Join this 4-session group workshop designed for beginning enthusiasts to learn the therapeutic art of modern calligraphy in a relaxed, interactive classroom setting. Instructor Liz Roessler will teach the basics of the traditional technique of dipping a steel-nibbed pen into a bottle of liquid acrylic ink, introducing you to her favorite beginner’s lettering style – Romantic – which is her own creative interpretation of Copperplate…with a modern twist!
The first and second classes will focus on the essential ergonomics of modern calligraphy: the proper way to load and hold the pen, healthy posture, the most effective way to organize your work space, and learning the ritual of dipping. Students will be lead through a complete alphabet, numbers, and symbols. Liz will share pro-tips for how to practice at home, and specific suggested goals following each class. She will share dozens of cool ideas for using your calligraphy skills to create lettering art going forward, interactive demos, and 1-on-1 guidance.
In classes three and four, you will be ready to take your new hand-lettering skills to the next level by learning techniques to connect letters in a fluid, well-spaced, and aesthetically-balanced way. We will explore techniques to create different flourishing effects and experiment with formats/tips/tools for a variety of popular projects. Students can bring a few favorite quotes, short poems, or song lyrics to get Liz’s live guidance on creating a take-away piece or two on cardstock provided with the class materials. Follow up feedback and mentoring will also available by email for all students.
Materials included with registration and supplied by the instructor:
- 2 pen holders
- 3 steel nibs
- 3 different colors of waterproof acrylic ink;
- plus a “to-go kit” with an assortment of colorful card stock, creative project ideas, practice guideline sheets of various sizes (print-outs as well as emailed PDF’s)…
In addition to receiving these materials, students will receive an informative follow-up email after each class that includes a recap of where to buy additional calligraphy supplies, PDF versions of several hand-lettered alphabets, articles to read, videos to watch, and more creative inspiration to keep you practicing at home following the course.
Note: BCAE promotional discounts do not apply.