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.
- New classes and workshops for 2017 will be announced soon!
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. 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.
- 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
This workshop is 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.
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
- 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