Saturday, August 21, 2010

All Oregon Calligraphy Conference

AOCC–All Oregon Calligraphy Conference 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sweet Home High School Activity Gym
1641 Long Street Sweet Home, Oregon
Cost: $37.50
Please join the Sweet Home Bunch for the 
2010 All Oregon Calligraphers Conference. 

The day will include:
  • morning hospitality
  • vendors
  • goodie bags
  • envelope competition
  • announcements
  • keynote address by Inga Dubay
  • lunch 
  • and your choice of one afternoon workshop.
Inga Dubay’s work encompasses calligraphy, painting, drawing and printmaking. A Painting and Drawing major at Mills College and the University of Oregon with graduate study for two years at the Art Academy in Oslo, Norway, she did further study at the U of O, UC Berkeley, and the Oregon College of Art & Craft, where she taught for twenty five years. She designed and taught for over ten years a Drawing, Watercolor & Calligraphy course to introduce drawing skills through letterforms to calligraphers. Her current focus is on handwriting—revising Getty- Dubay Italic Handwriting Series (Fourth Edition) and presenting italic handwriting seminars for medical professionals with Barbara Getty. Inga is also teaching calligraphy & handwriting to 1st and 2nd graders—perhaps another book!

Inga’s topic will be “Calligraphy and Drawing”

Choose from one of the following afternoon workshops:

1. Dictation from the Soul: Writing the Image: Mary Stupp-Greer
Using charcoal and pastel chalk, students explore the process of free writing on large sheets of paper to
access the imagination. Through guided exercises, words gradually merge and personally relevant content is revealed in a written image. This is a meditative, easy process to learn and can be adjusted to fit most two dimensional mediums. No drawing experience is necessary.
  • Skill level: All levels
  • Supplies to bring: Students may bring erasers and small soft rags as blending tools or any additional drawing medium. Large flat cardboard or portfolio, approx. 20" x 30" for transporting finished art-work would be helpful. Note: materials may be messy.
  • Materials fee: $10.00 Charcoal, inexpensive pastel chalk and paper will be provided.
Calligraphy & drawing have a synergistic relationship. The Greek word “graphein” means both “to write” and “to draw.” As calligra-phers, we can enhance our visual perceptions by looking at the basic elements of drawing, such as contour, gesture, value and perspective. Using letterforms as our subject, we can practice these essential draw-ing skills. I will describe and show examples of a series of exercises designed to increase our ability to “see” as well as to improve technical and compositional skills. Together we’ll expand our creative horizons!

2. Minature Scroll Book: Patty Grass

Ever make a “TV” from a cigar box?—this is the same idea in miniature. Construct a box (2" x 3") from cardstock that looks like a book from the outside. Inside you see a window with a scroll attached to two dowels. The scroll moves by turning the dowels. We will make 3 boxes in class but the students will add content to the scroll on their own.
  • Supplies to bring: a small cutting mat, a knife, and metal ruler to cut against
  • Materials fee: 4.00 for materials to make 3 books—tag board for box, dowels & knobs, text paper, glue, ribbon, and texture tools, & other materials to decorate the cover
3. Design your own apron with calligraphy!! Yuki Tanaka

Have you tried to write on fabric with permanent markers or fabric paint? This is your experimental project called "create a calligraphic apron". Don't worry if you don't have much experience.
  • Skill level: All levels
  • Materials Fee: $10.00—All supplies are provided.
4. Thicks & Thins: Nichol Rauch
Learn a fast, fun alphabet that is a close cousin of Neuland. We'll create a small accordion book to use these letters in a quote.
  • Skill level: Beginner/intermediate
  • Supplies to bring: 3.0mm- 6.0mm fiber-tip edged markers (crisp, not mushy) or Pilot Parallel pens; pencil, eraser,glue stick, bone folder (optional).
  • Materials fee: $2
5. Envelope Extravaganza: Penny White
Pep up you envelopes.
  • Skill level: All levels
  • Supplies to bring: Selection of envelopes, clear plastic ruler, pencil, eraser, 5 mm black felt tip pen, Micron Pigma pens .01 and .09, 3 or 4 tubes of gouache, small palette, water container, paper towels, ½’ flat brush, small pointed (#2 or 4) brush.
  • Materials fee: $2.00
6. The Secret to Drawing Celtic Knots: Anne Merydith
  • Using a technique uncovered by Mark Van Stone while studying unfinished manuscripts in the British Isles, Anne will take you through step-by-step how to draw several Celtic knots. Starting from a basic knot, and then introducing simple variations, everyone will soon be using techniques that will allow them to create their own knots and figure out many that they see in books. Skill level: All levels Supplies to bring: sharp pencil(s), eraser, short straight-edge, black Pigma pen (or similar) and a colored fine pen.
  • Material fee: $2 for handouts and paper
7. Romantic Moment Cards: Stamping’ Cat Studio
Make four cards using a 7 Gypsies clear stamp set. We will color with Copic markers, watercolor with Twin-kling H2Os, and create a distressed background. We will also discuss the proper use and care of clear stamps. The 15-piece stamp set is included in the class fee.
  • Supplies to bring: adhesive (tape runner style) and scissors
  • Materials fee: $5
Inga Dubay will lead the following workshops
Linn Benton Community College
1661 Long Street, Sweet Home, Room 101
(In the front of the high school)

October 8, 2010 from 10 to 4
  • Explore drawing and watercolor media using letterforms. Build perceptual, technical and compositional skills through a series of exercises designed to expand your ability to see. Discover gestures and marks that are uniquely your own. The focus will be on basic drawing elements of contour, gesture and value. All levels welcome.
  • Supplies to bring: any blue, red & yellow watercolor tubes, brushes ca. #4 and ca. #20, large palette or white plate, water containers, scissors, pencil sharpener, drafting tape
  • Materials fee: $25 includes papers, pencils, gum arabic, watercolors, etc.
Inga Dubay & Barbara Getty
October 10, 2010 from 10 to 4
Come and explore legible, handsome and easy-to-learn italic handwriting. Besides being soul-satisfying for you, others will enjoy reading your writing. Bring your relatives and friends and discover together the benefits of good handwriting. This one day workshop will include instruction and practice with the basics of italic handwriting as well as self-assessment techniques. All levels welcome.
  • Supplies to bring: Participants bring favorite pen/pencil (optional)
  • Materials fee: $25, includes Write Now book, Sheaffer pen, Uniball pen, pencil, notebook paper
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Please register by September 30, 2010
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Please enclose check for payable to The Sweet Home Bunch
Mail to:
Gretchen Schaleger
1311 Quince Street
Sweet Home OR 97386
Questions: Call Gretchen at 541-367-2881 or E-mail to

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Calling All Cards with Carol Pallesen

Friday and Saturday, September 24, 25, 2010
North Bend Housing Authority, 1700 Monroe, North Bend, OR

Brand new 2010 workshop just created by Carol.
Create cards that are gifts in this two-day workshop.
Projects will feature concertina folds-into-hearts, unique boxes, exciting decorated papers, and more. Fun and non-intimidating.
Great for experienced and non-experienced paper artists.
 Reserve your spot, First come — First serve
Carol Pallesen
A fun filled two-day workshop creating a plethora of cards and boxes that would make wonderful gifts. We really do have a fun time at our workshops, the excitement of the projects, the beautiful papers, and where snacking on food offerings the guild members have brought to share and provide sustenance to our creative brains, hands and hearts brings us to a whole new level of accomplishment.

Carol Pallesen has been coming to Coos Bay/North Bend from Reno, Nevada, to offer her incredible workshops for over 15 years. I don't want to give the exact number because it will age us both. Her studio, The Silent Hand Scriptorium has been her base since around 1960 where she does calligraphy, cards, and book arts. She travels the world, to much acclaim,  and has done hundreds.... literally, hundreds of workshops,  and we are very fortunate to have her come to the coast again this year with a brand new workshop.

With Carol Pallesen you will never leave her workshops empty handed or empty hearted. The skills, friendship and joy of creating is but a part of what you'll carry home besides a bagful of projects that you've learned. She provides quality papers, paints, etc. and we bring basic supplies from a list though there's always plenty of sharing. The workshop can be appreciated by all levels of experience, a little experience in paper work i.e. folding, scoring, cutting, etc. will make things easier, never-the-less, there is always someone who will lend a helping hand.

If you plan on coming to Carol's workshop, here is a heads up:
Start saving 
  • Used postage stamps with faces
  • 1/2 gallon wax milk or juice cartons with a twist cap on the slanted roof part. Be sure to clean really really well and don't throw away the cap.

Friday and Saturday, September 24 and 25, 2010
North Bend Housing Authority, 1700 Monroe, North Bend, OR 97459

Cost:  $110 plus a $15 supply fee to a total $125 for two full days of Carol Pallesen. 

Make checks payable to:
Karen Cunningham and mail to: 796 S. 7th St., Coos Bay 97420

Reserve your spot, First come — First serve,  by contacting:

Holly Rodenkirk by email, phone or in person at:

or by contacting

Karen Cunningham by email at:, 541-269-7591,
or by mailing checks made out to Karen and contact information to

Karen Cunningham, 796 S. 7th St., Coos Bay, OR 97420

or by contacting

Vicky Pasternak by email at: