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General Workshop Registration Information
The Bow Valley Calligraphy is not offering in-person workshops at this time. Here are some things you will need to know for our online workshops.

·         Registration will only take place through Eventbrite.

·         Full payment is required with your registration.

·         Member registrations will begin two weeks before non-member registrations begin.

·         Eventbrite fees will be paid by the attendee.

·         Fees are non-refundable (the workshop will be recorded).

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.

Visit our Gallery to see artwork by members and students.

In light of Covid-19 restrictions there are no in person workshops scheduled. There is information about many on-line workshops in our eBulletin. To receive the eBulletin click the link (big blue button) at the bottom of the page.. 

Drawn and Built-Up Capitals
Study of works by Hermann Kilian
By Yukimi Annand

Hermann Kilian (1929 – 2004) was a German calligrapher, typographer and book designer whose work was epitomized by classical simplicity with an underlying tension within every letter. I first saw his original work in 2016 at the Klingspor Museum Offenbach, and found his works to be full of life. As I progressed in my study, his original letterforms and works became my spiritual nourishment.

To draw capital letters successfully, understanding the skeleton geometry form and the contrast of thick and thin strokes of Roman Capitals is very important. Studying the Trajan form makes your form rich. In this workshop, we will start by drawing skeleton forms to understand the form, space and valance. We will study how weights were added on the form in traditional way. Then we will analyze some of Kilian's unique letterforms and design, and learn how he drew his letters and compose his works. At the end of course, we will draw our chosen quote with unique drawn/built-up capital letters.

The technical instructions given in this workshop are designed to help you become proficient in using your tool to draw built-up capitals. I hope this study of Kilian’s works will increase your interest in drawn capitals, as well as give you fresh ideas to develop your own forms.

Dates: A three-day online workshop,

Thursday, September 23
Friday, September 24
Sunday, September 26

Times: Mornings – 10:30 am to 2:00 pm MDT with a 30-minute break (estimated at noon).

Cost: $125 CAD plus Eventbrite fees (estimated at $6.50 CAD).
Maximum 99 participants.
No refunds

There will be a private Facebook page for homework and feedback. All sessions will be recorded and available to attendees for 30 days after the workshop.

Registration will be through Eventbrite only and will begin:
April 5, 2020 at 10 am MDT for Members

April 19, 2020 at 10 am MDT for Non-members

Members will receive the Eventbrite link in an email on April 4, 2021. Make sure your membership is up-to-date. If you are not sure, contact On April 19 registration will open for non-members and the link will be available on our website.

For more information contact: Thea Lynn Paul - 

Click HERE to view more of Yukimi's work.

In person 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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