Pat Blair

Pat Blair

5 Days
$4 Supply Fee

Instructor Bio

Pat Blair is currently serving as the Chief Calligrapher at the White House in Washington, D.C. The calligraphers are responsible for menu and invitation design for official and social presidential events, inscribing the guest book for visiting heads of state, certificate and resolution design as well as production of programs and tour books. She served two years as the President of the Washington Calligrapher’s Guild in Washington, DC., was the chairperson of the Graceful Envelope contest sponsored by the US Postal Service, and served as co-director for the International Lettering Conference, Letterforum.

Her work has been published in the Calligrapher’s Engagement Calendar, Letter Arts ReviewTabellae Insatae, and Martha Stewart Weddings. She teaches at the Loudoun Academy of the Arts, and has been on the faculty of eight International Calligraphy Conferences.

Pat’s love of pointed pen lettering led her to her study of Copperplate and Spencerian letterforms. Her workshops emphasize the grace and elegance that these letterforms can achieve by paying close attention to the beauty of the form. She has been awarded the title Master Penman by the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting for her work in this area.

Pat BlairClass Description

In this workshop, we take an intense look at the copperplate form to discover what it is that makes these letters sing and dance. Designed for those students who have a basic knowledge of the copperplate form, or have had experience with more informal scripts and wish to strengthen their skill and knowledge of this classic pointed pen lettering, we will start with the basic shaded stroke, practicing the gradual pressure and shaping which gives the lettering its distinctive look.

A study of spacing and letter connections will follow. We will refine the forms to achieve a beautiful grace and elegance, learning that subtle changes can give very dramatic results. Advanced forms of capital letters will offer many options as we experiment with composition.

Rounding out the class will be a study of flourishing and how thoughtfully designed strokes can add to the beauty of our lettering. We will study techniques of layout and design which enhance the lightness and grace of this beautiful letter form.

Supply List

Oblique pen holder
Your favorite pointed pen nibs, such as Hunt 22, 56 or Gillott 303 or 404, the G Nib, Zebra or Leonardt Principal
9” x 12″ Canson Pro Marker Pad
Black or dark color pad of Strathmore Artagain or Daler Rowney Canford
Sumi Moon Palace black ink, or McCaffrey’s Black
Dr. Martin’s Bleed Proof White
Mixing tray
#2 pencils
Water containers
1 or 2 sheets of Arches Hot Press Watercolor paper
Several tubes of gouache in your favorite colors
Several tubes of watercolor in your favorite colors
Large watercolor wash brush, not expensive


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