Calligraphy Essentials :: Texture & Grid, Point & Edge

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$ 175.00

April 3rd, 2020 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Ann Miller
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: April 3rd, 2020 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: April 3rd, 2020 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1

Punctuation, patterns and large areas of texture are often the weakest areas in calligraphy and hand lettering projects. Cover the essentials in this one-day workshop that gathers together the history of punctuation marks, textures, and formal patterning with guided exercises that focus the attention on developing new individual textures and patterns that can be used directly in your own work while systematically approaching a full page design. Great for beginners and the experienced letterer alike, this workshop touches on many aspects of the act of writing, and introduces a method that anyone can follow and use as a foundation as they continue to refine their letterforms or gestural art and design. Students will also be presented with exercises for point and edge that can support and enrich their lettering art, painting, or printed page. Text has a texture of its own, and can develop into a strong image when built up, layered, and tinted, creating a powerful expressive page. 

You will be fully informed of the scope of historical patterning, and will spend time developing a wide array of personally developed textures. These textures, combined with careful design judgment, can form a beautiful work. There will be specific exercises that promote ease of rhythm and movement.

We will work primarily in black and white; if you would like to use color, students may bring a selected palette of watercolor or gouache. 

Materials to Bring: Your favorite medium sized broad edged pens (Speedball C-3 or Brause 2mm, for instance, or larger and smaller sizes); Sumi ink and/or walnut ink; Pilot Parallel Pen (1.5mm, 2.4mm or 3.8mm) with your choice of ink; Strathmore 400 drawing paper pad or Bristol Paper, Cotton Comp Layout Paper, or other Layout Bond; small palette, water container, #2 pencil, eraser, blade, T-square, ruler, rags, etc; if you like to work in color bring walnut ink or gouache, or pan pastels.

Workshop Fee (includes $10 materials fee): $175.00

Date & Time: Friday, April 3, 2020 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class


About the Instructor | Ann Miller

Ann Miller, AB, AM Stanford University, studied painting and lithography with artists Richard Diebenkorn and Nathan Oliveira and has taught art and art history classes at Stanford, University of Santa Clara, San Mateo Community College district, and in local guilds and arts venues. In 1979 she founded M2 Design for calligraphy and design. In 2002 she authored two courses in calligraphy and letterform at Academy of Art University and is currently writing a new course covering logo, font, and lettering for illustrators.

Her calligraphy has been published in Letter Arts Review and Bound & Lettered, and Alphabet, and her book titles for Protean Press can be found in the Harrison Collection at San Francisco Main Library. Her art is in public and private collections and has been widely exhibited. She created of a series of large calligraphy murals for the City of Belmont's new public library and a 12-foot long family tree scroll for actress Brooke Shields for the NBC television series “Who do you think you are?” Visit Ann at

Past Student Reviews:

“Ann is a very generous and accomplished teacher. Attentive to individual needs and well equipped for helping with creative and technical decision making. Provided lots of tools and shared her supplies.”

“A good teacher and kind person.”

“What I liked most about this workshop was the hands-on instruction and valuable guidance from Ann Miller”

“This was my first workshop/experience with SFCB, and I was truly blown away! I am SO eager to get my hands dirty in future workshops!”

“Ann's willingness to share her immense knowledge and eagerness to help others to grow inspires creativity and confidence in her pupils. She shares her (super cool) tools and is happy to recommend other tools that might interest that particular individual, if not class alike.”

$ 175.00
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States