Workshops





Learn Calligraphy - Hand Lettering or update your skills

General Workshop Registration Information
Do not postmark your registration prior to the registration start dates!

Non-members are welcome to register for an additional charge of $20 per workshop. If they join the Bow Valley Calligraphy Guild within a year, the membership fee will be reduced by $20 for the first year.

In most cases, registrations are welcome until one week before workshop commencement; however, classes fill quickly so we encourage you to enroll early to avoid disappointment. Please check with our Workshop Registrar to confirm availability.

Full payment is required with your registration. No postdated cheques please. Send a separate cheque for each workshop. Make cheques payable to the Bow Valley Calligraphy Guild. Your cheques will not be processed until after the class. There is also the option of paying via Pay Pal which will be available on or after the registration date starts.

Fees are non-refundable, except in special circumstances.
No cell phones in class please.

Your personal contact information is used by the Bow Valley Calligraphy Guild for the purposes of workshop correspondence and is not shared by the Guild with any other organization.

Please contact our Workshop Registrar for more information on class registration, or phone 403-271-8228 and leave a message.


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Techniques for Decorated and Illuminated Capitals
with  Susan Keyes

This workshop focuses on the decoration and illumination of Lombardic and Black Letter Capitals. We will explore techniques used in historical manuscripts and by engrossers who made formal documents in the 19th century including: shading, vines, split color caps, filled caps, filigree, turning leaf, diaper patterns, tooling, ornamentation, and engrossers boxed caps.



The steps to construct elaborate border treatments will be set out.

This workshop is for all levels of experience although some knowledge of Lombardic and Black Letter scripts would be helpful. These letterforms will be supplied to use as a basis for decoration.


Date: Saturday, September 28, & Sunday, September 29, 2019
Time: 9:00am to 4pm
Fee: $100.00 members / $120 non-members (includes a $10.00 supply fee)


Registration begins:           
Members – June 17, 2019       
Non-members – June  24, 2019


 See more Info and registration form HERE )  (PDF -   get Acrobat reader)

Sorry class is full. Please contact workshop registrar to put your name on the waiting list bvcgworkshops@gmail.com


Dry Brushing the Romans - with a side if embossing
with  Loredana Zega


This is a very special four-day class which I've fashioned for the BVCG. The first few days will focus on Roman capitals. Our study is based on the magnificent inscription on the Trajan column in Rome - agreed by calligraphers to be one of the most important letterforms. My approach to these marvelous letters is a little different. I believe the way I create my Roman capitals could in fact be one of the ways they were actually written on the stone. In this special workshop, I will teach you how to use dry brush technique to create Roman capitals. I will also explore with you how to blend colours, create 3D effects and combine beautiful embossing in order to design a truly unique piece.

This is Loredana's second time teaching us here in Calgary - and she is back by poplar demand. Her class is sure to fill up quickly. Join us for a great four days of calligraphy, embossing and designing.


Date: Thursday, October 24 to Sunday, October 27, 2019
Time: 9:00am to 4pm
Fee: $325.00 members / $345.00 non-members


Registration begins:           
Members – June 17, 2019       
Non-members – June  24, 2019


 See more Info and registration form HERE )  (PDF -   get Acrobat reader)

Sorry class is full. Please contact workshop registrar to put your name on the waiting list bvcgworkshops@gmail.com



Blizzard and Fishbones and Flags
Book Structures of the ART OF THE FOLD
with  Carolyn Qualle
"THE ART OF THE FOLD" and make small models of basic
book forms, then experiment, modify and create new iterations for your final Book creations. Carolyn has studied with Hedi Kyle and is very excited to bring you some ideas for working with some of the wonderful structures in the book. Carolyn has permission from Hedi Kyle to teach from this book

Date:
Saturday, February 8 & Sunday, February 9, 2020
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fee:  Members $175
Non Members $ 195
Includes $12 Supply Fee and the book "The Art of the Fold",
which will be the teaching manual for this class.
 

Note: The book will be available for pick up when you register for the class.
There will also be a supply list which will be provided to you closer to the class date.
Fees are non refundable unless your spot is filled from a wait list

Registration begins:
Members – November 23, 2019
Non - members – November 30, 2019


Stay tuned for the Pay Pal link which will be live Nov 23 (11am )



From Pencil to Paper
with  Ann Purdy


Join Ann Purdy as she shows how wonderfully versatile the graphite pencil can be in creating letters of different styles. Through the process of drawing letters, you will develop a sharper eye for detail in your letter forms. This will naturally lend to improving other calligraphic hands as well. You will be shown ways to refine shading to enhance the smooth texture graphite can offer. Ann will share some practical techniques from her experience as a hyper-realistic graphite artist and how they can be applied to delicateness of graphite lettering. After creating the foundation for using graphite, you will have an opportunity to experiment with integrating a bit of watercolour to a graphite piece.Date: Saturday, March 28 & Sunday, March 29, 2020
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Fee:  Members $90.00
Non Members $110.00

Fees are non - refundable unless your spot is filled from a wait list

Registration begins:
Members -
November 23, 2019 
Non - Members November 30, 2019


Stay tuned for the Pay Pal link which will be live Nov 23 (11am )



Stay tuned:

Amity Parks - May 21 - 24, 2020 (TBA)



Workshops are held at St. Andrew's Heights Community Hall, 2504 - 13th Avenue NW, Calgary, unless otherwise indicated.





Calligraphy Classes

Many of our members are available to teach small kitchen style classes in their homes, and some are available to teach in your home.

Click HERE for ideas and contact information about Kitchen Classes and Beginner Calligraphy classes


  

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