Workshops and Study Groups

The CCC 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 Chicago’s own local collective of accomplished calligraphers, provide instruction and share their talents in a variety of workshop formats. Workshops are generally scheduled during weekends, in either a one- or two-day format. The CCC also occasionally sponsors extended study educational opportunities that may meet once a month over a two- to three-month time frame.

Visit our Workshop Schedule regularly to view the most up-to-date opportunities to shape your calligraphic repertoire!

WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES OFFERED BY THE CHICAGO CALLIGRAPHY COLLECTIVE:  SCHEDULE

***ATTENTION:  ALL WORKSHOPS ARE HELD FROM 9:00 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M., except where noted!

***PLEASE NOTE:  CCC WORKSHOP FEES ARE $165 FOR MEMBERS AND $195 FOR NON-MEMBERS, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.  Retreats, Extended Study Workshops and Tiny Workshops are priced differently.

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April 30-May 3, 2016

A four-day workshop retreat

The “Big Project” of Calligraphy

Instructor: Denis Brown

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Postmark: Registration is Open

Where: Techny Towers Conference & Retreat Center, 2001 Waukegan Road, Techny, Illinois, www.technytowers.org

Fee: Click here for special registration form for this workshop retreat

Pangur Ban by Denis Brown

Montague Arms, a student work by Denis Brown, 1988

Grant of Arms, a commission by Denis Brown, 1989

Digital Print by Denis Brown

Christ of the Sea by Denis Brown

thumbnail sketches

These roughs, as well as the finished piece below, were created byDenis Brown as a teenage student.

Finished piece.

MAKE A LARGE PANEL OF CALLIGRAPHY COMPOSED OF BLOCKS OF TEXT SET IN DYNAMIC CONTRAST

Intermediate to Advanced level (A class for calligraphers with prior experience of a variety of scripts, particularly broad pen but not excluding other styles.)

Traditional formal panels incorporating a lot of text are a real design challenge if not to appear either dull or chaotic. Effective use of contrast at many levels is necessary to add dynamics and sparkle. This class will be an opportunity to fine‐tune your eyes to subtlety of space in layout and lettering.

Participants will select a combination of short and longer texts and combine them into a large calligraphy design using scripts of their own choice. We will explore harmony and dynamic contrast between different text blocks within a complex layout. You will receive one‐on‐one advice on letterform and layout design. Everyone will also learn from group discussion of all participants’ works. Instructions will be provided on a special web page for participants to do some preparatory work in advance of the course, to maximize time available in class. This “homework” will involve selecting texts and making a preliminary design.

Click here for Denis Brown’s bio.  Please download our Special Workshop Registration Form and mail it together with your check to register for this workshop.

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May 21-22 and August 20-21, 2016

A two-part extensive study workshop

Blackletter Variations

Instructor: Julian Waters

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced

First Accepted Postmark: This workshop is full. Wait List registrations are being accepted.

Where: Hartsfield Village, 10002 Columbia Ave, Munster, IN

Fee: for both months CCC Members $240/non-CCC Members $270

Supply Fee: there will be a handout fee payable at the workshop


Julian Waters will teach a 2-part extensive study workshop entitled Blackletter Variarions on May 21-22 and August 20-21, 2016. His experience as an international teacher has given him the experience of seeing the continuity of consecutive workshops of gradually more complex material, taking students’ skills to a higher level. Blackletter, a distinctive specialty of Julian’s, is a very large subject and not one style. Even for those experienced at Blackletter, Julian’s approach will be eye opening. Rather than trying to make each letter perfectly or following an ideal shape, he will offer modifications to letter shapes for the sake of the unity of the whole. Blackletter writing can be thought of in terms of modular systems, and as the fitting and locking together of parts like a jigsaw puzzle.

In this 2-part workshop, Julian will stress the structural approach as well as the historical, and he will concentrate on white space – the all important element. He will share some 20th century European examples which he considers as inspiring as any historical ones. The first weekend will focus on simpler, more rectilinear forms related to Textura style. The second weekend will focus on more refined work toward Fraktur, with more curves, manipulations and subtleties.

Registration is for both May and August together. The May weekend is a pre-requisite for attending the August one, with homework to be prepared in between.

An added bonus of attending Julian’s workshops is the comprehensive manual he provides to only his students.

Click here for Julian Water’s bio.  Click here for the supply list for this class.  Please download our Special Workshop Registration Form and mail it together with your check to register for this workshop.

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June 11-12, 2016

The Poetic Pen

The History and Evolution of Italian Hand

Instructor: Heather Held

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced

First Accepted Postmark: This workshop is full. Wait list registrations are being accepted.

Where: Congregational United Church of Christ, 1001 West Kirchoff Road, Arlington Heights, IL, 60005

Fee: CCC Members $120/non-CCC Members $150

The Poetic Pen, calligraphy by Heather Held

Heather's Italian Hand, by Heather Held

Historic Examplar for Heather Held Workshop

Historic Examplar for Heather Held Workshop

 

 

Italian Hand is an elegant mercantile script that reaches back to the first decade of the 1600’s and was prominently used until the mid 1860’s. It is a narrow and graceful hand, made distinctive through its unusual use of shading. Often called “blob top or club top” lettering, this hand evolved out of italic hands and appears throughout history in various forms. Although it was historically marketed as the simplest of all script hands, it can look confusing until it is demystified. The lowercase forms are very simple to learn. The capitals are varied and can take the form of Standard Roundhand or the more complex reverse shaded letterforms.

Throughout The Poetic Pen class, we will simplify the capital forms while striving to perfect the shading on the lowercase forms. We will explore various European influences of the capital letters. The end goal of this class is not to copy a historic hand but to help unlock its mysteries and bring it forward into this century. The practice of this delicate hand will help lighten your touch as you approach other script hands. This workshop welcomes any skill level from novice to advanced.

Click here for Heather Held’s bio.  Click here for supply list for this class.  Please download our Workshop Registration Form and mail it together with your check to register for this workshop.

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Sept 17-18, 2016

Do-si-do

Instructors: Rosie Kelly & Pam Paulsrud

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced

First Accepted Postmark: June 17, 2016

Where: Congregational United Church of Christ, 1001 West Kirchoff Road, Arlington Heights, IL, 60005

Fee: CCC Members $165/non-CCC Members $195

Supply Fee: $10 payable at the workshop
 

Pam Paulsrud, Chaos Theory

Rosie Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will experiment with paste paper painting techniques, line experimentation, texture, handwriting, drawing and whimsy.  Guided exercises and a variety of tools will be used to dismantle the boundaries between the drawn line and the stable structure of letterforms.  We will explore the negotiable territory between painting, text and lettering art.

 

Each student will create a unique handmade book incorporating these creative exercises and elements.

Click here for Rosie Kelly’s and Pam Paulsrud’s bios.  Click here for the supply list for this class.  Please download our Workshop Registration Form and mail it together with your check to register for this workshop.

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October 22-23, 2016

Calligraphy: Facing the Modern World

Instructor: Thomas Ingmire

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced

First Accepted Postmark: July 22, 2016

Where: Temple Beth-El, 10001 Columbia Ave, Munster, IN

Fee: CCC Members $165/non-CCC Members $195

Supply Fee: there will be a handout fee payable at the workshop

Thomas Ingmire

Thomas Ingmire

Thomas Ingmire

Thomas Ingmire

Thomas Ingmire

How can calligraphy, steeped in rules necessary for the development of elegant lettering, move with meaning into a modern world. Expressive calligraphy has been one experimental path; one that seldom transcends its play with lively marks into real meaning. My sense is that we start at the wrong place, with letterforms. There is an old design theorem, generally associated with architecture: “form follows function.”  A calligraphic interpretation would  be something like “form follows meaning.” Calligraphic teaching at best reverses the order  and in general is merely obsessed with just the first one, “form.”  We learn Italic, Italic variations, book hand, roman caps, uncial, expressive lettering, etc.

In this workshop we will experiment with some alternative ways of thinking about lettering. The first assumption will be that the role of the calligrapher is that of expressing meaning through the creation of new letterforms, not the perfection of the old.  We will address how  meaning can  lead us to form.  We will look at the ideas presented to us by Hans Burgert, who presented, with his theories and practice a path for exploring contemporary forms.  The words of poetry, their sense and sound, will be another starting point. And finally music with its foundation of rhythm will be used as a link between poetry and its potential visual expressions with lettering.

Click here for Thomas Ingmire’s bio.  Click here for the supply list for this class.  Please download our Workshop Registration Form and mail it together with your check to register for this workshop.

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Skill Level Key:

  • Beginner (Beg): persons with little experience in lettering, though enthusiastic about learning letterforms.
  • Intermediate (Int): persons with an understanding of more than one calligraphic hand and comfortable using basic design and layout skills.
  • Advanced (Adv): persons with a broad understanding of various calligraphic hands, a variety of tools, as well as color and design theory.

To register for these workshops, send a check in the entire amount, payable to the Chicago Calligraphy Collective to:

Karen Ness
CCC Workshop Director
8309 Oakwood Avenue
Munster, IN 46321-1912

Please note: Registrations postmarked before the advertised postmark date will not be accepted. Registrations can only be received via standard U.S. mail. (We’re sorry we cannot accept Express Mail or deliveries which require a signature.)  In the event that registrations for more than the maximum number of spaces in any given workshop are received with the first advertised postmark date, registration and wait list places will be drawn via lottery system.  Any and all registrations received beyond the maximum number of spaces in any given workshop will be placed on a wait list in order of postmark date. For any questions regarding workshops, please contact our Workshop Director.

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Classes Offered Elsewhere by CCC Members

Many CCC members provide instruction either through other organizations, community colleges, or privately. Click here to view information about the courses offered. For details about these classes, please contact the center or instructor directly as listed.

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Regional Study Groups

Study groups provide an excellent networking opportunity for students, teachers and professionals in the field of calligraphy. Consider joining these informal discussion groups to share ideas, exchange calligraphic tips and meet new colleagues.

Most groups meet on a monthly basis and provide interesting programs or topics of discussion. To receive contact information for the study group near you, please contact our Corresponding Secretary.

North Side (Chicago) Study Group: 3rd Thursday of each month — 6:30pm to 9:30pm

South Side (Suburban)/NW Indiana Study Group: 1st Monday of each month — 10:00am to 1:00pm

Northwest Suburban (South Barrington) Study Group: 1st Tuesday of each month — 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

West Side Suburban Study Group: 2nd or 3rd Sunday of each month – 1pm to 4pm