A Sharp Pencil and a Keen Eye  - Amity Parks
Apr 30

A Sharp Pencil and a Keen Eye - Amity Parks

Graphite Techniques for Calligraphers                                                                                        All Skill Levels - some calligraphy experience is helpful

$140 Members       $170 Non- Members

$25 Cancellation Fee

In this class, the humble pencil and its relatives become powerful tools in creating many effects from subtle to stunning. We will use pencils, erasers, graphite sticks/blocks, powdered graphite and their water-soluble cousins to explore the possibilities of this medium for creating refined works of art to quickly made drawings in our sketchbooks.

Starting with basic drawing principles like line quality and shading, we will experiment with each tool to discover the marks it can produce. We will then move on to drawing letters and designing word groups, both formal and casual. The monochromatic drawn letterform forces us to slow down and relate more organically to the forms we are creating. You will find drawing letterforms with care and thoughtfulness to be so helpful in improving your design and lettering skills and in allowing for more refined and subtle attention to detail. 

Further time will let us explore how to integrate our letters with their backgrounds into designs that will grab our viewer’s eye. Finally I’ll show you some of the tricks I’ve learned to save time and ensure success when working with this versatile medium.


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415 Springview Lane, Phoenixville, PA   19460               pnocentino@gmail.com             

Calligraphic Bling with Meg Kennedy
9:00 am09:00

Calligraphic Bling with Meg Kennedy

  • Rutgers Camden, Art Department

Both for beginners and more seasoned calligraphers,  we'll use everything from Stickles, sequins, and beads to faux gilding, foil, and plastic gems to find ways to add sparkle and glitz to letters. These techniques can be used on cards (e.g. Valentines) onramental pieces and fanciful gifts.

Meg Kennedy is a calligrapher and book artist who is editor of Script and a former PCS president. She has taught for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pa Council on the Arts, the School District and Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College and Kutztown University. She has been an artist-in-residence at more than 25 schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey; and Meg is co-author of Building a Book, Binding a Poem: Artists' Books in the Classroom.Her work has been exhibited throughout the US  and in Italy.