If you’ve been reading TPK for at least the past few months, then you know that I occasionally teach calligraphy workshops. The workshops are, without question, the highlights of my year! The feeling of helping learners to “click” with key calligraphy concepts and build a strong foundation is incredibly rewarding.
2017 has flown by, and I only have one workshop weekend available for this year: December 16th and 17th in Tampa, Florida. A self-proclaimed snow bird, I have chosen to teach in Tampa for the last two Decembers because:
- I get to teach at The Paper Seahorse, which is a paper/calligraphy/art shop in an old craftsman bungalow that I’m in love with.
- The warm December weather in Tampa is amazing. There’s no better feeling than creating calligraphy while enjoying a 75 degree breeze coming through the open door at The Paper Seahorse!
- Florida is a good halfway point between Colorado and Peru, where we spend the holidays with my in-laws. So, Tampa is not only a favorite calligraphy workshop stop of mine; it’s logical!
About TPK Beginner Modern Calligraphy Workshops
All three of the workshops that I’m teaching in Tampa are beginner workshops. When I say “beginner”, I really mean beginner. If you have never picked up a dip pen before in your life, you’ll do a good job! Beginner workshops are also a favorite for those who have practiced with a dip pen, but aren’t quite getting the hang of it. We start with a few minutes of faux calligraphy, which is calligraphy created with a regular pen.
After a few minutes of faux calligraphy, you’ll use a straight dip pen. Straight pens can be very difficult to write with — especially for right-handed learners — so I’ll help you learn how to regulate your angle and pressure exertion. By the end of the hour, you will be writing much more confidently!
After working with the straight pen, we’ll move on to my favorite part: the oblique pen! Many learners are terrified of oblique calligraphy pens because they look strange. After a couple of minutes of writing, however, you’ll be in love. Oblique calligraphy pens make life much easier for most right-handed writers (and some lefties as well)! Using a nice oblique pen makes a big difference, so I’ll provide you with a high-quality brass flanged pen.
After lots of practice and individual feedback, we conclude the workshop by learning how to write with white ink. White ink can be finicky, so it’s nice to use it for the first time while you have someone there who knows its nuances! To finish up, I conduct a raffle of a few fun calligraphy items (inks, pens, etc.). Whether you win or not, you get to go home with a nice haul of goodies — and homework!
What Participants are Saying
Here are some workshop testimonials from the spring and summer Boulder calligraphy workshops:
“Lindsey’s class was fabulous! We flew all the way from Houston to attend, and it was so worth the trip! She provides every necessary supply, and she is actively engaged in ensuring that every one of her students leaves feeling more confident at calligraphy! It was a joy and a blessing to take part in this experience, and I am grateful for the opportunity to attend! Lindsey is a lovely person and a skilled teacher!” – Katie A.
“Who would have thought that in 3 hours I could improve my calligraphy so much? Not me! But I was overjoyed at my progress. PLUS giving us the “how to write in white” was absolutely invaluable. I had experimented on my own with no luck. And the results are so dramatic that even if my letter formation isn’t great, it still looks terrific!” – Jan M.
“This workshop was so fun! I always wanted to learn calligraphy and actually downloaded some of Lindsey’s videos, but there’s so much more to learn in person. I loved the feedback and interaction — that was priceless!! Lindsey is so patient and the price was very reasonable for all the supplies and resources, not to mention confidence I walked out with.” – Judy B.
How to Sign Up
As I mentioned, there are three individual beginner workshops taking place at The Paper Seahorse. Each workshop is the same; I just like to have a few time slot options so you can choose the one that works best for you.
- Saturday, December 16th (Morning; 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM) | Enrollment closes 12/2 | Sign up here
- Sunday, December 17th, 9:30 AM -12:30 PM | Enrollment closes 12/2 | Sign up here
- Sunday, December 17th (Afternoon; 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM) | Enrollment closes 12/2 | Sign up here
All supplies are included (you can find a list of supplies in the workshop description pages), and airplane travel-friendly supplies will be provided for those who are flying in. Please make sure you can attend, as tickets are non-refundable 72 hours after you make your purchase.
Next year, I’d like to focus on improving existing video courses and making new video courses, so I will be teaching fewer workshops. My goal is to teach at least one workshop next summer here in Boulder. That’s the plan that I tentatively have, and I’ll keep you updated here on the blog if I schedule anything!
In short, these Tampa workshops will be the last for at least a few months, and I hope that you enjoy participating as an early holiday gift to yourself. I am so, so looking forward to teaching them, so I hope that you can come! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Don’t forget to check out the workshop descriptions for more information, and have a wonderful weekend!