Over the past few years, we’ve noticed more and more students calling us looking for calligraphy workshops. Lettering is popular these days, and we’re lucky enough to have a master of the medium teaching at the Center on a regular basis. Karen Gorst has been working as a calligrapher and illuminator for more than 20 years. She studied with Herman Zapf, Jeanyee Wong, Sheila Waters and was President of The Society of Scribes for three terms. (Have you heard of the Society of Scribes? They are fabulous; all calligraphy enthusiasts in NYC should get to know them.)A co-founder of the Gabriel Guild and former President of the Society of Scribes, she is a visiting instructor and lecturer at many institutions, including the Pierpont Morgan Library, the Penland School of Crafts, the Craft Students League, the Cloisters and Wellesley College.
Karen has an immense knowledge of Medieval and Renaissance calligraphic and illumination techniques, and whenever she teachers at the Center I learn something new: whether a recipe for making paint, what to watch out for in oak galls (wasp-free is preferable) or how to form the perfect capital G. That’s why I’m looking forward to her workshop next month: Copperplate Capitals.
Pay attention if you’ve taken a copperplate class here before: this class is for students who have some experience, and who want to perfect their capitals. During this weekend intensive, students will learn capitals- from historic copperplate structure to contemporary variations. The majority of everyone’s first copperplate class is spent mastering the use of the pen. If beginning copperplate students learn capitals, it is a miracle. This is your chance to spend an entire class concentrating on understanding what makes beautiful copperplate capitals and how to get your pen to make them.
We’re going into the holidays soon, people. Want to make your holiday cards stand out? Excellent penmanship wins every time.
Coming up December 7 – 8 , Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm. Register here now!