The Edmonton Calligraphic Society (ECS) offers regular classes and workshops throughout the year, taught by both local calligraphers and out-of-town guest instructors. Whether you’re an experienced calligrapher or just getting started, there’s sure to be a class for you!

Introductory/Refresher Classes

Introductory/Refresher classes are typically held within the context of a General meeting. If you’re just getting into calligraphy, or want to brush up on basic skills, these classes are a great way to get your feet (or pen) wet!

Workshops

Workshops offer more extended and highly focused training. A typical workshop involves instructional time, where a new lettering skill is taught to workshop attendees, along with time to practice and complete lettering exercises. Most importantly, the workshop instructor has the time and expertise to provide feedback on letterform and the composition and design of calligraphic art.

Workshops are arranged to meet the emerging needs of hand-lettering artists. They take on many forms. Examples of past workshop formats include:

  • Evening and daytime 3-hour workshops
  • One-day (6 hours) or two-day (12 hours) weekend events
  • Extended study (classes which take place over a number of weeks or months)

If you have questions about whether a workshop is right for you, don’t hesitate to email the Workshop Chairperson at edmcalligraphy@gmail.com.

How to Register 

There are two ways to register for a class or workshop.

1. Register at an ECS General Meeting

ECS members are invited to register for workshops at ECS meetings by submitting a completed registration form and a cheque for the full registration fee. Registration dates for particular classes will be distributed through Ink Drops (our online members newsletter). Registration will only be accepted at the designated meeting, and not at subsequent meetings. Registration cheques are to be made payable to the “Edmonton Calligraphic Society”. Post-dated cheques will not be accepted.

Unless otherwise stated, class/workshop supplies are not included in your registration fee.

See the Membership page for added benefits of being an ECS Member.

 

 

2. Register through Eventbrite.ca

Registration to classes and workshops is offered to both the general public and ECS members via Eventbrite. Details on how to register via Eventbrite, including the day on which registration opens, are provided on the event-specific pages listed in the Upcoming Classes and Workshops section below. Note that when you register through Eventbrite, an additional service fee may apply.

Registrations are not accepted by mail or through the ECS website.

Unless otherwise stated, class/workshop supplies are not included in your registration fee.

 

Upcoming Classes and Workshops

Below, you’ll find a listing of our upcoming classes and workshops. For our most recent events, classes and workshops check our blog.   See the Membership page for added benefits of being an ECS Member.

 

Classes

(Introductory/Refresher):

Introductory/Refresher classes are typically held within the context of a General meeting. If you’re just getting into calligraphy, or want to brush up on basic skills, these classes are a great way to get your feet (or pen) wet!

 

 

Workshops

Two day workshop with Loredana Zega

Experimental Embossing – for more information or to register click on this link: Eventbrite

September 14th & 15th

Signup at May’s meeting or on Eventbrite after the May meeting.

Below are samples done by Loredana Zega with these techniques.

 

 

 

 

 


Painting on Fabric – Mentor Meetup

one day: Saturday, September 28th, 2019, 10007 80 Avenue, SW, Edmonton

 

Join us for a Mentor Meetup at the Artelier. An ECS member will greet you and will do a demo/short presentation to begin your day of art. You may choose to work on the demo project OR treat the rest of the day as your time to work to your hearts content.

The studio will be available until 4 pm. That’s 6 hours of Open Studio! Come to spend the day using a variety of supplies and techniques or bring along a project you are working on for some studio time (10-4).  Ask questions about any aspect of calligraphy. We will do our best to give you answers. Following the demo, you can stay on until 4 pm and work on your projects.  Mentors will be available to answer your questions and do some informal tutoring.

Experience says… Bring your own lunch. There is a fridge on site and hot beverage supplies as well.

Meet-ups at the Artelier (10007-80 Ave) are on the last Saturday of the month. Demos and Q & A take place from 10:00-12:00.

The studio will be open until 4:00 for your lettering pleasure.

Take advantage of great workspace, lighting, art sinks and the encouragement and expertise of fellow members.

Free for members, $10.00 for guests. There are a limited number of spaces for this Mentor Meetup. If you are a member, please contact Jackie (she sends out the Ink Drops publications to ECS – so just reply to one of her emails & let her know you will be coming so that there are enough pen rolls).

Guests may register for this Mentor Meetup on Eventbrite.

 

 

One‐Day Brush Lettering Workshop

with Jeanine Alexander

Saturday, 26 October 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM MDT

Location

The Artelier, 10007 80 Ave., Edmonton, AB T6E 1T4

 

 

 

If you missed our first meeting of the year on Sept. 4, you also missed out on the opportunity to sign up for a popular Brush Lettering Workshop with our very own, highly-­‐skilled expert, Jeanine Alexander.  This is an excellent chance to begin building your own skill level and acquire a “hand” that can be used to make signs, cards, and posters.

About this Event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building on a basic Italic alphabet, we will begin to make letters with walnut ink (provided) and a #4 brush to complete a small alphabet project. Switching to a water brush, we will learn a flourished version of our letters and begin to work in colour to complete some small projects.

Supplies:   #4 DaVinci brush (green handle), Water brush (fine or medium) Pentel, Koi, and many other brands.

Pencil, T square, Eraser, Water container, Paper towels

All paper will be provided for your work, practice and projects in class. If you have some paper that you would like to use, feel free to bring it along.

Register on Eventbrite.

 

 

Member-Taught Calligraphy Classes

In addition to the classes and workshops provided by the ECS, our members teach a variety of introductory and advanced workshops and classes on lettering, handwriting, gilding, and more. These classes and workshops are offered throughout the Edmonton area. For a listing of upcoming member-taught classes, visit our In The Community page.