Classes and workshops will be either online or in person. REGISTRATION WILL TAKE PLACE ONLY ON EVENTBRITE. Our first major 3 day workshop will be online this October. The Mentor Meetups are small group gatherings that are in person. Members of ECS will receive information on all upcoming events via email/Ebulletin.
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!
General Meeting 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!
THERE IS NO NEED TO REGISTER FOR THE ONLINE GENERAL MEETING CLASSES. THIS IS AN ECS MEMBER BENEFIT AND MEMBERS HAVE ACCESS TO THEM.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Register
Register through Eventbrite.ca
Registration dates for particular classes will be distributed through Ink Drops (our online members newsletter). 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.
See the Membership page for added benefits of being an ECS Member.
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.
Two Day Workshop
Pointed Pen Variations with Mike Kecseg – February 4 & 11, 2023
Click on this link to register: Eventbrite
Date and time: Sat, 4 Feb 2023, 9:30 AM –Sat, 11 Feb 2023, 12:30 PM MST
Where: Via ZOOM (online)
Engrossers Script is a beautiful, flowing hand steeped in tradition. While very practical, there may be times when you will want to break with tradition and create letterforms that are more expressive and contemporary. In this class we’ll take the same flexible pointed pen used for Engroser’s Script and use it to explore the potential for creating new and exciting letterforms. Through step by step instruction we’ll start with an informal pen script and then move toward creating a “gothicized” script and an “uncialized” script. Along the way we’ll develop a confidence with the pointed pen and discover the unique advantages of lettering with a flexible tool.
Both classes will be recorded and available to students until April 30, 2023.
• 4-5 pointed pen nibs of your choice (examples: Hunt #101, Gillott #303, Hiro #41, Nikko “G”, Leonardt EF Principal or your favourite nibs)
• Oblique pen holder
• Straight pen holder
• Black ink of your choice (examples: Moon Palace sumi, Higgins Eternal, McCaffrey’s or ink stick and grinding stone if you already use one.)
• Graph paper with 1/8″ squares. Size of paper is unimportant but at least 8/12″ X 11″
• Soft pencil (examples: 2B, 3B)
• Straight edge
• Protractor or adjustable triangle
• Mixing tray or mixing cups
• Mixing brush
• A few paper towels
• Small water container or bottle
• 1-2 sheets or half sheets of a quality art paper. Size of paper is unimportant but at least 8 1/2″ X 11″ (examples: Arches HP, Canson Mi Tientes, Diploma Parchment or your favorite art paper)
• Gouache or colored ink (white or Dr. PH Martin’s bleedproof white and any colors of your choice)
• Drawing board and t-square
One Day Workshops
Series of Classes
Mentor Meetup: Calligraphy 101 for Beginners (An IN-PERSON event)
In Person Event, Saturday, November 26/2022 For more info OR to register: Calligraphy 101 for Beginners
About this event
When & Where
Date and time: Sat, 26 November 2022, 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM MDT
Location: St. Paul’s Anglican Church 10127 145 Street Northwest Edmonton, AB T5N 2X6
We will take a quick look at the development of calligraphy through the ages and where the various ‘hands’ fit into historical periods. A variety of writing tools will be shown and demonstrated using different types of ink, gouache, and watercolours. We’ll talk about nib and paper preparation and you’ll learn how to take your Pilot Parallel Pen apart to clean the sections and also refill the cartridges, if you so-choose. You will have an opportunity to try out the pens, inks and papers to learn how they work together (or not!) and take your samples home in a little package. This is your opportunity to ask questions and move forward on your Calligraphic Journey!
Supplies to Bring:
If you have your own Pilot Parallel Pen, bring it along, but tape your name on it.
If you have a pointed pen holder and nib and want some guidance, bring it, too.
Notebook and pen/pencil.
Bring your lunch and a water bottle so you can eat during the break.
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.