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hand lettering: hand drawn letters

Ongoing full credit classes for all levels at Portland Community College

ART 219C Hand Lettering: Hand Drawn Letters

Rock Creek Campus, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to 12:50pm
Sylvania Campus, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00pm to 5:50pm

Classes start June 25th and go until mid-August
3 Credits, Audit available with permission from instructor

Come join us in summer term at PCC Sylvania and Rock Creek! In this course, we will explore a variety of hand drawn lettering techniques. We will learn many different lettering styles, and will work with chalkboard lettering and design, graphite lettering techniques, and other playful lettering styles. This is a great class for students who are curious about lettering design, for students who want to try different modern hand lettering options, and it is also ideal for graphic design students who want to make more of a connection between typography on the screen and hand lettering on the page. This class is appropriate for all levels of experience. 

The final project for this class is not only beautiful, but also practical. Students will create a reference book with an original cover design that will be filled with practice pages, small projects, and handouts from everything studied in class. The final project will be an excellent resource of hand lettering information that can be used again and again. 

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Beginning copperplate calligraphy class series

A 6-week class series on Wednesday evenings

DAY AND TIME: Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:00pm
DATES: July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, August 7, and August 14
LOCATION: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Avenue, Portland, OR

Copperplate is a style of calligraphic writing that established itself in the 17thand 18thcenturies arising from the needs of the emerging business class. Done with a pointed nib, this style of writing has re-emerged as a popular form of calligraphy and is the basis for the current style of writing known as “Modern Calligraphy.” Copperplate, also known as English Roundhand, is a delicate form of writing, relying entirely on pressure to produce the thick and thin lines characteristic of this style. The study of Copperplate is excellent for learning to use the pointed pen and for developing greater nuance in understanding the use of pressure when writing with all tools and styles. 

Hand lettering with the folded pen

A Two-Day Weekend Workshop

DATES: Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th
LOCATION: Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, 56606 Sitka Drive, Otis, Oregon 97368
LEVEL: All levels

The folded pen is a wonderful tool for hand lettering—it is capable of making very thin hairline strokes as well as thick dramatic strokes as well as a large range in between. Letters created with the folded pen feel dynamic and organic. There are endless possibilities for its use. In this workshop we will make a folded pen that we will use in class and we will learn at least six distinctly different styles of lettering that will help us explore what this type of pen can do. We will create a finished piece using the lettering learned in the workshop. This class is ideal for calligraphers who want to explore playful lettering styles, graphic designers who would like to incorporate hand lettering into their designs and for lovers of hand lettering who want to learn more lettering styles, all in a beautiful and peaceful classroom setting.


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.