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Upcoming LIVE Online Classes

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Illustrator for Calligraphers

Four Live Sessions:

February 1, 8, 15, 22  |  12–2:30pm Chicago time

$125 USD

KNOWLEDGE OF RETOUCHING IN PHOTOSHOP IS A PREREQUISITE FOR THIS CLASS!

Students will learn how to bring their images into Illustrator for vectorizing; how to manually and image (auto) trace; how to add, select and modify points on a path; how to smooth curves; how to draw symmetrical shapes; how to use layers; and much more.

You must have access to Adobe Illustrator and have a basic knowledge of the software. You will also need to know how to share your screen on Zoom. 

Ten-hour Zoom class, recorded each day. Videos will be available with no time limits.

Upon registration, you will receive confirmation and a supply list. Zoom link and handouts will be sent 1 week prior to the start of class.

VIDEO Classes

Variations on Akim - New!

Six hours of videos

$65 USD

“Akim Cursive” is a rhythmic hand used by calligrapher Hans-Joachim Burgert.

This class will briefly explore his original version, then move into more expressive variations which Julie has developed over the last several years.

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Long Text & Compositions in Akim

Six hours of videos

$65 USD

This class further explores Burgert's 'cursive' hand. We will write long texts and compositions, focusing on the rhythmic patterns for which Akim is known. We will also study Burgert’s abstract compositions and create larger pieces that mimic his style.

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Continuous Line Letters & Words

Six hours of videos

$65 USD

What can the calligrapher do with a continuous line? Plenty! In this class, we will look at other artists’ interpretations of this technique and see how their process can be applied to letters and words. By exploring the continuous line, new ways to make and connect letters will be discovered, resulting in fresh ways to enhance your calligraphy.

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The Handwritmic Ruling Pen

Six hours of videos

$65 USD

Come find out more about this fabulous, versatile writing tool designed by artist/calligrapher, Brody Neuenschwander. You will learn how the pen responds to different hand and arm movements; different fluids; and different papers.

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Fun & Funky Letters

Six hours of videos

$65 USD

This is a great class for those who want to learn how to create playful letters, both in color and black and white. Through a series of exercises we will explore new ways to make letters with both traditional and non-traditional tools, and work with all sorts of media on different papers.

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The Inside Curve

Six hours of videos

$65 USD

This original hand was created several years ago and is composed of letters that are drawn, not lettered with a specific tool. These built-up letters lend themselves to a variety of applications. Together we will learn the basic forms, then branch out into variations. We will also work with a variety of media
and papers.

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Every Letter is a Jewel

Six hours of videos

$65 USD

These drawn and painted letters are sure to delight everyone! Students will be led through a series of exercises to help them create their own unusual letterforms. Working in a 3” x 3” format, we will use a variety of media and papers to create our little
“jeweled” letters. 

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The Letters of Imre Reiner

Six hours of videos

$65 USD

In this class, we will look at many samples of Reiner’s creative work, including his illustrations, drawn letters and typefaces. We will analyze how he created his letterforms, then try tools and exercises to mimic his style until it becomes our own.

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Make Your Mark

Six hours of videos

$65 USD

Through a series of exercises, students will learn how to use both traditional and non-traditional tools in unusual ways to make expressive marks with intention—not just random abstraction. We will also use a variety of papers and media, including resist.

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Wild Writing with Resist

Six hours of videos

$65 USD

This class will explore ways of making letters using all sorts of traditional and non-traditional writing tools. Students will be led through exercises that will focus on composition and the importance of negative space. They will then learn several resist techniques using liquid gesso, acrylics, Frisket, and masking fluid.  

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Passionate Pointed Brush

Six hours of videos

$65 USD

The pointed brush is one of the most versatile tools in a calligrapher’s  toolbox. We will start with a series of basic stroke exercises, then analyze examples of brush lettering to replicate how they were made. We will then use the moves to begin creating a brush hand that is unique to each person.

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The World of Ruling Pens

Six hours of videos

$65 USD

Have you ever wondered “What is a ‘ruling pen’” and what do those funky looking things do? Come join me to find out! We will explore a variety of pens including my favorite, the Handwritmic. We’ll try them with different inks and papers just to see what happens. This six-hour class will be your time to explore the exciting and crazy world of the ruling pen! 

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