Workshops

Printmaking Self Portrait

Collograph self-portrait with mesh, sand paper, thread, hot glue and cut paper.

Since 1983 I have been teaching workshops for calligraphy guilds and at retreats and conferences throughout the United States, Canada and most recently in Japan, Spain and Australia. I have developed a wide variety of topics that I present to groups ranging from beginners to professionals.

A workshop is a chance to leave all your mundane concerns behind you – whether for a few hours or a few days –  to rediscover yourself through your relationship to your own working process. I try to recreate the kind of atmosphere in which I have learned the most: an organized, relaxed environment, a reasonable pace, a high standard of quality and a little humor. Students of calligraphy usually excel in many areas of their lives; I find it invigorating to trigger the same kind of response to calligraphy by activating a desire for excellence and then showing ways to achieve it.

In my classes I work with calligraphers, book artists and painters, as well as those working in other media who are interested in expanding their skills and vision. I have been a visual artist most of my life (even in the engineering days) and letterforms are only one part of my life. Word and image work together in much of my work, but in these classes, I separate them in order to master the idiosyncrasies of each and then show the many ways to bring them together.

Date

Sponsor/Contact

Topic

2018

November 30-December 1, 2018

John C. Campbell Folk School
www.folkschool.org

Calligraphy for the Holidays
A terrific class to get you in the mood for December. From alphabet fundamentals and ways to use your scripts, we’ll explore design for greeting cards, keepsakes and ornaments.


November 11-16, 2018

John C. Campbell Folk School
www.folkschool.org

Trees: Identifying and Sketching Them in an Illustrated Journal with Carol Parks
You’ll learn to identify some of the hundreds of trees in southern Appalachia, and record some of them in your own journal. Carol is a landscaper, a dendrologist and an illustrator, and together we bring skills to help you understand the diversity of this ecosystem. Whether you come with botanical skills or love to draw and paint, you’ll find that you knowledge of trees will be greater by the end of the week.


October 28-November 3, 2018

John C. Campbell Folk School
www.folkschool.org

Botanical Books, with Redenta Soprano
This popular class combines the skills and insights of botanical illustration with lettering and book design.


Sept. 8–9, 2018

Portland Society for Calligraphy
Portland, Oregon
abcdubosch@frontier.com

Modernizing Historical Hands: Uncial
Studying from two medieval manuscripts we’ll learn about the subtleties of this major historical style, and develop ways to update it for contemporary use.


July 14-21, 2018

Seattleletters
38th International Calligraphy Conference
Bellingham, WA
seattletters.org

Romans: Pattern and Texture


April 8-14, 2018

John C. Campbell Folk School
www.folkschool.org

Printmaking to Books
Working with relief and collograph processes, we’ll work with a variety of media and print on a press. A series of related prints will then be used to develop an artist’s book. We’ll be in the new Book Arts studio at the folk school!

2017

September 3–8, 2017

John C. Campbell Folk School
www.folkschool.org

Artist’s Books: Vessel for Word & Image
Spend a week turning your ideas into books, some with text, others with images–or a combination of the two. Basic bookbinding skills will be taught which you can develop farther as the week progresses.


August 20–26, 2017

John C. Campbell Folk School
www.folkschool.org

Botanical Books, with Redenta Soprano
This popular class combines the skills and insights of botanical illustration with lettering and book design.


June 24-July 1, 2017

LetterWorks, the 36th International Calligraphy Conference,
Weber State University, Ogden, UT,  LetterWorks.org

Combining Word & Image


May 14–25, 2017

Paper Book Intensive, Saugatuck, MI
paperbookintensive@gmail.com

Carolingian: 300 Years of Elegant Simplicity


March 25-26, 2017

Friends of Calligraphy, San Francisco, CA
Nancy R Noble nrnoble@sfsu.edu

Modernizing Historical Hands: Uncial


Feb. 26–March 4, 2017

John C. Campbell Folk School
www.folkschool.org

Printmaking to Books
Working with relief and collograph processes, we’ll work with a variety of media and print on a press. A series of related prints will then be used to develop an artist’s book.

2016

October 15–16, 2016

Mystic Calligraphers, Mystic, Connecticut

Design: Intuition and Analysis


October 8–10, 2016

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La Société des /Calligraphes de Montreal

Romans: Pattern and Texture


September 18–24, 2016

John C. Campbell Folk School
www.folkschool.org

Relief Printmaking and More


September 9–11, 2016

John C. Campbell Folk School
www.folkschool.org

Seeds to Watercolor: Begin with Flowers
A basic watercolor class, with a review of fundamentals launching you into capturing exquisite flowers.


August 7–13, 2016

John C. Campbell Folk School
www.folkschool.org

Botanical Books, with Redenta Soprano
This popular class combines the skills and insights of botanical illustration with lettering and book design.


June 26–July 2, 2016

A Show of Hands 2016 35th International Calligraphy Conference, held at Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC

A Show of Hands
35th international calligraphy conference
I was the co-director, along with Moe Hoxie.
We had nearly 300 participants for a great week of classes, exhibits, vendors and community.

Workshop Offerings

I am currently offering the following workshops. These descriptions are fairly general, and subject matter can be tailored to fit the needs of individual groups. Sometimes parts of one workshop can be combined with another, but this will dilute the content. The length of the workshop usually determines the amount of hands on time the students will have, and I recommend that you schedule 7-8 hours per day.

I am also asked to give lectures to guilds or to other audiences, and have included a few at the end of the list below. These change frequently, however, as my research gives me more ideas to present.

With over thirty years of teaching everyone from pre-school to senior citizens, I’ve learned to put ideas together in many formats. Although many of the workshops listed here are sponsored by calligraphic organizations, I have also worked with colleges and retreat centers, teaching classes that are geared to visual artists in general. Please inquire about your special interests. The classes listed below are topics that I have recently taught, and they may be modified to suit the needs of your group.

Fine Arts Workshops

Drawing for the Beginner
Landscape Drawing
Portrait Drawing
Beginning Watercolor
Paintiing Watercolor Florals
Color Theory
A Watercolor Journal
Studying Trees, Keeping a Record

Alphabet Workshops

Monoline Magic
Roman Caps: Function & Beauty
Trajan Romans for the 21st Century
Proportion, Structure and Rhythm: Fundamentals of Alphabet Design
Modernizing Historical Hands, options include Uncial, Insular Scripts, Carolingian and Humanist Bookhands, Black Letter Variations, Copperplate, Johnston’s Gothicized Italic, Neuland, Versals: Historical and Modern, Art Nouveau and Art Deco hands of the 20th century. (Workshop will cover one of these topics.)
Intense Italic
Carolingian, Then and Now
Alternate tools: broad-edged pen, pointed pen, pointed brush, ruling pen or flat brush. In a weekend workshop one of these tools can be introduced, with ground work for further experimentation.

Layout and Design

Basic Techniques (reviewed in all classes)
Design: Intuition and Analysis
The Handwritten Book
Calligraphy for Reproduction, including computer applicatiions for calligraphy
Typography for the Calligrapher
Drawing for the Cowardly Calligrapher
Logo Design
Combining Word & Image

Color & Painting

Value Contrast: Exploring the Grey Areas
Color Theory: Reason & Sense
Watercolor Techniques for Calligraphers
Developing the Calligraphic Painting
A Nature Journal (can be either painted or drawn)
Relief Printmaking and More
Painter’s Books (with Carol Pallesen)
Botanical Books (with Redenta Soprano)

Book Arts

Artist’s Book: Vessel for Word and Image
Watercolor and Journaling
Printmaking: Relief Printing and More

Lectures

The Calligraphic Journal
Word and Image: Illuminators, Painters, Graphic Designers and Illustrators
The Face of Humanity: An Installation Regarding the Population Explosion of the Human Race
Looking at Manuscripts: Souvenirs of My European Travels.
Roman Inscriptions: Inventing a Tradition
Word & Image: Inspiration from a photograph by Shellburne Thurber, presented at Odyssey, the international calligraphy conference, 2001.

Setting up a workshop

Please contact me for more detailed information about these classes. I will gladly send you further information about my availability and rates. I have a small book that covers many of these workshops in detail, though others are newer to the list. If something here intrigues you, let me know.

E-mail Annie Cicale

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