Mar
17
9:00 AM09:00

Split Nib Calligraphy with Ann Cobb

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Registration will open in January 2018

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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Mar
24
to Mar 25

Mastering Italic with Carrie Imai

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Registration will open in January.

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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Apr
21
to Apr 22

Dancin’ Pen I with Carrie Imai

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Registration will open in January.

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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May
19
to May 20

Dancin’ Pen II with Carrie Imai

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REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN JANUARY.

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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Jun
9
to Jun 10

Italian Hand with Heather Held

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Registration will open in January.

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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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.

Registration is now open

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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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