Next Meeting:

NEXT MEETING: October 6th, 2021

7:00 PM MDT via ZOOM

Instructor: Bill Kemp

“Weaver Writing Style”

Hello ECS Members!

This crazy COVID pandemic has really cast its net far and wide, causing major upheavals in our lives. Your ECS Executive also had to deal with the reality of the impossibility of physically-distancing 45 people in our meeting room, which is not likely to be open any time soon. Rethinking our calligraphy year has taken a forefront spot over the last month, as we shifted our focus about delivering programming for you.

We looked at the amount of money we spend to rent our room at the Mill Woods Seniors & Multicultural Center, plus what we pay our own members to teach, and decided we could redirect those funds in a new and very exciting way. Our little committee has been contacting calligraphers with whom we’ve taken classes and established connections, to invite them to teach for us. We asked for a two-hour Zoom live class or a recorded session with a link to access the lesson. From the very first person we approached, every professional calligrapher has responded with an enthusiastic, positive reaction, and agreed to our proposal. Most are doing a Zoom session and a couple will do a recording due to Time Zone/distance.

In order to receive access to all our ZOOM/online sessions, you will need to have a current 2021/22 paid Membership and completed forms sent to ECS.   Click Membership for more information on registration.

2021/22 Membership Year

Classes/Meetings for the 2021/22 Membership year will take place online. Here are your instructors for the 2021/2022 ECS year.

September 1, 2021  

Violet Smythe – “Neuland with a Twist”

October 6, 2021 

Bill Kemp – “Weaver Writing Style”

November 3, 2021 

Sally Towers-Sybblis – “Lettering on Mandalas”

December 1, 2021 

Carrie Imai – “Carrioka and Other Dances”

January 5, 2022 

Jacqueline Sullivan – Refining Italic with Watercolour Layers”

February 2, 2022

Gemma Black – “Adolf Bernd Calligraphic Painting Technique”

March 2, 2022    

Mike Gold – “Variations in A”

April 6, 2022

Cora Pearl – “Ben Shahn Lettering”

May 4, 2022

Suzie Beringer – “Calligraphic ‘Dirds'”

You can see some of Suzie’s work on Instagram: penstrokedesignstudio

The 2021/22 year format:

The Edmonton Calligraphic Society (ECS) will be hosting online General Meetings for the 2021/22 Membership year. The online meetings will be from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm MST.

In person meetings:

General Meetings are designed to provide ECS members with the time and space to practice their calligraphy, gain valuable feedback and advice from fellow letterers, and learn about upcoming calligraphic events and volunteer opportunities.

In-person General Meetings are typically hosted on Wednesdays from 6:00 – 8:45 PM at the Mill Woods Library, Seniors and Multicultural Centre.

Below, you’ll find a quick overview of a typical ECS monthly General Meeting.

5:45 Doors open for setup.

It is recommended that you arrive early to get yourself setup and organized for the class. The best seats do go quickly. This will give you time to check out all that the Edmonton Calligraphic Society has to offer:  members are invited to browse the library and supplies, pick up a name tag or supply kit, buy a door prize ticket and set up their “Letters and Lines” for sharing. Take an opportunity to view and discuss lettering work done in the past month. (Please click on link to learn more about Letters and Lines).

6:00    Call to order

6:15   Evening’s Activity:

Learn to Letter: TBA

Project: TBA

7:30   Letters and Lines Theme:  “TBA”

7:40   Break – Take time to walk around the room and see everyone’s work. Great opportunity to share insights and get tips on lettering, tools, paper, inks. Learn from other letterers.

Workshop & Membership sign up, 3 Bags Full Monthly Draw AND supplies for sale (cash, cheque or credit)

8:00   Evening’s Activity resumes.

8:45    Exit Room


Each meeting includes a one to two hour class, typically led by an ECS member. Introductory/Refresher Classes typically focus on a particular lettering style (e.g., Script, Uncial, Foundational, Blackletter).

Workshop and Special Events are posted in Ink Drops.  For other information, please see our Website or Facebook.

A reminder that our membership year is from July 1st to June 30th. For more information, please go to our Membership Page.

Meeting day is the first Wednesday of each month.

RM 231, Mill Woods Senior & Multicultural Centre, 2610 Hewes Way, Edmonton, Alberta