Jane Shibata

Jane Shibata

2.5 Days
All Levels
$5 Supply Fee

Instructor Bio

Jane Shibata is an adjunct faculty member in the art department at Santa Monica College in California and runs a design business specializing in the lettering arts in Los Angeles. Jane worked for the City of Los Angeles as a calligrapher for a few years and is currently doing contract work for the the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Graphic Arts division. She is a long-time Society for Calligraphy Southern California member who has served on the board, coordinated outreach events, and taught many workshops for the Society for Calligraphy and Letters California Style conference. Jane has also taught for a few other guilds in California and other states, and two international calligraphy conferences.

Jane Shibata, Carolingian

Class Description

The Carolingian hand, developed by Alcuin of York in Tours, France during Charlemagne’s reign, led the path to minuscule scripts in Europe and Western typography hundreds of years later. With this in mind, we will practice the historical versions first. Then, we will move on by analyzing and varying the Caroline miniscule to give it a contemporary look by adding subtle flourishes and shape modifications. Broadsides will be the format to showcase the old and new forms, using the alphabet and quotations. Apologies to Neil Diamond.

Supply List

Pen nibs:
– Brause (.5, .75, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5) and/or Speedball (C-4, C-3, C-2, C-1, C-0)
– Brause EF 66 pointed nib
– or Pilot parallel pens with various colors of ink cartridges
Pen holders
– black: select one: Higgins Eternal, Higgins Calligraphy, Japanese stick ink, or gouache
– color: select one: gouache (any colors, any brand), bottled inks (any colors, any brand such as FW, Dr. Martin, Magic Color, Ecoline), walnut ink, or watercolors (any brand)
– select one layout paper: Bienfang Graphics 360, Borden & Riley cotton comp, or Canson layout, 14” x 17″
– graph paper for calligraphy
– high quality and color paper: don’t buy new paper, bring what you already have, such as Arches hot press, German/Fabriano/Canson Ingres, Arches text wove, Frankfurt white, Canson Mi-Tientes, small sheets up to 14″x 17″ or smaller scraps.
Regular tool box supplies:
– 2H, HB pencils, eraser, ruler, t-square, plastic ruler, water container, rags/paper towels, paint
palette or dinky dips, mixing brushes
Slant board or drawing board if you do not like to work flat
Text: poetry, quotations, excerpts of text (I will provide alphabet sentences.)


Jane Shibata, Carolingian

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