The Society for Calligraphy & Handwriting (SCH) meeting schedule for the 2019-2020 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.

September 19, 2019

My Beach Calligraphy Journey with Andrew van der Merwe

South African calligrapher, Andrew van der Merwe, has pioneered a new and very different form of calligraphy. In this slide show / lecture he will show and tell how it all began, how it affected his usual calligraphy practice and how it affected him spiritually.

The beach calligraphy is a wonderful enigma. As calligraphers we go to great lengths to make our work archival. We use pH neutral paper, expensive vellum, good pigments and even real gold but here is a form of calligraphy which, at first glance, looks like it has been carved in stone but is as fleeting as a shadow. Why do calligraphy which you know will be gone with the next wave? Why spend years exploring and developing it as an art form?

October 17, 2019

Vintage and Unorthodox Writing Tools with Katherine Malmsten

Katherine will talk about and demonstrate vintage tools, and add in unorthodox tools (like cotton pliers, etc.) Should be fun and get people to think out of the box.

November 21, 2019

Paper and Book Structure Weaving with Anne Bingham (This meeting will start at 6:30 pm.)

Anne will share her recent adventures in paper weaving and woven book structures. We’ll make a variety of models, learn about tools and tricks, and you will be inspired to create projects using your stash of decorated paper and calligraphy.

Bring your cutting mat, metal edge ruler, pencil, awl, craft knife, glue stick or double-sided tape, bone folder, and $3 for supplies.  

January 23, 2020 (Rescheduled to Fourth Thursday due to Snow Forecast)

Filigree Designs with Kathy Barker

Filigree, a highly ornamental design technique that gives a letter that WOW look, is actually simpler than it appears.  Basic repeated patterns, usually organic in nature, are used to fill in the spaces around and inside a letter.

Come to this program to learn how you can create a beautiful letter enhanced by filigree.  Easy sample sheets, inspiring historical examples and paper will be provided. Please bring a 0.5 mechanical pencil and a 005 Micron or other fine point pen (if possible red and blue would be best). $3 supply fee

February 27, 2020 (Fourth Thursday)

Acanthus Leaves with Terri Kruger

Throughout history, the Acanthus has been a prominent and versatile design element, from calligraphy to carving, metalwork and architecture.

Terri will teach basic drawing, shading and coloring, from simple bud and leaf to border design, which can be used in lettering, embellishment, borders and illumination. Please bring: Pencil, eraser, drawing paper, ruler, colored pencils and (optional) 005 black Micron Pigma.

March 19, 2020

Fishbone Book with Nan Robkin and Announcement of 2020 – 2021 SCH Board Candidates

The Fishbone Book is fun to make, and easy to do. You just have to measure accurately! You will need to bring a pencil, eraser, craft knife and mat, metal edge ruler and a bone folder. The paper will be provided; it is white (unlike the sample shown), so if you like you can bring a tool to add Asemic Writing before folding. Supply fee is $5, because it’s expensive paper.

April 16, 2020

Asemic Calligraphy with Kellie Shepherd Moeller

Join Kellie Moeller from Salt & Light Calligraphy for an intriguing and fun opportunity to learn more about this semantic form of writing. Asemic writing elements leave interpretation to the reader and they can have a dramatic influence on your artwork.

All levels welcome. Bring your favorite Brush Pen and/or Parallel pens along with paper to practice on, ink, pencil,
eraser and a ruler or flat edge to create lines.

May 21, 2020

LOJ Sharing, Bister Inks with Sue Gruhn and Election of 2020 – 2021 SCH Board Members

This month’s meeting activity will be a “show and tell” by the attendees of Write On Calligraphers’ annual Letters of Joy conference at the beginning of May. If you attend, please come and share what you did in your classes. If you were not able to attend, this is your opportunity to see what projects were taught and be inspired.

You will also have the opportunity to try Bister Inks, then take some home to continue using. Bister Inks come from Europe and behave similarly to
Walnut ink. Please bring paper and nibs with holders and have fun playing with Bister Inks.