The Society for Calligraphy & Handwriting (SCH) holds workshops twice a year, in the Fall and the Spring. View our resources page for a suggested basic kit to bring. Additional items to bring specific to the workshop will be listed in each workshop description or given after registration. For everyone’s comfort, please arrive in class fragrance free.

SCH offers scholarships for our workshops. Please see the SCH Scholarship application for more information.

The Book of Kells with Gemma Black

Date:  October 30th, November 1st and 3rd, 2023
Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM Pacific
Location: Online via Zoom;  Workshop will be recorded, available for one month. 

The Book of Kells c. 800 CE is Ireland’s medieval masterpiece, full of illumination, writing & majestic ornamental manuscript design. A religious book containing the four gospels of the New Testament, it is housed in the Treasury of Trinity College Library in Dublin.

In the first session you will be presented with a lecture on the Book of Kells, so get your note pads ready! Then we will take a question-and-answer session. After which the hands-on work will start. 

The second & third segments will explore the manuscript more thoroughly analyzing the Insular Uncial hand as seen in the manuscript. We will work through the characters individually making sure we recognize all the letters and their multiples, truncation marks, ligatures and simple abbreviations. We will work the text letterforms including the strong characteristically heavy beaked serif and create a Kells text block pattern. 

Gemma, a calligrapher from Tasmania, Australia operates her studio-based practice where her main focus is history, research, teaching and learning so as to enable posterity and perpetuity of calligraphy & fine writing. Gemma also has a keen interest in reactive & responsive ways to work as a contemporary lettering artist. Gemma enjoys teaching very much and delivers her programs with a pure love for letter forms.

For more information please see the workshop flyer.

Mixed Media with Rebecca Wild

Date:  March 2nd and 3rd, 2024
Time: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: In-person at the Titan Robotics Warehouse in Redmond, WA

Mark your calendar! More details to come.