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.
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).
A Two day workshop with Julie Wildman
Julie Wildman Presents:
Join us on Saturday and Sunday, March 27 and 28, 2021, from 10 am to 4 pm PST, Julie Wildman, who in 2020 was extensively featured in Letter Arts Review, will teach her “Lively Letters” workshop online. The workshop will be limited to 25 students, allowing considerable interaction with Julie as she helps calligraphers free up their lettering, and tap into that playful, “dancing” part inside each person.
Using monoline tools, broad-edged nibs, pointed brushes, and unusual tools, students will be led through a series of exercises that focus not only on the lettering but on layout, composition, the negative spaces and how to apply color working with watercolors, paint and gel pens.
Students will also have the opportunity to create a variety of unique tools to make great letters and marks.
REGISTRATION: Opens on Thursday February 18, 2021.
February Member Meeting
March 8 Learning Calligraphy Online
Join PSC members Carol DuBosch, Tatiana Gebert, and Amy Bennett for a panel discussion about their virtual learning experiences! Carol will share her perspective as both a teacher and student, and Tatiana and Amy will share their experiences as students. The panel will give an overview of the different formats for online classes as well as some tips of how to prepare for a class as a student.
A Two day workshop with Julie Wildman
Julie Wildman Presents
Join us as Julie will teach an online workshop entitled “Alphabet Book”. This workshop will also be limited to 25 students, permitting Julie to work closely with students throughout the weekend as they create an alphabet, with the workshop culminating in the assembly of a simple but elegant accordion-fold book to display the student’s alphabet. During the first part of the class, students will be led through a series of exercise using both traditional and non-traditional tools, with the goal of creating their own unique alphabets. For their book, students will then have the option of either utilizing the cohesive alphabet that they designed or to complete their book using a different lettering style for each letter.
REGISTRATION: Opens Friday March 11th, 2021
February 8th , 2021 – PSC Monthly Member Meeting
February 18th, 2021 – Registration Opens for Julie Wildman’s Lively Letters Workshop
February 22nd, 23rd, and March 1st, 8th ,15th – Jurgen Vercaemst Letters Got Rhythm Workshop
March 8th, 2021- PSC Monthly Member Meeting