Playful Pen Calligraphy Workshop 2-Day Seattle Group Calligraphy Class
Instructor: Caitlin Dundon
Saturday, February 22nd - Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Saturday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday
Location: Studio Works Ballard, 1417 NW 54th Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room #249, Seattle (Ballard, WA, 98107
$ 199 (includes all supplies and tools)
No experience necessary. A great class for beginners who have never picked up a calligraphy pen, but also great for other levels to continue to grow and perfect the art of pointed pen calligraphy in a modern style.
Take a journey into the art of modern calligraphy with this 8-hour, 2-day intensive calligraphy workshop in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. Learn how to create beautiful modern letterforms using pointed pens which are the style used to create Copperplate and Spencerian calligraphy and are being used today by many calligraphers particularly for wedding calligraphy.
With Modern FlowCalligraphy, rather than repeated lifting of pen and following strict alphabet guides, the technique practiced is closer to cursive we learned in elementary school with less rigid structures. The focus is on allowing the letters to flow to create lovely lines and loops and allowing students to create their own lettering style.
Students will enjoy learning at their own pace, but class materials that will be covered include:
individual lower case alphabets
individual upper case alphabets
connecting lower case lettering
connected/disconnecting upper case and lower case together
numbers and punctuation
recommended colored inks
recommended white acrylic and metallic inks
place card tips
words and phrases layout and design
greeting card layout
short quotation or poem layout and design
Each student will received a complimentary Calligraphy Starter Kit (1 pen nib, 1 penholder, 1/2 oz. starter supply of black ink, as well as calligraphy instruction booklet with sample alphabet guides), and handouts with practice exercises, sample greeting card phrases, envelope template, sets of envelopes and greeting cards, place cards. All practice papers and inks will be provided.
Are you Left- Handed? Pointed pens use the same nibs for left or right-handers with the straight penholders. Some left-handers might benefit from purchasing a left-handed oblique penholder here. Don't be shy if you are left-handed, the instructor has helped many left-handers learn how to create some beautiful calligraphy, and no extra tutoring is needed, please join the group class.
Class Signup Policy: Class fees are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the class and let the instructor know via phone or text (206-817-3479) or email by at least 2 hours before the start of the class you are allowed one "rollover" to apply your payment to a future class. No shows will forfeit their payment.
Instructor Caitlin Dundon is a mixed media artist and professional calligrapher with a BFA in graphic design from Syracuse University. She has over 20 years of experience in painting and calligraphy with her company Handwritten Life (formerly One Heart Studio). She has been published in Seattle, Seattle Bride, Seattle Business Monthly and Manhattan Bride Magazines as well as the international calligraphy publication, Letter Arts. She has been an instructor at the Letters of Joy conference, Art & Soul Mixed Media Retreats, Art is You, Ghost Ranch, Mendocino Art Center and Art Unraveled, as well as the University of Washington’s Experimental College in both calligraphy and mixed media collage. Dundon has written articles for Somerset Studio and Art Journaling magazine and her first book on mixed media techniques published by Schiffer Publishing is now available, The Painted Word: Mixed Media Lettering Techniques.
What Other Students are Saying About This Class:
Would you recommend this class to other beginners?
"Pace of instruction was perfect! I thought the class was done really well...there was time enough for instruction and practice...I wouldn't change a thing." Geri A., Mercer Island, WA
"It's a good way to jump start calligraphy practice, getting personal feedback before bad habits are formed. I was a little intimidated at the thought of using a dip pen, but it's actually very accessible." Lenore X., Seattle, WA
"A great introduction to an art form that can be done inexpensively and with an impressive outcome. How I hold the pen makes a HUGE difference - something I might not have figured out on my own." - Kathy S., Seattle, WA
"Yes! I loved how this class walked you through everything and that Caitlin made her rounds to help figure out where our strengths and weaknesses were. I think Caitlin is doing a great job! She obviously knows what she is doing and while she has many years under her belt, she still undertstands the beginner struggle and how to help people improve." Aleeza A., Seattle, WA.
"I really enjoyed your class last night and look forward to practicing my own swirly style of writing! Your hand writing is beautiful!!! I really found your comments encouraging....It helped me make it through the evening. Thanks again for a great time. " - Joan, Tukwila, WA
Would you recommend this class to other students? Why or why not?
"Yes I would, I liked the teaching style and I liked Caitlin. I thought that the class was fun and informative, and I really enjoyed it." - Heather L., Seattle, WA
"Yes. Caitlin was informative as well as encouraging." - Pam, Seattle, WA
"Yes, definitely. I felt it gave a good introduction to calligraphy. It was not overwhelming and I really enjoyed learning. "
"I enjoyed it and I think Caitlin did a great job teaching." - Quinn J., Seattle, WA
"Caitlin was incredibly knowledgeable, talented and a wonderful teacher." - Emelia H., Seattle, WA