COME GET CREATIVE WITH ME AT ART CENTRAL

Workshops and demos held in the Art Central Gallery and Store located at

1329 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, US

Contact Mary Lou directly for class enrollment.

As soon as the stay at home orders are lifted due to CORVID-19, I will offer classes.

TBD

Beginning Copperplate Script

An Introduction to Copperplate Script

2 day workshop

Saturday-Sunday 10:30 to 3:30

Learn the basics of this beautiful slanted script based on cursive writing.  Ideal for wedding invitations, place cards and envelopes.

Starting with pencil, you will practice the uniform lower case alphabet and be introduced to the larger, flourished upper case letters. 

Use of pen and pressure will be covered with time for studio tips, pen preparation, inks, colored media and demonstrations of pointed pen variations.

An opportunity to start fresh with this appealing style or refine and expand your Copperplate skills.

5 student minimum. 

To enroll, contact Mary Lou Johnson,

mary@mjohnsondesign.com

Mobile: 805-441-3246

FEE: $45 Includes materials

Materials list for additional tools and tips available on request. Each person in class will receive a pen holder, nib and ink for practice + practice paper.

TBD

Discovering Italic Calligraphy

Discovering Italic Calligraphy

2 day workshop

Saturday-Sunday 10:30am - 3:30pm.

An introduction to the basics of learning the versatile Italic script using a broad edge pen. Learn the basics of proportion, pen angle and letter spacing. Depending in the size of pen or nib, this style can easily be scaled up or down for posters, name tags or personal prose.

Set-up, pen preparation and several different lettering tools will be available to try. 

This class will use pilot parallel pens and Speedball C-2 nibs. And whatever broad edge

tools you would like to try.

5 student minimum. 

To enroll, contact Mary Lou Johnson,

mary@mjohnsondesign.com

Mobile: 805-441-3246

FEE: $45 Includes materials

Materials list for additional tools and tips available on request. Each person in class will receive a pen holder, nib and ink for practice + practice paper.

CLASS RESOURCES

Recommended reading for classes

Best book for beginners: Speedball Textbook

Available in Art Central, Michaels or your favorite art store. This book may come with a kit including felt tip markers for practice

Additional books for lettering ideas and inspiration

  • The Anatomy of Letters by Charles Pearce

  • The Art of Calligraphy by David Harris

  • Scribe: Artist of the Written Word by John Stevens. The ultimate in full color illustrated book of letterforms, personal work as well as type design.

  • Modern Calligraphy & Hand Lettering by Lisa Engelbrecht. For crafters, Cardmakers and Journal Artists

  • The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing Zaner-Blosser. My favorite exemplars for Copperplate/Roundhand

  • The Universal Penman by George Bickham

  • Instagram

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