Kathy Guthrie • Visual Artist
In this one day workshop you will experiment working in a small format on paper, wood and canvas with paints, collage and 3D techniques. Sizes may range from 12″ X 12″ to as small as 3″ X 5″. The samples presented are collage with embellishments on 3″ X 5″ wood cradles with a 1-3/8″ profile so they can stand alone on a flat surface or add a hanger to be hung on the wall. You might like to create several works in a variety of sizes using the same theme to be exhibited together as a narrative. The first part of the workshop will be spent creating your own painted collage papers. Then we will discuss how to create collage works on paper, wood or canvas and add embellishments and words. There are so many possibilities for these small gems!
The study of Uncial, an important historical style, is perfect for new calligraphers and a must for all levels. This majuscule (all uppercase) alphabet has short wide letter forms which makes it easy to learn with a broad edge tool. Although not a “fancy” lettering style, there are ways to enhance its beauty! Many applications for every day use will be presented throughout the workshop or weekly class session such as broadside layout and design, signage, labels, greeting cards, and much more.
This lowercase calligraphic alphabet is also great one for new calligraphers to start with. It’s a simple, classic style suited for many applications. Its round bowls and upright stems makes it easy to read and quick to learn. Roman Capitals suit the Bookhand style as the uppercase letters. I have used this style for so many projects over the years. Many applications for Bookhand will be presented throughout the workshop or weekly class session such as broadside layout and design, small books, watercolour backgrounds, and much more.
This beautiful and elegant style is widely recognized and another important style for all calligraphers. It’s a little more challenging to learn with its elegant elliptical bowls and longer ascenders and descenders and written at a slight slope. Many applications for every day use will be presented throughout the workshop or weekly class session such as broadside layout and design, invitations, menus, and much more.
Have you admired the spontaneous and expressive look of pointed brush lettering? In this introductory session you will learn the basic brush strokes to create my style of the pointed brush alphabet. This is one of my most favourite lettering styles! With a pressure and release method create lightweight and delicate or bold and heavy lettering. Work with a Pentel Color Brush pen and also learn about using paint brush and watercolours for your lettering in a workshop setting or set of weekly classes.
In this fun and informal workshop you will learn to draw the historic versal capitals from the 13th century and decorate them using a variety of old and new approaches. Firstly you will draw the outline of the Lomardic Versals then explore decoration to produce black and white samples. The next step will be project-oriented where students will use a range of media to design decorated versals in colour to be incorporated with a longer text. My favourite way to use these letters is creating contemporary versals with a friend’s name! Suited for a weekend workshop.
Calligraphy is so much more than black lettering on white paper so let’s see how far we can take it! You’ll be using unconventional materials and methods to create out-of-the-ordinary calligraphy pieces. Some of the projects will include working directly on wood cradles, using collage as a lettering medium and lettering on mylar. A few new contemporary lettering styles will be introduced to complement your broad-edge calligraphy. Basic knowledge of at least one calligraphy style is beneficial.
In this workshop students will learn several easy styles to letter by hand such as my own “criss-cross caps”, and Neuland which is easy for beginners. These fun and simple letters are created with fine point pens, broad-tip markers and gel pens. These styles are perfect for use in book projects, greeting cards, invitation design, addressing mail, and more!
The second workshop in this series will include more new lettering styles using monoline pens to create swirls and curls and other drawn block letters that you will have fun colouring and decorating! I have used these styles to add more fun and punch to signage and of course greeting cards!
You asked for it … more easy lettering styles! In this workshop you’ll be introduced (we’ll begin with pencil then you can try my oblique pen and pointed nib) to the beautiful historical handwriting style called Copperplate, as well as drawn versals from old manuscripts and a contemporary style of decorated capitals. These styles are great for posters titles, books, name tags, and place cards, and more!
Yes, believe it or not, there are more easy lettering styles to learn! This time you’ll learn akim cursive a fun style originating in Germany, then an earthy looking style with squiggles and twisty forms then you’ll change directions and cut coloured paper squares then turn them into the alphabet!
In this workshop you will be introduced to a variety of monoline lettering styles. In this case, monoline means one thickness in the letter strokes. For example, using a broad edged pen gives you both thick and thin letter strokes. Using a monoline tool or pen, will give you the same thickness of strokes no matter how the pen is held. Monoline lettering can be used for many different projects and typically these styles are easier and quicker to learn. The focus for the day will be on the lettering but you will also create colourful backgrounds with watercolour then add your words using the monoline styles learned in the workshop.
Looking for some simple yet classy lettering for your art projects? In this workshop you will be introduced to the Roman Capitals. Using monoline pens you will learn the basic letter forms and after some practice with proportion and scale, move on to some fun ways to vary the look of these capitals; whether they become a background design or stand out front and centre. There will be lots of reference material available during the workshop and many examples of how to use these versatile letterforms.
It’s as simple as that … cut the papers, collage them onto a support and voila, you’ve created a new piece (or card) in a very short time! The first half of the workshop will be spent sorting through your scraps of painted and other papers that you bring from home or creating new painted papers and coordinating them with your quotations and photos if you wish to use them. We’ll experiment with different layouts and make choices with what you have available. You’ll be able to experiment with some fun ways of folding, cutting, tearing, painting and more to make colourful, heartfelt and personalized pieces (or cards). Get a jumpstart by collecting short meaningful quotations in all genres.
Enjoy a day of fun creating delightful interactive greeting cards. From step-by-step instructions make cards with windows with a surprise inside, flaps that open, folds that flip and flop, strings to tie and untie … once the fun begins who knows where it will end! This is a great time to experiment with these new ideas, materials, papers, etc. to make your cards more exciting to give.
This workshop will work around a seasonal theme. You will create a set of uniquely designed hand made cards using a variety of Japanese papers along with embellishments then add haiku (a form of Japanese poetry) on a seasonal theme using easy hand lettering styles. Haiku poetry will be provided or you may write your own with the instructions provided in class.
You will work from provided outlines (line drawings) to create delightful still life pictures to apply to blank note cards. Create your designs with solid coloured papers and small scissors. These Henri Matisse inspired collage cards are fun to make and send to your friends.
Picture this: you came to a card workshop. You made a card that you were very proud of. You handed it to your friend at her special party. She laughed with delight then hugged you. That alone is worth the price of a card workshop. So come along for a day of play with lots of exquisite papers, paints, embellishments, and more! Some monoline hand lettering will be demonstrated as well. Bring small photo images; approximately 2” X 2” that tell a story. See mobile card sample using photos.
It’s time to revive the dwindling art of writing letters by hand for the post and in turn be creative with addressing your envelopes! Kathy will demonstrate many ways to make your snail mail envelopes into works of art to delight your family, friends and especially the postman! Bring your address book and beautiful postage stamps.
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