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, UncialClass Description

So you think uncial is stodgy, old, and limited? Oh, see the light! It’s been around for thousands of years, but there are many beautiful qualities and characteristics of the uncial hand that can be utilized and moved into the 21st century. First we will start with the foundations of uncial. Then we will analyze and modify the uncial alphabet to look more contemporary, such as adding subtle flourishes and shape modifications. Then these old and new forms of uncial will be adapted to a few broadsides using the alphabet and quotations.

Supply List

If you have other favorite nibs, inks, and papers, please bring them with you. If you already have these supplies, do not buy anything new except for items you would like to try or have never used.

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, Uncial

Jane Shibata Uncial

Jane Shibata Uncial

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