Cheryl Tefft - Introduction to Calligraphy & Illumination - May 9 (Two Sessions)

For more information, contact Cheryl Tefft: or 636-441-7225
Registration links are below.
John Neal Books is not hosting this class.

Introduction to Calligraphy & Illumination
with Cheryl Tefft
May 9, 2022 (Two Sessions)

If you are:

-- relatively new to the study of calligraphy, or
-- interested in calligraphy but not sure whether you are up for taking multi-week classes with homework, or
-- interested in decorated/illuminated letters, or
– interested in getting a sort of bird’s-eye overview of the world of calligraphy and illumination, or
-- you wish there was a class you could send your friends/relatives to so they could better understand what you love about this art form...

Here's a *FREE* introductory class that covers all of those bases! We cover a little history of calligraphy, with demonstration of a variety of styles and tools, a review of a range of different calligraphy projects, and the opportunity for students to create their very own decorated letter!

Introduction to Calligraphy & Illumination could alternatively be called “Art Appreciation for Calligraphy.” It's being offered twice on Monday, May 9. Choose from either of the two sessions:

Session 1: Monday, May 9, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Central Daylight Time (12:30 pm to 3:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time): for more information or to register for this session, go to


Session 2 (same class, different time): Monday, May 9, 6 pm to 9 pm CDT (7 pm to 10 pm EDT): for more information or to register for this session, go to:

Cost: FREE
Prerequisite: NONE

Class will be presented live, with recordings available to all enrolled students for an extended time afterward.

Supply list:

If you don’t want to create your own decorated letter in the class, you don’t need any supplies except any note-taking materials you might want. However, if you would like to follow along and create a decorated letter, here’s what you will need:

  • Ruler (S271 or S270)
  • Painter's tape or artist’s tape (S412 or S931)
  • Pigma Micron marker, black ink, size 01 (M17)
  • Smooth, non-bleeding watercolor paper of your choice, such as Arches Text Wove (my favorite for this kind of project) (PS01, PS01-PKT, PS01-FS, or PA03) or Arches Hot Press watercolor paper (90# or 140#; full sheets may be cut into quarters for shipping) (PS42 or PS47)
  • Small round (pointed) brush suitable for watercolor, size 0 or smaller (size 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, teal, purple, OR red (NOTE: red is the least preferable of these options, but it will still work). 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 (GW100 or 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 (if you already have a nice gold watercolor or gouache you can use that instead), 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).
  • Burnisher/Stylus set (S1038)
  • White eraser of your choice; Pentel Clic suggested (E06)
  • Pencil (PL21)
  • Basic container for rinse water (S1005), or use a clean, empty low margarine tub or similar
  • Favorite materials for taking notes
  • Paper towels (S817)
  • Pad of any kind of paper, even a regular school notebook (we will be using the cardboard backing of the pad)
  • Light pad, light box, (S1013 or S939) OR a window with daylight coming through it (needed for a bit of tracing onto the watercolor paper)
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