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SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER 2022

SHAPING YOUR STORY: Calligraphy and other artistic approaches

FOUR PART SERIES

You have a story that needs to be told. We all do. Calligraphy is the perfect way to bring your story to the world. This workshop is about finding that story and giving it shape. This is an emotional process. You will go deep. You may need a handkerchief in one hand, a pen in the other.
We need time for this process, so this workshop is spread over four series. You will learn to write a story – your story. This text will guide you through four months of exploration. We will use expressive marks, abstract writing, and calligraphy full of visual associations to create the raw material for a book. This book will then become a collection of exercises and experiments all intended to bring out the deeper meaning of your story. Trust me when I say that THIS workshop is the key to your most personal and artistic calligraphy.

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MARCH 2022

LEARNING FROM APOLLINAIRE: Non-linear calligraphy

Can you just grab a pen, start anywhere on the page, and create a good piece of calligraphy? Can you skip the planning, build contrasts, and invent the words as you go? Using the Calligrammes of Apollinaire and other sources of inspiration, we will work spontaneously to create fascinating non-linear calligraphy that is dynamic, rich in contrast and full of surprises. We will mix styles, change pens, and stretch letters into new shapes. You will be amazed to see a unique composition take shape before your eyes!

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APRIL 2022

FABULOUS FABRICS AND CALLIGRAPHIC KIMONOS: Calligraphy on textiles

Due to popular demand, the kimono course will be broadened to cover work on textiles in general. How to plan and paint a tablecloth, a tee shirt, a leather jacket. Students will be able to create anything they like on fabrics, including kimonos! We will begin with the technicalities. How to prepare your workspace? How to create a composition? Which cloth, paint, and brush? Which styles of calligraphy to use? We will look at the history of calligraphy on cloth in Japan, the Silk Road, and the West, discovering incredible artistic treasures along the way. We will then create our own calligraphic cloth and sew it into kimonos or transform it into other usable products. In the final session you can walk the catwalk in your kimono, show us the cursive curtains in your living room or dress your dining room table with your new calligraphic tablecloth.

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MAY 2022

Calligraphy for walls and other vertical surfaces

PART ONE OF TWO

Some of the most exciting commissions of my 35-year career have been wall texts: calligraphy and lettering for buildings, exhibitions, installations, and more. It is time for me to share with you all the techniques that I have developed over the years. We will look at specific projects, seeing which approaches best suited the situation. You will learn how to prepare a studio-sized panel on which to practice various techniques, including brush script (pointed and flat), built-up lettering, and stenciling. We will look at design and layout; choosing the right lettering style; and how to mark out a wall before you begin. You may be thinking, “I’ll never paint on a building!” But the techniques you learn here can be applied to any number of projects, large and small.

We recommend following PART ONE AND PART TWO! A discount will be given for the two parts.

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JUNE 2022

Calligraphy for walls and other vertical surfaces

PART TWO OF TWO

In this series we will look at more ways of working on vertical surfaces. One project may require you to work directly on a wall, another to project letters and fill them in, yet another to have the calligraphy printed on cloth that is then stretched over panels. Every project is different. I will show you how to create a digital mock-up for your client (or as part of your design process). I will also show you major projects that were done based only on a small thumbnail sketch. Working on walls or other vertical surfaces, especially if they are large, is a world of its own. It will be a pleasure for me to show you a dozen or more wall projects and describe how each one was done. Join me on the big stage!

We recommend following PART ONE AND PART TWO! A discount will be given for the two parts.

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