Capitals with Renée Alexander @ Burnaby Sports Complex West
Nov 18 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm




In this one-day workshop we will begin by taking a close look at Roman Inscriptional Capitals. We will study their elegant proportions and fine form from historical examples. It will be obvious to the observer why they are still in use today lasting two millennia. Participants will practice a less challenging version of Roman Capitals. From this practice it will become evident that geometric shapes on which Roman Capitals are based, are difficult for the human hand. This is not an excuse not to try and master them, but rather to explore a more hand-friendly way to make capitals. There will be time to have fun composing a piece using these modifications

•Pen holders
•William Mitchell Roundhand nibs – sizes 2 and 3 or equivalent (Speedball C3 & C4)
•Non-waterproof black ink
•Metal ruler at least 18”
•HB pencil
•Slant board (optional)
•Water pot
•11” x 14” or 11” x 17” white practice paper
•8.5” x 11” good quality white or off-white paper
(HP watercolour or Canson Mi-Tientes are good choices)
•Old tooth brush for cleaning nibs
You are welcome to bring any other tools or materials you wish to use.

AGM, Bake Sale and Art Sale @ Jericho Hill Centre, West Art Room
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm


  • Approval of Financial Reports published in the October/Novembe 2017 Bulletin.
  • Elections
    1.  These will be the first elections held under our new bylaws which were approved at the AGM last November. 2017 WCS Constiution and Bylaws 
    2. We will be electing three directors: President; Secretary-Vice President; and Treasurer.
    3. All directors will be elected for a two year term which starts on January 1, 2018.
    4. Chairpersons of Standing Committees also need to be elected. The number of Standing Committees has expanded with the shrinking of the number of Directors. The jobs didn’t disappear they were just reassigned


Come and join our society for our sweetest fundraiser of the year November 22, 2017 – after the AGM. Please consider making/baking something for the sale. Think Christmas. Cookies and bars, preserves, tarts, spiced nuts – whatever gets your tastebuds tingling.
Please bring your goodies wrapped and packaged in suitable sizes, ready for sale
complete with price tags. (Pricing not too high and not too low – what you think is right). For the benefit of those who may have allergies. If your baking contains nuts, please label it.
When you arrive at the meeting just place your baking on the sale tables. The other ingredient we need for a successful sale is customers to buy the wonderful assortment of goodies.
Consider bringing a friend. It will be a fun evening.


Have you ever wanted an original piece of framed calligraphy by Carl Rohrs? or a Connie Furgason painting with lettering, or a collage piece of Gemma Black’s work (could be a print and not original)? Anita Boyd-Johnson donated several pieces of her collection to WCS when she downsized and moved to the Island. Some of them will be used for door prizes at our WOOL 2018 conference. The executive decided that we will have a silent auction with a minimum bid (yet to be determined) for 10 of the pieces to be held after our AGM along with the Bake Sale.
A poster will be sent out with more information later.
There will also be a selection of brand new Chai mats in various sizes. Quite a few are black mats which goes really well with our Exhibition Theme for the year. There are a few new Exhibition frames and some smaller wooden frames which will also be for sale.

3D LETTERS with Sherry Springall @ Jericho Hill Centre, West Art Room
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


with Sherry Springall

Sherry Springall

– credited to Andrea Taylor who has given me permission to use her handout. She was taught by Anne Cicale.

We will be drawing with pencil a geometric style letter then learning how to paint it with a graded wash.

Supplies Needed

Pencil, eraser, small ruler.

Brushes – small to medium – round or pointed

Water container, plastic lid or small palette, paper towel


Dab of Paynes Grey Gouache

1 sheet of 11 x 14 Sketch 65 lb

If you want to do a finished letter on better paper please supply your paper for this. Paper with a bit of “tooth” works well.

Graphite Techniques with Wendy Cowley @ Jericho Hill Centre, West Art Room
Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Graphite Techniques

with Wendy Cowley

The ordinary pencil is a wonderful tool for lettering. The number of techniques that graphite can be used for is large. We will be looking at two techniques. In the first we will be drawing letters with pencil and then shading them for effect. In the second we will start with a ground of graphite and by using an eraser and then a  pencil we will make our letters pop.


  • Mechanical pencil (with a good eraser on the end) or a sharp HB pencil with eraser
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • (If you have a Pentel Clic eraser or a MONO eraser bring them – don’t purchase  them for the program.)
  •    A broad brush for brushing off eraser crumbs is useful
  •  Paper (Bond paper will work, but a slightly thicker paper with a smooth surface would be nice. A rough surface works too, but it can give a quite different effect)
Calligra-weaving with Rose Wong @ Jericho Hill Centre, West Art Room
Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


with Rose Wong

Join Rose as she leads us through the process to make a woven joint
exhibition piece on our Black and White Theme.

Be prepared to write out an alphabet in your favourite hand using shades of
black and white and grey mediums.

Supplies to Bring:
Your favourite writing tools and ink or medium of your choice that fits
the colour gradations listed above. You may be working on black, white
or grey paper.
An exemplar if needed for your alphabet.
Paper strips to work on will be provided.

@ JerJericho Hill Centre 4196 West 4th Avenue Vancouver BC MEETING TIMES Library 7.00-7.30 p.m.icho Hill Centre, West Art Room
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm


A calligraphy circle is a sharing. We would like everyone to participate. The success of this sharing depends on YOU! What do we EACH need to do to make this not only a success, but an opportunity for learning and FUNL

Bring: A project of some sort to work on or not – your choice.
Question: Be prepared to ask questions on how to do something that may
not be working for you. Or ask someone who is working on a project “How do you
do that?” “What tool are you using?”
Advise: Would you like some advice on how to fix your layout or choice of lettering,
ink, colour, etc? Bring your work and let others help you out. This would just be individually or in a small group, not in front of the whole gathering.
Demo and Try Out
There will be various forms of graphite and some sumi ink to try. Do you have something you would like to share? Bring it along and let others try it out. Maybe you have a fantastic …. Demonstrate it to individuals or a small group.

Two Passions: Butterflies and Calligraphy @ Jericho Hill Centre, West Art Room
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Two Passions: Butterflies and Calligraphy

with Martin Jackson

Please join us for an exciting evening with Martin as he shares with us his love for calligraphy and butterflies. See how he has combined these two loves into exciting artwork. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to hear Martin talk about his work.

Ben Shahn Lettering @ Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ben Shahn Lettering

with Violet Smythe

Ben Shahn (1898-1968) holds a special place amongst American lettering artists of the twentieth century. He was a painter, printmaker and photographer, as well as a creative inventor of letterforms. We will take his modern ‘versal’ and hand drawn letters as inspiration for our own forms. Violet will teach us this hand using colourful inks, as well as metallic and white inks on dark paper. Let the possibilities unfold!
Supply fee TBA.

SUPPLY LIST (please bring):
• Folded pen(s), inks – your fav colour(s), liquid water colour(optional)
• Twinkling H2Os, Yasutomo paints or finetec or similar
• White gouache or Dr Martin Pen white or bleed proof white
• Paper – Genoa bond or strathmore 400 series sketchbook or text wove or something you like to work on that takes ink really well
• Dark paper or cardstock
• 2 water containers
• Paper towels
• Palette with 5 or six wells
• Brush for loading

Download the registration form Ben Shahn Class

June 27 YearEnd Social and Declutter Event @ Jericho Hill Centre, West Art Room
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

This year our June Social is a three pronged event.
#1 Black & White exhibition pieces are due and will be put on display for all to admire. Please bring your piece framed (if possible) and complete the form in duplicate.
#2 Visiting and Eating. Please bring something sweet or savoury for our buffet table. Plates, napkins and tea and coffee will be available. Join your fellow calligraphers and find out what they have planned for the summer.
#3. Our first WCS de-clutter event! Our June 27th meeting is your
chance to bring your overstocked artists’ supplies to the tea – things
you know you’re never going to play with again.
Lindsay and Jan will set up 3 groups of tables for your unloveds:
1. You can place them on a table for anything that is free and up-for-grabs.
2. Price them and hope that someone else is looking for that exact same thing (pocket the profit or donate to WCS).
3. Place them in the Trading Post category and negotiate an exchange with another member.
If you have items you want to donate without having to mind the store – Lindsay and Jan will take responsibility for your donations.
Nothing will find its way into the landfill if we can prevent it.

Exhibit, Social and Garage Sale!! @ JerJericho Hill Centre 4196 West 4th Avenue Vancouver BC MEETING TIMES Library 7.00-7.30 p.m.icho Hill Centre, West Art Room
Jun 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Join us for our Triple Threat Evening: Exhibit, Social and Garage Sale


Bring your pieces for our 2018 Exhibit Black and White. Pieces should be matted and framed. Lindsay has been working hard and we have 3 venues for our exhibit in the next year. Let’s make sure we have a good showing.


As we say good bye to regular meetings for the summer, we celebrate by having more time to socialize with each other. Please bring a small plate of finger food to share. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Garage Sale:

Three categories for your decluttered goods: Give away, swamp or sell. If you choose to sell, you can choose to give the money to the Society or keep it to buy more supplies for you! Remember, select what you will bring carefully. Throw your junk away, don’t bring it to the sale.