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.

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Upcoming Events

A Five Session Online Workshop with Jurgen Vercaemst

Jurgen Vercaemst presents:

Letters Got Rhythm- Adventures in Built-Up Italic and Companion Hands

Join us for an exciting adventure with Jurgen teaching how he creates his delightful and unique array of built-up letters, utilizing a variety of tools starting with a graphite pencil and then expanding into fine liners, calligraphic nibs and other instruments.

The workshop commences with 5 two-hour classes on each of Monday and Tuesday, February 22nd and 23rd, and continuing with three additional two hour classes on the following three Mondays, March 1st, 8th and 15th. All classes will commence at 10 am (PST).  

REGISTRATION: Online registration opens on Monday January 4th, 2021.

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January Member Meeting

Monday, January 11th, 2021

Italic Calligraphy: for School & Home.

Join Inga Dubay, Gregory MacNaughton and Jonathan Dubay as they describe the unique origins and four-year journey of Inga’s calligraphy book for kids, Getty-Dubay Italic Calligraphy: for School & Home.

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PSC Calendar
January 9, 2021 — Carol DuBosch’s workshop, Tune-Up Your Italic
January 11, 2021 — PSC Monthly Member Meeting