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A Calligraphic Tour of Tuscany

When: April 3rd, 2017 7:30 pm

Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, Morrison Room

Enjoy a little armchair travel to Italy! We will visit Pisa, Siena and Florence with Christine Colasurdo and enjoy some of the calligraphic treasures that are part of Tuscany’s artistic heritage. Christine will show us images of her travels and explain a little bit about the lettering styles used by monks and craftsmen to make the magnificent choir books of the late Middle Ages.

Come one, come all to our monthly member meeting! This month, we have a very special treat in store for you in the form of a presentation on Humanist Bookhand by Laura Drager.

When: Monday, March 13th
Where: Trinity Cathedral (147 NW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97209)

Playful Letters

Drawn letters based on Humanist Bookhand, Playful Letters become 3D eye catchers. They’re so versatile, they become addictive. This script is useful for envelopes, invitations, posters, banners, and more. Beginners as well as advanced lettering artists will enjoy learning these letters.

Supply List:

Pencil, eraser, fine black pen (.5 or less), and colored pencils (a minimum of three similar colors – light, medium, and dark).
Optional: Colorless blender pencil, grey “shadow” marker, “clear star” gel pen, and a white marker. The optional items will be available for use. Paper and exemplars will be provided.

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


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All PSC member teachers may list calligraphy and book arts classes here. Contact David Grimes at for more information.

Member Teachers (A-Z)

Angelina Cox
Carol DuBosch
Christine Colasurdo
Cora Pearl
David Grimes
Kellie Moeller
MaryEllen Hartman
Penelope Culbertson
Rebecca Read
Marilyn Zornado

Angelina Cox – Winter Term 2017

Clark College: Continuing Education

Vancouver Washington
Saturdays January-Feb
10-12 Beginning Calligraphy- Italic
1-3 Calligraphy Crafts
Register through college website

Carol DuBosch

Calligraphy Seminar

Winter Term 2017
Lakewood Center, Lake Oswego
Wednesday 1-4 pm, 11 weeks or
Wednesday 6-9 pm, 11 weeks
Non-Credit (register through instructor)
Intermediate to Advanced

Christine Colasurdo

ITALIC (Adult)

All Levels
Spring Term 2017
Mondays 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
April 3 – June 5
Multnomah Arts Center
register at

Christine Colasurdo

ITALIC (Family/Youth & Relative)

All Levels
Spring Term 2017
Wednesdays 4:30 pm – 6 pm
April 5 to May 31
Multnomah Arts Center
register at

Cora Pearl

Italic Calligraphy

Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus
3 credits, All levels
Classes start January 10th
Meets twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00am to 11:50am
Course registration CRN #17812

Cora Pearl

Hand Lettering: Monoline Techniques

Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
3 credits, All levels
Classes start January 9th
Meets twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00 to 4:50pm
Course registration CRN #18266

Cora Pearl

Tune Up Private Sessions for Intermediate and Advanced Students

Single tune up sessions as needed for experienced students
Feedback on lettering in all styles and individualized instruction on design for lettering art
Cora Pearl Calligraphy Studio

David Grimes 

Private instruction in Engrosser’s Script

Script Sample. Saturdays only, 60-minute sessions designed to introduce you to the pointed pen and establish a foundation in formal script writing.
Beginner through advanced.
Contact David to inquire.

Kellie Moeller

Modern Brush Calligraphy

Modern brush is all the rage with millennials and calligraphy fans! Enjoy a one day class learning Kellie’s unique modern brush calligraphy alphabet and having exposure to other artist’s brush techniques. Using the Pentel brush, you will learn how to to create this beautiful alphabet and fall in love with the brush.
Contact Kellie Moeller 425-890-6672

Kellie Moeller

Simple Citrasolve Backgrounds for Calligraphy

A 2-4 hour workshop using Citrasolve orange cleaner to create gorgeous backgrounds that can be scanned or used originally for calligraphy, collage and other artistic processes. Materials provided by instructor.
Kellie Moeller- Email: 425-890-6672

Kellie Moeller

Folded Holiday Book

A 2 hour class dedicated to one folded gift book pattern that can be utilized for holiday and special recognition. Incorporate Calligraphy, Collage or other personal creative elements to make this beautiful gift. Materials provided by instructor.
Kellie Moeller- Email: 425-890-6672

Kellie Moeller

Tengucho and Calligraphy Collage

1 day workshop learning modern brush calligraphy and Tengucho collage. Using specially made Japanese papers, you will learn the process of copying or using your own original calligraphy to collage into your artwork creating beautiful textures and messaging. Materials provided by instructor.
Kellie Moeller- Email: 425-890-6672

MaryEllen Hartman


Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
Saturday afternoons: 1:30 – 3:30
January 28 – March 18, 2017

MaryEllen Hartman


Tualatin Library
18878 S W Martinazzi, Tualtin
Sunday afternoons, 1:30 – 330
February 5 – March 12, 2017

MaryEllen Hartman

February Workshop

Mixed media backgrounds and cards
including watercolor, colored pencil and embossing
Thursday evenings 7:15 – 9:15
February 2 and 9
Collins View Center

Penelope Culbertson

Small classes with Individual Instruction

Continuing classes on Tuesdays 6-7 pm and 7:30 – 8:30 pm;
Saturdays 11 am to noon, 12:30 – 1:30 pm & 2:00-3:00 pm.
No experience needed.
$15 per class Pen & Ink plus brushwork, Italic, Uncial, Fraktur, Copperplate Script.

Rebecca Read


All Levels
Winter Term
Tuesdays, 1-3pm
January 10 – March 14
Clatsop Community College – Astoria Oregon
To register:

Marilyn Zornado 


8245 SW Barnes Road
More Information.
Fridays, Jan 20th – March 17th
1:30pm – 4:30pm.
(No class on 2/24/17)

Handwriting is not dead! Learn the elegant Italic style of writing that was originally developed during the Renaissance, popularized by Lloyd Reynolds of Reed College, and further developed for the schools by Portlanders, Inga Dubay and Barbara Getty.

Italic is a practical handwriting style that can be easily and quickly written with a regular pen for informal use, or learn to write it with a calligraphy pen for formal occasions. Starting with handwriting basics, we will progress to using calligraphy pens for letter writing, greeting cards, personal journals, addressing envelopes and framed quotes.

No prerequisite. Good hand skills recommended. Course designed for both beginning and continuing students.

Marilyn Zornado 

An Artists Journal with Calligraphy

Thursdays March 2 – April 28 from 1 – 4pm

Oregon Society of Artists
2185 S.W. Park Place, Portland, Oregon 97205 (adjacent parking lot)

An Artist’s Journal serves as an informal path for artists to sharpen their skills as they reflect on daily life.

We will explore several types of artist journals such as a writing a daily poem or a daily sketch, recording a trip, documenting the birds or plants you find. A good journal combines the skills of the illustrator, the calligrapher, the writer, the bookbinder, the graphic designer, the poet, the researcher, and the travel writer. With a focus on how to incorporate your own art practice into a journal format, we will cover: basic bookbinding skills, (so you can make your own journals,) calligraphy techniques, page design, and writing skills.

$200 8/weeks Materials Fee $25

To sign up for Marilyn’s class please call the OSA office 503-228-0706 or email