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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 2019  

Click here for 2019 WORKSHOPS descriptions

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

SEPTEMBER 2019

SUZANNE CUNNINGHAM  - September 14-15, 2019 Flourishing and Envelopes

NOVEMBER 2019

DENIS BROWN  - November 1-4, 2019 Layered Calligraphy

NOVEMBER 2019

JULIE WILDMAN  - November 9-10, 2019 Alphabet Book

NOVEMBER 2019

JULIE WILDMAN (Pt. 2)  - November 11, 2019 Akim Cursive

 

WORKSHOP SIGN UP INFORMATION

Deposits are being accepted for all workshops through the end of 2019. 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.

For additional workshop information

 

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2019 meetings / programs

MARCH 2, 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 6, 2019:

POINTED PEN VARIATIONS - Jim will be demonstrating some of the techniques of Mike Kesceg's pointed pen variations
with Jim Davis, founding member

9-1
Alabama Art Supply

MAY 4, 2019:

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

JUNE 1, 2019:

SPENCERIAN CAPS REVIEW
with Melinda Sapp
9-1
Alabama Art Supply

JULY 2019:

NO MEETING DUE TO HOLIDAY WEEKEND

AUGUST 3, 2019:

OPEN HOUSE
Hoover Preserve Town Hall

Time: 1 - 5 pm
Registration: 12:30 pm
There will be hands on calligraphy experience with 8 sessions available with our marvelous members! Please sign up early as space will be limited. Use the link in our weekly eDigest. (see home page for info on how to subscribe to our eDigest.)

SEPTEMBER 7, 2019:

CHALKBOARD ART DESIGN
Rachel Levison (local artist - see work on Instagram @levi.axleigh.art)

9-1
Alabama Art Supply

OCTOBER 5, 2019:

ITALIC HAND - PART 2
with Dexter Stone
9-1
Alabama Art Supply

NOVEMBER 2019 - Workshop weekend

DECEMBER 7, 2019:

INFORMAL BRUSH LETTERING
with Michelle Blanton
@bamamom474 on Instagram
9-1
Alabama Art Supply

 

2020 meetings / programs

JANUARY 4, 2020:

TBA -
with Emily Coe @wildeartco on Instagram

9-1
Alabama Art Supply

FEBRUARY 1, 2020:

FLOURISHING HEARTS (using pointed pen decorative strokes to form a heart shaped motif)
with Melinda Sapp
@calligraphybymelinda on Instagram

9-1
Alabama Art Supply

MARCH 7, 2020:

NEULAND HAND (a chunky, fun broad pen style you are sure to enjoy)
with Elsa Penso
9-1
Alabama Art Supply

APRIL 4, 2020:

FOUNDATIONAL HAND  (one of the best hands to begin with if you are new to broad pen calligraphy)
with Gloria Nelson
9-1
Alabama Art Supply

MAY 2, 2020:

UNCIAL HAND
with Barbara Mitchell
9-1
Alabama Art Supply

JUNE 6, 2020:

COPPERPLATE
with Sharron Adams

9-1
Alabama Art Supply

JULY 4, 2020: NO MEETING DUE TO HOLIDAY

aUGUST 1, 2020:

OPEN HOUSE - open to the public and free of charge

A marvelous time to meet many of our members, and get some hands-on experience with various forms of calligraphy and art associated with calligraphy. RSVP requested so we will have an idea how many to prepare for. Come for some or all of the day!

More information will be coming out as we get closer to August 2020.

1 - 5 pm  (Registration begins at 12:30 pm)
Hoover Preserve Town Hall

SEPTEMBER 5, 2020:

MODERN SCRIPT
with Keandra Lundgren
@keandra_lundgren on Instagram

9-1
Alabama Art Supply

OCTOBER 3, 2020:

TBA
with Victoria Finley
9-1
Alabama Art Supply

NOVEMBER 7, 2020:

HOLIDAY CARD MAKING (using your style of calligraphy and added embellishments)
We will bring all sorts of supplies for you to make fun holiday cards for friends and family!

9-1
Alabama Art Supply

DECEMBER 2020:

NO MEETING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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