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 workshops.ecs@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!

February 6th/2019

Blackletter with Barbara Keir

 

 

This is a 1 1/2-2 hour class which will introduce you to one of the Gothic hands called ‘Blackletter – Textura Quadrata’.  It is notable for its dramatic difference between the thick and thin strokes.

We will be using a 3.8 Pilot Parallel Pen (lime green cap) which is available at local art stores. There will be a limited number for sale at our meeting, and some to be loaned for the class. Paper will be provided.

Click here to register if you are not an ECS member: Eventbrite

 

 

March 6th/2019

Monoline with Gail Fournier

This 1 1/2 to 2 hour introductory class will get you started on a flowing alphabet suitable for journaling, artwork and greeting cards.
This class is taught by an experienced calligrapher from ECS with a materials package that is included in your fee.

Classes are free to ECS members and a supply list will be provided.

Click here to register if you are not an ECS member: Eventbrite

 

 

April 3rd/2019

Glorious Graphite with Pauline Baynes & Jeanine Alexander

Join us for a fun evening. Learn how to create weighted letters using the technique of pressure and release. This technique is used by calligraphers with most forms of calligraphic lettering.

Supplies needed:

Blackwing pencils – They come in three colours for varying hardness/softness. For this class the Black version works very well. Kneadable eraser, Ruler.

For advanced calligraphers – bring your favourites to embellish your work (watercolours, inks, paper.)

There will be some blackwing pencils for use if you don’t already own one. Rhodia dotted paper. (will be supplied).

Click here to register if you are not an ECS member: Eventbrite

 

 

May 1st/2019

TBA

 

 

 

One Day Workshop with Barbara Keir

February 23rd/2019

10 am to 4pm

Textura Quadrata .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Day workshop with Sally Towers-Sybblis

April 27th/2019

10 am to 4 pm

TBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Day Workshop with Heather Held

Enchanted Letter

June 15 & 16th/2019 from 10 to 4.

Click here to register if you are not an ECS member: 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.