New classes beginning in January 2019

UPDATE 20 DEC 2019:
It’s now settled that I will teach two classes this winter — one on journals and sketchbook bindings, and one on brush and pointed pen lettering. So I’ve removed the interest survey. But you can get a complete description of the classes and/or register and pay for a class here.
 
 

Pointed pen practice/play

I’m having the best time teaching a great group of students this winter. Although I’ve taught calligraphy classes for [checks résumé] 30 years (!), this is the first time I’ve taught pointed pen scripts in a classroom setting. To teach others is always to educate myself. Determining how to explain a concept often spotlights previously ignored fuzzy areas in my own thinking.

We’ve begun with a business hand and no pressure, gotten an intro to pointed pen nib and offset holder and ink, and then moved on to a working copperplate hand that is not too fussy (think Buddy Blackwell). 

Here is a bit of silliness that broke out during a practice session focusing on whole-arm movement exercises. Contrary to what this image may suggest, I do not plan to cover “modern calligraphy” in any depth. I was just having fun. Click on the image for a closer look.

 

Register here for a new pointed pen calligraphy class beginning January 7

I am offering a 6-week calligraphy class from 5:30-7:00 pm on Sundays, beginning January 7. We will study pointed pen lettering, with an emphasis on monoline and copperplate styles.
 
Please use the form below to register for the class. 
 
The cost will be $95 per person, payable the first day of class or via PayPal here.
  
The class will be limited to 10 participants.
 
We will study the letter forms and how to use them in projects such as greeting cards, bookmarks, place cards, little books, and more.
 
Pointed pen lettering requires a bare minimum of tools and materials. You’ll need the following for the class:
  • Strathmore Drawing 300 pad at least 9″ x 12″
  • Oblique pen holder
  • Leonardt Principal EF pointed nib (I can supply 1 nib for $2.50, same price at John Neal)
  • a black fine point marker such as Sakura Pigma Micron 01 or ZIG Millennium 01, approximately 1/4mm width
  • pencil, sharpener, eraser
  • metal-edge ruler at least 12″

Except for the Leonardt Principal nib, everything here is available at the MSU Bookstore. I’ll offer a basic kit, which includes the first 3 items, for $12 to those students who let me know that they want a kit by January 1.

 
In addition, I will provide some tools and materials for your use, and others for you to try out. I always say that many a budding calligrapher got their start due to a case of OSD (Office Supply Addiction).
 
Class will be held in the social hall of Temple Beth Shalom at 2020 West Koch; this is just west of 19th Avenue South, near Albertsons.
 
Class will commence on Sunday, January 7, and meet weekly except for January 21. The last class will be held on February 18.
 
Email me with any questions. I look forward to seeing you in class! 
 

Class registration 2018

 

New calligraphy class in Jan-Feb 2018

I’m planning to teach an 8-week class in January and February in Bozeman.
 

To make it as inclusive and accessible as possible, I’ve set up a poll to discover what you are interested in learning and what time of day and week you could attend. If you’re interested in taking the class, scroll down the examples to let me know what interests you and when you could attend.

In response to some questions about the class, here is a little more information.

Depending on how many students we have, the cost will be $100 to $120 per person for the course.

Students are welcome to bring what they have that would work. For those who want it, I am happy to provide a beginner’s kit for students on the first day of class. The cost is $18 and includes:
  • 4 Mitchell dip pens (in 4 sizes) + 1 ink reservoir
  • 1 basic pen holder
  • 1 pad of Strathmore Drawing 300 paper
 A student starting from scratch will pay $15 – $35 for basic calligraphy supplies if they purchase them individually. At a minimum, we’ll use 
  • dip pens — a sampler of pens is $12.95 or $15.95, although a student could buy a few nibs from me @ $1.25 each;
  • sumi ink — available at the MSU bookstore or pay $6 for small jar of Moon Palace at John Neal;
  • Strathmore Drawing 300 paper — a pad of 11×14 paper will cost about $11 (or less with a Michaels coupon or when it’s on sale). 
(I assume people will have basic office supplies on hand, such as pencil, eraser, ruler, etc.)
 
To give you idea of how I run a class, check out this link to a class I taught in 2015. At the bottom of the class you can see syllabus and assignments, week by week.
 
 

Eight-week class: making a manuscript book

manuscript-book-class

I am offering a 8-week class on the manuscript book that will begin January 18 and run, with some breaks, through April 11.

In this class we will examine a variety of handmade books, learn about the parts of a book. Then we’ll design, make and bind a manuscript book.

We’ll choose content, materials, and layout. We’ll learn how to copy fit, good ways to practice the lettering, and much more before finally creating and binding our own books.

To read more or register for the class, go to callibeth.com/class-2016/.