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.
- Putting it All Together: Lettering, Surface Design, Books & Containers
Susan Longerot, instructor (download pdf flier)
Tuesday, June 9 – Saturday, June 13th, 2015 • 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Arlington Community Church • 52 Arlington Avenue, Kensington, CA
There is free church parking
$410 FOC members only. Join FOC now to be eligible to register for this workshop.
In this workshop, we will be taking our projects full circle. We will design and decorate the papers which will then be part of our books and containers. These papers include bleach techniques on black and colored papers and a negative space project with watercolor. We will be constructing a hard page book with pages that hinge on bronze rods and opens flat. We will also explore many exposed spine stitches on books that will be housed in a slip cover. A third structure is called a collapsible book box and is a three dimensional box with exterior pages that collapses into a flat format. A fourth structure is a hinged container that will contain an accordion book that will hold memories of the five days.
Susan Longerot is a graduate of Cal State University Long Beach. She holds degrees in Art, Education and Cultural Anthropology. She has a love for book structures and surface design. She has shared this love with students across the United States for over 25 years. Susan currently lives in Newport Beach, California where she shares studio space with her husband.
The basic calligraphy classes at Fort Mason are open both to FOC members and to the public. The class size is limited to sixteen people. Classes may be paid online via PayPal using their secure online payment service. You do not need to have a PayPal account; simply click on the Pay Now button for the class of your choice. All major credit cards are accepted. If you wish to register by snail-mail, please download the Fort Mason brochure and send the registration portion of it with your payment. For more information on Fort Mason classes please contact Elizabeth Nisperos.
Please register for any class at least six weeks in advance of the first meeting. Class size is limited to 16. Payment of tuition is necessary to hold your place on a wait list, and will be refunded after class begins if no space opens.
Cancellations: A full refund will be issued up to 14 days before the class begins. After that, tuition is forfeited unless your place can be filled from the wait list.
Basic supplies and additional or different supplies specified by each instructor are listed at the end of each class description. The term “Basic Supplies” refers to: black ink (Higgins Eternal or Pelikan Fount India), all sizes Brause pen nibs, one or two pen holders, pencil & eraser, 18” 24” metal ruler, notebook, cotton rag, a small water jar.
Calligraphy supplies, especially Brause and Mitchell pen nibs, can be difficult to find. Call or visit your local art supply stores, such as Arch, Dick Blick, Flax, Michaels, Pearl, Utrecht. If they don’t have what you need, contact the calligraphy mail order catalogs:
John Neal Bookseller, 1.800.369.9598, www.JohnNealBooks.com
Paper & Ink Arts, 1.800.736.7772, www.paperinkarts.com
The folowing classes are on the schedule for 2015
Download the Fort Mason brochure in pdf format.
Melissa Titone, instructor
Seven evenings • 6:30–9:00 pm
Tuesdays: September 8, 15, 22, 29; October 13, 20
Thursdays: October 1, 8.
$140 FOC members / $150 non-members
This class is full and a waiting list has been created. Payment of tuition is necessary to hold your place on the waiting list, and will be refunded after class begins if no space opens.
Copperplate is a beautiful flowing script which was developed in the seventeenth century and is commonly used today for invitations to formal events such as weddings. In this class you will practice the pressure and release action of the pointed pen while learning the upper and lower case alphabets, along with numbers and punctuation. We will also discuss how to vary the letterforms to create different styles and cover techniques for addressing envelopes.
All levels of lettering experience are welcome.
Melissa Titone has owned a freelance calligraphy business since 1988, doing everything from wedding invitations to commercial lettering. She has enjoyed teaching children and adults, both privately and in workshops and classes. Her work has been published in several books, including Greeting Card Design, The Speedball Textbook, American Corporate Identity, Letterheads Gone Digital and The Artful Letter Engagement Calendar.
Patricia Coltrin, instructor
Four evenings • 6:30–9:00 pm
Tuesdays: October 27; November 3; November 10
Thursday, November 19
$80 FOC members / $85 non-members
The italic hand 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.
Sacramento and Placer counties:
- Phawnda Moore • Call 916.630.0505
Ongoing classes in lettering styles, correspondence, journaling, and the creative process at beginner to intermediate 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