Oct
20
to Oct 21

A Sharp Pencil and a Keen Eye with Amity Parks

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Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (brown bag lunch)

In this class, the humble pencil and its relatives become powerful tools in creating many effects from subtle to stunning. We will use pencils, erasers, graphite sticks/blocks, powdered graphite and their water-soluble cousins to explore the possibilities of this medium for creating refined works of art to quickly made drawings in our sketchbooks.

Starting with basic drawing principles like line quality and shading, we will experiment with each tool to discover the marks it can produce. We will then move on to drawing letters and designing word groups, both formal and casual. The monochromatic drawn letterform forces us to slow down and relate more organically to the forms we are creating. You will find drawing letterforms with care and thoughtfulness to be so helpful in improving your design and lettering skills and in allowing for more refined and subtle attention to detail. 

Further time will let us explore how to integrate our letters with their backgrounds into designs that will grab our viewer’s eye. Finally I’ll show you some of the tricks I’ve learned to save time and ensure success when working with this versatile medium.

Photo courtesy of Amity Parks.

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Mar
2
to Mar 3

The Materials of the Saint John’s Bible with Reggie Ezell

  Multiple gold leafs on sculpted gilding bases: gouaches, watercolors, and inks on gilding

Multiple gold leafs on sculpted gilding bases: gouaches, watercolors, and inks on gilding

Registration is open

Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (brown bag lunch)

The greatest work of art in western calligraphy and illumination in the last 500 years is The Saint John’s Bible. It is created with materials that reach back millennia: calfskin vellum, quills, stick inks, dry pigments, gilding, and more. The designs, though grounded in tradition, always have a contemporary flair.

The intention of this extended studies course is to be immersed in these materials and techniques in order to produce a finished work, broadside or book, integrating these materials and designs.

Curriculum will include:

  • Lining and Lettering on Paper, Vellum, Parchment

  • Gilding on various bases with 7 kinds of gold, and tooling the gold

  • Metal nibs: broad edge, pointed, ruling pen, ball pointed pen: adapting them with honing (several), reservoirs, distempering, snipping.

  • Quills: cutting and maintaining them

  • Writing Fluids: Gouache, Watercolor, Ink Sticks: (black and color), Dry Pigments

Participants must have a working knowledge of Italic lettering.

Planned:

The final weekend at Carson-Newman University studying illuminated manuscripts from across the centuries, employing many of the materials and techniques presented in this course.

The Saint Johns Bible: Heritage Edition! Up close and personal with one of the volumes. A chance to study this life size, brilliantly reproduced, rare book. (Note: The current cost of the full seven volume set is approximately $165,000.)

Photo courtesy of Reggie Ezell

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Mar
23
to Mar 24

Textura Meets the Parallel Pen with Sheryl Bracey

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Registration will open on November 10, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (brown bag lunch)

Textura is called by many names...Gothic, Blackletter, Old English but there are slight differences. For me, Textura is a simpler form and you can create more difficult forms from that. We will begin with the basics and before the weekend is over I will add a little Fractur to go along with it. The capital letters are especially beautiful.

This class will not involve a lot of supplies since we will be using graph paper (to help you with straight lines) and the Parallel Pens so you won’t have to wait for ink to dry. They also make great hairlines!! There will be more about supplies when you sign up. This is a great class for beginners so you don’t have to deal with slant. I hope to see you there!

Photo courtesy of Sheryl Bracey.

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Apr
6
to Apr 7

The Materials of the Saint John’s Bible with Reggie Ezell

  Multiple gold leafs on sculpted gilding bases: gouaches, watercolors, and inks on gilding

Multiple gold leafs on sculpted gilding bases: gouaches, watercolors, and inks on gilding

Registration is open

Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (brown bag lunch)

The greatest work of art in western calligraphy and illumination in the last 500 years is The Saint John’s Bible. It is created with materials that reach back millennia: calfskin vellum, quills, stick inks, dry pigments, gilding, and more. The designs, though grounded in tradition, always have a contemporary flair.

The intention of this extended studies course is to be immersed in these materials and techniques in order to produce a finished work, broadside or book, integrating these materials and designs.

Curriculum will include:

  • Lining and Lettering on Paper, Vellum, Parchment

  • Gilding on various bases with 7 kinds of gold, and tooling the gold

  • Metal nibs: broad edge, pointed, ruling pen, ball pointed pen: adapting them with honing (several), reservoirs, distempering, snipping.

  • Quills: cutting and maintaining them

  • Writing Fluids: Gouache, Watercolor, Ink Sticks: (black and color), Dry Pigments

Participants must have a working knowledge of Italic lettering.

Planned:

The final weekend at Carson-Newman University studying illuminated manuscripts from across the centuries, employing many of the materials and techniques presented in this course.

The Saint Johns Bible: Heritage Edition! Up close and personal with one of the volumes. A chance to study this life size, brilliantly reproduced, rare book. (Note: The current cost of the full seven volume set is approximately $165,000.)

Photo courtesy of Reggie Ezell

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Apr
13
9:30 AM09:30

Watercolor Botanicals Inspired by Chinese Brush Painting with Miranda Fuller

  Lupine and Cactus Study

Registration will open on November 10, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (brown bag lunch)

Enjoy a day of creating watercolor botanicals inspired by Chinese painting. Learn about the materials, Chinese painting and the wide variety of strokes that you can achieve with one brush. 

Miranda will teach you how to create multiple flowers and leaves to compliment your lettering, envelopes or to stand alone.

Photos courtesy of Miranda Fuller

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May
4
to May 5

The Materials of the Saint John’s Bible with Reggie Ezell

  Multiple gold leafs on sculpted gilding bases: gouaches, watercolors, and inks on gilding

Multiple gold leafs on sculpted gilding bases: gouaches, watercolors, and inks on gilding

Registration is open

Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (brown bag lunch)

The greatest work of art in western calligraphy and illumination in the last 500 years is The Saint John’s Bible. It is created with materials that reach back millennia: calfskin vellum, quills, stick inks, dry pigments, gilding, and more. The designs, though grounded in tradition, always have a contemporary flair.

The intention of this extended studies course is to be immersed in these materials and techniques in order to produce a finished work, broadside or book, integrating these materials and designs.

Curriculum will include:

  • Lining and Lettering on Paper, Vellum, Parchment

  • Gilding on various bases with 7 kinds of gold, and tooling the gold

  • Metal nibs: broad edge, pointed, ruling pen, ball pointed pen: adapting them with honing (several), reservoirs, distempering, snipping.

  • Quills: cutting and maintaining them

  • Writing Fluids: Gouache, Watercolor, Ink Sticks: (black and color), Dry Pigments

Participants must have a working knowledge of Italic lettering.

Planned:

The final weekend at Carson-Newman University studying illuminated manuscripts from across the centuries, employing many of the materials and techniques presented in this course.

The Saint Johns Bible: Heritage Edition! Up close and personal with one of the volumes. A chance to study this life size, brilliantly reproduced, rare book. (Note: The current cost of the full seven volume set is approximately $165,000.)

Photo courtesy of Reggie Ezell

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May
31
to Jun 1

The Materials of the Saint John’s Bible with Reggie Ezell

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  Multiple gold leafs on sculpted gilding bases: gouaches, watercolors, and inks on gilding

Multiple gold leafs on sculpted gilding bases: gouaches, watercolors, and inks on gilding

Registration is open

Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (brown bag lunch)

PLANNED:

Spend this final weekend at Carson-Newman University studying illuminated manuscripts from across the centuries, employing many of the materials and techniques presented in this course.

The Saint Johns Bible: Heritage Edition! Up close and personal with one of the volumes. A chance to study this life size, brilliantly reproduced, rare book. (Note: The current cost of the full seven volume set is approximately $165,000.)

The greatest work of art in western calligraphy and illumination in the last 500 years is The Saint John’s Bible. It is created with materials that reach back millennia: calfskin vellum, quills, stick inks, dry pigments, gilding, and more. The designs, though grounded in tradition, always have a contemporary flair.

The intention of this extended studies course is to be immersed in these materials and techniques in order to produce a finished work, broadside or book, integrating these materials and designs.

Curriculum will include:

  • Lining and Lettering on Paper, Vellum, Parchment

  • Gilding on various bases with 7 kinds of gold, and tooling the gold

  • Metal nibs: broad edge, pointed, ruling pen, ball pointed pen: adapting them with honing (several), reservoirs, distempering, snipping.

  • Quills: cutting and maintaining them

  • Writing Fluids: Gouache, Watercolor, Ink Sticks: (black and color), Dry Pigments

Participants must have a working knowledge of Italic lettering.

Photo courtesy of Reggie Ezell

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Sep
21
9:30 AM09:30

Decorated Letters with Sharon Hanse

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Registration will open on May 11, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (brown bag lunch)

Ever since men began to write in books, there has been the urge to decorate the pages in some way. These decorations have changed over the ages depending on the letter styles used and the purpose for the illumination. They have become more elaborate over time, taking up a whole page at times. The word illuminate derives from the initial reason — to illumine or light up the word of God. Today, of course, we use these methods for many different purposes.

Capital letters are important — they start every sentence and verse. They accentuate the titles and emphasize important texts. The capitals that accompany most calligraphic styles are based on the basic Roman proportions. Understanding these proportions gives the calligrapher the ability to then manipulate the letterforms to fit with any of the various letter styles, such as Bookhand, Foundational, Carolingian, Italic and are the basis for Versals. Participants will explore the basic Roman form, then using various methods, exercises and mediums, learn to create Capitals that will enhance any piece of calligraphic art.

There are innumerable ways to add interest and emphasis to your lettering — whether in a rendition that reflects the past or in a modern interpretation. There are so many options that it can get confusing — from formal to informal. Though Lombardic Capitals are used often for the process, these techniques can be applied to almost any letter style.

In this class participants will be introduced to some of the basic steps they can take to create a beautiful illuminated letter. We will proceed step by step through the processes to build up the form adding shading and highlights and line accents. We will discuss materials and painting techniques.

Participants will be introduced to several ways to add gold or metallic accents to their work — using paint, powdered metals, and gilding techniques. In addition, we will experiment with some methods to add a modern twist to your letters.

Photos courtesy of Sharon Hanse

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Oct
5
to Oct 6

Victorian Pen with Heather Held

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Registration will open on May 11, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (brown bag lunch)

The Victorian Pen introduces pen drawn flourishes that have been influenced by the colours and styles of the Victorian era. Many of the historic offhand flourishing designs start out as pencil sketches before rendering the designs in ink.

The Victorian Pen workshop introduces pencil techniques for the terrified! Even if you think you cannot draw, this class will help you add simple floral designs, acanthus patterns and ornamental scroll work your offhand flourishing. The use of the pencil allows preplanning and corrections which are not possible with true offhand flourishing.

We start simply with corner ornaments and expand to more intricate designs. These decorative ornaments can be gilded with 23K gold leaf and painted with watercolour or tinted gently with coloured pencil. This class assumes some knowledge of the pointed pen.

Photo courtesy of Heather Held

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Sep
15
to Sep 16

Cancelled: All That Glitters with Harvest Crittenden

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Cancelled

Rose gold, lemon gold, yellow gold, white gold, raised gilding, flat gilding, tooling, gesso size, acrylic size, natural size, synthetic size, powdered gold, shell gold, golden graiselle… so much to learn and so little time. In this workshop, you will learn what each technique is by hands on gilding. We will gild on vellum and hot press watercolor paper. We will start with ancient techniques and work our way up to modern, including flash gilding and mica powder. Rather than having students purchase expensive supplies and equipment, a $25 supply fee is charged and ALL the gold, sizes, and papers will be provided for you, including the vellum. I will have a variety of burnishers, ruling pens, and quills for you to try. We will take the mystery out of all that glitters.

Photo courtesy of Harvest Crittenden.

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Jun
9
to Jun 10

Italian Hand with Heather Held

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Registration is CLOSED. Workshop is full.

Italian Hand is an elegant mercantile script that reaches back to the first decade of the 1600’s and was prominently used until the mid 1860’s. It is the "bridge" hand that will connect your understanding of both English Roundhand and Spencerian Script. It is a narrow and graceful hand, made distinctive through its unusual use of shading. Often called “blob top or club top” lettering, this hand evolved out of italic hands and appears throughout history in various forms. Although it was historically marketed as the simplest of all script hands, it can look confusing until it is demystified. The lowercase forms are very simple to learn. The capitals are varied and can take the form of Standard Roundhand or the more complex reverse shaded letterforms. Throughout The Poetic Pen class, we will simplify the capital forms while striving to perfect the shading on the lowercase forms. We will explore various European influences of the capital letters. The end goal of this class is not to copy a historic hand but to help unlock its mysteries and bring it forward into this century. The practice of this delicate hand will help lighten your touch as you approach other script hands. This workshop welcomes any skill level from novice to advanced.

Photo courtesy of Heather Held.

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May
19
to May 20

Dancin’ Pen II with Carrie Imai

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Registration is CLOSED. Workshop is full.

Priority will be given to those who register for all three of Carrie's workshops.

Dancin’ Pen is my funky twist on the Italic alphabet. It all started with the Bone alphabet and pen manipulation and then ran amok into all my other alphabets. I have also drawn inspiration from my Italic Variations class, which analyzes each component part of the alphabet and then stretches each component to its limit to create new, expressive alphabets. Alphabets should not need labels, but should serve to convey emotion and the feeling you get when you read a piece of words that moves you. You need to be able to write letters that say what you feel.

This class will give you the tools to morph your Italic alphabet into an unlimited number of new forms for your use. It will free you from the “rules.” So come step out of the box and express yourself. You will surprise yourself with the most exciting letterforms you've ever made!

Photo courtesy of Carrie Imai.

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Apr
21
to Apr 22

Dancin’ Pen I with Carrie Imai

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Registration is now CLOSED. Workshop is full.

Priority will be given to those who register for all three of Carrie's workshops.

Dancin’ Pen is my funky twist on the Italic alphabet. It all started with the Bone alphabet and pen manipulation and then ran amok into all my other alphabets. I have also drawn inspiration from my Italic Variations class, which analyzes each component part of the alphabet and then stretches each component to its limit to create new, expressive alphabets. Alphabets should not need labels, but should serve to convey emotion and the feeling you get when you read a piece of words that moves you. You need to be able to write letters that say what you feel.

This class will give you the tools to morph your Italic alphabet into an unlimited number of new forms for your use. It will free you from the “rules.” So come step out of the box and express yourself. You will surprise yourself with the most exciting letterforms you've ever made!

Photo courtesy of Carrie Imai.

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Mar
24
to Mar 25

Mastering Italic with Carrie Imai

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Registration is now CLOSED. Workshop is full.

Priority will be given to those who register for all three of Carrie’s workshops.

This workshop will be an in-depth study of the Formal Italic Alphabet through demonstration, revealing exercises and personal attention. We will study each of the components of the alphabet — what makes it look the way it does — and use this information to determine how your personal Italic can be improved. We’ll begin with pen angle, structure, branching and shape. I’ve seen quantum leaps in improvement in this workshop.

Photo courtesy of Carrie Imai.

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Mar
17
9:00 AM09:00

Split Nib Calligraphy with Ann Cobb

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Registration will open in January.

The split nib is used to create outline, sometimes called open, alphabets. A split nib is a broad edged pen and may be used with virtually any broad pen alphabet. The results can be spectacular! Your sense of letter design will go wild!! You will also greatly enhance your understanding of the broad edged pen.

In Calligraphy with the Split Nib, we will work with a number of alphabets including Foundational, blackletter, italic, and other alphabets. Fun will be the order of the day!

Photo courtesy of Ann Cobb.

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Oct
21
to Oct 22

Introduction to Broad Pen Lettering with a Taste of Foundational with Ann Cobb

 “Life’s Little Lessons” by Ann Cobb

“Life’s Little Lessons” by Ann Cobb

This workshop is designed for those new to calligraphy as well as for those who want to refine pen skills and learn more about this hand.

We will look at the variety of writing fluids and media, nibs, pens, papers, and other tools of broad-edge calligraphy.  We will practice techniques of working with a broad-edge nib while continuing to refine our calligraphic technique by focusing on letter construction, pen angle, and spacing.

The Foundational hand is a lovely round hand suitable for many projects and is the starting point for other hands such as Italic and Blackletter.

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Sep
23
to Sep 24

Copperplate with Sheryl Bracey

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Traditional Copperplate script is one of the most popular and most beautiful pointed pen hands.

In this beginning class Sheryl will be teaching the pressure and release techniques, strokes, lower and uppercase letters and the connecting of letters into words.

She will be sharing with you easy-to-follow instructions that will give you a strong understanding of the copperplate hand.

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Apr
22
to Apr 23

Uncial – Classic to Contemporary with Carrie Imai

 Detail from work by Cari Imai

Detail from work by Cari Imai

Uncial, the beautiful, open and round, historical alphabet as seen in the Book of Kells, is sometimes called the early Christian alphabet as it was used in much of the early Holy writings. It is an all majuscule alphabet, so is quickly learned and is a good beginning for those new to calligraphy. The more seasoned calligraphers will refine and develop their Uncial and will create new looks with the myriad variations. All will love its smooth flow and beautiful open quality.

We will begin the course with an in-depth study of the classic Uncial form and graduate to a more modern style by exploring the many Uncial variations to create a more expressive, personal Uncial.

There will be a take-home class project to commemorate some of our new-found letterforms.

For information about Carrie Imai, please visit: carriedesigns.com

This workshop is full.

Please email Ann Cobb if you wish to be placed on the waiting list.

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Mar
25
9:00 AM09:00

Transforming the Blank Page with Sheryl Bracey

There was an interest in decorating and transforming paper again, so your request is being answered. If you have done this before it is a repeat, except it is a one day class.

Sheryl will demo paste papers, plastic wrap, walnut ink, spray painting and easy marbling. She also has a few others in my mind, depending on numbers there and time. In the afternoon you will decorate your own papers.

Sheryl will furnish all supplies except for paper. She will bring some less expensive paper for you to have, but please bring a good supply of Arches, Arches Text Wove, Diploma Parchment, envelopes to decorate and any other paper to try. The more you have the more you can do. If you run out you can always buy more at Plaza.

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Oct
15
to Oct 16

Watercolor WOW with Vicki Brandt

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9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

So, you think you can’t paint? Enjoy a weekend learning to create easy watercolor botanicals, simple objects and washes to compliment your calligraphy or to stand alone. This class will include some sketching techniques. Previous painting experience is not required.

This workshop is full.

If you wish to be placed on a waiting list, please email Ann Cobb, Workshop Chair.

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Sep
24
to Sep 25

The Enchanted Letter with Heather Held

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

This workshop is an exploration in designing and decorating a contemporary illuminated letter. The letters are based on a rounded script alphabet and transformed into meandering ribbons or graceful leaves. The student will be guided through the pencil design stage of their own unique letter as well as the decorative foliate extension. The design can be embellished with a simple 23K gilding technique or gold gouache. Pointed pen flourishes are added to the design, which is further embellished with colour. The final design is evocative of the graceful capital letters found in Victorian illustrated books. Knowledge of the pointed pen as well as any rounded script.

Workshop registration opens on Saturday, May 14, to current Nashville Calligraphers Guild members only. If spaces remain, the workshop will be opened to non-members one month prior to the date of the workshop. Registration closes two weeks prior to the workshop. All workshop participants must be registered at least two weeks prior to the date of the workshop. For more information, please contact Ann Cobb.

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Apr
16
to Apr 17

Foundational with Vicki Brandt

 Design by Vicki Brandt

Design by Vicki Brandt

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

The Foundational letterform is known for its readability and ease of writing. But, these characteristics understate the beautiful quality of a well done Foundational hand.
 
Whether you are new to calligraphy or you would simply like to refine your Foundational alphabet, Foundations of Foundational is for you.
 
This weekend workshop will focus on Foundational basics but include a glimpse of variations for this classic calligraphic staple. Supplies list will be sent following registration.

This workshop is currently open to Nashville Calligraphers Guild members only. If openings exist after members have registered, only then will the workshops be opened to non-members. For more information, please contact Ann Cobb.

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Mar
19
9:00 AM09:00

Neuland with a Burst of Color with Sheryl Bracey

 Design by Sheryl Bracey

Design by Sheryl Bracey

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Neuland was the brain-child of Rudolf Koch but it has changed over the years and there are not any rules for this alphabet! (I like that!) It does not have an established history. We will be taking the morning to learn how to do the alphabet, and the afternoon to bring some color and life to it. I will also show you some fun and different ways to use it.
 
It will be easier for you to bring parallel pens for this class...especially the larger ones...but you can use your broad edge pens or markers. You will be using some colored pencils as well. I will give you a detailed list later but it is not very large.
 
This will be a fast-paced but fun class...not stressful at all! I hope to see you there!!

This workshop is currently open to Nashville Calligraphers Guild members only. If openings exist after members have registered, only then will the workshops be opened to non-members. For more information, please contact Ann Cobb.

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