Pat Blair


Copperplate Calligraphy
with Pat Blair

Chinese Brush Painting II
with Jean Seelig


Future Classes:
Italic Calligraphy
with Pat Blair (TBA)

Pointed Pen Sketchbook
Calligraphy Workshop
with Pat Blair (TBA)

Chinese Calligraphy & Sumi-e Brush Painting with Contemporary P'o Mo Painting Workshop
with Nellie Chao (TBA)

Intro to Chinese Brush Painting I
with Jean Seelig


Note:
Supplies for calligraphy are provided.

Copperplate Calligraphy Workshop

Instructor:
Pat Blair

Dates and Times:
Saturday & Sunday
10 am - 3:30 pm each day

Next Session:
Not currently scheduled


Cost: $195 plus $20 supply fee
11 hr. workshop
Supplies are provided.

If you are a returning or experienced student, you may waive the supply fee and bring your own supplies. Bring your favorite nibs, ink and paper.
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Copperplate is an elegant script style of lettering which is characterized by thick, shaded downward strokes and hairline thin upward strokes. Students will learn the technique of using the pointed flexible calligraphy nib and the formation of the basic letter forms. We will move on to study the delicately expressive capitals and flourishes. For all levels. Half-hour lunch break.

About the Artist: Pat Blair has been a professional calligrapher for 23 years, and currently holds the position of Chief Calligrapher at The White House in Washington, DC. Her work has been published in Letter Arts Review, The Calligrapher’s Engagement Calendar, Scripsit, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Tabellae Insatae. Sharing and teaching what she loves is a high priority. Pat has served two years as President of the Washington Calligrapher’s Guild, been Chairperson of The Graceful Envelope Contest, and has been Co-Director of Letterforum, the  26th International Calligraphy Conference.
Pat’s love of pointed pen lettering led her to study of Copperplate and Spencerian letterforms. The International Association of Master Penman and Engrossers recently honored her with the “Master Penman” award for her work in this area.

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Intro to Chinese
Brush Painting I

Instructor:
Jean Seelig

Dates and Times:
Saturdays,
10 am - 3 pm each day
Lunch Break at 12 noon

Next Session: not currently scheduled

Cost: $75 plus $25 supply fee
Supplies are provided. Supply list available upon request.

This is an introduction to Chinese Brush Painting using ink and watercolor or rice paper. Section 1: Introduction to the instruments ie the Four Gentlemen – ink stone brushes and paper. The class will focus on the basic strokes and the subject will be bamboo. In the afternoon we will build upon the techniques and focus on the second of the four cornerstones (or “Four Gentlemen”) and work on the orchid. The class will include the special technique of washing with a moon in the background.

10-hr. workshop

About the Artist:
Jean Seelig, as an Asian Brush Painter has studied with Henry Wu, Tesshin Saski, Lian Zhen, Liang Wei, Shozo Sato, and ongoingly  with Betzi Robinson. As President of the local Sumi-e Society chapter, Jean loves to share her love of this art form locally and internationally.

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Chinese Brush Painting II

Instructor:
Jean Seelig

Dates and Times:
Saturdays
10 am - 3 pm each day
Lunch Break at 12 noon

Next Session: Not currently scheduled


Cost: $75 plus $25 supply fee
Supplies are provided. Supply list available upon request.

Building upon the first two sessions we will now work in color for the third of the four gentlemen. Subjects will be the cherry and the mum. Utilizing the outside style and building of color. The color loading is the emphasis of this class. In the second session we will combine the methods of outline and free style painting with the subject of the plum blossom.

10-hr. workshop

About the Artist:
Jean Seelig, as an Asian Brush Painter has studied with Henry Wu, Tesshin Saski, Lian Zhen, Liang Wei, Shozo Sato, and ongoingly  with Betzi Robinson. As President of the local Sumi-e Society chapter, Jean loves to share her love of this art form locally and internationally.


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Italic Calligrapy Workshop
Instructor:
Pat Blair

Dates and Times:
Saturday & Sunday
10 am - 3:30 pm each day

Next Session:
not currently scheduled

Supplies are provided.

If you are a returning or experienced student, you may waive the supply fee and bring your own supplies. Bring your favorite nibs, ink and paper.

Learn the beautiful art of Italic Calligraphy, a wonderful art form that anyone can master to create wall pieces, greeting cards, invitations and scrapbook projects. Italic Calligraphy consists of individually written letters which are composed of thick and thin strokes using a broad-edged pen. Practice sheets, which will illustrate the letters we study, are provided, as well as plenty of ideas for projects and a portfolio of samples to give you inspiration. 

11 hr. workshop
Supplies are provided.

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Chinese Calligraphy &
Sumi-e Brush Painting
with Contemporary
P'o Mo Painting Workshop



Instructor:
Nellie Chao

Dates and Times:
Saturday & Sunday
10 am - 3 pm each day
Lunch Break at 12 noon

Next Session: not currently scheduled

Cost: TBA
10 hr. workshop


You don't have to be "artistic" to enjoy this two-day workshop. Students will receive full demonstrations and hands-on instruction of Chinese Calligraphy and Chinese Brush Painting, from brush technique and color loading to composition. You will also be introduced to a special demonstration of an ancient Chinese technique of "P'o Mo," or "splash ink/color" on gold leaf "shikishi" boards. All supplies of sumi-e and calligraphy papers, five sumi-e brushes, box of 18 tubes of 12ml colors, ink, and two Shikishi boards are provided and you can take them home with you. Green tea and other Asian delights will be provided.

About the Artist: Nellie Chao was born in Shanghai, China and educated in Hong Kong, Singapore and the United States.  Her pursuit of Chinese brush painting and calligraphy began in the early 1990s.  Throughout the years, she has won many prestigious awards and exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibits. She regularly conducts workshops in Maryland, Virginia, Florida and other areas.  She also frequently demonstrates Chinese brush painting and calligraphy in seminars, schools, non-profit organizations, colleges and art-related festivals in the Washington/ Maryland Metropolitan Area including the Washington Cherry Blossom Festival. Ms. Chao is a member of the Sumi-e Society of America, Inc., Potomac Valley Watercolorists and others.

Supplies are provided
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Pointed Pen Sketchbook Calligraphy Workshop

Instructor:

Pat Blair

Dates and Times:
Saturday & Sunday
10 am - 3:30 pm each day

Next Session:
not currently scheduled

Supplies are provided.

If you are a returning or experienced student, you may waive the supply fee and bring your own supplies. Bring your favorite nibs, ink and paper.

The pointed, flexible nib is a marvelous tool, capable of producing a multitude of expressive strokes from whisper thin hairlines to dramatic, bold shades.
What fun to explore these unique qualities as we play with fun and creative pen illustrations. In this class, we will learn basic strokes of the pointed pen, which we will use to create wonderful borders, single cartouches, floral decoration, and illustrative ornament. 

11 hr. workshop
Supplies are provided.

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