Cheryl Tefft - Beginning Calligraphy II (Italic) - June 1 through August 3

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Beginning Calligraphy II (italic) class – June 1 through August 3
Cheryl Tefft

Classic italic with its many variations is by far the most popular of the broad-edge calligraphy styles. Italic can take on a multitude of attributes, ranging from elegantly flourished to bold and chunky. Italic offers the very best balance between beauty and legibility in the entire world of calligraphy.

In this class you will explore the wonders of learning to write in the lovely italic style, while refining your understanding of the underlying fundamentals of calligraphy. We will cover the nuances of the italic letterforms, proportions, spacing, some special skills (rolling the pen!), and even some fun exercises with decorated letters that offer a lot of enjoyment and impressive results even without a lot of experience.

This class is the second in a series of four courses in calligraphy designed to take complete novices from terrified to terrific! If you have already taken the instructor's Beginning Calligraphy I (uncial) class, this italic class is the next step. It is also suitable for those who have studied italic before and would like to feel more confident with it. You only need to be reasonably comfortable with any broad-edge calligraphy style.

PREREQUISITE: Beginning Calligraphy I (uncial), from this instructor, or a comprehensive course in any other style of broad-edge calligraphy, such as italic, blackletter, bookhand, or Carolingian (or the equivalent in independent study).

WHEN: Wednesdays, June 1 through August 3, 2022, from noon to 2 pm Central Daylight Time (1 pm to 3 pm Eastern Daylight Time) (no class on June 22 or July 13)

FORMAT/RECORDINGS: This is a live small-group class with individual feedback, held online with recordings available afterward for all students enrolled.

FEE: $290

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Required items:

  • 11×17” grid pad, for practice, non-bleeding, 8 squares/inch, at least 50 sheets; John Neal grid pad recommended (P21)
  • Pilot Parallel Pen, 3.8 mm size (green cap) (FP67)
  • Ink cartridges for Parallel Pen (FP70 or FP71), at least 6 cartridges, assorted colors, or other suitable inks/colors of your choice which will show up on white paper
  • Pad of Marker Layout paper or Layout Bond paper (P09-50), 8½ x 11” or larger, or similar non-bleeding translucent paper suitable for tracing
  • 18” metal ruler with cork backing (S271) (it does need to be 18” or longer)
  • Protractor (S632)
  • Envelopes (PA79, or other non-bleeding envelopes of your choice, at least 5)
  • Painter's tape or artist’s tape (S412 or S931) 
  • Pigma Micron marker, black ink, size 01 (M17)
  • One or two LARGE sheets of Arches Hot Press watercolor paper (90# or 140#; full sheets may be cut into quarters for shipping) (PS42, PA42, or PS47), OR similar smooth, non-bleeding watercolor paper of your choice. You WILL need some larger-sized paper for homework projects (at least 11" x 15", which is 1/4 the size of a full sheet).
  • Small round (pointed) brush suitable for watercolor, size 0 or smaller (size 00 or 000 suggested, if you only get one), such as Winsor & Newton Sceptre Gold 101 brush(es) (BR26 or BR26-S4)
  • Non-metallic watercolor paint in at least one deeper shade (jewel tone) of blue, green, purple, OR red. You can either (A) get a basic set of non-metallic watercolors (any type) (S1032,--12A or 36 color set; or S994 or S1049 or S1050), OR (B) get one (or more) tube(s) of watercolor within the color options specified (WNWC1 or WNWC2) plus a basic palette (S679 or S1094)
  • FineTec (also called Coliro) watercolor paint (S1000); a pan of the Arabic Gold color is required, plus (optional) any other colors you want. I also recommend that if you aren’t buying a pre-selected set of FineTec colors, get a storage box to hold the paint pans you have selected (S999 or S1113 or S1016).
  • Burnisher/Stylus set (S1038)
  • White eraser of your choice; Pentel Clic suggested (E06)
  • Pencil, preferably mechanical, lead size approximately 0.5 mm (PL21)
  • Basic container for rinse water (S1005), or use a clean, empty low margarine tub or similar
  • Favorite materials for taking notes
  • Standard letter-size lined (or gridded) school notebook, or similar
  • Paper towels (S817)


  • Optional: Additional pen(s)/pencils(s)of your choice (suitable for drawing guidelines), possibly in different colors, such as Pigma Micron markers, about size 01 (M21 or M134), OR Pilot G-Tec-4 (M08-S5)
  • Optional but highly recommended: Binder (3-ring or similar) for handouts
  • Optional but highly recommended: Sheet protectors (for handouts, especially those you want to refer to frequently)
  • Optional: Dedicated tote bag/briefcase (or similar) to keep all of your class supplies and papers together (note that your supplies will include an 11×17” pad of paper, so your bag needs to accommodate that)
  • Optional (but highly recommended): Pilot Parallel Pen, 2.4 mm size (yellow-orange cap) (FP67)
  • Optional: One or two additional LARGE sheets of smooth, non-bleeding watercolor paper for projects; it is okay to cut large sheets into quarters for shipping (in addition to the papers on the “required” part of the list, you may want more or a different kind of paper for your projects, such as a large sheet of one of the other types of paper from the sample pack)
  • Sample paper pack of high-quality calligraphy-friendly paper samples (PA101). Only needed if you don't already know what types of white/off-white watercolor paper you like for finished calligraphy projects. However, if you don't get the sample pack, you are encouraged to get some Arches Text Wove paper for a special in-class project (PS01, PS01-PKT, PS01-FS, or PA03) (you only need one letter-size sheet of the Text Wove for class, and you can substitute another kind of watercolor paper instead; you may also want more Text Wove paper later).
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