Mike Gold and Judy Melvin

Mike Gold and Judy Melvin

5 Days
All Levels
$20 Supply Fee

Instructor Bios

Mike Gold

Mike Gold is a senior lettering designer at American Greetings in Cleveland, OH, where he’s worked the past 25 years. Mike has an M.A. in Visual Communications and has studied with many outstanding teachers over the years. Mike has taught around the country and at several international calligraphy conferences, some with his friend and collaborator Judy Melvin. Mike’s personal work has been featured in Letter Arts Review and other publications many times over the past 25 years. 

Mike’s joy is exploring the corridors of calligraphy that have been less traveled, the path where words and letters are used to paint more of an image than a communication. Even though he works as a commercial lettering artist and loves calligraphy of all kinds, his calling is in practicing calligraphy as an art form, which often means pushing calligraphy beyond the traditional, the legible and the functional.

Judy Melvin

Judy Melvin’s lifelong passion for art started with crayons and advanced to inks, paints, pens and a combination of all in mixed-media layering. Sheila Waters, an amazing instructor and friend, is the major influence of her lettering career.

Judy then enjoyed a twelve-year career with American Greetings Corp. as a design and lettering artist. It was there she met Mike Gold and a wonderful friendship and collaboration began. While at AG, she focused on creating lettering for product, new fonts, and painting and designing countless greeting cards for the innovative Coffeehouse line.

Judy currently teaches design, mixed-media, and brush lettering workshops throughout the US & Canada and has served as faculty of numerous International Lettering Conferences, including many with Mike Gold. She has also taught as faculty of Literally Letters, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. Judy currently practices what she teachers with her unique vision of fine artwork, which often incorporates illegible lettering layered with mixed-media and a bit of mystery.

Instructor Websites

Mike Gold: www.abbeygolddesign.com

Judy Melvin: judymelvin.com

Mike Gold and Judy MelvinClass Description

This workshop is designed for artists looking to move beyond letterforms and traditional calligraphic compositions. In this class, letters are seen as line, shape and form and compositions are works that reflect a personal vision that may or may not be readable.

We will look at some of the principles and ideas that guided Picasso, the Abstract Expressionists and others in creating contemporary calligraphic art. Collage was key to both Picasso and Braque in developing their work and modernist visual vocabulary and we will use it here, too. Various other media will also be explored as we work on canvas, wood and paper with paint, ink, paste, gesso and other media. Rather than planned works, we will emphasize working in the moment, letting each mark and stroke suggest the next.

Don’t be afraid. We have worked with calligraphers and artists, from beginner to advanced. Our exercises are guided and the goal is to play, explore, learn and have fun. You will be successful.

Supply List

2 – 4 full sheets Arches text wove and/or Bugra (white & color)
Mi-Tientes Pastel/charcoal paper (soft colors)
2 sheets black or dark color paper (12″X12″)
1 – 2 sheets rough & cold press watercolor paper
Papers and paper pieces for collage
Palette paper pad
Other various favorite papers (we will be using lots of paper)
Speedball C1 through C5 nib pens
Automatic pens, 3/8″ to 1″ widths
Favorite pointed and flat brushes
Foam brushes for use with glue (2 – 3)
Ruling pen(s)
Pointed pens (flexible and stiff)
Other favorite writing tools, such as cola pen
Higgins waterproof black ink or Black Magic waterproof ink
Winsor & Newton white calligraphy ink (or Dr. Martin’s Bleedproof White)
Assortment of gouache colors, plus black & white
Various color inks including Antelope (recommend either Dr. Martin’s Bombay waterproof India or Tech drawing inks, not the acrylic ones)
Acrylic (white, black & a few colors)
Color pencils (Prismacolor are best) and/or dry pastels (a few colors)
Mod Podge Matte or Perfect Paper Adhesive Matte
Small spray bottle

The $20 supply fee includes wood panels, canvas paper, gesso (black & white), Elmer’s Art Paste, Mod Podge, walnut & Sumi inks, pastels, dyes, Strathmore Artagain black paper, bleach, contact paper, gold mica powder and more.


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Mike Gold
Mike Gold
Mike Gold
Mike Gold
Mike Gold
Judy Melvin
Judy Melvin
Judy Melvin
Judy Melvin
Judy Melvin
Judy Melvin

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