April 24, 2022 – Spring 2022 General Meeting & Calligraphers Get Together!

Join us at the Norwood Sportsmen’s Club, our good-old-favorite workshop location, as we take our first step back to normal for Masscribes gatherings. Please bring any artwork you’d like to share and supplies you’d like to sell or swap.

Sunday, April 24, 2022
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, at 576 Nichols St, Norwood, MA

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Show & Tell (tables will be setup to display artwork for sharing)
  • Supply Sale & Tool Trade (bring any materials you’d like to re-sell, trade or donate; label accordingly)
  • Hands-0n Activity: embossing demo and experimenting with provided materials
  • Envelope Exchange sign-up
  • Weather permitting; we will have tables outdoors to enjoy small snacks. BYO…water bottle.
  • Make new friends. See old friends!

“Play on writing/ Writing textures” with Denise Lach, March 13-15, 2020 at 9AM-5PM

The word texture comes from the Latin word ‘textura’ which means “yarn weaving”. It also applies to the links of the
chapters of a literary work, as well as the mineral constitution of rock. In the 15th Century, a gothic small letter was named “textura” which points out its precision and the way of interlacing each letter to write a word.
First, the participants will practice interlacing letters starting from their handwriting. Then, they’ll work on capital letters practicing their calligraphic knowledge. After which, they will progressively get free from readability and experiment with a playful approach leading to a very large range of writing textures.
The first objective of this workshop is to show how endless the possibilities of creating textures are and also the part they play in a composition. The second objective is to enrich graphic vocabulary and scriptural composition.

WHEN: March 13 -15, Friday, Saturday Sunday – 9AM – 5 PM

WHERE: Sportsman’s Club, 576 Nichols St., Norwood, MA

LIMIT: 18 Participants, members only. Scholarships are available for members in good standing.

UPDATE: this class is full. Please contact Elissa Barr penpusherink@gmail.com to be added to the wait list.

See the flyer for this workshop HERE.

Please fill the form to register. Once submitted, you will be redirected to payment page.

Denise Lach workshop – pay by PayPal

The total cost for this workshop is $185

Payments are welcome through PayPal. We greatly appreciate your effort to pay the registration fee electronically.




If you prefer to  mail a check, please send it payable to Masscribes, Inc., postmarked no earlier than Friday, January 10, 2020, to Elissa Barr, 697 Boylston St, Brookline, MA 02445. Please include your email address and phone number.

Enrollment is limited to 18 Masscribes members. If more than 18 enrollments are postmarked or made by PayPal on Friday, January 10th, 18 participants will be selected in a blind lottery from those enrollments.

You must be a Masscribes member to take this workshop. To pay your dues or to join Masscribes, include a separate check for $30 or join by PayPal on the Masscribes membership page.

Workshop fees are refundable only if your space can be filled from a wait list.

Questions? Please contact Workshop Coordinator Elissa Barr at: penpusherink@gmail.com

“The truly flexible pointed pen” with Rick Paulus, October 19-20, 2019 at 9AM-5PM

CLICK HERE to REGISTER!

Extend the range of your pointed pen’s potential as we break away from traditional pointed pen hands and explore the full power of this amazing little pen nib. Following an analysis of historical models as well as the work of contemporary masters, we willput our pens to paper and systematically develop new pointed pen styles out of formal broad-edge hands such as foundational, italic and uncial. The methods and skills acquired in this workshop will give participants the tools they need to further their reach with the pointed pen in infinite ways.

WHEN: October 19 & 20, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday, 9AM – 5 PM)

WHERE: Norwood Sportsman’s Club, 576 Nichols St., Norwood, MA

ALL LEVELS

Rick Paulus has been a calligrapher and a teacher for over forty years. Rick apprenticed for several years at the legendary Tolley Studios, in Washington, DC, before becoming the engrosser for the US State Department. In 1998, he was appointed chief calligrapher of the White House, where he remained for two presidents. Today, in addition to enjoying calligraphic explorations, Rick is dedicated to sharing the knowledge gained through many years of studio production and experimentation to students young and old alike.

Download the flyer with registration information HERE.


“Brush textures and embossing” with Loredana Zega, September 20-22, 2019 at 9AM-5PM

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A brush is a very unique, responsive and gentle tool, which can be used for calligraphy backgrounds or a final artwork. With the patterns and transparent paths of the brush, one can enjoy all the advantages that it offers.We will build designs by exploring textures with the brush by making numerous layers of letters and changing positions. This effect is really breathtaking! In addition to dry brush, we will learn how to incorporate a small text – written with smaller nibs that are familiar to you – into your final design. We will also be learning a few embossing techniques that involve colors, metal leaves and different pressures to enhance the embossing effect. This too could be added to your final piece!

WHEN: September 20, 21 & 22, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 9AM – 5 PM

WHERE: Norwood Sportsman’s Club, 576 Nichols St., Norwood, MA

ALL LEVELS

Loredana Zega is a passionate Slovenian Calligrapher with an English National Diploma in Calligraphy, held by CLAS (The Calligraphy and Lettering Art Society), passed with Distinction. She is experienced in a variety of techniques, surfaces and alphabets. Her passion is the flat brush, besides dance and theatre. She is representing her passion for letters through her Musical “A day of a calligrapher”.

Download the flyer with registration information HERE.

Download the supply list HERE.

Barry Morentz, Japanese Boxes – April 26, 2019 at 9AM-5PM

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In this workshop we’ll make two, possibly three, simple, elegant, Japanese-style folded boxes. The boxes are geometrics, formed from one long sheet of card stock scored and folded to create equal triangular shapes. The form can easily be expanded from a square to a pentagon, hexagon, octagon, etc. The first box will be made from heavyweight translucent Pergamenata stock, to understand the overall structure and assembly. The second box will be finished with Japanese papers. We will create decorative lids using avariety of techniques and finish them with beautiful beads or finials. The third box, time permitting, will be a variation by either expanding the number of sides or changing the folds.

WHEN: April 26, 9AM – 5 PM

WHERE: Norwood Sportsman’s Club, 576 Nichols St., Norwood, MA

Barry Morentz owns and operates his Manhattan studio where he creates calligraphic works and handmade books, boxes, and portfolios. He holds an MA in Medieval History, but abandoned pursuit of a doctorate in favour of an even less likely career in calligraphy. Initially self-taught, he began his formal calligraphic studies, primarily with Sheila Waters, in 1977, and eventually with almost every internationally recognized master. A seminal experience was participation in the Hermann Zapf Master Class at Rochester Institute of Technology in 1985, and subsequent paleographic studies in Rome and the Vatican Library. He has taught numerous workshops throughout the US, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and at five international Calligraphy Conferences.

Download the flyer with registration information HERE.

Barry Morentz, Gothicized Italic – April 27-28, 2019 at 9AM-5PM


CLICK HERE to REGISTER! 

In this workshop we begin by looking at Johnston’s forms and their historical antecedents. Then we zoom into the 21st century and consider the forms stripped of anachronisms, and apply modern techniques to make them more viable. Day 1 deals with the minuscules and the rhythm of writing and spacing. On Day 2 we will work with the variables that create an entirely different feel, as well as with the bounty of styles that permit us to create an endless repertory of Capitals.

WHEN: April 27 & 28, Saturday & Sunday, 9AM – 5 PM

WHERE: Norwood Sportsman’s Club, 576 Nichols St., Norwood, MA

This class requires some prior knowledge of Italic.

Barry Morentz owns and operates his Manhattan studio where he creates calligraphic works and handmade books, boxes, and portfolios. He holds an MA in Medieval History, but abandoned pursuit of a doctorate in favour of an even less likely career in calligraphy. Initially self-taught, he began his formal calligraphic studies, primarily with Sheila Waters, in 1977, and eventually with almost every internationally recognized master. A seminal experience was participation in the Hermann Zapf Master Class at Rochester Institute of Technology in 1985, and subsequent paleographic studies in Rome and the Vatican Library. He has taught numerous workshops throughout the US, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and at five international Calligraphy Conferences.

Make sure you follow his work on Instagram (@barrymorentz)!

Download the flyer with registration information HERE.