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Classes are taught by Debby Reelitz in her North Granby studio
with a maximum of 8 students, a minimum of 5 students.
REGISTRATION FORM for CLASSES

2018

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COPPERPLATE: An Introduction to Script Lettering
6 weeks, Tuesday evenings
October 23, 30; November 6, 13, 27; December 4
at Debby's Calligraphy Studio, 24 Silkey Road, North Granby CT
Instruction from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m 

Copperplate Sample

The course will introduce script lettering in the copperplate style.   We'll use an oblique nib holder, pointed nibs, ink and gouache.   Previous calligraphy experience is not required for this course.   We will also create a handmade book featuring the lettering learned in the course. Cost: $120. Materials fee of $35 includes all the supplies necessary for class (collected during first class). REGISTRATION FORM

 

Developing Control in Calligraphy: A One-Day Workshop Learning the Uncial Hand
Sponsored by the Mysticalligraphers
Taught by Debby Reelitz
Saturday, October 27th
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Coastal Lodge on 637 Pequot Trail, Stonington, Connecticut 06378

This one-day workshop will introduce the Celtic lettering style known as uncial. Found in the Book of Kells and Lindisfarne Gospels, this beautiful, circular lettering is an excellent opportunity to strengthen basic lettering skills and gain more control over the pen. Participants will progress through three different writing tools as a way to evaluate their lettering and develop more accurate shapes. The multi-step process Debby will present for learning uncial can be used for mastering other calligraphic hands as well. We will also transform our practice into a book with a Japanese style stab binding at the end of the day. No calligraphy experience is needed. Cost: $75. $10 materials fee payable to instructor that day.

Checks should be made out to Mysticalligraphers and
sent to Mysticalligraphers, P.0. Box 267 , Mystic, CT 06355
The due date for payment is September 12, 2018.

Click here for a printable flyer and supply list

SUPPLY List:

Brause nibs: 5 mm and 2 mm (size and brand is very important) AVP
Higgins Sepia Ink (recommended), or your favorite writing medium AVP
Nib holder (recommend round, double-ended wooden holder) AVP
Ruler, 12" or longer
Pencil and sharpener
Rag or thick paper towels for clean up
White or Kneaded Eraser (AVP)
Rinsing jar (a small recycled jar works great)
Scissors
Shoebox to hold supplies or calligraphy toolbox of choice
Old toothbrush for cleaning
A short quote between 10-15 words
**AVP means available to purchase from instructor

OPTIONAL Supplies:
Painting brush for detail, size 0-2 range will work
Large 1" brush for laying down a wash
Dinky Dip for holding ink (AVP)
Embossing tool
Gold gouache or ink
Writing board (AVP)
Watercolor or gouache palette
Eyedropper (AVP)
iron, towel or board to iron paper 9"x 6"

 

FLOURISHING: The Decorative Side of Drawing
3 Saturday mornings: November 3, 10, 17
10 am to noon
at Debby's Calligraphy Studio, 24 Silkey Road, North Granby CT

 

This 3-week class will introduce the concept of flourishing. We will analyze and experiment with what forms, techniques, exercises and analyses of what makes a flourish beautiful and effective. Much of the class will be hands-on activities designed to reinforce the concepts. All skill levels are welcome. Previous calligraphic experience is not required. Cost: $75. Includes materials. REGISTRATION FORM

 

Mini Intro to Calligraphy at Simsbury Library FREE
Saturday, November 3, 2018
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Simsbury Public Library

Blackletter Sample

Come learn Blackletter Calligraphy which is also known as the Gothic style! It is a classic, dramatic lettering style and a great way to introduce yourself to the broad edge nib. Calligrapher Debby Reelitz will guide you through the basics and provide you with writing tools and paper to create your own dramatic Gothic letters. Space is limited, registration is required. Simbury Library to register

 

REGISTRATION

To reserve a spot in a class, please call 860-413-9041 to make sure space is still available and mail a $20 deposit to Debby Reelitz; 24 Silkey Road; North Granby CT 06060. The remaining amount is due the first day of class.
REGISTRATION FORM for CLASSES

LEFTIES

If you are left-handed and interested in doing calligraphy, you CAN do it. There are left-handed professional calligraphers out there.

Yes, there are challenges to being left-handed and using the broad edged tool, but there are many tricks to get around them. To be honest, it does mean extra time and experimentation to learn what works best for you. So, what I like to do for lefties is send them a small booklet to read before coming to class so you can get a preview on some of the tricks of the trade. When you register, just let me know you are left-handed so I can send you the book. I do ask that it be returned for future lefties taking classes. Here's some basic ideas to start:

http://www.clas.co.uk/left-handers.html