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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November 12-13, 2016

Revitalizing Your Italic

Instructor: Christopher Haanes

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

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

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: Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N Knox Ave, Chicago, IL

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: Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N Knox Ave, Chicago, IL

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: Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N Knox Ave, Chicago, IL

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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April 22-25, 2017

Workshop Retreat with Luca Barcellona

BLACKLETTER: A Journey Through Gothic Letterforms

Instructor: Luca Barcellona

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

First Accepted Postmark: December 16, 2016

Where: Techny Towers Conference and Retreat Center, 2001 Waukegan Rd, Techny, Illinois

Fee: See special registration form.

Gothic letterforms have great appeal thanks to their strong and sharp shapes.

This workshop offers a journey through this writing style that begins with Textura — which was mainly used for written manuscripts — to its Renaissance evolution. Fraktur — characterized by a strong decorative component with complex and generous capital letters — offers the chance to experience endless possibilities of variations that are still widely used today.

We will start by studying the historical shapes writing with the broad edge pen. We will then write letters in a more expressive way using the twist of the brush. Finally, we will move on to the development of other more personal and modern alphabets.

This is a course for beginners, experts, and those who want a deeper study of this writing style.

Click here for Luca Barcellona’s bio.  Supply list and preparation instructions will be emailed after your registration is received.  Please download this special Workshop Registration Form and mail it together with your check to register for this workshop.

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May 20-21, 2017

THE ENCHANTED LETTER, A Study in Designing a Contemporary Illuminated Letter

Instructor: Heather Victoria Held

Skill Level: All Levels

First Accepted Postmark: January 20, 2017

Where: Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N Knox Ave, Chicago, IL

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

This workshop is an exploration in designing and decorating a contemporary illuminated letter. The letters are based on a rounded script alphabet and transformed into meandering ribbons or graceful leaves. The student will be guided through the pencil design stage of their own unique letter as well as the decorative foliate extension. The design can be embellished with a simple 23K gilding technique or gold gouache. Pointed pen flourishes are added to the design, which is further embellished with colour. The final design is evocative of the graceful capital letters found in Victorian illustrated books. Knowledge of the pointed pen as well as any rounded script alphabet is very helpful in this class although an exemplar will be provided.

Click here for Heather Held’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