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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Unique Marks/Powerful Letters
with Lorraine Douglas


This workshop is about building a unique vocabulary of calligraphic marks and letters by asking: How can we incorporate ideas from drawing into calligraphy? How can we create an interesting composition on our pages? How can collage elements unite our calligraphy into a strong page design?
How can I use tools in different ways?  What is special about my own mark making and letters?
How can I evaluate my marks?

This workshop is for all levels of experience. We will create a simple book with all our experiments – no bookbinding experience needed. Just bring your calligraphic adventurer’s spirit!

Saturday March 9 & Sunday March 10, 2019
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fee: $160 Members / $180 Non-members
(Includes $20.00 supply fee)
NO REFUNDS. If you cannot make your class, please contact us about the wait list.


REGISTRATION BEGINS November 22, 2018 (MEMBERS only)
NON MEMBERS November 29, 2018
 See more Info and registration form HERE )  (PDF -   get Acrobat reader)
CLASS FULL put your name on the waiting list

Let's Teach Effectively
with Molly Nader-Sykes

Ever thought about teaching but hesitate because you are an artist, not a teacher? Are you an experienced teacher who seeks new ways to help students learn?

This workshop is about learning to teach effectively and with confidence. We will learn how to give feedback to students in a way guaranteed to help them learn and refine their skills in a safe, supportive and fun environment. We will discuss course objectives, course preparation, pacing and anything else you'd like to discuss. This course is adapted, with Betty Locke's help froma course used to teach courtroom skills to lawyers. As Betty says, teaching one art is the same as teaching another....

This workshop is for those who have not yet taught and those who have, whether just once, ten times or ten times ten. There will be some pre-course work. We will laugh while learning. You may ask for a refund if not satisfied!

Saturday March 30, 2019 (10 students max for each class)
1st class:   9:00 am to noon
2nd class:  1:30 - 4:30pm
Fee: FREE


REGISTRATION BEGINS November 22, 2018

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

Retro Deco

with Gemma Black
Making use of lettering examples from late 19th & early 20th centuries such as the Wiener Secession movement (think Klimt), the Art Deco movement (think Rennie Mackintosh) and the Roycrofters arts & crafts community (think Dard Hunter) in the US, we will enjoy recreating these decorative hand drawn letters and type designs. We will also look briefly at the Arts & Crafts (all Europe) and Art Nouveau (new art) periods so we can understand why & how these early 20th century movements evolved. We will pen, paint and draw letters to our hearts content revisiting 1900’s Deco (decorative) and Modernist movements.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience. Must be familiar with using a dip pen.
Saturday April 27 & Sunday April 28, 2019
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fee: $175 Members / $195 Non-members
NO REFUNDS. If you cannot make your class, please contact us about the wait list.


REGISTRATION BEGINS November 22, 2018 (MEMBERS only)
NON MEMBERS November 29, 2018
 See more Info and registration form HERE )  (PDF -   get Acrobat reader)
CLASS FULL put your name on the waiting list

Due to excessive demands an additional class has been scheduled for Wednesday April 24 and Thursday April 25, 2019 with some options for the weekend class. Please contact Valerie, class registrar. 

The Biting of Bows
with Gemma Black

There is nothing more exciting for me than finding conjoined letterforms in works of calligraphic art around the world. In all my exemplars of the twenty-six letters I add the most famous ligature of all, the ampersand. The evolution of the ampersand, its styles and variations, has a history all of its own. Come and explore this beautiful structure, its etymology, its evolution, traditional and modern and familiarize yourself with other famous ligatures and conjoined (biting) letters. There will be a fascinating component of research and analysis along with pen-work, drawing and painting in this serious yet very enjoyable class.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience. Must be familiar with using a dip pen.

Monday April 29 & Tuesday April 30, 2019
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fee: $175 Members / $195 Non-members
NO REFUNDS. If you cannot make your class, please contact us about the wait list.

REGISTRATION BEGINS November 22, 2018 (MEMBERS only)
NON MEMBERS November 29, 2018
 See more Info and registration form HERE )  (PDF -   get Acrobat reader)
CLASS FULL put your name on the waiting list



Uncial with Kerri Forster - postponed for a later date

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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