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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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Mastering Sketching For Journaling with Janet Takahashi

The Portland Society for Calligraphy Presents:

Mastering Sketching For Journaling

A Workshop with Janet Takahashi

May 20 & 21, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
at Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, Room TBA

Registration opens April 15, 2017
(Do not postmark registrations before this date)

Registration Form

Supply List

About This Workshop

Experience the joy of sketching.

Prepare for a journey to explore all the varieties of sketching techniques in a workbook.

There are many ways to sketch and many different kinds of sketching. You will achieve an understanding of which technique to use in the time available during your sketching opportunities. The principles of page composition and integrating lettering elements within your pages will be explored. Come and find your personal drawing style and get ready to draw to your heart’s content. Open to all levels.

About The Instructor

JANET TAKAHASHI is a free-lance artist with a “love of letters,” specializing in calligraphy, illustration, and gilding. With a deep appreciation for nature and science, she paints in the field, working “en plein air” capturing the scenery before her. Nature’s showcase is her teacher and inspiration. She is an avid journal-keeper and savors life’s details with a sketch a day. Janet is a commercial illustrator and designer. Her work is widely published and is the author of Artful Journals and illustrator for the Speedball Textbook 24th Centennial Edition. Janet travels extensively teaching sketchbook journaling and calligraphy, appears frequently on PBS’ Make It Artsy tv and teaches most recently as artist-in-residence at Yosemite National Park.