Friends of Calligraphy offers classes and workshops
that meet the needs of those beginning calligraphy as well as those who are ready for more advanced techniques. FOC workshops are open to current FOC members. Basic calligraphy classes at Fort Mason are open to the public. They are sponsored by FOC, and taught by FOC members. Also listed below are classes by FOC members who teach in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. They are not sponsored by FOC, but are listed here as a courtesy to our members. Please contact individual instructors for details.
- Spontaneous Mark & Alternative Image Speaking from the Heart (Download pdf flier)
Pamela Paulsrud, instructor
Tuesday through Saturday • July 12–16, 2016 • 9:30–4:30 pm
Arlington Community Church • 52 Arlington Ave • Kensington
$425 FOC members only (Join Friends of Calligraphy)
When was the last time you had the opportunity to play with pens, brushes and funky tools that made you laugh or smile—or cringe? When did you last let go of the outcome—giving yourself permission to “see what’s in there”? There is no getting around it—every mark you make is creatively, expressively yours. Since there’s safety in numbers, we’ll embark on this serendipitous journey of creativity together. In this class you’ll explore the distinctive and bold expressions of spontaneous marks using walnut and sumi inks, combined with layering of alternative image processes—and while we’re at it we will explore and extrapolate your handwrit-ing too. We’ll mix in personal ephemera through transfers (your originals won’t be harmed) culminating in a folded, wrapped and stitched accordion book.
You will be given guidance in scoring countless variations of rhythmical marks and patterns originating from intuition and response to music, sounds—or silence. This class will help you loosen any rigid body postures and sidestep predictable outcomes. Sink art techniques will also be introduced for creating blurring, dripping and running marks for breathtaking texturing effects on your papers. After some critique sessions, editing, and cropping exercises, we’ll move beyond the mark into image copy transfers. From here you’ll begin to work with your own personal ephemera to create an array of words and images that might reflect, interact with or interpolate your mark making influences—culminating in a book that provides an intuitive story telling piece—unfolding with layered marks, handwriting and images into a dimensional accordion book.
All levels welcome.
Pamela Paulsrud is a visual artist recognized internationally as a papermaker, calligrapher, book artist and collaborator creating both intimate pieces and large-scale installations. She teaches workshops in lettering and book arts. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections and has been published in many magazines, books and journals. Pamela’s exploration in energy and vibration, letters and lines, and her love of the land, the earth and its resonance, inspires both her work and her life. Her research and practice in energetic healing modalities simultaneously inform her art. Images and descriptions of her work can be seen at www.pamelapaulsrud.com. Pamela is extremely passionate about an ongoing project which she co-created entitled Treewhispers www.treewhispers.com—an international collaboration awakening a heartfelt connection to trees.
- Copperplate: A Different Look at the Swelling Line
(Download pdf flier)
Rachel Yallop, instructor
Saturday, Sunday, Monday / September 17–19
9:30– am to 4:30 pm / Fort Mason / San Francisco
$265 FOC members only (Join Friends of Calligraphy)
Enrollment in this workshop via Paypal will be available Monday, July 18 at 8:00 am PST.
Copperplate is a supremely elegant hand that should take your breath away. The subtle but swelling line is the key to a beautiful and accomplished copperplate style. This class looks at how this can be acheived. Class exercises will deal with the critical issue of pen handling, the subtleties of letterforms, and successful word design.
Pen Handling: The correct angle to the page and the correct position in the hand to achieve the perfect, elegant line. Particulary for those who wish to use, as I do, a straight pen holder.
Feel: The breath-like touch on the paper for the fine strokes and the rhythm of pressure and release that create the thick and think strokes.
Placement: Understanding where to place the swelling line by practicing some basic strokes.
Contrast: Analyzing the inherently narrow proportions of the letterforms in contrast to the expansive beauty of flourished ascenders and descenders.
Details: Looking at the subtle details of each letter and executing minor changes that make the difference between a perfectly acceptable letter and a beautiful one.
Designing Words: Looking at design solutions to individual letters and how they sit together to make a unique piece of lettering.
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. Rachel studied at Ravensbourne and then at the Central School of Art & Design in London, gaining an MA in 1985. Rachel has pursued a freelance career specializing in creative and expressive calligraphy for 30 years working with design consultants handling accounts from major companies. For much of this time she has also taught a wide variety of calligraphic and design disciplines in art schools, at conferences and in workshops. Rachel is an elected Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, a Founder Member and past Chairman of Letter Exchange, and an Honoured Fellow of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society.
Open to the public, these classes are meant for beginners and for scribes who wish to continue improving their skills. Basic supplies required by each student include: black ink such as Higgins Eternal, all sizes of Brause pen nibs, one or two pen holders, pencil and eraser, 18 or 24 inch metal ruler, notebook, cotton rag, a small water jar. There may be additional supplies specified by each instructor and are listed after each class description in the Fort Mason brochure. (Download pdf brochure for 2016)
Calligraphy supplies, especially Brause pen nibs, can be difficult to find. Call or visit your local art supply stores, such as Arch, Dick Blick, Castle in the Air, Flax, Utrecht. If they don’t have what you need, contact the calligraphy mail order vendors:
Please register for any class at least six weeks in advance. Class size is limited to 16. You will be notified by the Fort Mason Class Registrar if you have a place in the class or are on the wait list. Payment of tuition is necessary to hold your place on a wait list. If you need to withdraw, a full refund will be issued 14 days before the class begins. Otherwise the tuition fee is forfeited unless a wait-listed student can take your place.
Classes meet in Building C at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. Free parking outside the gate and metered parking within.
Meredith Klein, instructor
Seven Tuesday evenings • 6:30–9:00 pm
August 30, September 6, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18
$140 FOC members / $150 non-members
This classis full and a waiting list has begun. You must register to be placed on the waiting list. A refund will be issued if no space becomes available.
Various forms of textura, a formal blackletter script, arose at the end of the twelfth century and are still popular today. Because the letters are compressed, they give a dramatic look to the page and have excellent design potential. Consistent letterforms and spacing make this hand a good starting point for beginners. In this class, we begin with broad-edge pen basics and cover textura quadrata minusclues, add a set of capitals, and take a look at some variations.
All levels of lettering experience are welcome.
Meredith Klein discovered, and fell in love with, blackletter calligraphy in high school. More recently, she studied these forms with Ward Dunham and Linnea Lundquist. She has been a Fort Mason student, and has studied with many internationally known calligraphers. Meredith has taught at Trivial Pursuits and other short-term classes, including as a guest instructor at History of the Book class at Mills College. Her work has been published in Bound & Lettered and in Alphabet.
- Italic Handwriting
Patricia Coltrin, instructor
Four Tuesday evenings • 6:30–9:00 pm
October 25, November 1, 8, 15
$80 FOC members / $85 non-members
Italic was used both as a formal and as a cursive script in Renaissance Italy. Its clear, elegant forms provide a wonderful model for modern handwriting. Using pencils and fountain pens with broad-edged calligraphy nibs, students will study the construction and proportion of the letters and methods for joining them into a cursive script. The class will start with a slower, semi-formal cursive and work towards a more freely written version through exercises for developing rhythm and speed. Students will see many historical and modern examples.
All levels of lettering experience are welcome.
Patricia Coltrin has been inspired by letters since 1985, when a friend loaned her a Pelikan pen. Initially studying with John Prestianni and Thomas Ingmire, she began a freelance calligraphy business in 1992, and has done both commercial and private commissions. Her work can be found in Belle Lettere (1997).
There are no lectures scheduled at this time.
- Ann Miller • Call 650 558-8270
Calligraphy and Letterform. Advanced Calligraphy.
- Thomas Ingmire • Call 415.673.4938.
International Calligraphy Correspondence Program. Classes at all levels.
CPA-HO, 1040A Filbert Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
- Patricia Coltrin • Call 510 524-5208
- Georgianna Greenwood • Call 510.841.6924
- Kaori Ogawa
- Antonia (Nini) Smith • Call 510 526-7249
Year-round classes at Piedmont Adult School
- Erma Takeda• Call 925.284.7368
- Carla Tenret • Call 510.526.1214
Year round classes at Albany Community Center
- Holly Ynostroza • Call 510.655.7591
Private classes; Adult Program, Orinda Community Center
- Christine Renden Haggarty
Ongoing classes in Asian calligraphy for beginners and intermediates.
- Sherrie Lovler • Call 707.528.1723.
Calligraphic Book Hand for Book Artists.
- Melissa Titone • Call 707. 573.3810
Ongoing classes and private lessons in Santa Rosa.
- Judy Detrick • Call 707.964.9276
Ongoing classes at all levels.
- Melissa Dinwiddie • Call 650.938.3939
Calligraphy, book arts, and illumination
- Sara Loesch Frank • Call 408.446.3397
Ongoing calligraphy classes for beginners and intermediates.
- Marian Gault • Call 408.395.8026
Calligraphy classes at South Side Community Center
- Ann Thompson • Call 408.378.6965
- Chris Paschke •Call 661 821-2188
Ongoing classes at all levels in Tehachapi
- Carol Pallesen • Call 775 329-6983
Ongoing classes in calligraphy and book arts
- Bill Kemp • Call 505 235-4983
Teaching and tutoring in Albuquerque
- Ann Miller • Call 650 558-8270