Rachel Yallop

Design Studio

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.



Heather Held


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.

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Past Workshops

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 calligrapherAndrea 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

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:

Instagram: @arenocalligraphycakes

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.!!

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Julie Wildman

Alphabets Inspired by Nature













On Zoom

Suitable for all levels

Saturday, April 10

from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.


Check out the following documents

Supply List for the class and Basics for Zoom Workshop Attendees




Pat Blair

Copperplate Masterclass

On Zoom

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

Rachel Yallop

Drawn & Shaded Letters

Demonstration EXCLUSIVELY for

Friends of the Alphabet


June 14 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Supply List

Julie Wildman Nature Alphabet
Workshop Yallop Calligraphy

​​​​​Summer Boot Camp for Calligraphers

With the talented and always fun

Carrie Imai

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

Plan to join us every other Monday as we have fun and inspire one another to  excel

Supply List  and Calligraphy Bootcamp Flyer

Rachel Yallop

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.



Materials List


  • Pencil.

  • 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.


Heather Held

Alphabet Garden

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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and again for your convenience:

General Workshop Information


Katy Burge 

Workshop Chair

Contact info: or text at 678-910-8273


Mail your check, payable to FOTA, to our guild treasurer Barbara Leasure at:
Barbara Leasure (FoTA Workshops)
30 Mimosa Court, Oxford, GA. 30054
Use electronic Transfer:
Accepted Methods: Zelle/Popmoney

For Venmo use ATL_FOTA


IMPORTANT:  Please see registration form/guidelines for more detail and cancellation policies

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.