Tuesday, 24 February 2015

THE PASSIONATE PEN: The 34th International Calligraphy Conference

Gather with other calligraphers from across the globe to study and share your love of the calligraphic arts. Join us at THE PASSIONATE PEN at Sonoma State University, in Rohnert Park, California, for a stimulating week exploring all aspects of the field: calligraphy, typography, book arts, printmaking, paper craft and more. The Passionate Pen is a week-long, residential conference for all—amateurs to professionals—who have an interest in the lettering arts. Connect with old friends and make new ones in the splendor of wine country.

Paul will be teaching a one day workshop and a four day class. as well as providing opportunities for one-on-one tutorials.

One-Day Class, Sunday, July 26
This class will guide you through a hands-on understanding of the Imperial Roman alphabet as you utilize an inside-out approach to these timeless letterforms. You will learn the special characteristics and personality of the brush as contrasted with hard-tool calligraphy while practicing the essential elements of the classical Roman. Before the day is done you will move on to writing out the entire alphabet in the same manner as the ancient Roman inscription maker would do prior to cutting the letters in stone. A short inscription cutting demonstration will be provided as an addition to the class.

Supply List

  • Water container
  • ½″ soft bristle brush
  • Tempera or gouache colors
  • Newsprint paper
  • Cardstock
Supply fee: $10
Four-Day Class, Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31All LevelsLettering
This class will introduce the novice to the use of a mallet and chisel to carve V-cut letters or designs into slate in the style of ancient classical inscription cutting. Students will learn the basics of cutting straight lines, curves and how to join the two in creating letters. Instruction will be given on how to layout practice strokes, select mallets and chisels and how to transfer their personal designs onto slate prior to carving. Mallets and ¼ inch chisels will be provided for class use and they will also be available for purchase for students to take home if they so desire. Students will have a choice of a 5″ x 7″ or 8″ x 10″ piece of slate to work on for their final project. Each student will take home a slate that they have carved. I will display my own finished cut inscriptions for use as models in the classroom.

Supply List

  • Students will bring their own lettering/design on paper for a 5″ x 7″ or 8″ x 10″ flat stone
  • 1 fluid oz. jar of Dr. Martin’s bleedproof white
  • Ball point pen
  • #1 soft-bristle spotter brush
  • One bottle of black India ink
  • Acrylic paint (if desired) for painting the finished cut letters
Mallets, ¼ inch chisels, select pieces of slate, and miscellaneous finishing materials will be provided by the instructor.