Back in Black(letter) online workshop

$ 70.00

May 4th, 2021 4:00 PM

  • Instructor: Grendl Löfkvist
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: May 4th, 2021 4:00 PM
  • Workshop End: May 6th, 2021 6:00 PM
  • Sessions: 2

This is a two session online workshop.

Get Medieval! Learn the history and fundamentals of Gothic Textura in this two-day introductory calligraphy workshop. We will discuss the origins, variations, and contemporary applications of this historic script. You will emerge with the skills necessary to write a basic Blackletter alphabet in this class geared to calligraphy novices.
We will explore the traditional tools and materials used to write Textura by Medieval monks, and discuss the various options available to the modern-day scribe. 
We will tackle different techniques using the broad-edged pen, and you will leave the class armed with handouts and examples to guide and inspire you in your future practice.

Materials to Bring: 

Recommended retailer: John Neal Books. You can find Grendl's preferred products here.

The instructor will supply a template students can print out onto whatever paper they choose, and an exemplar. 

Workshop Fee: $70

Date & Time: Tuesday and Thursday, May 4 & 6, 2021 :: 4-6pm Pacific time

Location: Online over Zoom

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


About the Instructor | Grendl Löfkvist

Grendl Löfkvist, Education Director at Letterform Archive, teaches type history and theory at Type West, the Archive’s yearlong postgraduate certificate program in type design. She also is an instructor at City College of San Francisco, and teaches calligraphy at the San Francisco Center for the Book. Grendl has ink in her veins: she was an offset press operator for 20 years, and she serves on the board of directors for the American Printing History Association’s Northern California chapter. Her interests include the study of printing as a subversive “Black Art” and she’s always on the lookout for bizarre or macabre print, type, and lettering lore (she is a bit of a goth).

Past Student Reviews:

“Grendl was engaging and included history and application of the alphabet.”

“Grendl, you are an absolute delight! This is my first class with this instructor and I am certain there will be others. I love the irreverent humor and her work demonstrates the dedication to her craft. Bravo!”

"The teacher's knowledge, enthusiasm, skill, humor, and upbeat attitude. She seemed determined to provide a good experience for all despite the challenge of online distance instruction, and she succeeded.”


$ 70.00
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Online via Zoom
United States