Masscribes offers its members and interested non-members many opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge of calligraphy and its related arts. World-renowned instructors, as well as New England’s accomplished calligraphers and lettering artists, provide instruction and share their talents in a variety of workshop formats. Workshops have included instruction in italic, copperplate, pointed pen, gilding, paste paper and even business tips for the calligrapher. Visit our website frequently to view the most up-to-date opportunities to enhance your calligraphic repertoire.

"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.

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Save the dates for 2020 Workshops!

March 13-15, 2020: Denise Lach

May 2-3, 2020: Judy Melvin

August 28-30, 2020: Gemma Black

October 16-18, 2020: Liesbet Boudens


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

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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.

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"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".

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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.

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

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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.


Mark your calendars for 2019 workshops!

April 26-28 Barry Morentz  with 2 workshops! April 26 - Japanese Boxes; April 27-28 - Gothicized Italic

September 21/22 Loredana Zega - "Brush Textures". See www.kaligrafija.org and follow Loredana on Instagram and Facebook

October 19/20 Rick Paulus - "The Truly Flexible Pointed Pen". See Rick’s work at http://www.rickpauluscalligraphy.com

If you are attending the Rendez-vous 2019 International Calligraphy conference in Montreal next July, we want to hear from you! It will be fun to know who is going. Just send an email to info@masscribes.com. Also let us know if you are interested in driving up with another member and we can coordinate with each other.


Amity Parks, "Be Fearless - A Way of Working Without Worry", October 26-28, 2018

Imagine having time dedicated to focusing and exploring a series of works that combine meaningful words and images in multiple ways. Our focus will be on layout and design, layering lettering techniques, combining text and images, and most importantly learning to work on multiple pieces at once in order to overcome the ‘fear’ we develop when the investment is focused on a single precious piece. The freedom of multiples allows us to take more chances, to do the unexpected and not settle on the first solution to a problem. By working in a series we forget the preciousness of each piece knowing that not everyone will be successful, and embracing that freedom to make mistakes.

Throughout the class we will employ a variety of techniques, such as painting, drawing, collage, and image transfer incombination with our calligraphy. While not strictly a lettering class, we will incorporate our calligraphy throughout the process. Layering, masking and photo transfer techniques with a variety of mixed media allow for risk taking and experimentation as we discuss layout principles and make thoughtful design choices.

You will work in a small scale in multiples, focusing on the development of a series of work, refining your designs and the integration of images, words and letters into your pages. You will explore how to incorporate personal meaning into your pieces, and why this is necessary tocreate work that tells a compelling story. The class includes a discussion on the importance of choosing words you want to spend time with and playing with ways of combining text and image that are not only interesting to look at, but add meaning to your work, avoiding the obvious and respecting your audience enough to leave some of the mystery for them to solve.

By the end of class you should have a few resolved final pieces, a pile full of work that needs more attention and the skills to go back to your studios equipped with a way of working without worrying!

Amity Parks's website with her bio and the most recent work is http://www.amityparks.com.

 

 


Diane McDougall-Desautelle, "Celtic Knotwork Unraveled", September 22, 2018

Celtic knotwork is a beautiful art form that can look more difficult than it actually needs to be. Once having learned the basics of drawing elementary knots, one can use simple methods to expand designs and use them in numerous creative applications, from illuminated pages to decorated objects. Working with the symbolic geometry that is innate to Celtic knotwork can be rewardingly meditative.

In this one-day workshop, participants will be introduced to the art of Celtic knotwork through a combination of history review, live demonstration of multiple methods of construction (different ways to approach interlacing designs), hands-on practice, and a look at the ways in which elements of this ancient art are being applied by artists and designers today. Handouts will include exemplars for traditional knots and borders, in-class exercises, terminology definitions, images from historic samples, pages from a variety of writings by prominent Celtic art researchers, and lists of resources. 

After learning the process of plotting out and interlacing the cords of a formal knot, we will make a lateral move to following the less measured and mathematical method of constructing freeform knots. Concentrating on balance and spacing, we will talk at this point about continuity in the curves of lines as they pass through intersections and the very important habit of looking for symmetry, shape, and weight of negative spaces. As a culmination of the day’s lessons, each student will choose one of their completed designs to cleanly trace in outline form. The cords of the knot will be outlined with Micron pen and colored in with Prismacolor pencils. Elegance and dimension will be added to this piece by finishing it off with subtle highlights and shadows, shading and blending colors to create depth and a 3-dimensional effect.

Diane McDougall-Desautelle has long been in love with the fascinating and mystical designs of Celtic art. Multiple trips to Scotland and England during her college years provided her with plenty of visual nourishment for years of work in calligraphy and Celtic influenced art and design. Today she takes as many opportunities as possible to thread this influence into her commissions and personal work. She is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts where she received her diploma and her BFA in affiliation with Tufts University in 1991. A natural love of teaching led her to continue at Tufts and pursue her Master of Arts in Teaching which she earned in 1993. In addition to running her small business, ThistleWork Design Calligraphy Studio from her Framingham home - Diane teaches calligraphy classes to children and adults at private schools and evening adult education programs. Her work can be seen online at www.ThistleWorkStudio.com and www.Facebook.com/ThistleWorkDesign


Pamela Paulsrud, "Sounding the inner landscape: handwriting, mark making and sacred geometry", April 27, 28 & 29, 2018

I view handwriting and mark making as visual languages emanating from our thoughts and emotions, a remnant of a process. Each line, each stroke, is distinguished by the materials, the mood, the day, the rhythm, the breath—a visual language within a language, a cross between a fingerprint and an EKG, telling not only who we are but also how we are in that moment of time. My intrigue arises not only with line and space, but with heartbeat, breath, and resonance—that energetic quality, that vibration seemingly so elusive.

In this workshop we will begin by investigating the illusive underpinnings in the hidden laws of nature—sacred geometry—exploring these forms and synthesizing the linear with the artistic aspect of pattern and beauty. Step-by-step instructions will be given from which to springboard—pairing graphite and ink with a compass and straightedge. 

Music, meditation, sound and silence will then accompany us as we wend our way through a series of exercises exploring the tempo and voice of our unique story, script, gesture and mark—developing flow—letting go of the familiar long enough to greet the unexpected. We will explore the distinctive and bold expressions of spontaneous marks using walnut and sumi inks and while we’re at it we will explore and extrapolate your handwriting too. 

Selected exercise will be bound into a book structure where further opportunities arise in developing the story.

Pamela Paulsrud is a visual artist. She has been recognized internationally as papermaker, calligrapher, book artist and collaborator creating both intimate pieces and large-scale installations. Her exploration in energy and vibration, letters and lines, her love of the land, the earth and it's resonance, inspires both her work and her life. She also continues her research and practice in energetic healing modalities-which simultaneously informs her art. She received her MFA from Columbia College Chicago in Interdisciplinary Arts concentrating in Book and Paper.

Pamela's work has been published in many magazines, books, journals and in several issues of Letter Arts Review and other publications. She teaches workshops in lettering and book arts. She exhibits her work internationally and collaborates with professional artists and the general public on an ongoing project entitled Treewhispers. Treewhispers includes paper-making demonstrations, storytelling and site-specific installations. The project involving handmade paper, art and stories relating to trees as a symbol and resource is shared at www.treewhispers.comand on her personal website www.pamelapaulsrud.com.