Experimental Letterforms

$ 185.00

February 19th, 2018 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Ann Miller
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: February 19th, 2018 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: February 19th, 2018 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1

This one-day workshop presents a unique opportunity to create your own experimental letterforms and a fictional alphabet, using a basic method for letter and font design. Fictional or code alphabets are not new. Even Sir Thomas More invented the geometric Utopian alphabet in 1516 to illustrate his book Utopia.

Elements of style and form will be discussed and there will be an exploration of calligraphic spacing and the visual forces and structural tensions that make or break a page. The magic is in the method and a series of exercises will lead to better design judgment, confidence and creativity.

We will prepare several sheets for applying color, symbols and text to facilitate a creative exploration of layered text. Exercises will focus on manipulating the signs using watercolor, sumi, white acrylic, white china marker, matte medium and other forms of resist using broad and pointed pens and brushes, folded pens, and other tools. Bring media you have questions about or would like to experiment with. 

This workshop will get your head and hand moving. Explore the subtleties of mark making and refine spacing skills with a series of exercises that lead to better design judgment, confidence and creativity.

Materials to Bring: Strathmore 400 Drawing paper - 11 x 14 pad or cut sheets (or similar sketch paper); tracing paper; 2B pencil or darker; Speedball B series nibs medium sized (B-1, 2 or 3); folded or ruling pen if you have it; non-waterproof black ink (sumi or other, even black gouache); Kuretake Vellum Writer black waterproof calligraphy marker or similar; medium round or pointed brushes or brush pen; a few favorite tubes of watercolor or gouache (warm, cool, intense, earthy, light, dark) or a watercolor pan set; Golden Brand Fluid Matte Medium or other matte medium; basic tool kit (xacto blade, scissors, tape, eraser, water containers, small dishes, small palette, lint free cloths, towels, apron etc.)

Recommended: For painterly approaches, Arches 140# Hot Press watercolor OR half sheets of printing papers such as Rives BFK, Arches Text Wove or other wet media papers that will take more moisture and layering, old watercolor blocks, etc; any favorite brushes, pens, writing tools large and small. 

Workshop Fee (includes $20 materials fee): $185.00

Date & Time: Monday, February 19, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class


About the Instructor | Ann Miller

Ann Miller, AB, AM Stanford University, studied painting and lithography with artists Richard Diebenkorn and Nathan Oliveira and has taught art and art history classes at Stanford, University of Santa Clara, San Mateo Community College district, and in local guilds and arts venues. In 1979 she founded M2 Design for calligraphy and design. In 2002 she authored two courses in calligraphy and letterform at Academy of Art University and is currently writing a new course covering logo, font, and lettering for illustrators.

Her calligraphy has been published in Letter Arts Review and Bound & Lettered, and Alphabet, and her book titles for Protean Press can be found in the Harrison Collection at San Francisco Main Library. Her art is in public and private collections and has been widely exhibited. She created of a series of large calligraphy murals for the City of Belmont's new public library and a 12-foot long family tree scroll for actress Brooke Shields for the NBC television series “Who do you think you are?” Visit Ann at http://www.pennib.com.

Past Student Reviews:

“Introduced new-to-me tools that I will find very useful. Interesting use of gel medium, also useful. Learned a lot and had a great time.”

“Great atmosphere in the classroom.”

“Ann is a great communicator.”

“I liked the fact that I learned how to create an alphabet with twenty-six letters that when incorporated into a design looked credible and also beautiful. I also loved learning about the medium that masks out areas that one doesn't want disturbed.

Will use both in my art.”

“Ann Miller is a wonderful teacher, experienced artist. Her hand outs will be used and how!”

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
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