Here’s a sneak peek at what we have planned for the upcoming spring semester… Classes and detailed descriptions will be posted on our workshops page in late January/early February. Please check back and plan to join us for some amazing workshops this spring! You can subscribe to our Newsletter (on the right margin) if you’d like to be notified by email.
(If you click on an instructor’s name, you’ll be taken to their website with more samples of their work!)
ANNA PINTO—February 23
Incorporating the powerfully graphic alphabet Neuland with pastels and masks to create unique designs.
MASSIMO POLELLO—March 1 & 2
“Evolutionary Italic: Classic, Expressive, and Gestural Forms” (please note: class description has changed)
Massimo is from Turin, Italy and has been a rising dynamo on the international calligraphic scene in the last 5 years. His work is extraordinarily powerful and unique, incorporating classic letterforms with innovative work. We will experiment with different forms and create a unique handmade book to house our class projects. Massimo comes to New York following a 3-city workshop tour on the West Coast which has already sold out! Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to study with him!
BARRY MORENTZ—May 31 (please note: date has changed)
“Which Paper? Which Ink?”
Especially geared to newcomers, this is a gentle introduction to only some of the many papers available to calligraphers. We will test many different inks, mix gouache, color blend, and learn how to correct mistakes without having a nervous breakdown. This is a mini-class of 3-1/2 hours duration, with bagels and donuts thrown into the pot.
BARBARA CLOSE—April 5 & 6
“Textured Letters” and “Letter Bouquet”
Each is a one-day workshop; in the former we work with outlined Versal Letters that are then painted, texturized, decorated, and embellished; in the latter we work with Copperplate letters adding touches of flowers, leaves and vines intertwined with letters. These create beautiful designs whether on a manuscript page, a poem, or an envelope. Barbara has been one of the most popular teachers at the international conferences, and we expect this class to fill quickly.
MAUREEN SQUIRES—April 26 & 27 (please note: dates have changed)
Discover the possibilities of using non-traditional brushes and the forms that can be created. Blade brushes also known as Dagger Striper brushes, are typically used with watercolors, gouache, dyes and acrylic paints. The shape is similar to folded butterfly pens but is much more versatile. We will use a series of exercises to explore the use of every aspect of the tool. Maureen has directed 3 international conferences, and has become well known for her striking abstract painting using calligraphic forms in all their glorious diversity.
XANDRA ZAMORA—May 17 & 18
“Pointed Pen Flourishing and Event Design”
Xandra is one of the most celebrated stars at the IAMPETH Conferences, and her work exudes dazzling imagination and inventiveness. She will show us how to lift the invitation into the realm of the extraordinary, and we will create amazingly unique party favors that go well beyond the traditional catalogue selections. Xandra, who is based in Los Angeles, does a lot of work for the Hollywood crowd, so you can be sure your work will aim for the stars!
In addition, there may be another workshop or two to be scheduled at a later date… and until they’ve been set in stone, dates may be subject to change. Please check our workshops page for the most updated information.