LETTERING ARTS GUILD WORKSHOPS
All registrations will be accepted on a first-come basis beginning September 2021. You may mail or e-mail your registrations. Your place will not be guaranteed until payment is received.
In the event that we reach our class maximum on the first day of registration, all names will be put into a hat and drawn randomly.
We have estimated the costs on the basis of a minimum number or students per class. We reserve the right to cancel any class that has insufficient numbers.
Your cheque will be cashed on the registration deadline date.
Except in the case of a class cancellation, your fee cannot be refunded after the registration deadline unless there is a waiting list. Materials are often purchased and cut according to number of participants.
If there is no waiting list and you are unable to attend, consider sending another member in your place or make arrangements to pick up your package of materials and/or class notes.
Please ensure that you arrive on time to the classes so that interruptions are minimized. When class is over, please clean your own station before you leave! We only have our space & instructor for the allotted class time, so please be ready to leave when class is finished.
Registrations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
Payments can be made by:
- E-transfer to LAG.email@example.com
- Cheque (NO post-dated cheques. Please provide a separate payment for each workshop. Cheques will be deposited the week prior to the workshop)
- Credit card (via Square at meetings)
Download the brochure here
You may cancel up to 2 weeks prior to the workshop and receive a refund. After that point, you are responsible for finding a replacement to take your place or forfeit your payment.
THE POWER OF TWO with Mike Gold
When: Saturday, September 18, 2021
9:00 am-noon and 1:00-4:00 pm via Zoom
Instructor: Mike Gold
Registration Deadline: First come, first serve. Space is limited so register early!
Where: Wherever you feel comfortable. This class is offered via video.
Cost: Members $60/ Non-Members $75
This one-day class consists of two powerful exercises designed to build your compositional skills, understanding of design principles and give you a foundation to build both literal and abstract artworks. You will be encouraged to work more spontaneously and to let the art speak to you as you work. The emphasis is on play and experimentation and you will hopefully find yourself creating work that will surprise and delight you.
Letters and lines are design elements that, when grouped together, create structures that can be used to build compositions. When you see letters as line, shape and form you are working as an artist, not just a calligrapher. The structures we create can be readable or abstract. Building structures with lines and letters is a great way to experiment, play and learn more about design. It also frees you up to play with letters in a less formal, non-traditional manner. These exercises are a perfect introduction to the followup Power of Two exercises.
The Power of Two
The Power of Two is all about contrast. Two is all you need to make a powerful composition: big and little, art and text, structure and freeform, abstract and readable, color and black, black and white. Same with lettering. You can contrast thick and thin, uppercase and lowercase, compressed and expanded, sloped and upright, tall and short, two different styles. Computers use the power of two with 0 and 1 to express everything. We can do the same in our art.
BOTANICAL EMBELLISHMENTS with Catherine Langsdorf
Saturday, October 16, 2021
9:00 am-noon via Zoom
Instructor: Catherine Langsdorf
Registration Deadline: First come, first serve
Where: Wherever you feel comfortable. This class is offered via video series
Cost: $30 (Members)
An online workshop with Catherine Langsdorf, scribe. Our time together will emphasize calligraphic flourishes and decorative florals. Students will explore the small, pointed brush marker to build up floral motifs. These designs can be used in journals, on cards and envelopes, and with frame-able art. Students will work along with the instructor to create a finished wreath of florals. Learning how to use and exploit the flexibility of a pointed brush on botanical embellishments will train the calligrapher’s hand which can then be transferred to various alphabets. All levels welcome.
There will be three learning units: learning the tool and building a range of elements, creating botanical motifs, and making a wreath. During instruction of botanicals, other tips of the trade will be shared (measurement shortcuts and writing in a circle.) There will be quick breaks between each unit. Colour handouts will be provided prior to this workshop for students to print out. This will be an interactive workshop for participants to ask questions and to show completed project.
Examples of Catherine’s work on this topic can best be found on Instagram #lvs_botanical
THE ENCHANTED LETTER with Heather Held
Saturday, November 6, 2021 & Sunday, November 7, 2021
9:00 am-noon via Zoom
(*Note time change to MST on November 7th)
Instructor: Heather Held
Where: Wherever you feel comfortable. This class is offered via Zoom
Registration Deadline: No need to register
All members will receive the Zoom link by email
Cost: Free class for members
The Enchanted Letter workshop will guide the student into the wonderful world of illuminated letter design. There are so many techniques to explore in this class and the student will be able to continue designing letters for years to come. These ornate letterforms combine my love of brilliant, illuminated letters with a softer, more Victorian style that can be used with Script lettering. The elements used to embellish the letterforms are a result of my background in offhand flourishing, floral design, and Victorian needlework. These letterforms are carefully drawn before being transferred to your art paper. I encourage my students to “befriend the pencil” and to keep a journal dedicated to your explorations with the Enchanted Letter. The possibilities are endless, and I hope you find many opportunities to use them. Bring a sense of play and curiosity as we approach these forms and see what develops on the paper. All skill levels are welcome from beginner to advanced. I can’t wait to share the wonders of these letters with you.