ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD VIA ZOOM - IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME -
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
January 17, 2022
February 21, 2022
March 21, 2022
All demonstrations will be from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.
And are free to Guild Members
Demos will be recorded and made available for 1 month
Design Studio pointed pen demos
1st session: Writing in a circle.
How to go about designing a circular piece.
How to make sure all the letters or words will fit and look at the possibility of adapting letter shapes.
Looking at the angle of letters to make sure they don’t appear to be falling over on a curved design.
How to apply these to other shapes, like a square or diamond shape.
2nd session: Word design.
How to put letters together to make words. There is a lot more to it than just placing one letter after another!
How to get a balanced design by adding simple flourishing.
How to flourish letters which don’t have a descender.
How to place a couple of words together, for example, a simple greeting or a pairing of names.
3rd session: Writing a longer piece of text.
Looking at a variety of layouts.
Looking at line spacing and the effect it has overall.
How to solve problems such as descenders from one line clashing with ascenders from the next.
How to adapt letter designs to suit the finished piece.
The Poetic Pen
February 12, 2022
10:00 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Italian Hand is a playful, delicate and joyful script that can drastically lighten your touch with the pointed pen as well as help you develop a stronger understanding of other script hands. This beautiful script hand evolved out italic and predates English Roundhand and Spencerian Script. It has a unique charming quality than can captivate the onlooker and draw them in for a closer look. Italian Hand is meant to be written rather than drawn and is a very practical script to add your repertoire. The lower case letterforms are delicately shaded and simple to write.
Capitals are varied and can take the form of a very delicate English Roundhand style capital or have more complexly shaded and flourished forms. This script hand is extraordinarily forgiving and recommended for all skill levels. It is a wonderful place for a beginner to start with as it encourages a very light touch with the pen. This hand has a very gentle quality to it that makes it such a pleasure to explore. I look forward to sharing the history of this hand with you as well as the unique possibilities it can add to you script.
FREE to all our Guild members
Calligraphy on Ice
Monday, March 22, 2021
7 - 9 p.m.
On-line with Andrea Alvarez Reno
At the intersection of Calligraphy and Cookies, you will find our first Guild sponsored program of 2021. Yes, that is right, this is a delicious freebie for you!
This is NOT a cookie decorating class, this is a class especially for calligraphers, by a calligrapher. Andrea Reno will provide us with recipes and much helpful information for making outstanding cookies, but in the workshop, we will look at how we calligraphers can write with icing.
If you haven’t already checked out Andrea Reno’s luscious work, go to her website at www.andreareno.com
Andrea has presented this workshop to the Chicago Calligraphy Collective. She made a video on Instagram and FB with Royal Icing instructions. The link is below.
(whenever she says Chicago Calligraphy Collective, think instead FotA 😊 )
All supplies can be found at Michael’s or at Andrea’s favorite bakery supplies links below.
A handout with supplies, recipes and suppliers is found on the Members Only page.
We will video tape the Workshop, so you will have access to it for a month.
Need not have cookies to watch the video, if you just make the icing
You can practice on parchment paper. But why not have cookies, every letter guaranteed delicious!
These are the links to Andrea's videos on her social media platforms:
Facebook: Andrea Reno Calligraphy & Cakes
notes from Andrea: On the facebook group , the majority of the audience is Hispanic
so you will find videos in both Spanish and English.
The videos you will find are for making royal icing and another one for making royal icing flowers.
The royal icing flowers video is not part of the class, but it is there if someone wants to give it a try,
Please remind everyone it is not necessary to have iced cookies for class, because they can
practice on parchment paper, but it definitely makes it more fun to have them.
I hope you will join us Monday March 22 at 7 p.m.!!
Alphabets Inspired by Nature
Suitable for all levels
Saturday, April 10
from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Check out the following documents
Copperplate experience suggested
Saturday & Sunday, May 15/16 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Supply List for the class and Pat's website
Drawn & Shaded Letters
Demonstration EXCLUSIVELY for
Friends of the Alphabet
June 14 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.
Summer Boot Camp for Calligraphers
With the talented and always fun
FREE to all our Guild members
Never used a dip pen in your life?
Taken every calligraphy workshop ever offered
(both in person & on-line)?
Somewhere in between?
We have the summer on-line calligraphy program to tighten up your nibs and loosen up your lettering!!!
Carrie will instruct newbies on exactly how to use a straight edged dip pen
This program will have something for EVERYONE
Beginner to Seasoned Calligrapher
We will meet online bi-weekly in June, July, & August
Mondays from 7-9 p.m. EDT
June 7 & 21; July 12 & 26; August 16 & 30
We will begin with how to properly use a Straight edged dip Pen
We will look at Italics, Foundational, and Uncial lettering styles
You will be a stronger calligrapher at the end of the summer wherever your starting point
She has been instructing for 35+ years, and loves helping each student find their own best letters
You can expect to see a marked improvement in your writing
And expand your knowledge of what makes a good alphabet
Carrie is famous for showing calligraphers how to make their letters dance
FUN & INSPIRATION
Plan to join us every other Monday as we have fun and inspire one another to excel
Beyond the Literal Letter
October 2 & 3
9 a.m until noon both days
Workshop price is $60
Once one masters the ductus and has a thorough understanding of the structure of letterforms, we need to make them our own. This class will explore ways of looking at letters in a more abstract way while moving away from the rigidity of writing between two lines. The goal of this class is to develop a fresh and unique style based on your own existing style.
Writing common groups of letters, both upper and lowercase in skeletal form.
Looking at the length, angle and position of each stroke and their relationship to one another and how they can be altered for effect.
Analysing the counter and exterior spaces of each letter and positioning ensuing letters accordingly.
Exploring how far the strokes can be pushed and the extremes of letter design without losing clarity.
Looking at how they change when weight is added, and different tools are used.
Designing whole alphabets and assembling words to make unique and expressive designs.
Lots of paper: layout, cartridge/drawing or lining paper for practice. Paper of choice for finished pieces.
A variety of tools you would like to use, eg. ruling pens of whichever sort, automatic pens, round brush, flat brush, pointed/edged nibs, balsa wood or any other tools.
Free-flowing ink. I use Pelikan 4001. Any other medium you’d like to use, such as gouache.
October 16 & 17 (Saturday & Sunday)
10a.m. -4 p.m. EST
Welcome to an exciting look at Victorian style versals which are brimming with garden florals, vines, leaves, and even some bugs and butterflies. The Victorians had a fascination with illuminated letters and ornaments from the Medieval and Renaissance eras. As I was researching Victorian letter styles as well as Medieval Puzzle Letters, I started to play with ways to combine floral ornamentation with various styles of versals. As I researched and developed different ideas, I was amazed at just how “dancing” and whimsical these letters could become. The letters themselves can be reflective of any season depending on the colours you use or the decorative details that are added. There are endless possibilities. Students of all skill levels will be able to explore these amazing letters. Bring a sense of play to this class and let the joy begin!
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Online Workshop Registration Form and Guidelines
In-Person Workshop Registration Form and Guidelines
Workshop Etiquette Form
FotA Expense Reimbursement Form
When applicable for In-Person Workshops
In person workshops will be held at 550 Pharr Rd. NE Building, Atlanta GA
550 Pharr Rd NE building (Info here)
Set up time : Anytime after 9:00 a.m.
Workshop Times: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (unless informed otherwise)
Workshop costs haven't changed, and we generally keep it at these prices.
1-day workshop: $85
2-day workshop: $175
3-day workshop: $225
Changes may occur if the workshop attendance/sign-up is low. For those who've signed up, you'll be given a choice. For example: If, as a group everyone agrees, the costs for workshop will increase to make up any differences for workshop expenses. With previous workshops with low sign-up, the increase has varied from $15 to $40.