Learn Calligraphy: Introduction to Versals

Attendees will be introduced to the Versal alphabet. This letterform was used as capitals for many types of old manuscripts and today is used for posters, signs and artist books. This is a beginning look at the Versal alphabet and how to begin decorating Versal letters. Experienced calligrapher Scott Wettlaufer will teach the course and no previous calligraphy experience is needed.

Learn Calligraphy: Rustic Alphabet

Attendees will be introduced to the Rustic alphabet. This letterform is a very old alphabet and came into use as a shorthand version of Roman capitals. It was used in early manuscripts and became known, in some circles, as Roman “graffiti”. It has an unusual pen angle which gives it its unique appearance. A broad edge calligraphy marker is used to form the letters. This class is taught by instructor Scott Wettlaufer and no prior calligraphy experience is required.

Ann Arbor Wayzgoose & Printing Festival | Ben Denzer: Cheese, Stamps, Wheels, Catalogs, and Ice Cream

Artist and designer Ben Denzer presents his work, which often focuses on exploring the book as an object. His work has been awarded by the Type Directors Club, the Art Directors Club, Young Guns 16, AIGA, BIGNY, and AI-AP and has been featured in The New York Times, Grafik, Mashable, and AIGA Eye on Design among others.

Ann Arbor Wayzgoose & Printing Festival | Hands-On Printmaking!

Drop in to the Secret Lab anytime between 1–4pm during the Ann Arbor Wayzgoose & Printing Festival to create your own printed projects!

Letterpress Spiral Book Binding: Spiral bind your very own notebook, then select an ornamental wood type design to letterpress print on the cover.

Letterpress Bookmarks: Letterpress print a special Wayzgoose bookmark using handset lead type and one of our historic Vandercook cylinder presses.

Ann Arbor Wayzgoose & Printing Festival | Opening Reception & Gallery Talk By Amos Kennedy

Join us at the Ann Arbor Art Center to kick off the 2019 Ann Arbor Wayzgoose & Printing Festival.  Light refreshments will be served.

The reception will also feature an 8pm artist talk by American printmaker, book artist, and papermaker Amos Kennedy.  He will discuss his exhibit Stuff Found in the Back of the Flat File, a retrospective on his over thirty years of work in printmaking.

Rasa Festival | Ritual Floor Paintings from India

What are the stories, traditions, and meanings behind the art of ritual floor painting? This interactive talk by Renu Malhotra and Meena Khashnabish will explore the various kinds of ritual floor paintings from India, such as mandalas, alpana, and rangoli, which use natural materials such as rice, flowers, and vegetable paints to create beautiful (but temporary) images.

A live demonstration of floor painting with artist Renu Malhotra and Meena Khasnabis will take place immediately following the talk with a hands-on opportunity for attendees to try floor painting for themselves.