Workshops

Gina offers workshops for calligraphy societies, organizations, schools, churches, and private groups — each tailored to the interests of the particular group. These workshops may be from one to five days in length. They are based on the ideas and topics she presents in her book, Calligraphy as Art and Meditation: A New Approach (2018).

If you are interested in seeing a course outline based on your timeframe and any topic(s) of special interest, please see the Contact page to get in touch.

Below you will find current workshops as well as ones given before Gina dedicated herself to writing Calligraphy as Art and Meditation — a six-year project. (See Publications for an extensive overview of the book.)

2018

Calligraphy as Meditation

  • Two 1½ hour classes, 5:30 – 7:00pm, Thursdays
    St. Augustine, Florida, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. See announcement here.



Previously offered workshops

Dynamics: A New Approach to Calligraphic Letterform

Learning Hebrew Calligraphy and The Ketubah




Teaching experience

2012

  • Seattle: 2 afternoon workshops, "Calligraphy and Drawing," Gage Academy of Art, December

2011

  • Seattle: Afternoon workshop, 1-5pm: September 11, “Western Calligraphy as a Tool for Meditation,” Seattle Shambhala Center (Programs)
  • Seattle: One-day workshop: November 19, “Continuing to Enliven Your Italic,” Society for Calligraphy & Handwriting
  • Edmonds, WA: Letters of Joy, April 30

2010

  • Seattle: One-day workshop, March 20, “Enliven Your Italic,” Society for Calligraphy & Handwriting
  • Portland: Two-day workshop, April 10-11, “Finding the Flow,” Portland Society for Calligraphy
  • Edmonds, WA: Letters of Joy, May 1, “How to Build Calligraphic Confidence” and “Fabulous Filigree”
  • Montréal: Two-day workshop, October, “The Dynamics of Calligraphy,” La Société des calligraphes de Montréal
  • New York City: Two-day workshop, November 6-7, “Living Letters: Form & Flow in Calligraphy,” Society of Scribes

    Class description below:
Living Letters: Form & Flow in Calligraphy
All skill levels and teachers

This workshop introduces a foundation technique for vitalizing italic letterform: “dynamics.” Realize your calligraphic potential for creating forms with life and flow by reaching beyond ductus, stroke order and direction, to the physical act of strokemaking itself! Through exercises in dynamics delve directly into the formative interplay between body, pen and writing surface. Pen in hand, in motion and in contact, awaken all your calligraphic senses—touch and movement in addition to sight—and discover a path to sensitive, skillful, confident strokes. By so doing we also enter a larger arena of edged-pen technique which can be applied to any edged-pen alphabet. From a firm foundation in pen stroke technique prepare yourself for greater freedom and joy in the practice of calligraphy. In the process of translating visual forms into felt/fully perceived ones, rhythm and gesture emerge and we experience the dance of the pen!

Over a century ago Edward Johnston encouraged us by saying, “Our aim should be to give letters life that we ourselves may have more life.” Let “living letters” become a way to directly experience and explore vital connections to yourself and the life around you!

2009

  • Montréal: Two-day workshop, November 22–23, “The Dynamics of Calligraphy,” La Société des calligraphes de Montréal
  • Ellensburg, WA: One and a half-day workshop, August 18-19, “Enliven Your Italic,” Windwriters Calligraphy Guild
  • Edmonds, WA: Letters of Joy, two mini-workshops: “Enliven Your Italic” and “Creating Your Own Calligraphic Practice”

2008

2007

  • San Francisco: Weekend Workshop, “Finding the Flow” Friends of Calligraphy
    (PDF of review available here)
  • Belvedere, CA: Four-day Workshop, "Learning Hebrew Calligraphy," privately sponsored
  • Bellevue, WA: "Calligraphy as Spiritual Way," Society for Calligraphy & Handwriting