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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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: Registration is open.

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: Registration is open.

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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November 12-13, 2016

Revitalizing Your Italic

Instructor: Christopher Haanes

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced (prerequisite: working knowledge of Italic)

First Accepted Postmark: Friday, August 12, 2016.

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

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

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

Alphabet, Christopher Haanes

Alphabet, Christopher Haanes

Alphabet, Christopher Haanes

Italic might be the hand that is most varied of all the scripts. One may ask if there really is a neutral Italic. There is much variation even among Renaissance scribes. And there is a multitude of modern adaptations, stretching from formal, almost typographic styles to highly individual possibilities. Advanced techniques like pressure, variation, pen angle manipulation and building-up/retouching will be explored. By making the strokes themselves more dynamic and varied, we can ultimately apply these techniques to any writing style. Christopher will lecture and demonstrate as well as follow up with each student individually. This workshop is for the intermediate and advanced student.

Click here for Christopher Haanes’ 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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Jan 21-22, 2017

Linoleum Block Illustration for Calligraphers

Instructor: Martha Ericson

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced

First Accepted Postmark: October 21, 2016

Where: TBA

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

Supply Fee: $16-$20 payable at the workshop (see supply list for details; there will also be a handout copy fee)

Linocut by Martha Ericson

Linocut by Martha Ericson

Linocut by Martha Ericson

Prized for its versatility and relative ease of cutting, linoleum is a printmaking medium used by elementary school artists as well as modern masters. It is an illustration technique that goes especially well with calligraphy as it, too, is all about line, rhythm and pattern. This workshop will explore the elements involved in making a strong design, take you through the basics of tools and materials, show you simple hand-printing methods, and will leave you, hopefully, with the experience and the desire to explore the medium further.

Click here for Martha Ericson’s bio and 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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February 18-19, 2017

Copperplate: The Basics and Beyond

Instructor: Mike Kecseg

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced

First Accepted Postmark: November 18, 2016

Where: TBA

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

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

Copperplate, by Mike Kecseg

Copperplate, by Mike Kecseg

Copperplate, by Mike Kecseg

In this class, we will begin with a review of the basic strokes, the miniscules and the capitals. Emphasis will be on using proper form, slant and spacing. Once the basics have been covered the next step is to expend our ideas of what Copperplate should look like. We will decide between keeping those things which are characteristic of a traditional Copperplate and pushing the limits of how much we can change shape, slant, spacing, size, proportion, weight and texture and still maintain a Copperplate “look”. Further experimentation will include variations of the capitals, ascenders and descenders, flourishing and working with non-traditional layouts, materials and techniques.

Click here for Mike Kecseg’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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March 25-26, 2017

Finding your Inner Picasso

Instructors: Mike Gold and Judy Melvin

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced

First Accepted Postmark: December 22, 2016

Where: TBA

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

Supply Fee: $15-20 (see supply list for details). There will also be a handout fee. Both will be payable at the workshop.

Mike Gold

Mike Gold

Mike Gold

Mike Gold

Mike Gold

Judy Melvin

Judy Melvin

Judy Melvin

Judy Melvin

Judy Melvin

Finding Your Inner Picasso

This workshop will feature exercises and projects that will bring out the artist in you. We will look at some of the principles and ideas behind the works of Picasso, Klee, and contemporary non-traditional calligraphic artists. Collage was key to both Picasso and Braque in developing their work and modernist visual vocabulary and we will use it here, too. Various other media will also be explored as we work on wood and paper. This workshop is designed for calligraphers looking to move beyond letterforms and traditional calligraphic compositions. In this class, letters are seen as line, shape and form and compositions may or may not be readable. Like Picasso, we will break conventional rules, work spontaneously, and be guided by personal vision rather than practical function.
Click here for Mike Gold’s bio and here for Judy Melvin’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: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6-8:45pm.

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