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what they are teaching at their meetings!


LETTERING IN THE ROUND: A workshop on circles and spirals
Taught by Debby Reelitz in her studio, North Granby, CT
Saturday, July 20
10 am to 3:00 p.m.

Calligraphy in a Circle
Come play with letters. We will learn how to letter in a circle and spiral. We'll discuss different ways to use the circle in a layout, as well as add layers and depth to the design. Knowledge of at least one calligraphy style is necessary. Bring at least a basic set of calligraphy tools: nib & nib holder (or cartridge pen), ink or gouache. pencil, compass, ruler. Bring a lunch and if you like, a snack to share.
Cost: $54, includes materials fee.


LEARN CALLIGRAPHY: A Two-Day Workshop Learning the Uncial Hand
Taught by Debby Reelitz in her studio, North Granby, CT
Saturday and Sunday, July 27 & 28
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m each day.

Uncial class sample

This two-day workshop will introduce the Celtic lettering style known as uncial. Found in the Book of Kells and Lindisfarne Gospels, this beautiful, circular lettering is an excellent opportunity to learn basic lettering skills and gain more control over the pen. Participants will progress through three different writing tools as a way to evaluate their lettering and develop more accurate shapes.

We will also transform our practice into a book with a Japanese style stab binding at the end of the workshop. No calligraphy experience is needed. Class Fee: $120 Materials fee: $28 includes all materials and tools needed. You will go home with a basic set of calligraphy supplies.

SUPPLIES from home to bring:

Lunch and a snack to share
Ruler, 12" or longer
Pencil and sharpener
Rag or thick paper towels for clean up
Rinsing jar (a small recycled glass jar works great)
Shoebox to hold supplies or calligraphy toolbox of choice
Old toothbrush for cleaning
A short quote between 10-15 words


Taught by Debby Reelitz in her studio, North Granby, CT
Saturday mornings. September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 26; November 2
10 a.m. to noon

Debby Reelitz Illumination Sampler

Come learn the art of illumination! Students will learn how to make beautiful, decorated letters and borders, even fanciful creatures like dragons and medieval characters. Proper tools, materials, paper and equipment will be discussed and used. Skills needed for illumination will be broken into small steps that build on each other. Each class introduces critical concepts. Homework is designed to practice these skills leading students to be able to look at historical examples of manuscripts and create their own interpretation of an historical design. There will also be instruction on how to correct mistakes. 

Cost: $150. Materials fee to the instructor: $40. The materials fee will include a high quality materials including: paint brush, gouache (opaque watercolor paints), palettes, nibs, nib holder, sumi ink and paper. Feel free to bring any calligraphy equipment you already have, though none are required. Previous painting, drawing or calligraphic experience is NOT required.


Taught by Debby Reelitz in her studio, North Granby, CT
Wednesday evenings. September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 16, 23
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Debby Reelitz Copperplate Sample

The course will introduce script lettering in the copperplate style.   We'll use an oblique nib holder, pointed nibs, ink and gouache. Previous calligraphy experience is not required for this course.   We will also create a handmade book featuring the lettering learned in the course.

Cost: $120. Materials fee of $35 includes all the supplies necessary for class (collected during first class). You will have a basic set of supplies for copperplate: oblique nib holder, set of 5 nibs, ink, ink holder, pipette, practice paper and guidelines.


SUMPTUOUS SURFACES with Jacqueline Sullivan
Saturday and Sunday, October 19 & 20, 2019
Hosted by the Mysticalligraphers Guild
mixed media, acrylic and calligraphy artist
Sullivan Calligraphy workshop promo pic

This session will be an unhurried exploration of how to develop a rich surface. Through a series of exercises, we’ll use simple materials-mainly paint, paste, and pastels and charcoal. We’ll build layers ; then cover and uncover portions of those layers. As we practice simplifying, omitting, balancing visual activity and quiet, we will discover from within what leads to the best integration of our ideas and feelings. Covering, uncovering, discovering! We will then design and make an artist’s book compiling our explorations. As we assemble our pages, we will talk and use the elements of good design as the apply to page layouts.
Jacqueline is a mixed media, acrylic and calligraphy artist. She has been on the faculty of several international conferences.
Date: October 19th and October 20th 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Place : Coastal Lodge on 637 Pequot Trail, Stonington, Connecticut
All levels of experience accepted
Cost: $165 members; $185 for non-members
- Payment due by June 12, 2019
Please make check payable to Mysticalligraphers
and send to Terry Philbrick , 7 Wyngate Circle, Mystic, CT 06355 .
Questions email Barbara Read at

Supply List: [students are responsible to bring to workshop]
2 full sized sheets of Cold Press Watercolor Paper
Paint brush - 1" that is good for acrylics
Water Container – 16 to 32oz size; plastic
Styrofoam or similar plates for palettes
Cutting Mat
Metal Ruler
Bone folder
Knife with extra new blades
Charcoal Pencils
White China Marker
Apron suggested
Gloves if desired
Paper Towels
Notebook + pen for taking notes
Glue stick
Metal Triangle if you have one – there will be some to share.
NOTE: $15 materials fee payable to Jacqueline on Oct 19


GILDING: How to use gold leaf and metal foils
Taught by Debby Reelitz in her studio, North Granby, CT
3 classes, Thursday evenings: November 7, 14, 21
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Gilding Class Sample Debby Reelitz

Over the course of three classes, we will learn about gold leaf, its role in illuminated manuscripts, both historical and contemporary, and of course, learn how to use it ourselves. We will be using a modern gilding base, not the traditional gesso. We will work on both flat and dimensional bases. We'll also touch on metal leaf and its possibilities. Calligraphy experience is not required. The techniques taught would be valuable for any artist looking to incorporate genuine gold into their artworks.

Cost: $80; materials fee of $35 includes, gilding base, 6 sheets of 23K patent gold, paper and additional art supplies. A book of 23K patent gold (25 sheets) is available for $65 (cost subject to change based on current price of gold). Registration required by October 30th to ensure adequate supplies.

Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy
Teacher: Lorelei Chang, Manchester CT

Fee includes ink and paper. Classes are ongoing.
Students need to bring their own calligraphy brush.

Lorelei Chang

Lorelei Chang was born and raised in China. In January 2009, Her work was a Chinese Calligraphy award winner at the Tokyo Museum. The workshop introduces you to the one of the most beautiful Chinese ancient fine arts, the Chinese calligraphy which has thousands of years of history. Chinese calligraphy is not only a practical technique for writing Chinese characters, but also a unique oriental art of expression, a tool to help ease physicaly and mental tension, reduce stress and learn discipline. You will learn some basic elements, strokes and fundamental techniques of Chinese calligraphy brush work through this class. We will teach you to create your own piece of Chinese calligraphy on the traditional rice paper to take it home. Call: 860-648-1825



Hand Carving Letters and Symbols into Stone
Adam Heller, Norfolk CT

held on a regular basis
register with Adam to be notified of times
Although this weekend class will be geared toward beginners, all skill levels are welcome. There will be plenty of time for one on one instruction and questions.   This class is an excellent introduction to carving traditional Roman V-cut letters in stone (both days recommended).   We will be covering basic carving techniques for both incised lettering and simple bas-relief forms.


Calligraphy Instruction
Teacher: Gail Turgeon, Mystic CT

Learn everything from basic hands in calligraphy to advanced skills such as gilding.  Sessions run for two hours and are held in my studio at 53 Bayview Ave., Mystic, CT.  The cost per session is twenty-five dollars.  I run both morning and evening classes. 
Contact: 860-536-8477 or

Gail is co-president of Mysticalligraphers.  She has studied calligraphy for over a decade, taking two year-long master classes with Reggie Ezell.  She has also studied with noted calligraphers Peter Thornton, Gwen Weaver, Nancy Culmone, Lisa Engelbrecht, and Victoria Pittman.  Gail worked for a year calligraphing the signage for the Mystic Noank Library.  Her works can be viewed there and at guild and gallery shows. 


Where: Woodbridge (New Haven area)
Teacher: Muffy German
classes are ongoing: 203-387-2187



Recent classes have been taught at:

Kathleen Borkowski, Winsted
Debby Reelitz Studio, North Granby CT
Middletown Adult Education

Manchester Continuing Education
Farmington Continuing Education
Old Saybrook Continuing Education
Chinese Calligraphy
Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven