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  • All meetings will take place on the fourth Sunday of each month

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Brecksville Public Library - 1:30-4:30 pm
9089 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, OH 44141 (440) 526-1102 


    The April program will continue our study of the basics of the Italic alphabet. 

    Supplies to bring:

    • an edged marker at least 1/8th of an inch thick
    • a T-square
    • a pencil
    • an eraser
    • unlined paper
    • drafting or masking tape
    Hope to see you there!


    Sunday, March 26, 2017

    Strongsville Public Library - 1:30-4:30 pm
    18700 Westwood Drive, Strongsville, OH 44136 (440) 238-5530 map

    The March program will be a study of the basics of the Italic alphabet. 

    Supplies to bring:

    • an edged marker at least 1/8th of an inch thick
    • a T-square
    • a pencil
    • an eraser
    • unlined paper
    • drafting or masking tape
    Hope to see you there!


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    Sunday, March 26, 2017

    Strongsville Public Library - 1:30-4:30 pm
    18700 Westwood Drive, Strongsville, OH 44136 (440) 238-5530 map

      The March program will be a study of the basics of the Italic alphabet. 

      Supplies to bring:

      • an edged marker at least 1/8th of an inch thick
      • a T-square
      • a pencil
      • an eraser
      • unlined paper
      • drafting or masking tape
      Hope to see you there!

      Sunday, December 6, 2015

      Strongsville Public Library - 1:00-5:00 pm
      18700 Westwood Drive, Strongsville, OH 44136 (440) 238-5530 map

      Program: Letters as Art Forms - presented by Mike Gold

      Artist Mike Gold will lead some exercises aimed at treating letters as art forms, as line, shape and form, that might lead to a more abstract interpretation of a text or vision.
      Recommended supplies to bring:

      - black ink, walnut ink (if you have it), gouache, some 11x17 sheets of Arches Text Wove or comparable, and some broad-edge pens (preferably Speedball 2-5 and Automatic pens 1/2” and above).

      Mike will bring some 11x17 bond paper, extra walnut ink,and some extra Speedball and Automatic pens for people to borrow if they need to...

      We will also have a holiday social with refreshments, and will hold a business meeting. Hope to see you there!


      Saturday, October 24, 2015

      University Heights Public Library
      13866 Cedar Road, University Heights, OH  44118 (216) 321-4700

      1:00 p.m. Light Refreshments (East Side is potluck; please bring something to share)
      1:30 p.m. Printmaking - Borders for Calligraphy - by Johnnie Smart

      Art teacher Johnnie Smart (Lois Helmick's sister) will show techniques of printmaking, and how the prints can be used as borders for calligraphy. All materials will be provided. Hope you can attend!


      Sunday, September 27, 2015

      Strongsville Public Library
      18700 Westwood Drive, Strongsville, OH 44136 (440) 238-5530 map

      1:00 pm - Light Refreshments
      1:30 pm - Calligraphy on Slate / Deckling / Making Walnut Ink - by Kathryn Angelone

      Kathryn will bring her slate-cutting machine and demonstrate her process of preparing slabs of slate for use with calligraphy projects and creating a finished plaque. She'll also instruct us on how to deckle the edges of parchment paper, and what steps to follow in making your own walnut ink. No supplies necessary...Hope you can attend!

      Saturday, August 15, 2015  

      Potluck Picnic at Lakewood Park - 2:00 to 5:00 pm

      14532 Lake Avenue
      Lakewood, Ohio  44107 
      * Entrance is at Lake and Belle Avenues *

      Family, friends, and pets (on a leash) are welcome! Join us near the bandstand (turn right when you enter the park). There are grills and picnic tables, so just bring yourself and some type of food, e.g., salad, dessert, chips & salsa, etc. Feel free to also bring frisbees, cornhole, and other outdoor games if you'd like.

      The park's many amenities include a playground area for kids, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, a pool, softball fields, a skatepark, a walking/running track, and a walkway along Lake Erie where you can see a great view of the Cleveland skyline. The Old Stone House, Lakewood's oldest home, is on the premises, as is a huge cannon that serves as a war memorial. Another historic aspect of the park is a plaque dedicated to those who were part of the Underground Railroad. Many people are unaware of the fact that this location was a stopping point for many slaves who escaped by boat to Canada in the days before the Civil War.

      Early Payment of 2016 Dues - everyone who pays their 2016 dues ($25) will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Catan's or Michael's. The drawing will take place at the picnic, and members must be present to win.

      Hope to see you there!

      Saturday, July 25, 2015

      University Heights Public Library 
      13866 Cedar Road, University Heights, OH  44118 (216) 321-4700

      1:00 pm - The Art of Flourishing - by Jim Williams
      3:00 pm - Business Meeting with light refreshments (East Side is potluck; please bring something to share)

      Jim will explain the six pillars of flourishing and we'll explore and practice the principles upheld by the six pillars. We'll also look at the classes of flourishes and get an overview of the tools and materials used in flourishing. Supplies to bring: a 3.5mm marker, paper, and any other tools/supplies you'd like to use.

      Note: this program begins 30 minutes earlier than our usual start time as will be combined with Part 3 of a calligraphy program offered by the University Heights Library to the general public. Jim Williams presented Part 1 on Saturday, July 11, and Part 2 on Saturday, July 18.

      Saturday, June 27, 2015

      Strongsville Public Library
      18700 Westwood Drive, Strongsville, OH 44136 (440) 238-5530 map

      1:00 pm - Light Refreshments
      1:30 pm - Learning to See and Draw Through Master Drawings - by Carol Rosenberg

      This is a non-stress set of enjoyable and simple exercises for those who “cannot draw a straight line” or for others who have never had time to seriously study drawings made by master artists followed by discussion.  All materials will be provided.  OPTIONAL materials you may bring if you already have: Charcoal or colored pencils, eraser, thin felt-tip pen, colored paper to draw on or use as collage, glue stick.

      Saturday, May 30, 2015

      University Heights Public Library 
      13866 Cedar Road, University Heights, OH  44118 (216) 321-4700

      1:00 p.m. Light Refreshments (East Side is potluck; please bring something to share)
      1:30 p.m. The Art of Pyrography: Writing and Drawing with Fire - by Larry Gabler

      Pyrography, which literally means "writing with fire," is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks using a heated object. Larry will demonstrate this art and discuss the tools, preparation, design process, burning, and application of colors and stains. He'll also showcase some of his recent projects. Hope you can attend!

      Sunday, April 26, 2015

      Strongsville Public Library
      18700 Westwood Drive, Strongsville, OH 44136 (440) 238-5530 map

      1:00 pm - Light Refreshments
      1:30 pm - Illuminated Letters - presented by Heathyr Zarley
      4:00-4:45 pm  Business Meeting - all members are encouraged to attend

      What exactly is illumination?  The term commonly describes a manuscript or artifact with lettering that is richly decorated with colorful, 24K gold foil gilded patterns or designs. For our purposes, we will expand the interpretation to include gold and silver foiling, gold and silver leafing, gold and silver painting, and gold and silver inking.  Heathyr will provide many pre-penned letters and patterns in black micron pen on a white acid-free cardstock that will need to be colored and illuminated.  There will be several letters for each participant and Heathyr will bring examples of her own work, a copy of The Book of Kells, and some handouts.  Each participant will complete approximately 3 to 4 letters to take home in this project.

      Supplies: Please bring your favorite coloring medium, for example, colored pencils, gel pens, watercolors, or markers. The different types of gold/silver will be provided by Heathyr, who will also have many gel pens, watercolor pencils and markers available if people need to borrow. Please note: a modest donation is requested for the gold and silver materials that will be provided. 

      Saturday, March 28, 2015

      University Heights Public Library 
      13866 Cedar Road, University Heights, OH  44118 (216) 321-4700

      1:00 p.m. Light Refreshments (please bring something to share)
      1:30 p.m. Foundational Hand by Myrlin von Glahn

      We will get back to basics with a study of the Foundational Hand designed by Edward Johnson. Johnson is considered the father of modern calligraphy and he based this script on the Ramsey Psalter.

      Whether you have a slant to the right or a backhand slant, the foundational hand teaches structure and order in spacing that results in a distinct rhythm.
      “No book on the mechanics of calligraphy is complete without a reference to Edward Johnston’s Foundational hand and it’s simplicity and integrity.” David Harris in The art of Calligraphy, 1995.  It is designed to be a very clear, round and readable calligraphic font. The wide gestures are ideal for beginners.

      Recommended supplies to bring: 
      - college-ruled notebook paper
      - Either 1) any edged marker at least 4mm in size 
        or alternatively, 2) a wide pen nib (e.g., C1 or Speedball 2) and water-soluble ink 
        Note: some C1 nibs will be available for purchase (60 cents each)
      - a #2 pencil and an eraser
      - a 45-degree triangle

      Sunday, February 22, 2015  - Cancelled due to inclement weather (the Foundational program was rescheduled for March 28, 2015)


      Saturday, January 24, 2015  
      University Heights Public Library 
      13866 Cedar Road, University Heights, OH  44118 (216) 321-4700
      1:00 p.m. Light Refreshments
      1:30 p.m. Holiday Paper Arts by Barb Morgan

      Celebrate the season with three paper arts projects! Make a small Valentines Day accordion book for your calligraphy. Slip it into a handmade box. Cut a foldable valentine snowflake with a handmade origami envelope. Materials provided.

      Also, please bring any holiday cards you made or received for our sharing table. We will adjourn by 4:00 and visit the Beachwood Public Library to see the WRC exhibit, which is on display through January 28.


      Sunday, December 7, 2014
      Strongsville Public Library
      18700 Westwood Drive, Strongsville, OH 44136 (440) 238-5530 map

      1:00 - 4:45 pm  Holiday Social / Officer Elections
      Feel free to bring any holiday cards or other projects you are working on! We'll have a combined social and working/sharing session, as well as our annual officer elections.


      Saturday, October 25, 2014  
      University Heights Public Library 
      13866 Cedar Road, University Heights, OH  44118 (216) 321-4700

      1:00 p.m. Light Refreshments
      1:30 p.m. The Button Alphabet by Jack Stoll; Flat Brush Lettering by Sue Ondercik

      Jack will teach the button alphabet, a fun and easy alphabet. The only supplies you will need are a pencil, an eraser, and paper!

      Sue will show us how to blend two or more colors in a single stroke with the flat brush. Supplies needed are a flat brush, two colors of paint or gouache, and paper.


      Sunday, September 28, 2014  
      Strongsville Public Library 
      18700 Westwood Drive, Strongsville, OH 44136 (440) 238-5530 map

      1:00 p.m. Light Refreshments
      1:30 p.m. “Flat Brush Lettering” by Nancy Henk and Sue Ondercik

      Come join Nancy and Sue for a fun-filled play session with your flat-edged brush. Nancy will demonstrate the Roman alphabet and how the brush is manipulated to form the letters and serifs. She will also demonstrate a sign painter's single-stroke Gothic alphabet. Sue will show us how to blend two or more colors in a single stroke with the flat brush. Time permitting, we will trim a brush.

      Supply List:
      • 1/4" to 3/8" flat brush. Nancy highly recommends the Cotman 666 Winsor and Newton, obtainable at Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Fabrics, or Pat Catan's. Or bring whatever you have, but no smaller than 1/4"
      • old mixing brushes
      • Prang pan watercolors if you have them, or 2 colors of tube gouache or watercolor
      • pencil
      • ruler
      *Paper and tempera paint will be supplied

      Saturday, August 16, 2014  
      Potluck Picnic at Lakewood Park - 2:00 to 5:00 pm
      14532 Lake Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107 (216) 529-5697 map
      Family, friends, and pets are welcome!  Join us by the bandstand (turn right when you enter the park). 



      Saturday, July 26, 2014  
      University Heights Public Library 
      13866 Cedar Road, University Heights, OH 44118 (216) 321-4700 map
      1:00 p.m. Light Refreshments
      1:30 p.m. Program - Slide Show of the WRC Tenth Anniversary Exhibit at Beck Center - presented by Carol Rosenberg

      The 1987 International Invitational Exhibit showcased the work of 70+ calligraphers, including Dick Beasley, Alan Blackman, Tim Botts, Nancy Culmone, Reggie Ezell, David Howells, Mike Kecseg, Michael Podesta, Susan Skarsgard, Jacqueline Svaren, Mark Van Stone, Julian Waters, and Sheila Waters. 

      Some original artwork from the exhibit will also be shown at the meeting. Join us for a fun retrospective!

      Saturday, June 28, 2014  
      Strongsville Public Library 
      18700 Westwood Drive, Strongsville, Ohio  44136   (440) 238-5530
      1:00 p.m. Light Refreshments
      1:30 p.m.  Black Letter - Uppercase by Sara-Anne Lee

      Part 2 of program, continued from May (see description below)


      Saturday, May 31, 2014  
      University Heights Public Library 

      13866 Cedar Road, University Heights, OH 44118 (216) 321-4700 map

      1:00 p.m. Light Refreshments
      1:30 p.m.  Black Letter - Lowercase by Sara-Anne Lee.

      Sara-Anne Lee will teach Part 1 of the fundamentals of blackletter, also called Old English, Gothic, or Textura. The hand creates a dense look and features uniform vertical spaces; a good example of the hand can be seen (replicated in movable type) in the Gutenberg Bible. Historically, blackletter was used throughout Western Europe from the 1100s through the 1600s, and in Germany until the 20th century. Sara will bring examples of her work, historical examples, and exemplars, and will demonstrate lowercase and capitals in this two-part program.  

      For the class, please bring:
      -  A board to write on
      -  Bleed-proof paper to practice on
      -  Preferred paper for a project (if you wish)
      -  Larger Speedball nibs, such as C1 or C2
      -  T-square
      -  Pencil for lining
      -  Preferred ink or gouache 
      -  A copy of text/content you wish to write in blackletter (poem, song, paragraph, prayer, etc.).


      Sunday, April 27, 2014  
      Strongsville Public Library 
      18700 Westwood Drive, Strongsville, OH 44136 (440) 238-5530 map

      1:00 p.m. Light Refreshments
      1:30 p.m. “Beyond Alphabet Soup” by Carolyn Steinbicker 


      Saturday, March 22, 2014  
      University Heights Public Library 
      13866 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 (216) 321-4700 map

      1:00 p.m. Light Refreshments
      1:30 p.m. Modern Calligraphy with the Pointed Pen by Larry Gabler.
      Larry will talk about and demonstrate different lettering styles and nibs for a modern style of calligraphy. Business Meeting to follow.

      Sunday, February 23, 2014  
      Strongsville Public Library 

      18700 Westwood Drive, Strongsville, OH 44136 (440) 238-5530 map

      1:00 pm Light Refreshments
      1:30 pm The Art of Zentangle by Judy Montgomery


      Saturday, January 25, 2014  
      University Heights Public Library 
      13866 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 (216) 321-4700 map

      Meeting cancelled due to inclement weather. The "Holiday Paper Arts" program by Barb Morgan was rescheduled for January 2015.