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.
Demystifying the Artist's Rainbow (download the pdf flyer)
Sara Loesch-Frank, instructor
November 1 & 2, 2014
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Albany Senior Center • 846 Masonic Avenue, Albany
$150 members, $170 for non-members
Ink, Pigment and Binders: Beginning with charcoal and ink we will explore the chemistry of art materials. In this workshop, participants will make and work in egg tempera, ink, watercolor, and acrylic paints. Participants will become familiar with various pigments and binders that are used in inks, pastels, acrylics, watercolor and oil paint. Lab fee of $15 will cover the use of tools, multiple pigments, paint and ink binders and a notebook. The supply list will follow.
Sara Loesch-Frank was chosen as the Distinguished Fine Artist of Cupertino for 1997. She has taught calligraphy, drawing and painting in the Bay Area since 1977. She was awarded a scholarship to the Academy of Art in San Francisco and has shown at Kalligraphia, the Triton Museum and Filoli Gardens. Sara team teaches at Stanford University, “Art, Chemistry and Madness: the Science of Art Materials.”
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 2014
Download the Fort Mason brochure in pdf format.
Susie Taylor, instructor
Seven Tuesday evenings • 6:30–9:00 PM
September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21
$140 FOC members / $150 non-members
Evolving from the Humanist cursive writing which originated in the Italian Renaissance, the italic hand is one of the most versatile and expressive styles in the contemporary calligrapher’s repertoire. This class will focus on the fundamentals of its minuscule and majuscule alphabets, including letter form, proportion and spacing. We will also touch on simple page design.
All levels of lettering experience are welcome.
Susie Taylor studied calligraphy with Byron Macdonald, Arne Wolf and Hermann Zapf. Examples of her work have been published in Contemporary Calligraphy, Calligraphy Today and Artist & Alphabet. She served for many years as the curator of the Harrison Collection of Calligraphy and Lettering at the San Francisco Public Library.
Patricia Coltrin, instructor
Four Tuesday evenings • 6:30–9:00 PM
October 28, November 4, 11, 18
$80 FOC members / $85 non-members
This class is full with a waiting list. Payment of tuition is necessary to hold your place on the wait list, and will be refunded after class begins if no space opens.
The italic hand was used as both a formal and a cursive script during the Renaissance. Its clear, elegant forms provide a wonderful model for modern handwriting. Using pencils and fountain pens, 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 toward a more freely written version through exercises for developing rhythm and speed. Many historical and modern examples will be shown.
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.
- 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 Adult School
- 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
- Debra Ferreboeuf • Call 831 655-4311
- 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