For more information, contact Cheryl Tefft: firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Class will be presented live, with recordings available to all enrolled students for an extended time afterward.
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)