Illumination 2: Building Skill, Expanding our Horizons

6 Mondays, 7:00 to 9:00 pm EST
April 4, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 2022
Live online instruction via Zoom. Classes will be recorded.

Illumination skills we are strengthening:
Practicing layout and design
Achieving better results with our nib and brush
Flexing our creativity muscles

One of my personal goals is to better understand the whitewashed world we live in and do more study of the amazing accomplishments from communities of color that are too often ignored. I am not claiming to be an expert on manuscripts from around the world, (far from it!), rather consider me a guide. There is so much to learn by celebrating meaningful manuscripts from around the globe, observing closely, studying examples, and mimicking forms, shapes, and colors.


To purchase this class and supplies there are two options. If anything is confusing, please call: 860-550-3002

Handouts will be provided digitally to students. Student will acquire necessary supplies, and digital documents are available at a Google doc folder made available March 23rd. Be aware that a couple of the handouts are printed on transparencies (if you have a light box, the transparency is not as critical), one handout is on legal-sized paper.
Class fee: $150

If you have some supplies, but need others, copy the order form at the supply link here, identify the items you need, email me a copy and I will confirm the final cost after adjusting the shipping for your order. Packets will be shipped March 23rd. Please order by March 20th at the latest so I can be sure to have the supplies you need.


COST:  $150
(I am not using Etsy for this class because supplies are not being shipped until March 23rd—and Etsy gets cranky when things don’t get shipped immediately. 🙂

4 Payment options:

PayPal: Send money to    If it’s possible to send to a friend, that saves me some fees. No worries if that’s not possible. Add a note that clarifies money is for ILLUM 2. The account will come up as Fun Organic Shirts–that is me! It is my line of organic shirts with calligraphic designs on them.

Credit Card: I can email you an invoice that allows you to pay with a credit card even if you don’t have a PayPal account.

Venmo: Debby-Calligraphy
Add a note that clarifies money is for ILLUM 2.

Check: Payable to: Debby Reelitz
Mail to: 24 Silkey Road, North Granby CT 06060
Memo: Illum 2

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Please contact me before registering to determine shipping logistics, cost, timing, etc.


The class will be recorded and made available to students.

TIME: Each 2-hour class is a diverse combination of learning about the art of illumination, learning skills, seeing samples, student lettering and creating projects. There will also be an assignment each week to practice the skill that was introduced. This return to illumination is a great way to create the fine motor skills necessary for illumination.

Each class also builds on the class before and does not repeat the same information.





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