The Portland Society for Calligraphy was founded by Lloyd Reynolds and a group of his students after a long alliance with the Society for Italic Handwriting in England. Portland Society for Calligraphy is the oldest calligraphy guild in the United States. We were first known as the Western American Branch of the Society for Italic Handwriting. 

We offer an extensive workshop program aimed at all levels of skill. Our teachers include internationally renowned calligraphers as well as local talent. We sponsor an annual weekend retreat during the month of February at the Menucha Retreat Center in the beautiful Columbia Gorge. The Guild also exhibits members’ artwork in an annual non-juried show.

Joining the society

Becoming a member of your local calligraphy guild is a great way to find friends, mentors, and professional contacts. Our guild contains some of the area’s most notable and accomplished scribes, as well as a number of newcomers looking to dip their pen for the first time. 

We encourage you and your friends to come and visit us during one of our regular monthly meetings (September-June), and see what all the fuss is about. When you arrive, make sure to tell someone it’s your first time visiting and we’ll be sure to make you feel right at home.

Learn more about our membership options and the benefits of joining the Portland Society for Calligraphy. >>


Upcoming Events

Upcoming Workshops
PSC proudly presents an exciting workshop with Lee Littlewood.
Time to put our nibs down! This fun workshop will explore sign painting using a brush, mahlstick, and paint. 
Saturday, March 23rd through Sunday, March 24th, 2019

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April Member Meeting
Monday, April 8, 2019, 7:00 pm

Design for Lettering

A presentation by Cora Pearl.
Cora will share why the study of design is important for lettering artists, and will give a short introduction to the elements and principles of design.
Finding Your Inner Picasso
A workshop with Mike Gold

This workshop will look at some of the principles and ideas behind the works of Picasso, Klee, and contemporary non-traditional calligraphic artists.