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CALLIGRAPHY EDUCATION IN BIRMINGHAM

The Birmingham Calligraphy Guild offers a variety of educational opportunities throughout the year in the form of classes, workshops and other training events. For more information on how these educational opportunities work, see our workshop guidelines.


WORKSHOPS & events 2018-2019  

march 2018:

SUZANNE CUNNINGHAM
Florence Script

March 17-18, 2018  

AUGUST 2018:

BARBARA CLOSE
Versals, Background Techniques, all wrapped up in an Accordian Book

August 18-19, 2018  

OCTOBER 2018:

BARRY MORENTZ - CANCELLED
Japanese Box and Designing Monograms

October 13-14, 2018  

2019 WORKSHOPS

january 2019

BILL KEMP  - January 19-21, 2019

FEBRUARY 2019

MARINA SORIA - February 16-18, 2019

MARCH 2019

HEATHER HELD - March 16-17, 2019

AUGUST 2019

AMITY PARKS  - August 10-11, 2019

 

WORKSHOP SIGN UP INFORMATION

Deposits are being accepted for all workshops through the end of 2018. For each workshop, the deposit is $150.00. You may pay the deposit for more than one workshop, but you must enclose the registration form with the check so that the treasurer knows  what workshops you are registering for. (Note: If a workshop is full and you find that you cannot attend, your deposit may be refunded to you if you cannot attend as long as the workshop is over the break even point.) Total cost will be determined once a plane ticket has been purchased or mileage estimated. Deposits received will determine whether or not a workshop will run.

NEW!!!!!! The guild has adapted a new policy that will affect your ability to attend a workshop as a member. Only those who have paid their membership dues prior to September 30 will qualify for registration as a member. Any person who pays their dues, or who joins the guild after that date will pay the non-member cost for ANY workshop through the following August. That cost will be $100 additional for non-members or members who paid their dues AFTER September 30.

Please make your check payable to the Birmingham Calligraphy Guild.

Please mail your check to:

Birmingham Calligraphy Guild Workshops
324 Emerald Drive
Chelsea, AL 35043

The receipt of your deposit AND a lottery determines your position in the class. Checks will be deposited upon receipt.

All communication regarding workshops will be by email unless we are notifed otherwise.

DO NOT SEND IN ANY CHECKS FOR 2019 WORKSHOPS AT THIS TIME - THEY WILL BE VOIDED

For additional workshop information

 

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meetings / programs

APRIL 28, 2018:

TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Bring your favorite tools, papers, inks, nibs, markers, erasers.....whatever is your go-to and let's share that with our pen pals! You never know what little burnisher or eraser is just what someone has been looking for!
9-1
Alabama Art Supply

 

MAY 5, 2018:

CHINESE WATERCOLOR FLORALS
with Marie Lewis

9 - 1
Alabama Art Supply

 

JUNE 23, 2018:

CALLIGRAPHY IN A DIGITAL AGE - PART 1 - working in Photoshop Elements
with Melinda Sapp

9 - 1
Alabama Art Supply

 

JULY 28, 2018:

GERMAN TEXT
with Jim Davis

9 - 1
Alabama Art Supply

 

AUGUST 25, 2018:

ORIENTATION FAIR
Open to Public Round Robin Demonstrations and Hands-on activities!!!

10 - 4
TBD

 

september 8, 2018:

FLOURISHED SCRIPT
with Jan Pruitt

9 - 1
Alabama Art Supply

 

OCTOBER 6, 2018:

CALLIGRAPHY IN A DIGITAL AGE - PART 2 - working in Photoshop Elements
with Melinda Sapp

9 - 1
Alabama Art Supply

 

NOVEMBER 3, 2018:

ITALIC HAND
with Dexter Stone

9 - 1
Alabama Art Supply

 

DECEMBER 6, 2018:

HOLIDAYS IN THE SOUTH DINNER
with our Members (spouses welcomed)

6:30 pm - 9 pm

WHERE: Vecchia Pizzeria and Mercato*
The Preserve in Hoover
610 Preserve Pkwy
Unit 100
Hoover, AL 35226 

RSVP Here

*reasonably priced menu (individual checks)

2019 meetings / programs

JANUARY 12, 2019: (ON Hold for now)

UNCIAL HAND
with Barbara Mitchell

9-1
Alabama Art Supply

FEBRUARY 2, 2019: (NEW DATE!)

VALENTINE CARD EXCHANGE AND BRUNCH
hosted by Leah Dueffer

10 am - 12 ish
Leah Dueffer's Home
This will be a potluck brunch - a sign up list will be sent out closer to February

MARCH 9, 2019:

ENVELOPES 101 - anything and everything to do with addressing envelopes! Proper etiquette, making corrections, how to choose the best nib and ink for the paper you are given, centering versus staggered addressing, making guidelines, etc.
with Carol Faust

9-1
Alabama Art Supply

APRIL 13, 2019:

DECORATED NAMES AND MONOGRAMS
with Melissa Baker
9-1
Alabama Art Supply

MAY 2019:

TBD

9-1
Alabama Art Supply

JUNE 2019:

TBD

9-1
Alabama Art Supply

JULY 2019:

TBD

9-1
Alabama Art Supply

AUGUST 2019:

TBD

9-1
Alabama Art Supply

SEPTEMBER 2019:

TBD

9-1
Alabama Art Supply

OCTOBER 2019:

TBD

9-1
Alabama Art Supply

 

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Bill Kemp - Spencerian Script Class and Flourishing - This workshop starts from the beginner level. It is also a good class for the person who has some experience with Spencerian. Bill Kemp likes to teach a class that allows him to have one-on-one time with students because he is able to see the level one may be at and provide a more in-depth critique to that student. The first day of the class focuses on learning the basic strokes of this alphabet, then going into the lowercase letters. The second day focuses on the capital letters but also has students integrate the lowercase letters with the capitals.
Flourishing Class - This is a one-day class, which has as its focus the basics of flourishing. We will learn a few basic types of flourishing that we can incorporate with the Spencerian Script.

Marina Soria - The Empty Space, Womb of Shape - The Taoist painters treat the empty space as a positive matter, not as something to be filled in or to spare, but as the origin of form.
Considering these rules, we will find new ways to work with space, to see the empty space! The balance between the use of positive and negative spaces is key to aesthetic compositions. This workshop will start from an experimental alphabet or a formal one with a personal twist and will work the space issues, trying to accomplish new compositions where space is not the blank portion of the paper.

Heather Held - One Enchanted Weekend - The weekend begins with The Enchanted Letter. Participants will explore the design and decoration of a Victorian illuminated letter. The letters are based on a rounded script alphabet and transformed into meandering ribbons or graceful leaves. The weekend ends with The Enchanted Meadow. If you enjoy the fairytale qualities of illumination, you will love this class! Students will learn how to design a painted acanthus leaf foliate spray to surround a delightful meadow creature. Inspired by the unique and surprising miniature paintings in historic illuminated manuscripts, the student will be guided through painting techniques to create these whimsical miniatures. Guides will be provided for the meadow creatures while the student creates their unique foliate spray.

Amity Parks - Bold and Blended: Chunky Roman Caps - This class will be spent learning a broad-edged pen version of a chunky Roman capital alphabet. This fun and bold hand has a more casual and contemporary look than its more formal cousins. We’ll practice the pen manipulation that allows for dynamic stroke transitions. The boldness of this lettering style creates lovely textures and white spaces. Once we’ve learned the alphabet, we’ll add some color. This hand lends itself to fun color blending when spaced tightly as the bold stokes stay wet and allow for bleeding from one letter to another. We’ll play with a couple types of powdered watercolors/inks to get some gorgeous and transparent color effects with our lettering. If there is time, we’ll get out our pencils and add some graphite effects to our lettering to really make it pop.

 

 

 

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