Sep
23
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.

Oct
21
Oct 22

Layout and Design for the Terrified with Peter Thornton

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This workshop is aimed at helping the nervous beginner (and wobbly intermediate) student of calligraphy come to grips with this oft thought-of difficult aspect of our craft in a simple, logical and pain-free manner.

We shall begin by looking and working on some of the problems encountered in traditional and basic commercial work that often leans towards ‘the safe’, comfortable and logical before moving on to the more adventurous and perhaps more exciting contemporary layouts.
 
Throughout the workshop will be many exercises, short talks, demonstrations and visual aids that will explain and clarify the many vital ingredients required to produce satisfying and suitable layouts.
   
We shall also look, and work at, the 7 basic elements of Contrasts as well as techniques to explain and clarify page arrangement in a gently non-threatening manner and so eliminate the word ‘Terrified’ from our L and D thinking.
 
A feature of the workshop will be for each student to produce a small and helpful ‘Sampler’ book that will be a record of all of the above and a reminder of our time together.


Apr
22
Apr 23

Uncial – Classic to Contemporary with Carrie Imai

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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.

Mar
25
9:00 am09:00

Transforming the Blank Page with Sheryl Bracey

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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.

Registration is now open

Oct
15
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.

Sep
24
Sep 25

The Enchanted Letter with Heather Held

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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.

Apr
16
Apr 17

Foundational with Vicki Brandt

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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.

Mar
19
9:00 am09:00

Neuland with a Burst of Color with Sheryl Bracey

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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.