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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 http://roanndesigns.blogspot.com or www.roanndesigns.com.

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, http://roanndesigns.blogspot.com or rmdesigns@bellsouth.net


Supply List:

Paper:

  • 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

Media: 

  • 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

Optional:

  •    Oil pastels, China marker, Stencils

Pointed Pen Calligraphy Classes for Beginners



6 week classes
When: Thursdays beginning February 11, 2016 ending March 17, 2016
             (Feb 11, 18, 25, Mar 2, 10, 17)
             6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: St. George's Church 2425 Germantown Road, Germantown, TN 38138

Instructor: Maggie Naylor
                    naylorm1@bellsouth.net
                    901-753-0194 (home) 901-482-9977 (cell)

Cost: $175 for the 6 week class, plus supplies

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 created 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!!!

Please send your Name, contact phone, and email to: naylorm1@bellsouth.net to register, 
then follow up with payment to finalize your registration.

Fee can be paid through PayPal using my email address (naylorm1@bellsouth.net) 
or checks mailed to me at: 1583 Cherry Park Drive, Memphis TN 38120

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.

Writing Calligraphy with the Pointed Pen Class 2 (Maggie Naylor)



Pointed Pen Flourishing and Fun — May 2015


4 weekly evening classes beginning May 7, 2015

Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28 (THURSDAYS)

Time: 6:00-8:30

Instructor: Maggie Naylor 
naylorm1@bellsouth.net
901-753-0194 (h) 901-482-9977(c) 

Class Location: St. George’s Church
2425 Germantown Road
Germantown, TN 38138

Cost: $120 for the 4 week class, plus supplies

Students will review copperplate letters and add flourishing. They will then learn to create decorated calligraphic letters shown in Fig. 1 to create a contemporary image using basic flourishing.

All Levels are WELCOME!


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.

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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 annsrab@bellsouth.net

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