Friday, January 6, 2012

Winter Calligraphy Classes in Chicagoland/Northwest Indiana

Don't let the winter doldrums get you down! Do something creative and come explore the "art of beautiful writing" with Julie Wildman. Here's a list of my winter classes! Classes will be held in my home studio in Highland, Indiana. I am also available to travel to other locations for half-day and full-day workshops for groups or schools. Please email me to discuss details.


Introduction to the “Art of Beautiful Writing” 
(Beginner)
6 weeks, 3 hours per week - adults (12 yrs. and up)
6 weeks, 1.5 hours per week - students (9 yrs. and up)
One-day workshop (adults)
$135 / $75 / $75 (fee includes all materials)


This is like Calligraphy Appreciation 101! In this class, students will get an overview of the fascinating world of calligraphy, from historical manuscripts to the modern-day lettering arts. We will be inspired by different calligraphic hands found in the many works we’ll view, and then we’ll get to experiment with the tools that the masters’ used to create those works.


There will be plenty of demonstrations and one-on-one instruction. Students will get to try new tools, different hands, all sorts of beautiful papers, and various media. Our time together will be fun, informative and not at all threatening, and maybe even a bit messy!

Rather than producing a finished piece, students will come away with a variety of samples that will help them begin exploring ways to create new works on their own time. This is a great class to whet your appetite for the world of letters! And that world is going to blow your mind!



Basic Italic
(Beginner)
6 weeks, 3 hours per week - adults (12 yrs. and up)
$120 (materials list will be supplied upon registration)

A hand that every calligrapher should have in their repertoire! We will begin by learning basic strokes and how they apply to the Italic form, then putting those strokes together in a sequence that creates the letters.

From there, we’ll move into writing sentences, learning about proper letter and word spacing along the way. Many samples from various historic calligraphic masters will be shown throughout the class, as well as modern samples from some of the cutting-edge lettering artists out there today. The student will come away with a strong, working knowledge of the Italic form.



Using the Principles of Art and Design 
to Create a Finished Calligraphic Piece
(Previous experience with any Basic Lettering class required)
6 weeks, 3 hours per week - adults (12 yrs. and up)
$120 / $60 (materials list will be supplied upon registration)

Line. Shape. Texture. Negative Space. Thumbnails. Roughs.  What do these terms mean and how can we use these basic skills from the areas of art and graphic design to create a beautiful, finished calligraphic piece?

Find out as we walk through a series of exercises that will put these skills to use. Using a favorite quote and image, students will learn how good design is important in achieving a well-balanced, pleasing result.

We’ll use simple illustration and painting techniques, along with a photo-transfer process, to create whatever image you choose to accompany your lettering. Not an “artist”? No fear.  You don’t need to be an artist to put an image with a piece. The simple techniques we’ll learn will give you the confidence you need to embellish your lettering a bit further.

In the first part of the class, we will all work together on various exercises. The second part of class will be more individual instruction as each student begins to develop his or her specific piece.




Class Schedule and Registration Information


#1 ~ Introduction to the “Art of Beautiful Writing”
6-week (adults)
Date: Thursdays, February 23–March 29
Time: 10 am–1 pm
Fee: $135 (fee includes all materials)
Registration deadline: Feb. 9


#2 ~ Introduction to the “Art of Beautiful Writing”
6-week (students)
Date: Wednesdays, February 22–March 28
Time: 10 am–11:30 am
Fee: $75 (fee includes all materials)
Registration deadline: Feb. 8


#3 ~ Introduction to the “Art of Beautiful Writing”
One-Day Workshop
Date: Saturday, April 14
Time: 9 am–5 pm
Fee: $75 (fee includes all materials)
Registration deadline: Mar. 31


#4 ~ Create a Finished Piece
Date: Mondays, February 27–April 9 (off April 2)
Time: 10 am–1 pm
Fee: $120 (supply list given at registration)
Registration deadline: Feb. 13


#5 ~ Basic Italic
Date: Tuesdays, February 21–March 27
Time: 10 am–1pm
Fee: $120 (supply list given at registration)
Registration deadline: Feb. 7


QUESTIONS: e: wildesigns@att.net

4 comments:

Robin said...

Where will the classes take place?

WildmanDesigns said...

Classes will take place in my home studio in Highland, Indiana.

Kathy McCreedy said...

Ah, Julie! If only we lived closer to one another!!! Your class offerings look wonderful and intriguing and I'd love to take all of them. Guess we'll have to talk you into coming our way to do a workshop! Happy 2012!

Lisa Holtzman said...

Gosh, I SO wish I lived in your area! I would love to take a class (classes!) from you. Your calligraphy and design is just beautiful and I know I could learn so much from you. Maybe I'll save up and get myself to one!