$20 Supply Fee
Amity Parks is an artist and calligrapher living in Missoula, Montana. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tulsa, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana. Her work has been featured in national and regional exhibits and publications. She has been a long-term active member and teacher in her local and state calligraphy guilds and travels within the US and internationally to teach workshops, including serving on the faculty for the International Lettering Arts Conference in 2014, 2015 & 2017, the SSIW Conference in Melbourne, Australia, the Midwest Art and Lettering Retreat and Letters CA Style. She spends many hours in her studio on her personal and creative work, finding a balance between her teaching commitments, her business and her own busy family life.
This class will be spent learning a broad edged pen version of a bold Roman capital alphabet. This fun hand has a more casual and contemporary look than its more formal cousins. We’ll begin with basic construction of the letter forms and practice the pen manipulation that allows for dynamic stroke transitions. The boldness of this lettering style creates lovely textures and white spaces. Once we’ve learned the alphabet, we’ll add some color. This hand lends itself to fun color blending when spaced tightly, as the bold strokes stay wet and allow for bleeding from one letter to another. We’ll play with a couple types of powdered watercolors/inks, Brushos from Britain and Bisters from Belgium to get some gorgeous and transparent color effects within our writing. To finish up, we’ll get out our pencils and add some graphite effects to our lettering to really make it pop.
Variety of Broad Nibs in medium and larger sizes. (At a minimum a Speedball C-0 and a 1/4” automatic pen)
Ruling pen, folded pen or cola pen, and any other of your favorite writing instruments
Mechanical Pencil .3 or .5 with H or HB leads
Ruler- 2”x18” C-thru plastic ruler and a 12” steel ruler
Small round pointed watercolor brush #1 or #2
Several (at least 6) small mixing pots or a palette with deep wells for dipping pens.
Walnut Ink (I’ll supply the ink powders for each student as part of the supply fee)
Any papers you like working on (I like Strathmore 400 series drawing paper for practice) and a few sheets of nicer papers like Arches text wove or Canson in light colors or white.
Words/texts that have meaning to you. Several short quotes or a longer text you like.
The $20 supply fee includes full color bound exemplars, a supply of five colors of the Bister ink powders from Belgium, and Brusho color crystals.