Workshop: Mike Gold’s Contemporary Scripts


The goal is to look beyond the traditional, formal calligraphic model to ways of lettering that may be more suitable for contemporary personal, commercial and fine art. We examine the rules that guide formal scripts and hands in order to understand how and why to break those rules. Through a series of exercises, students practice breaking the rules to create non-traditional, informal, and even abstract letterforms and compositions. We practice with a variety of tools, writing surfaces and media. Students will come away with a better understanding of how to critique contemporary lettering and how to create it.

Mike Gold is a senior lettering designer at American Greetings in Cleveland, OH, where he’s worked the past 25 years. Mike has an M.A. in Visual Communications and has studied with many outstanding teachers over the years. Mike has taught around the country and at several international calligraphy conferences. Mike’s personal work has been featured in Letter Arts Review many times over the past 20-plus years

November 9–10, 2019
10 AM – 5PM
Location: Room 203, Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall (Corner of Margaret Morrison Street and Tech Street on Carnegie Mellon’s campus)
Carnegie Mellon University campus map and parking info

Fee: $137 for Guild members; $162 for non-members (includes $12 materials fee to cover the costs of a workbook and other materials)

Registration Brochure for Mike Gold Workshop

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, October 25, 2019. List of tools and supplies will be emailed to paid registrants.

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