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Calligraphy: uncial and carolingian

Ongoing full credit classes for all levels at Portland Community College
ART 218C Calligraphy I: Uncial and Carolingian, ART 220C Calligraphy II: Uncial and Carolingian

Rock Creek Campus, Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00am to 11:50am
Sylvania Campus, Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00pm to 4:50pm Classes start April 1st and go until mid-June
3 Credits, Audit available with permission from instructor

Come join us at Portland Community College this spring term for the study of the Uncial and Carolingian styles of calligraphy. This class will go in depth into these styles of writing, will help you develop the ability to pay more attention to details, and to immerse yourself in a meditative focus. Calligraphy is a powerful way to express yourself using words. Calligraphy is a natural course of study for graphic designers, artists of all kinds, lovers of lettering and typography, and anyone who loves the art of beautiful writing and would like to know how to create it. This class is appropriate for all levels of experience and there is no prerequisite. 

To enroll, got to:


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The elements of design for lettering art

A year long class in design especially for Calligraphy and Hand Lettering in DALLAS, TEXAS The next year long design class in Portland, OR will be from October 2019-June 2020 (Registration opens in April 2019)

In person class sessions (9 Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm) January 5, February 2, March 16, April 6, May 4, June 15, July 13, August 17, September 7, Sept 21 (Make Up Day)


In this course, we will study the elements of design as they relate specifically to calligraphy and hand lettering. Lettering art is a unique art form that features text written by hand. Usual approaches to teaching design have an orientation toward working with images, rather than text. Design teaching related to text is usually oriented toward graphic design. In this course the elements of design will be explored with the needs of the calligrapher and hand lettering artist in mind, with a focus on understanding these elements in terms of lettering art rather than drawing, painting, or graphic design, as they are usually presented. Each month we will focus on one element of design in depth. Over the course of the year we will study the elements of Line, Texture, Shape, Form, Value, Color, and Space. The emphasis of this course will be on learning to think in terms of design rather than on the finished work, though the completion of finished pieces is part of the course. The class is more process oriented than product oriented. In addition to studying the elements of design we will also address: What is design?, understanding your creative archetype, developing a personal design process, the psychology of creativity and getting in the creative flow.


After our opening ritual, class starts with a lecture rich with visual images and a discussion on the element we are studying to create the foundation for the rest of the class work. This is generally followed by an exercise in which we use the element in a way that is specific to lettering art. There is a critique of homework pieces from the previous element. We will have a break for lunch as well as short breaks in the morning and in the afternoon as needed. Further exercises are explored after the critique and a homework assignment is given. We end the day together with a short closing ritual. Every month you will pair up with a buddy in the class to work with in a variety of ways to help you feel supported and to bounce ideas off one another. By the end of the course you will have worked with almost everyone in this way. In between class sessions, students will work on the homework assignment using each element of design as the focus. There will also be short assignments and exercises that address creativity, understanding one’s personal design process, and developing a creative mindset. In between class sessions there are weekly short exercises in an online classroom where students can post their work and comment on each other’s posts.

The goals of this class are for students to:

  • Gain a greater understanding of design

  • Become articulate about the elements of design

  • Build design skills and develop a bigger toolbox of options

  • Value the process of creation, not just the product

  • Increase self-understanding and self-expression

  • Develop more self-trust and self-kindness as an artist

  • Be part of creating a safe space and community for creative exploration

  • Create at least eight strong design ideas for further development and completion at the student’s own pace

Prerequisites: Interested students should be at an intermediate to advanced level of calligraphy, able to commit to doing monthly homework assignments, and embody a willingness to be vulnerable, share who they are, and to communicate their needs. This course is structured with the intention of creating a safe place for learning, growing and connection through making art.

Registration Deadline: NOVEMBER 15th 

Please email with questions or to sign up and reserve your spot contact Angie Vangalis at:

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Private Sessions in Calligraphy

Weekly or Bi-weekly Sessions, 60 minutes Private Workshops, 2-6 hours

I have a few openings for new private students who are interested in a one-to-one format for improving lettering skills or working on developing design skills and ideas. We will talk about your goals and experience and create a plan of study based on your particular needs.