DIS Summer School 2023

An Engrossing Adventure

DIS Summer School 2023

What is Summer School?

Summer School is a fun, lighthearted series of three short online calligraphy workshops held once a month between July and September 2023.

In each workshop, I’ll cover techniques I use in my work as a professional calligrapher. This year’s topic is the art of American Engrossing. (Like the artwork above!)

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Workshop Descriptions:

1. Watercolor backgrounds and clouding

How do I paint those traditional cloud backgrounds?

July 8th, 2023 | 9-11 am & 2-4 pm PDT

Watercolor washes and clouding have been used throughout the history of American Engrossing as eye-catching background treatments that fascinate and intrigue. In this two-session workshop (morning and afternoon), we will explore some basic watercolor techniques through the perspective of Engrossing art.

Engrossing wash clouding
2. Lettering with the brush and ruling pen

How can I create letters that are larger than my largest pen?

August 19th, 2023 | 9-11 am & 2-4 pm PDT

As engrossers, we are not limited to the letters that can be created naturally with single strokes of our pens! In this two-session workshop (morning and afternoon), we will investigate some simple lettering techniques that you can use to create larger, more intricate lettering forms to compliment your calligraphic works.

3. A practical engrossing alphabet

What calligraphic hand should I use in my engrossed work?

September 9th, 2023 | 9-11 am & 2-4 pm PDT

The body of an engrossed document is an excellent opportunity to show off your calligraphic ability alongside your lettering and painting techniques. Unfortunately, the historic Engrosser’s Text hands leave a lot to be desired in the way of system and consistency. In this two-session workshop (morning and afternoon), we will investigate a simple body style based on the calligraphic work of Charles Norder (1881-1979).

Charles Norder inspired Text Hand
DIS Summer School 2023 process

Summer School Details

Three four-hour online workshops — July 8th, August 19th, & September 9th. If you can’t make the live workshop, that’s fine! You will have access to recordings within one week of each class until October 31st, 2023.

Required Materials

Below are the materials that I will be using in each workshop. I encourage you to shop at your local art store and substitute brands as you see fit.

To participate alongside each workshop, you’ll need:

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