Classes & Workshops

Intro to Calligraphy with the Broad Edge Nib

Taught by Debby Reelitz from her studio in North Granby, CT
6 evenings: Tuesdays
Sept 13, 20, 27; Oct 4, 11, 18, 2022
7:00 to 9:00 pm EST
Live online course via Zoom
Classes will be recorded and made available to students

This course will introduce the fundamentals of writing with a broad edge calligraphy pen. Uncial calligraphy is from Ireland and found in many historical manuscripts, including the Book of Kells and Lindisfarne Gospels. This beautiful, circular lettering is an excellent opportunity to develop basic lettering skills and gain control over the broad edge pen. We will progress through three pen sizes. Students will write with a metal nib, ink and gouache, create a finished calligraphy piece and a book that highlights the techniques learned in class.  This is an excellent class for adults and youth who wish to learn calligraphy.

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Layout & Design: Real World Projects

Taught by Debby Reelitz from her studio in North Granby CT
6 Wednesdays, Oct 12, 19, 26; Nov 2, 9, 16, 2022
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST
Live online instruction via Zoom. Classes will be recorded.

Over 6 classes, we are going to get into the nitty gritty of creating layouts with our calligraphy. We will practice those skills with homework assignments and activities in class.

Topics we will cover include:
Drawing guidelines: large, medium and small—using an Ames ruling guide
Centering: Getting it more precise (notice I didn’t say ‘perfect’)
The value of limits
The Power of drafts
What makes a strong design? Choosing letter size, etc
Layout and Design ideas—I’m not an artist, what can I do?
Inspiration: where it comes from, how to foster it
Strategies and Ideas for longer texts

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Intro to Illumination

Taught by Debby Reelitz from North Granby CT
6 Mondays, Oct 24, 31; Nov 7, 14, 21; Dec 5, 2022
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST
Live online instruction via Zoom. Classes will be recorded.

This is a nuts-and-bolts class on illumination. If you’ve always admired illuminated pages and never thought you could create one, this class is for you.

We will focus on the tools of the trade, building understanding and proficiency, moving through a series of exercises gaining in complexity over the six classes. Students are taught the ‘how’ so they can apply these skills to whatever style of illumination they want to create.

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Additional Resources

Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy

Teacher: Lorelei Chang, Manchester CT

contact: email Lorelei

Private On-line Lessons

Debby Reelitz is offering on-line private lessons. Many possible subjects. $35/hour 860-413-9041
email Debby