Saturday, July 15, 2023

Next meeting: Saturday, August 12, 2023, 10 am

Next meeting:
at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 800 N. New Road, Waco, Texas

with Amy S. Nielsen, Davenport, Iowa

Calligrapher/Artist Amy S. Nielsen will be conducting a 2-day calligraphy workshop at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Waco on August 11 and 12, 2023. She will be teaching a semi-formal calligraphic broad-edge handwriting called Petrarch. It is the invention of Father E. M. Catich based on his decades-long study of the Roman alphabet. Father Catich was Amy’s teacher and mentor (and Paul Herrera’s!). He is recognized as the foremost authority of the Imperial Roman alphabet, the foundation of Western calligraphy. You will find that she teaches with the same energy and enthusiasm as he did.

Day 1:

Friday, August 11, 2023; 9 am - 4 pm; $70 all day
AM Session – A study and practice of the semi-formal hand called Petrarch; definitions, proportions, guides, and broad edged pen writing. We will cover the basics of the tools and progress to writing the Petrarch letters.

PM Session – Learn some great ways to layout the size and style of letters that you are about to write. The way layouts are constructed can increase interest, mixing styles and sizes, to create the most for your quote and message.

Online Registration Form for Amy Nielsen’s Petrarch Friday Workshop
Please register by:
Mon., Aug.  7th !

TO REGISTER:  Use this link for the Friday Google form. No paper copy needed! 

Pay via PayPal at this link.   Select SEND, log into your account, enter the amount ($70 or $85) and add “Petrarch Day 1 Workshop,” then complete the transaction. 


Day 2:

Saturday, August 12, 2023
AM Session 10-12 noon FREE– For the Saturday morning program Amy will go back through the Petrarch letters, take questions, and catch up those unable to attend on Friday. You will receive the full set of handouts.

PM Session 1-4 pm, $30 for members, $45 for non-members– You will learn the special characteristics and ‘personality’ of the flat-edged brush as contrasted with hard-tool calligraphy. We will layout and create a broadside piece that will showcase ALL you have learned during this workshop.

Online Registration for Amy Nielsen’s Petrarch Saturday afternoon Workshop
Please register before:
Mon., Aug.  7th !

TO REGISTER:  Use this link for the Saturday Google form.  No paper copy needed! 

Pay via PayPal at this link.   Select SEND, log into your account, enter the amount ($30 or $45) and add “Petrarch Day 2 Workshop,” then complete the transaction. 

Supplies for any of the sessions: you will need to bring a 3.8 Parallel Pen or C-2 Speedball or another similar sized nib of your choice. Marker layout paper for practice. Bristol or cover stock paper no smaller than 11”x14” for your final project (we will have some). Any water-based paint or ink along with your usual calligraphy kit of tools. Half-inch flat brushes will be provided by Amy for your use during the Saturday class, which may be purchased after if you like.

About Amy:
  Amy is a graduate and former faculty member of St. Ambrose University in Davenport (the site of next year’s international calligraphy conference, Roman Holiday!). She began her career at Hallmark Cards, then moved on to graphic design for various advertising agencies before returning to her passion of art instruction at St. Ambrose. Now a freelance artist, Amy continues her successful career as a commercial artist and art instructor at local libraries and galleries in addition to her duties as president and founding member of the nonprofit Art Legacy League in Davenport, Iowa.

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