Learn Calligraphy: Introduction to Versals

Come learn about the Versal alphabet! We will use pencils to draw the letters and decorate them. The Versals will then be used to decorate a small flag book that we will construct in class. It is a beginning look at the Versal alphabet as well as a look at simple book design. In the first hour we will see how the Versal letters are formed and have some fun with decorating them. In the second hour we will construct a small flag book and decorate it with the Versal letters we learned in the first hour.

Learn Calligraphy: Introduction to the Carolingian Minuscule Alphabet

In this class you will learn the medieval alphabet known as Carolingian Minuscule. This was the 9th century court alphabet of Charlemagne, the Holy Roman Emperor. Caroline minuscule alphabet is a lower-case letterform that is very similar to the Italic letterform but was being used hundreds of years before Italic was developed. You will learn the basics of this letterform, including down strokes, bowls, serifs, and ligatures.

Disrupting Art: Messing with the Mona Lisa

Here's your chance to have some fun and to mess with one of art's most iconic images.  We will provide you with a wide array of craft supplies, so the options are almost limitless.  Get silly and give the Mona Lisa a mustache, or crazy glasses, or bleachy-blond hair!  Or, if you choose, give her a makeover with sparkly earrings and a flower in her hair.  

Letterpress Open Lab

Our weekly Letterpress Open Lab introduces the process and materials for printing by hand with wood type on a selection of antique cylinder presses.

Never printed before? Don't worry, we'll show you the basics on composing a wood type project, choosing paper, hand inking with a brayer, and finally using a printing press.

Due to the presence of lead based type, this program is intended for adults. 

 

Letterpress Open Lab

Our weekly Letterpress Open Lab introduces the process and materials for printing by hand with wood type on a selection of antique cylinder presses.

Never printed before? Don't worry, we'll show you the basics on composing a wood type project, choosing paper, hand inking with a brayer, and finally using a printing press.

Due to the presence of lead based type, this program is intended for adults.