Classes & Seminars

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Class Refund Policy

Once a payment has been made and a confirmation has been issued, a class place will be reserved for the registrant. If a cancellation must be made the participant must first seek a replacement from the wait list (contact the class coordinator). The wait list will be established in chronological order. If there is no wait list the participant must find a replacement or forfeit the workshop fee. Emergency cancellations will be handled at the discretion of the Coordinator.

Questions about the workshops? Contact the Seminar Coordinator.

Monoline Lettering Techniques with Cora Pearl @ Burnaby Sports Complex West
Mar 18 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm



Monoline lettering is a great way to learn new styles of lettering and to delve
in to the principles of lettering, layout, and design, without the added challenge
of working with complicated tools. In this class we will learn several styles
of monoline lettering that use B-nibs including the Art Nouveau lettering
of Rennie Mackintosh and the architectural lettering of Frank Lloyd Wright
among others. We will also explore different ways of working with letters
that can be applied to other calligraphic styles and tools. This workshop is
appropriate for all levels of experience and is ideal for those who are new to
lettering arts. This workshop is a condensed version of a full semester hand
lettering class that Cora created and teaches at Portland Community College
in Portland, Oregon.

Supply List:
• Speedball B-nib set with holder
• Prang watercolour set 16 colours or
whatever watercolours you have
• Higgins Eternal and/or Sumi ink
• 12” T square and or 12” ruler
• 1/4” flat brush
• Canson Pro Layout Marker paper 9” x 12”
• Pebeo Drawing gum
• Rubber cement pick up eraser
• watercolour brush size 6 round
(cheap student grade quality)
• HB pencil
• Scotch Magic tape
• small tortillion (blending stick)
• Small paint palette for mixing paints
• Nine 6” x 9” pieces of Arches Hot Press
Watercolour paper
(Cut from 22” x 30” parent sheet)

Click mar_seminar-2017 for brochure.

Italic Lettering with Renée Alexander @ TBA
Apr 22 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Italic Lettering with Renée Alexander

This is a Back to Basics class suitable for beginners and improves. More details soon.

Coloured Pencil and Calligraphy: A Technique Sampler Book with Kristen Doty @ TBA
May 20 @ 9:30 am – May 21 @ 4:00 pm

Coloured Pencil and Calligraphy: A Technique Sampler Book with Kristen Doty

Colored pencil is a contemporary and popular medium employed by many artists today. On its own, colored pencil can be used to create amazing and beautiful works of art. It is readily available, doesn’t require a lot of set up, clean up, or even water. Used with other media, and/or surfaces, a variety of interesting and beautiful effects can be achieved and the amount of time the process of applying colored pencil takes can be reduced.

By completing a series of basic technique exercises, you will learn how to use colored pencil or hone your existing skills. We will touch on color theory, values, and color mixing, and then use these techniques to blend with calligraphy, both in making the letters themselves and by adding illustrations utilizing colored pencils. Other media and surfaces will be discussed and demonstrated, and some will be used in class to open up exciting possibilities and stir your creativity resulting in new applications and ideas.

Finally, the exercises will be sewn together using a simple Japanese binding to form a book for ease of future reference.

No drawing or bookbinding experience is necessary.


Colored Pencils – Good, artist’s quality, at least a set of 12 assorted colors (more is better)
(I prefer Sanford – Prismacolor [aka Berol Prismacolor or Prismacolor Premier], but there are other
good brands: Derwent – Artist’s Coloursoft; Faber Castell – Polychromos; Lyra – Polycolors;
Caran d’Ache – Pablo).
Pencil sharpener – what you have: hand held, battery, or electric & extension cord
Graphite drawing pencils, HB & 2H (2B also nice if you have one)
Eraser – Bring what you have. The soft white Pentel Click eraser is nice.
Staedler white and/or Magic Rub are also good.
Black ink – your favorite
Calligraphy nibs & holders – Speedball C-0 or C-1 & Your favorite… whatever you have…
Folded ruling, pointed, etc.
Watercolor Brush(es)–at least one medium size (#5 – 8) round.
Old brush for loading nibs
Masking or drafting tape
X-acto knife
Jar or water container & paper towels
Gouache &/or Watercolor – (Artist’s quality) A couple tubes of each… whatever you have. We can share. If unsure about color, bring your favorite colors or a primary set: Red, Yellow, Blue.
White plastic watercolor palette – (10-well round is nice, 6-well rectangular is fine)
Optional items – Bring what you have:
Bone Folder (extremely helpful)
Round stylus
Dishcloth or small terry cloth or microfiber cloth (best)
Drafting Brush
Watercolor colored pencils (small set or one to try)
Portable drawing board
Material Fee (included in the cost of seminar) includes all papers (an assortment of high quality papers); needles & linen thread, and other materials supplied by the instructor.

One day class with Massimo Polello @ TBA
Sep 8 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

One day class with Massimo Polello

Details of this class will be published soon. Mark your calendar for this opportunity to study with a master calligrapher from Italy.

Beauiful Alphabets with Massimo Polello @ TBA
Sep 9 @ 9:30 am – Sep 10 @ 4:00 pm

Beauiful Alphabets with Massimo Polello

Details of this workshop will be available soon. Mark the date so you can take advantage of this opportunity to study with a master Italian calligrapher.

Roman Capitals with Renée Alexander @ TBA
Nov 18 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Roman Capitals with Renée Alexander

In this workshop we will begin by placing Italic in the Family Tree of lettering styles. An in depth look at historic examples will familiarize participants with the commonalities of Italic variations. Italic was developed in Italy, hence its name, and was also known as Chancery Cursive. It was a response to speeding up the Humanist hand. After the introduction of the printing press in Europe and Britain the method of book production changed. As a result the medieval scribe disappeared and what emerged during this period was the writing master. Masters such as Arrighi and Palatino will be discussed to appreciate why their names live on in type fonts. We will spend time practicing a basic Italic with order and grace, more challenging than one might expect. Exemplars and examples will be provided to assist in achieving the subtle manipulations to raise the level of your lettering.

• Non water-proof black ink
• Pen holders
• Mitchell roundhand nibs – size 2 and size 3 or equivalent (Speedball C3 & C4)
• Smooth white practice paper – 11” x 14” or 11” x 17”
• HB pencil
• Eraser
• Metal ruler (at least 18”)
• Water pot for rinsing nibs
• Paper towels
• Slant board (optional)
• A couple of pieces of good paper – 8.5” x 11”. They can be white, off white or cream.
HP watercolour paper or Canson Mi-Tiente are good choices.
You are welcome to bring any other tools or materials you wish to use