The Society for Calligraphy & Handwriting (SCH) meeting schedule for the 2020-2021 year is listed below. View the meetings page for the time, location and directions to the meeting. Please arrive fragrance-free out of respect for others with sensitivities.

*** Please note our meetings for the 2020 – 2021 year will be held virtually through Zoom. ***

The meetings for September, October and November 2021 will be held virtually via Zoom. The SCH Board will decide in the Fall of 2021 whether or not the 2022 meetings will be in-person or via Zoom.

September 17, 2020

Tiny Book Structure with Nan Robkin

For this Zoom meeting, you can either work along or just watch and take notes for later. Using practice sheets on text-weight paper or any text weight paper of choice, we will use a structure made popular by Dyan Reaveley to make a tiny book that can be used as a pendant or just admired for its own sake.

You will need a cardstock or clear plastic template of 4 inches wide by 2.5 inches tall, scissors or trimmer or craft knife and mat, a stack of text-weight practice papers, pencil, and a glue stick. Optional washi or cloth tape for spine. Optional decorative paper for cover.

October 15, 2020

Art Nouveau Lettering with Kathy Barker

Immerse yourself in the art, design and history of the fascinating study of Art Nouveau letters and decorations. Using exemplars we will analyze and practice  the letterforms. We will  also learn how to draw the iconic rose. Most of our study can easily be done using a 4B or 6 B pencil. Speedball pen nibs  in  various sizes will be helpful; but not essential.

Basic supplies needed include a drawing pencil (either 4B or 6B), mechanical pencil, eraser and good quality translucent drafting paper – Canson Marker or other tracing paper.

November 19, 2020

Magic With the B nib with Lisa Tsang

Lisa is going to be teaching this whimsical version using the B nib. The Speedball B-nib is a really versatile tool that can be used for a variety of fun scripts. Get comfortable with this monoline tool and then learn how to add weight and corners to your letterforms.

Please have writing fluid, paper, water, a holder with any size B-nib will work (she will be demonstrating with a B-2). She will show some other scripts as well and if there’s time, she can show people how they’re done.

January 21, 2021

The Joys of the Flat Brush – A Floral Watercolor session—for Beginner or Intermediate or refresher with Violet Smythe

At this meeting you will explore painting with a flat brush, also referred to as a chisel brush.  You will develop the ability to manipulate the brush; control the angles and pressure changes to capture the “essence” of your favourite garden flowers. 

Violet Smythe will demo the strokes as well a few flowers (like daisies, clematis…).  The session is perfectly paced so that you can paint along with her.  You can use these beautiful creations to embellish your journals or adorn a special card or postcard for a special someone!

Supplies needed include:
·     bond paper  
·      watercolor paper (90 and 140# CP or watercolor greeting cards like Strathmore), perfect time to use those off cuts you have kicking around!
·       watercolor paint and watercolour palette
·       water container & paper towels
·       watercolor brushes –  1/2″ flat brush  (Gold Sable 850 series preferred but you could use Daniel Smith, or Winsor Newton or any other brand so long as it has spring to the bristles)
·       pencil, Micron  pigma pens and or gel pens

February 18, 2021

Playing with Color Inside and Out with Cathy Shiovitz

Join Cathy in playing with color in drawn letters.  Our emphasis will be on using color to enhance our letters and the spaces between. We will be drawing “chunky” letters and not focusing on a particular alphabet.  A suggestion of alphabet styles is given in the handouts. Let’s try out some new techniques using familiar materials.

Supplies needed include:
·     pencil and eraser
·     paper towel
·     watercolors and 2 large water containers
·     watercolor brushes (sizes 1-4 or whatever you may have and ¼” flat if available)
·     micron size 03 or larger or other waterproof pen
·     watercolor paper CP. They can be scraps but need to be large enough to try out the techniques (I recommend cutting your paper into  4×6” pieces)
·     fluid metallic like a mixed pearlex, gouache, metallic wc palette or gold ink
·     pointed pen nib or a small brush dedicated to metallics
·     scrap paper

March 18, 2021

Paper Play: Spinal Weaving with Anne Bingham and Announcement of 2021 – 2022 SCH Board Candidates

Anne Bingham will present Paper Play: Spinal Weaving. She has been playing around with structures from Cherryl Moote’s Fold book. She will share what she has learned about making spinal weaves and variations on what’s in the book.

Supplies needed:
– Cutting mat
– Craft knife
– Scissoris
– Ruler
– Pencil
– Some standard office papers in different colors (art least 2 colors)

April 15, 2021

Quill Preparation with Nancy Anderson

Nancy will demo making a quill pen. You can make a quill pen with her, or you can just watch. The history and various methods will be presented. Turkey flight feathers are available through SCH for this project at $1 each plus shipping. Having several is best. Step-by-step instruction handouts will be available at the time of the meeting.

Supplies needed:
·       #11 X-Acto knife (with new blade) 
·       #10 X-Acto knife—curved blade. New blade (optional but helpful)
·       Piece of cardboard (3” x 3” or larger) or small cutting board
·       Small piece of sandpaper: 150 grit and 600 grit (or similar. Just rough and smooth)
·       Pop can (small piece)
·       Utility scissors to cut the pop can
·       Tweezers 
·       A tiny crocket hook, like size 2 (optional)
·       Ink (to test the pen)

May 20, 2021

“Leaving a Legacy, Sharing Your Work Onlinewith Kellie Shepherd Moeller and Election of 2021 – 2022 SCH Board Members

Artists are incredible human beings and can use their talents to change the world. Join us for a fun evening learning how to use calligraphy and your creative bent to impact the world. Discover and learn the art of artistic influence. See real life examples of calligraphers who are making a positive social impact and learn how to inspire others with your own work. 

Materials needed: 1. Access to the Internet. 2. One idea: what change would you like to see happen in the world?