WORKSHOPS

The Washington Calligraphers Guild offers workshops in the spring and fall, taught by internationally renowned calligraphers as well as local talent. Aimed at all levels of skill, the workshops are held at various locations in the Washington, DC area.

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2019 Workshops Schedule

 

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Annie Cicale

Intense Italic
(for all levels)

May 18-19 (Saturday and Sunday), Vienna Arts Center, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Click here for directions by Google or see below.

Italic is a beautiful hand that can be used in formal designs or adapted for very contemporary applications. You learn it from the exemplars of your instructors, but how do you make it your own? We will begin with a study of the fundamentals of this Renaissance style and modify it to suit your needs, experimenting with forms as well as a variety of writing tools. With these basics we will do some exercises working with the elements and principles of design to understand how to plan and execute sophisticated designs that incorporate the variety of letters that we have studied.

Materials List:
Bring the supplies you would need for a basic calligraphy tool kit, listed below.
Tools marked with an asterisk are essential for this workshop.

Drawing board and easel if you use one, or a piece of plywood, 3/8” masonite or other smooth, lightweight board will do.
*T-square and triangle, OR rolling ruler
*Masking or drafting tape
Pencils, various (2B, HB, 2H, etc.)
*Soft eraser, such as Magic Rub or kneaded eraser
*Water container
*Ink rags or tissues
Notebook, camera
*Old toothbrush for cleaning pens
Dividers (see illustration)
Writing Tools
*Dip pens in assorted sizes, whatever you are comfortable with, such as Brause, Mitchell (Rexel) or Speedball. (1.0—5.0 mm.)
Felt tip pens are useful for note taking, sketching and play, but wear out quickly. Bring some for note taking if you have them.
*2-3 pen holders, ones that feel good in your hand.
Non-waterproof ink, such as Moon Palace, Higgins Eternal or walnut ink. Some ink will be included with your materials fee.

Paper
A packet of good paper will be provided as part of your lab fee. You may want to supplement it with the following:
*Inexpensive drawing paper or layout bond, 11x14” or larger, for warming up and designing
*A few sheets of non-repro graph paper
A few scraps of your favorite good paper (optional but delightful) such as Arches Text Laid or Wove, Arches 90# HP, Canson Mi Tientes or Strathmore Charcoal.
*Tracing paper for rough drafts.
For Writing with Color (optional)
Designer’s gouache in assorted colors (red, yellow, blue, white)
Palette
Old brushes for mixing gouache
Gum arabic
Transportation system
A fishing tackle box works fine for the small stuff. You can sew a cloth portfolio to hold your board, T-square and paper.
Note:
The tools listed here are generic, and depending on the group’s interests and experience, some may not be used. Bring what you can and we’ll cope with those tools.
A tool I find indispensible for measurement is a pair of dividers, sold at engineering and better art supply stores. A small one is best, but make sure it has a wheel, it holds your measurements better.

There will be a $15 materials fee payable to instructor.

Instructor's Bio:
Annie holds an MS in chemical engineering and an MFA in graphic design and printmaking. She has studied calligraphy internationally in intensive advanced workshops since 1979. She divides her time among freelance graphic design and fine art in her studio near Asheville, NC, teaching locally, and traveling to workshops and conferences on three continents. She is the past editor and designer of a number of guild newsletters, and is the author of The Art and Craft of Hand Lettering, a 2018 publication of Bloomin Books.


Rachel Yallop

Pointed Pen for Beginners

September 20(Friday), Vienna Arts Center, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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This class is aimed at those who have done little or no pointed pen calligraphy before. The tool is so different to the broad-edged pen and therefore one of the most important things we will look at is correct handling of the pen: the position in the hand, the positionof the nib to the paper, pressure and release and how to achieve the swelling line. We will then explore a variety of letterforms based on the copperplate style; some formal, some informal, to get a taste of the potential of this versatile pen.

Materials List:

Gillott 303 or Hunt 101 nibs. A good supply!
Pen holder — straight, or angled/oblique if preferred.
Free-flowing ink or gouache. I use Pelikan 4001 and Schmincke calligraphy gouache. If you would like to try writing white on black, please bring Dr Martin’s Bleed Proof White.
Water pot, palette and small mixing brush if using gouache.
Pencil and ruler.
Paper: Marker or layout paper, Rhodia is particularly good.

Instructor's Bio:
Rachel Yallop is a British calligrapher and lettering designer. Her love of letters stems from a lifelong passion for drawing, with her original calligraphic works exploring form, space, tension, and freedom of line. She studied at Ravensbourne, and then the Central School of Art and Design in London, gaining an MA in 1985. Rachel has pursued a freelance career specializing in creative and expressive calligraphy for more than 30 years. For much of this time she has also taught a wide variety of calligraphic and design disciplines in art schools, and at conferences and workshops all over the UK and internationally.


Rachel Yallop

Copperplate Variations

September 21-22(Saturday and Sunday), Vienna Arts Center, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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This class is about looking at the essential components of the copperplate style and exploring a new way of looking at it. Many of the ‘rules’ are the same, but stroke terminals, joins, spacing and letter shapes can all be altered to make a style that can be fine and elegant, or fun and quirky.

Materials List:

Gillott 303 or Hunt 101 nibs. A good supply!
Pen holder — straight, or angled/oblique if preferred.
Free-flowing ink or gouache. I use Pelikan 4001 and Schmincke calligraphy gouache. If you would like to try writing white on black, please bring Dr Martin’s Bleed Proof White.
Water pot, palette and small mixing brush if using gouache.
Pencil and ruler.
Paper: for practice I use marker or layout paper, Rhodia is particularly good. For finished pieces, I use Canson Mi-Teintes and black Canson Mi-Teintes for writing white letters on black paper.

For Instructor's Bio see class above


Lubna Zahid

Illuminated Letters
(for beginners)

October 19-20 (Saturday and Sunday), Vienna Arts Center, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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The illuminated letters are the initials that are purely decorative, and often work with the text to mark important passages or to enhance or comment on the meaning of the text. In this class you will learn the art of stylized letters which can be used on journal pages, cards, envelopes, invitations, recipe cards and anything that you can think of to make it personalized and special. Students will learn to design and paint their own Medieval Initials with Vines, Flourishes, and many other elements of decoration.

Materials List:

Foot ruler
2B or 3B pencil
Any regular soft eraser
Tombow MONO Zero Pen-style eraser
Watercolor Round Pointed brushes size 00, 1, 2, 3 (bring two or three)
Gouache paints: white, black, red, deep blue, yellow and gold. Winsor Newton and Holbein preferred.
Palette or white china plate to mix colors
Watercolor paper block hot pressed. Fluid Easy-block 140 lb, 8 x 8
Tracing paper
1/4 inch grid paper
Quill pen
Black ink
Pigma micron pen .01
Two water containers
Paper towels

Instructor's Bio:
Lubna Zahid is a fine artist, illuminator and calligrapher based in Northern Virginia. Her artistic style fuses together traditional techniques from the Indo-Islamic world with contemporary American design and aesthetics. She draws inspiration from a wide range of traditional and contemporary art movements in Arabic, Persian and Urdu calligraphy and illumination. Her style is also heavily influenced by traditional North Indian design and composition as well as modern American and South Asian art. She has worked as an artist and art teacher for 25 years in the United states and internationally.


Denis Brown

Celtic Hybrid Script
(for all levels, except complete beginners)

November 14-17 (Arrive Wed, Nov. 13th for dinner at 7:00 thru Sunday), Claggett Center, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Click here for directions by Google or see below.

Ancient Celtic half-uncial script is beautiful, but appears archaic in most contemporary usage. I use instead a hybrid form, blending insular characteristics with a modern italic. We will look at principles of modernizing ancient forms and practice a hybrid Celtic/italic script as illustrated. The hand is ideal for modern use where a Celtic feel is appropriate.
Complex pen manipulations will be demonstrated for advanced students while simpler forms will also be shown.
In teaching, I make effort to never only show how, but precisely explain why also; and that commitment has been very revealing for my own calligraphy. My teaching style mixes group demonstrations with one-to-one coaching, usually with a dash of humor thrown in. I make a point of trying to get around the class to spend an equal amount of time with each participant. People tell me I have clear analysis and unbiased expression.
4 days on this theme will allow for a thorough analysis of lower-case, and capitals will also be included. There will be time to begin exploring layout refinements, and also for some exciting “Denistrations” (a word coined in Mexico City for my signature style demonstrations utilisting fast strokes and explaining improvisations as I write).

Materials List:

Broad edged calligraphy dip-pens (Brause size 3mm or 4mm in particular, in addition to students own preferred brand)
Ink, gouache paints
Palette, mixing brushes, water jar, pencils, ruler
Scalpel or scissors
Sable watercolor brushes, sizes 000, 0 and 2
Layout paper 11”x 17” or larger,
A sheet or two of better quality paper of your own preferred brand, e.g. Arches Text wove, BFK Rives, etc
Optional: These days many students find a smart phone with camera is a convenient way to photograph demonstrations to inform practice at their table.
There will be a $15 materials fee payable to instructor.

Instructor's Bio:
I began learning calligraphy in my early teens as a schoolboy, here in Ireland. I loved its immediacy—the ability to make characterful letters with just a few pen-strokes. Since receiving my first commissions aged 15 years old, I've never looked back. While studying for a degree in calligraphy at London's Roehampton Institute I was awarded fellowship of the UK Society of Scribes and Illuminators; at 20 I was their youngest Fellow in addition to being their first Fellow from Ireland. That was 30 years ago and my work has continually developed since then.
I push boundaries while continually extending traditional skills. I use letterforms and writing to create three-dimensional layered works of art where a thousand words may paint a picture. At a time in history where handwriting is being eclipsed by e-mail, text messaging and other digital means of communication, my work explores the meaning and function of being a scribe in the 21st century.


LOCATIONS & DIRECTIONS


COLUMBIA ART CENTER

6100 Foreland Garth (Long Reach Village Center)
Columbia, MD 21045
410-730-0075
www.columbiaartcenter.org

Take I-95 to Rt. 175 toward Columbia. Turn right onto Snowden River Parkway. Turn left onto Tamar Drive. Turn left into the Long Reach Village Center (Foreland Garth) and park. The Art Center is on the other side of the supermarket.


VIENNA ART CENTER

243 Church St. NW, Suite 100 LL
Vienna, VA 22180
703-319-3971
www.viennaartssociety.org

From Route I-66: Take the Nutley Street exit toward Vienna. Go straight through three traffic lights. At fourth light take a right onto Rt. 123/Maple Avenue. Go approximately one mile and make a left onto Pleasant Street. (A Shell gas station is on the right where you will turn left.) Proceed one and a half blocks and turn right onto Church Street. 243 Church Street is the brown medical building on the left around the corner from the old Vienna Art Center location. Park in lot and take the exterior elevator to the classroom in the basement. Turn right off of the elevator and the classroom is on the right.

From I-495: Take the Rt. 123 South exit. Go past Tysons Corner. From International Blvd. go straight through 13 lights (landmarks you will pass: Tysons Corner, Giant Food, Outback Steakhouse, Starbucks, Money & King Funeral Home, and Marco Polo.) As soon as you pass Marco Polo, turn right onto Pleasant Street. Proceed one and a half blocks and turn right onto Church Street. 243 Church Street is the brown medical building on the left around the corner from the old Vienna Art Center location. Park in lot and take the exterior elevator to the classroom in the basement. Turn right off of the elevator and the classroom is on the right.

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