The Edmonton Calligraphic Society (ECS) takes pride in introducing and promoting lettering arts and calligraphy to communities in Edmonton, Alberta and the surrounding area. Help us meet our mission!
Commission Custom Calligraphy
Commission our calligraphers to hand-letter nametags, invitations, cards, or thank-you notes for your next meeting, conference, seminar or social event. Learn more about hiring a calligrapher.
Added Value/In the Community
We are committed to introducing and promoting Calligraphy as an art from. Invite our artists to do demonstrations of hand lettering at your business events, meetings, socials, conventions and festivals. Two to four artists will work three hour shifts at your function. Longer time committments can be negotiated.
In advance of the event , we will collaborate with you to design an original take-away item. At the event we will personalize this item. A standard item (always available at no extra cost) is a bookmark bearing our logo on which we will write the patrons name in their choice of lettering styles.
We will bring along our newly updated banner, some art pieces, information on upcoming classes and on our Write Now handwriting initiative. A ‘Try It’ station can be added for extra interest as patrons explore and experiment with a variety of writing tools.
In the past year we collaborated with the Art Gallery of Alberta (monograms,) Freewill Shakespeare (greeting cards,) Mill Woods Seniors Centre (bookmarks,) John Walter Museum (name badges) and the YMCA daycamps (mini classes). There are many applications of calligraphy in action!
Typically, organizers provide us with a donation of $100-$200 per event. We can provide a donation form to meet the requirements of your accounting practices.
Sometimes there are costs incurred with special designs and products and those would be discussed and agreed upon as needed.
We find we are booking up quickly! We need a minimum of 3 months notice.
Summer Festivals and Events must be booked before March 31 of the year.
ECS offers support for those wishing to improve their handwriting or learn a logical and legible writing style.
Using the Getty Dubay Italic Handwriting Series, we offer our in-school P.E.N.S program, inservice training and curriculum overview to educators.
Private tutoring is available for all ages by trained and experienced instructors.
For more info…here.
Attend ECS Exhibits or Displays in the Community
The ECS hosts a number of public events throughout the year, where members of the public are invited to view the work of, and engage with, local calligraphers and lettering artists. You can find a calendar with our upcoming events. We would love for you to join us!
Please scroll further down for classes taught by members OR see what is offered on the following websites:
Gain a solid grounding in the calligraphic arts. In this class, you’ll learn how to use a pointed pen and bottle ink, as well as how to set up a page properly. As you master these basic skills, you’ll also have a chance to explore variations and alterations. By the end of the course, you’ll have all the knowledge you need to execute foundational strokes and letters. Supplies are needed. There will also be a materials cost of $5 for the pen nibs that will be provided.
Water Brush Lettering
Jeanine Alexander and Gail Fournier, members of the Edmonton Calligraphic Society, join us to demonstrate how to write a basic italic style of letters. After some practice combining letters into words with pencils, you will switch to a water brush and a small palette of watercolors to recreate the words in color. Adding a few flourishes will provide designs suitable to use for greeting cards or small frameable pieces. All supplies are included and yours to keep.
When: Friday, February 21 from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Blue Quill Community League
Cost: Member $25; Non-member $35 Registration is required by February 14.
Classes and Events in the Community
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The ECS enjoys being active in the community and welcomes your ideas and invitations. Please contact us to organize serving in one of the above ways or to inquire about other possibilities.