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MCG Hosts Lively Letters With Julie Wildman April 28-29!

     DATE:    Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and 29th
     TIME:     9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day 
     PLACE:  Memphis Northeast Police Precinct, 6850 Appling Farms Pkwy, Whitten exit North
                off of I-40
     COST:    $150.00 members, $175.00 non-members

Julie Wildman is a graphic designer/calligrapher who has been on the guild teaching circuit since 2014. She lives in northwest Indiana, just 30 minutes southeast of Chicago. She also lived in Memphis from 1997 to 1999 and took Reggie's year-long class while there in '98 and has been doing calligraphy ever since!

Workshop Description
The goal of this class is to get intermediate and advanced calligraphers to free up their lettering, and to tap into that playful, “dancing” part inside each person. From monoline to brush, traditional to funky, we will explore new ways to bring life to your lettering. Using monoline tools, broad-edged nibs, pointed brushes, and unusual tools students will be led through a series of exercises that will focus not only on the lettering but on layout, composition, and the negative space that is created. Principles of design will be used as we discuss where the next letter or word should go, what makes a pleasing composition, and where and when to apply color. We will work with black on white, white on black, walnut inks, watercolors, paint and gel pens, different papers, and create a variety of unusual tools to make great letters and marks. Prepare to loosen up and have a “wild” time!

Click here to download the supply list and registration form.



Memphis Calligraphy Guild will host Reggie Ezell in 2017!!

The Memphis Calligraphy Guild is hosting Reggie Ezell's "26 Seeds: A Year to Grow" in 2017.  This is an opportunity not to be missed if you are truly interested in learning calligraphic hands and techniques. 2017 is the last year that Reggie will be teaching. For more information on course content, visit Reggie's website at www.reggieezell.com or email at contactreggie@comcast.net. 

Each session is a two day weekend, 9 to 5, meeting every other month.
  Dates in Memphis are: 
Feb.4 &5, 2017
Apr. 1 & 2, 2017
June 3 & 4, 2017
Aug. 26 & 27, 2017 
Oct 21 & 22, 2017 
Dec. 9 & 10, 2017 

Place: Memphis Northeast Police Precinct
            6850 Appling Farms Parkway (Whitten Exit off of I-40)

Cost: $1625 for the year-long workshop (this is based on 12 students and will be adjusted down if there are more than 12 students).

Registration: $125 deposit to hold your place. You may make six payments of $250 each after the initial deposit is made. If you need a different payment schedule let Ann Rabinovitz know. 

Make checks payable to Memphis Calligraphy Guild. 
Mail to 1696 Belledeer Dr. Cordova TN 38016

Questions? Contact Ann Rabinovitz 901-757-2403 or annsrab@bellsouth.net.

Modernized Illuminated Letters

Oct. 26 – Nov. 11 // Register by Oct. 19
Mondays & Wednesdays @ 7–9:30 p.m. 6 Sessions / Tuition: $255 / Materials: $15



Traditional illuminated letters in manuscripts are luscious, with their jewel tones and gold leaf. Using those as inspiration, this class will bring them into the modern world. Topics include instruction on how to mix colors, how to draw floral designs, and how to use shading and highlighting. Learn to create beautiful border designs and patterns. Then we will look at modern alternatives to gold leaf and how to use them. Students should have some kind of art experience, but no calligraphy experience is necessary.

Here's the link to register: http://mca.edu/public-programs/community-education-holder/online-registration/

No Fear Watercolor by Linda Hancock




Date: Sat. and Sun., October 17th & 18th, 2015
Place: The Bodine School
           2432 Yester Oaks Dr.
           Germantown, TN 38139
Cost: $160.00 for members and for $185.00 for non-members

(There is a supply fee of $40.00 which has been included in the workshop fee as she wants everyone to have the same supplies.)
A $50.00 deposit will hold your place. Deposits will be accepted with final payment due in Oct. or at the workshop
 
Make checks payable to: Memphis Calligraphy Guild
Mail to Ann Rabinovitz
            1696 Belledeer Dr. W.
            Cordova, TN 38016

Watercolor has always been thought to be a tricky, unforgiving medium and many artists shy away from using it in favor of more "manageable" choices. Nonsense! In this workshop, we'll get a handle on the way watercolor works, playing with its properties and embracing its eccentricities. Part of the joy of working with watercolor is its penchant for creating surprising effects, perfect for lettering artists to exploit. On the first day, we'll work with the basics, producing small pages that will be the support for our exploration of added lettering on the second day. Come with an open mind and good supplies, and we'll enjoy discovering what this medium can share with us! 
This class is for all skill levels.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Linda Hancock

 

 

Things Greek and Gilded: A Five Day Class with Georgia Angelopolous

Dates: May 30-June 3, 2015
Location: Studio Nysha
                8410 Wolf Lake Drive Suite 109
                Bartlett, TN 38133
Time: 9:00-5:00 with after-dinner work time
Cost: $350
For complete details please contact Dana Jacobson at dj18a@yahoo.com.

THINGS GREEK AND GILDED


Exploring the rich history of Greek writing from its earliest appearance over 2500 years ago will help us better understand its crucial link to our own and expand our way of seeing and understanding letters. Examining various writing systems and styles as exercises will furnish interesting possibilities in our work. We will be working with Greek letters and short bits of ancient texts, but will also be devising Latin forms to harmonize with the Greek so as to write in English. Letters will be explored in terms of their pattern making potential, as well as unique designs in their own right.

To complement our lettering we will work with motifs apropos to each period gleaned from historical artifacts; we will create gilded and painted designs using a variety of techniques – flat gilding and tooling with various instruments, debossing, sgraffito, and cutting and collage with papers we will gild. We will also consider writing over top of gilded surfaces and explore some of the traditional Greek palettes. Students will be encouraged to create a book documenting their explorations or work on a finished piece based on what inspires them through the process.

Things Greek and Gilded I: Gilding

We will be learning to gild using traditional and modern techniques on various surfaces. Though we will touch on raised gilding, our main focus will be flat gilding - learning how to tool the gold to create beautiful patterns in relief and experimenting with different techniques that can be used in traditional and contemporary work. Every participant will create a record of techniques they can use as well as a gold ‘palette’ or chart for future reference using a wide variety of gold alloys and metals. Complementing this will be a study of the ancient Greek palette; we will create simple designs with it and then use our gold charts to choose which of our metals best harmonizes with each design. Raw materials and ground pigments will be brought in to show the origin of our colours and contemporary alternatives will be discussed. This class is intended to provide a good introduction to illumination and work in ways that are sensitive to our text and intention.



THINGS GREEK AND GILDED 11: Lettering

Exploring the rich history of Greek writing from its earliest appearance over 2500 years ago will help us better understand its crucial link to our own and expand our way of seeing and understanding letters. Examining various writing systems and styles as exercises will furnish interesting possibilities in our work. We will be working with Greek letters and short bits of ancient texts, but will also be devising Latin forms to harmonize with the Greek so as to write in English. Letters will be explored in terms of their pattern making potential, as well as unique designs in their own right.



Reminder: April 25th Zentangle for Calligraphers


We will take the basics from the previous class and explore ways of using calligraphic tools to expand them. Also looking at how to utilize them in traditional and contemporary work; illuminated letters, boarders, backgrounds… I bet you have tools that you are skilled at using for calligraphy — how can you use them (tools and skills) to make exciting and new work?

Supplies for April 25th class:

  • A variety of your favorite mark making tools; ruling pen, automatic pen, pointed pen, broad pen, parallel pen, pointed brush, etc.
  • Your favorite inks to use with your mark making tools.
  • Smooth paper for ink. I like pads like Borden & Riley’s #234 Paris Paper for Pens or Canson Manga 
  • Heavyweight Drawing Paper

Studio Nysha is located at
8410 Wolf Lake Drive             
Suite 109
Bartlett, TN  38133
 
Cost: 
April 25 – $10 members, $15 non-members
If you have any questions please let me know
Nysha
studionysha@icloud.com
901-262-5509

 

Zentangles Personified April 11th and 25th

This class is being offered by Nysha Nelson and will be held at his studio (please note the change in venue) so you may see his amazing display of zentangles already done.

Zentangle is a simple method for creating intricate patterns that are easy and can be meditative and increase focus. In the 17 months I have been using Zentangle as a daily practice I find that I am able to create work with more control than before and am more focused while working, all from making beautiful patterns on a three and a half inch squares of paper in just a few minutes!

Saturday, April 11
9:00 to 12:30 pm   
Zentangle I — we will explore the simple and relaxing method of Zentangle. Using simple marks to create intricate patterns in a way that aids in focus and calm. In this class we will learn the basics of the Zentangle Method and begin a conversation about how it can impact calligraphy, letterforms and our work practice.

Supplies for April 11th class;
  • Pigma Micron 01 (by Sakura) (*$2.00)
  • Graphite pencil, soft lead like a B, 2B or softer  (*60¢)
  • Tortillion or blending stump (*35¢)
      (* I will have these items for purchase)
April 25th
Zentangle for Calligraphers — we will take the basics from the previous class and explore ways of using calligraphic tools to expand them. Also looking at how to utilize them in traditional and contemporary work; illuminated letters, boarders, backgrounds… I bet you have tools that you are skilled at using for calligraphy — how can you use them (tools and skills) to make exciting and new work?

Supplies for April 25th class;
  • A variety of your favorite mark making tools; ruling pen, automatic pen, pointed pen, broad pen, parallel pen, pointed brush, etc.
  • Your favorite inks to use with your mark making tools.
  • Smooth paper for ink. I like pads like Borden & Riley’s #234 Paris Paper for Pens or Canson Manga 
  • Heavyweight Drawing Paper
Studio Nysha is located at
8410 Wolf Lake Drive             
Suite 109
Bartlett, TN  38133

If you have any questions please let me know
Nysha
studionysha@icloud.com
901-262-5509

Cost: 
April 11 – $10 members, $15 non-members

April 25 – $10 members, $15 non-members


Back to Basics: Italic

Dates: February 21 and March 21
Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Instructor: Roann Mathias
Where: Memphis Northeast Police Precinct
             6850 Appling Farms Pkwy (Whitten exit North off of I-40
Cost: $10 each session for Members, $15 each session for nonmembers
          {Sign up for all 4 classes (2 Italics and 2 Zentangle-more info to follow for that series) for only $35 Members/$50 nonmembers}



This class is for all skill levels.  Basic italic will be presented for beginners, and for those with more experience we will fine-tune. We will also work on using dip pens and gouache.
Supplies: Grid pad, pencil, ruler, eraser, Black gouache, 1 six-part mixing tray, water dropper, small mixing brush, Nib holder, #2 Mitchell nib, slant board, paper towels.

**March class may be held at another location. We will add a post with the new location.

Writing Calligraphy with the Pointed Pen

Dates: 6 wk. classes; THURSDAYS; Feb. 19, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Where: St. George’s Church
2425 Germantown Road
Germantown, TN 38138
Cost:  $175 for the 6 wk. class, plus supplies
Instructor: Maggie Naylor
Contact: 901-753-0194 (h); 901-482-9977©
naylorm1@bellsouth.net

Take an in depth journey into the art of beautiful handwriting with this 6-week session of calligraphy classes.

Learn how to create beautiful letterforms using pointed pens which are the common style used to create Copperplate and Spencerian calligraphy and are being used today by many calligraphers particularly for wedding calligraphy.

Have fun putting your new skills to use by practicing addressing envelopes, and other simple projects.

Great class for beginners who have never picked up a calligraphy pen, but also great for all levels to continue to grow and perfect the art of calligraphy.

All Levels are WELCOME!

If you know of others that may be interested, please forward this email. THANKS!

Versals Workshop 4

When: November 22, 2014; 9 am – 12:30 noon
Where:
 Appling Road East Police Precinct
Instructor: Ann Rabinovitz
Supplies: [Download Supply List] (Word doc)


We have had lots of fun learning versals and decorating letters and now, thanks to Judy Sproles, on Sat. Nov. 22nd, we will learn how to decorate a monochromatic letter, that is, using different values of one color.

The color is Paynes Gray and she says that a tube runs about $10.00, so we thought that two people could share a tube, as apparently one does not need the whole tube. You do not need to have attended the previous workshops to attend this one. Thus, if you would wish to share a tube, I will purchase them. This means that I will need to know by Mon., Nov. 10th if you would like to do share a tube so I will have time to track enough tubes down.

And we will also need to know who is coming so Judy can have enough paper and handouts for all.  Please e-mail me (annsrab@bellsouth.net) or call by the 10th 901-757-2403, so that all the responses are with one person. I have attached a picture of the letter that we will be painting along with the complete supply list, cost etc. Please let me know if there are any questions.

Versals Workshop 3

When: October 25, 2014; 9 am – 12:30 noon
Where:
 Appling Road East Police Precinct
Instructor: Ann Rabinovitz

Supply List:
  • Some usual supplies—pencil, eraser, ruler, 45° triangle, water jar, at least 2 water color brushes (smallish, like a #1 & #3)
  • Gouache colors (a blue, a red, a green, white) or more, if you want to bring them
  • Paper towel, 6 part mixing pan, gold, if you want, your own design if you want, extra paper if you want
  • A black water proof small (narrow .005) marker

Versals Workshop 2

When: September 27, 2014; 9 am – 12:30 noon
Where:
 Appling Road East Police Precinct
Instructor: Ann Rabinovitz

These ongoing courses are designed to either introduce you to calligraphy, advance your proficiency or just catch you up on things that you might have forgotten. And some of the offerings will be great for beginners, also. You do not have to take all the offerings, but we would like to have you commit to a month at a time.

Class Description: This session will deal with drawing traditional shapes in and around your letters. These are shapes that were first used in and around the 14th century.

Supplies:
  • Paper—grid pad or other kinds for drawing or marker use. Bring good white paper if you want to save your letter
  • Pencils—mechanical (.05) or if regular pencil, bring a sharpener
  • Eraser—ruler
  • Markers—black zig or pigma, .01 or a little larger or any mono line marker: Blue, red and green monoline markers
  • Blue and red gouache or water colors, smallish brush, water container
  • Tracing paper
  • Handouts from the first session, if you attended it
Beginners welcome!

Cost: $5 ($8 non-members)

Judy Melvin Workshops

IMPROV Studio
When: November 1-2, 2014; 9 am – 5 pm
Where:
Appling Road East Police Precinct
Instructor: Judy Melvin
Cost: $100 Members; $120 Non-members
Doc: Judy Melvin-IMPROV STUDIO (Word doc)

It's time to think about our main workshop in November, as Judy will be needing to make airplane reservations soon.

Attached, please find the flyers (yes, there are two of them) for Judy Melvin. She will be with us for 4 days. You may take either one of the workshops or you may take both. Please notice the price discount if you are taking both workshops. On the flyer for the Neuland Hand, there are two pages of samples. And to make it easier for you, Ann has put the supply list for the IMPROV Studio on one sheet.

Neuland Hand
When: November 3-4, 2014; 9 am – 5 pm
Where:
Appling Road East Police Precinct
Instructor: Judy Melvin
Cost: $80 Members; $100 Non-members
Doc: Judy Melvin-Neuland with Script (Word doc)

Call or e-mail Ann with questions: 901-757-2403 or annsrab@bellsouth.net

Versals Workshop 1

When: September 6, 2014; 9 am – 12:30 noon
Where:
 Appling Road East Police Precinct
Instructor: Ann Rabinovitz

These ongoing courses are designed to either introduce you to calligraphy, advance your proficiency or just catch you up on things that you might have forgotten. And some of the offerings will be great for beginners, also. You do not have to take all the offerings, but we would like to have you commit to a month at a time.

Class Description: We will be studying Decorated Letters for the next 4 sessions. Of course, we will only begin to explore all that you can do to decorate letters, but one must start somewhere. Since a lot of decorated letters are based on Versals, that is where we will begin in this. There will be 3 more sessions on these following Saturday dates; Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 22nd. Any class may be taken by itself.

Supplies:
    • Paper—grid pad or other kinds for drawing or marker use
    • Pencils—mechanical (.05) or if regular pencil, bring a sharpener
    • Eraser---ruler
    • Markers—black zig or pigma, .01 or a little larger or any monoline marker
    • Tracing paper
Beginners welcome!

Cost: $5 ($8 non-members)

Card Making Workshop

When: August 23, 2014; 9 am – 4 pm
Where: Appling Road East Police Precinct
Instructors: Peggy Kunkel and Judy Hill
Cost: Members, free; Non-members: just $5
Flyer: Simple Card Making (Word doc)

These ongoing courses are designed to either introduce you to calligraphy, advance your proficiency or just catch you up on things that you might have forgotten. And some of the offerings will be great for beginners, also. You do not have to take all the offerings, but we would like to have you commit to a month at a time. 

We are back to doing our Saturday "Brush Up Your Calligraphy" guild workshops. We have allowed extra time for this one for those who wish to stay and play. There should be something for everyone!!!

If you are planning to attend, we do need to be notified no later than August 18th, so that Peggy and Judy will have enough supplies for all.

Further information is in the attachment.

Advance registration required: 901-757-2403 or annsrab@bellsouth.net

Spencerian Workshop 2

When: May 24, 2014; 9 am – 12 noon
Where:
Appling Road East Police Precinct
Instructor: Maggie Naylor
Flyer: Download (Word doc)

These ongoing courses are designed to either introduce you to calligraphy, advance your proficiency or just catch you up on things that you might have forgotten. And some of the offerings will be great for beginners, also. You do not have to take all the offerings, but we would like to have you commit to a month at a time.

Class Description: Learning to write the Spencerian Script. Beginning with an explanation of the tools used and finger and muscle movements and exercises needed to achieve the delicate hairlines.

Supplies:
  • Oblique pen holder, nibs (such as Nikko G, Zebra, Hunt 22, Gillott 303 or 404 or your favorite)
  • Black ink: either McCaffrey's penman ink, Moon Palace sumi or Higgins eternal
  • Paper: Smooth paper such as Rhodia or Clairefontaine ruled, or regular laser paper. 1-2 half sheets of quality art paper (example: Arches HP, Canson Mi Tientes or Diploma Parchment for a finished quote). pencil, ruler, dinky dinks or small container for ink and water, notebook for notes.
  • No slant board needed.
Beginners welcome!

Cost: $15 both May classes ($20 non-members)

Spencerian Workshop 1

When: May 10, 2014; 9 am – 12 noon
Where:
Appling Road East Police Precinct
Instructor: Maggie Naylor
Flyer: Download (Word doc)

These ongoing courses are designed to either introduce you to calligraphy, advance your proficiency or just catch you up on things that you might have forgotten. And some of the offerings will be great for beginners, also. You do not have to take all the offerings, but we would like to have you commit to a month at a time.
Class Description: Learning to write the Spencerian Script. Beginning with an explanation of the tools used and finger and muscle movements and exercises needed to achieve the delicate hairlines.

Supplies:
  • Oblique pen holder, nibs (such as Nikko G, Zebra, Hunt 22, Gillott 303 or 404 or your favorite)
  • Black ink: either McCaffrey's penman ink, Moon Palace sumi or Higgins eternal
  • Paper: Smooth paper such as Rhodia or Clairefontaine ruled, or regular laser paper. 1-2 half sheets of quality art paper (example: Arches HP, Canson Mi Tientes or Diploma Parchment for a finished quote). pencil, ruler, dinky dinks or small container for ink and water, notebook for notes.
  • No slant board needed.
Beginners welcome!

Cost: $15 both May classes ($20 non-members)

Uncial Workshop

When: April 26, 2014; 9 am – 12 noon (Notice, only month with just a one day class, since Uncial has only a single case)
Where:
Appling Road East Police Precinct
Instructor: Ann Rabinovitz
Flyer: Download (Word doc)

These ongoing courses are designed to either introduce you to calligraphy, advance your proficiency or just catch you up on things that you might have forgotten. And some of the offerings will be great for beginners, also. You do not have to take all the offerings, but we would like to have you commit to a month at a time.

uncial
Class Description: Basic uncial hand. A very adaptable alphabet, for any level of calligraphy, including beginners. Time permitting we will explore a lesson on inks and gouache.

Supplies: Grid pad, pencil, ruler, ink or gouache, pen holder, C2 nib, (other nibs and pens if you wish), water container, brush to load nib, slant board, pillow for chair, sweater, paper towels.

Cost: $7.50 April class ($10 non-members)

Italic Variations Workshop 2

When: March 22, 2014; 9 am – 12 noon
Where:
Appling Road East Police Precinct
Instructor: Peggy Kunkel
Requirement: Knowledge of the Italic hand as Peggy is not going to review the letterforms

These ongoing courses are designed to either introduce you to calligraphy, advance your proficiency or just catch you up on things that you might have forgotten. And some of the offerings will be great for beginners, also. You do not have to take all the offerings, but we would like to have you commit to a month at a time.

Class Description: Italic variations - take one basic italic and learn how to manipulate and play with it and make something different.

Supplies: Basic calligraphy pens (broad and pointed), graph paper, some good paper, ruler, pencil, slant board (if you use it), tracing paper and the usual calligraphy supplies.

Cost: $15 both March classes ($20 non-members)
Sign up for all March-May classes for $33 ($45 non-members)

Italic Variations Workshop 1

When: March 8, 2014; 9 am – 12 noon
Where:
Appling Road East Police Precinct
Instructor: Peggy Kunkel
Requirement: Knowledge of the Italic hand as Peggy is not going to review the letterforms

These ongoing courses are designed to either introduce you to calligraphy, advance your proficiency or just catch you up on things that you might have forgotten. And some of the offerings will be great for beginners, also. You do not have to take all the offerings, but we would like to have you commit to a month at a time.

Class Description: Italic variations - take one basic italic and learn how to manipulate and play with it and make something different.

Supplies: Basic calligraphy pens (broad and pointed), graph paper, some good paper, ruler, pencil, slant board (if you use it), tracing paper and the usual calligraphy supplies.

Cost: $15 both March classes ($20 non-members)
Sign up for all March-May classes for $33 ($45 non-members)

For older event notes, please search the archives in the sidebar.

Make checks for workshops payable to Memphis Calligraphy Guild
Mail to
Ann Rabinovitz
1696 Belledeer Dr. W., Cordova, TN 38016

For questions telephone Ann at
901-757-2403 or annsrab@bellsouth.net

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