Amity ParksAmity Parks

2.5 Days
All Levels
$10 Supply Fee

Instructor Bio

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.

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Class Description

Using only the humble pencil and its other graphite cousins allows us to practice ways of creating dynamic layouts even within the limited grayscale palette. By exploring the most striking of contrasts – scale – we will challenge ourselves to create powerful layouts focused on the relationship between large and small design elements.

Beginning with a series of exercises we will study a range of pencil lettering techniques, from formal drawn Roman capitals to a variety of more modern and casual hands. We’ll then explore some non-traditional graphite techniques that allow for bold, large scale lettering designs. Finally, we’ll combine these two elements in a variety of layout and design exercises that will lead us to the creation of works that reflect both the delicate beauty and dynamic contrasts possible within the graphite family.

Supply List

Mechanical Pencil- 0.5 and/or 0.3 and leads (Pentel Graph Gear 500 0.3 is my favorite)
A few drawing pencils in various hardness’ (6B, 4B, 2B, HB, 2H, 4H). Bring whatever you have already.
Graphite stick or woodless graphite pencil (6B or 9B)
Water-soluble graphite stick-Lyra 6B or 9B (Look for the water drop on the label) or Art Graf ws graphite stick
Art Graf Black Carbon Water-Soluble Ink Block
Kneaded eraser and white eraser
White eraser stick: Preferably the Tombow Mono zero round, or Paper Mate ‘Tuff Stuff’
Your favorite writing tools (including small and larger sizes of nibs, ruling pens, automatic pens, pointed and flat brushes, etc)
Blending stump
X-acto knife, blades and small cutting mat
Small pencil sharpener (no motors please)
Steel ruler, C-thru ruler
Large flat bristle brush for wetting paper
Strathmore 400 series drawing paper (at least 11’’x17’’) or whatever similar smooth medium weight paper you have at home. Few sheets of any other papers you want to try.
A few pieces of Arches text wove and some hot and cold press watercolor paper or any cheaper mixed media/watercolor or heavyweight paper that you have already.
Paper towels, water container, spray bottle
A short quote or a few words you like to write (5-10 words or so)
Drawing Board / padded surface to work on.
Not required, but for your info: The sketchbook I use and recommend is the Moleskine 7.5” x 10” Plain Soft Cover Notebook.

The $10 supply fee includes bound exemplars, contact paper, cardstock for matting work, use of assorted supplies during class.


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