Memphis Calligraphy Guildsince 1987

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Layering with Letters Workshop by Roann Mathias

Workshop Description

In this workshop, you will learn how to create multiple layers using text. This kind of layering creates interesting patterns, as well as a sense of depth in your art.  Using gesso, acrylic paint and acrylic mediums on paper, we will paint on and scrape out letterforms.  Neuland will be the primary style of lettering for this class, so there will be time spent reviewing that hand.

 Roann should need no introduction to our guild as an accomplished calligrapher and teacher.  Roann is a mixed media artist specializing in calligraphy. She designs greeting cards, stationery and calendars for Conception Abbey’s Printery House. Other clients include Cleo, Abbey Press and DaySpring. Her work has been published in Letter Arts Review and Somerset Studio Magazine, and exhibited at Chicago’s Newberry Library. She has taught workshops to guilds around the country, and was on the faculty of Island Magic in 2007. See some of her work at or

Date: Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3, 2016
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day
Where: Memphis Northeast Police Precinct
              6850 Appling Farms Parkway (Whitten Exit North off of I-40)
Cost: $100 members, $125 non-members
To Register: Contact Ann Rabinovitz (901-757-2403)
                      1696 Belledeer Drive West, Cordova, TN 38016
Make checks payable to Memphis Calligraphy Guild
Questions? Contact Roann at 901-737-5614, or

Supply List:


  • Grid pad (8 squares per inch)
  • 1 Sheet Arches hot press watercolor (140#)
  • 1 pad Strathmore series Acrylic Pad, 12"x18" (available from Dick Blick)
  • And any other miscellaneous medium to heavy weight white paper that you might want to experiment with.

Tools for Writing:

  • Parallel Pen, size 6.0 (Blue cap)
  • Automatic pens, whatever sizes you have
  • Coit Pens
  • Large size speedball nibs (C1 and C0)
  • Flat brushes that you can use with acrylic paint (1/4, 1/2, and any larger ones that you already         have.) Large flat brushes, 2-3 inches wide, and a few small round brushes.

Other Tools:

  • Water containers, several yogurt size cups to hold mixed paints, cloth rags, paper towels, popsicle sticks, large flat palette knives (preferably plastic), scissors, old credit cards


  • Any acrylic paint that you may already have. If you are going to buy any, 3 colors that you like (fluid acrylics if available).
  • Matte medium, Gesso, light molding paste


  •    Oil pastels, China marker, Stencils

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 or email at 

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

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



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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