The pointed pen is a unique tool, strong enough to achieve bold, dramatic forms and yet fine enough to produce the merest whisper of a line.
In this class, we will start with a brief review of the Classic copperplate form; an
elegant, traditional hand. We will then find that with subtle changes to angle,
weight and shape many variations in personality can be achieved. Studying both lower
and upper case letters, we will explore taking a more casual approach, resulting in
fun, funky and expressive letters. Adding the lettering to some simple watercolor
backgrounds will round out the class.
Pat Blair has been a professional calligrapher for 30 years, and currently holds the
position of Chief Calligrapher at The White House in Washington, DC. where she
directs the production of calligraphic and graphic work for White House invitations,
programs, menus and certificates. Her work has been published in Letter Arts Review,
The Calligrapher’s Engagement Calendar, Scripsit, Martha Stewart Weddings, and
Tabellae Insatae. Sharing and teaching what she loves is a high priority, and she
teaches at the Loudoun Academy of the Arts in Virginia, and has been on the faculty
of seven international calligraphy conferences. Pat has served two years as
President of the Washington Calligrapher’s Guild, been Chairperson of The Graceful
Envelope Contest, and was a Co-Director of Letterforum, the 26th International
Calligraphy Conference. Pat’s love of pointed pen lettering led her to her study of
Copperplate and Spencerian letterforms. The International Association of Master
Penman and Engrossers recently awarded her the honor “Master Penman” for her work in
Saturday-Sunday, Sept 24-25, 2016
10 AM – 5 PM
203 Margaret Morrison Hall, CMU
Fees: $125, Guild member
Registration/payment deadline, Friday, September 9, 2016. Listing of tools and
supplies will be sent to paid registrants. Workshop price includes cost of supplies
Refunds: Refunds will be given only if you cancel BEFORE the registration deadline.
NOTE: Parking is free in the garage on weekends and on the street on Sundays.