink – buy the crystals and we can liquefy, or whatever ink you love to use with pointed pen), Dinky Dip Set or small containers with wide enough opening to dip pen, Oblique penholder (my favorite is the Hourglass Adjustable Oblique), nibs (Gilliott 303, Hunt 101, Hunt 22 or your favorite vintage pointed nibs), drawing pencil (HB lead or other), eraser (Mars Staedtler), water container to rinse pens, paint rag or paper towels.
  • Optional supplies: Portable drawing board if you don’t want to work flat on table
  • Material fee: $5.00

Flourished Versals

Christi Payne – CP2
Skill level: All

After studying and copying medieval illuminated letters for many years, I have a compendium of design techniques and styles that are traditional to these letters and times. In this class we will be using Lombardic-style Versals as our base and learning some simple design motifs that you can use to create medieval style flourished caps.

  • Supplies: Paper (any good bond or other that you like to use will be fine. It does not need to be large; letter size is OK, a sketchpad is OK), pencil, eraser, black pen (Micron 08 or a fine Sharpie), red fine-tipped pen (Micron 005 and/or 01).
  • Optional supplies: Blue fine-tip (Micron 005 or 01), Gold PenTouch (fine).
  • Material fee: $2

Frank Lloyd Wright Lettering

Cora Pearl – CR2
Skill level: All

In this workshop we will study the monoline lettering style of the architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. This style of lettering, comes from some of Wright’s blueprints. We will use Speedball B-nibs to create smooth monoline strokes and to make lines that are thick and graceful. This workshop is equally an opportunity to get comfortable using B-nibs as it is learning a new style of writing. This class is a good refresher as a natural companion to Cora’s Art Nouveau Bungalow lettering workshop.

  • Supplies: Speedball B-5 nib, nib holder, Higgins Eternal black ink, Gilbert Bond paper or Canson Pro Layout Marker paper 9″x12″.
  • Material fee: $0

Funky Gilding

Nancy Pickett – NP2
Skill level: All

We will be playing with quick and easy ways to lay down gold, faux gold and other metallics on surfaces and/or papers. We will start by making and embellishing a folded packet to hold our examples and instructions.

  • Supplies: Ruler, pencil, cutting mat, X-acto knife, bone folder, embossing tool, glue stick, 2 brushes for painting on sizing (one flat and one round), 1 stiffer brush for brushing off excess gilding.
  • Optional supplies: Oil pastels if you have them.
  • Material fee: $2

Paper 101

Alesia Zorn – AZ2
Skill level: All

Paper 101 will look at how paper’s made and what’s important for calligraphers to know. Using the paper sample pack from John Neal Books, we will go through the most popular papers that calligraphers use, testing hands-on with your favorite pen and ink.

  • Supplies: Several of your favorite nibs and inks to start your reference sheets.
  • Material fee: $8 for the paper pack supplied by John Neal Books (normally retails at $13.50)

Corita Kent @ The Portland Art Museum

19th August 2016 by David Grimes

Corita Kent Calligraphy

The Portland Art Museum is currently featuring a show of Corita Kent’s work, Spiritual Pop. The show lasts through January 29, 2017. In conjunction with this show, the art museum has planned the following lectures:

Art and Conversation Thursday, Oct. 20. 9AM Coffee and 10AM lecture in the Whitsell by the curator of prints, Mary Weaver Chapin. (This lecture is free for seniors over 62.)

Corita King and the Language of Pop On Sunday, Dec. 4th, special guest lecturer and expert Susan Dackerman.

Midday Art Break on Dec. 14th at 12:30PM again with Mary Weaver Chapin.(This lecture is free with admission.)

Justice Center Show

2nd August 2016 by Carol DuBosch

The Justice Center Show is up and ready for viewing. Amazing volunteers committed this past Sunday morning to hang the show and did a wonderful job of it!  The windows look great and show our pieces very well with the black slatted background. We had quests right away who were quite impressed with the diversity of lettering, the colors and variety of styles. They really took time to look at the art pieces. The show will be up through Saturday, August 27. The windows are on SW Madison St. between SW 2nd and 3rd Sts. I hope all calligraphers will find a time to go see them . The windows are lit up 24/7, so even if you’re downtown for an evening event , you can walk by and enjoy them.

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