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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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Lively and Luscious Layers with Jacqueline Sullivan

The Portland Society for Calligraphy Presents:

Lively and Luscious Layers

A Workshop with Jacqueline Sullivan

March 18-19, 2017 from 9:00am to 4:00pm, $135
At Portland Community College, Sylvania campus
This workshop is for ALL LEVELS of experience

Registration opens February 1st
(Do not postmark registrations before this date)

Registration Form

Supply List

This class is about building a calligraphic painting layer by layer. Students will work on paper with acrylic media, including the new High Flow Acrylics by Golden. Transparent washes will be layered with various styles of broad edged or brush lettering, mark making and handwriting to form a luscious abstract work. The class will emphasize selfexpression through calligraphic works and words. Final works may or may not be legible.

About The Instructor

Jacqueline Sullivan is a mixed media, acrylic, book and calligraphic artist. She is well known for her pieces that experiment with texture, layers, paint, unusual materials, calligraphic marks and words. Jacqueline’s work has been shown nationwide in galleries and juried art fairs. She has a degree in graphic design and worked for many years as a publication and advertising designer.

For over 30 years Jacqueline has also been a teaching artist. She has taught workshops and week-long classes for art retreats and art and calligraphy guilds in the US and Canada. She has served as faculty for several International Calligraphy Conferences.Jacqueline has published technique articles in Somerset Studio, Cloth Paper Scissors, and Pages magazines. Jacqueline has a best-selling DVD – Acrylics: Textures, Layers, and Metallics – published by Creative Catalyst Productions. Jacqueline is one of a handful of artists to become a Golden Certified Artist Educator for Golden Paint Company.