Cora Pearl

Cora Pearl started studying calligraphy at age 11 and has been doing calligraphy and hand lettering ever since. She has a BA in Art and Art History from Oberlin College. Cora works as a full time calligrapher and teacher of lettering arts. She teaches calligraphy and hand lettering at Portland Community College and teaches independent workshops, classes and private sessions. She has taught at several calligraphy conferences including Letters of Joy, IAMPETH, Letterfest, and International Calligraphy Conference Letterworks 2017, and at Letters California Style 2018. In 2013 Cora had the honor of creating a certificate for the Dalai Lama. In 2015 Cora received a grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council to study with calligraphy master, Sheila Waters. Cora is passionate about teaching and values a holistic approach to learning based on building trust and safety in the classroom environment.

In addition to teaching, Cora also does calligraphy commissions, calligraphy for weddings and special events, wall pieces, and chalkboard lettering signage.

Services Offered:
  • Commissions

  • Wedding and special events

  • Wedding vows

  • Ketubot

  • Family trees

  • Wall pieces

  • Literary tattoos

Class: Hand Lettering: Hand Drawn Letters

Level: All levels
Description: Come join us in summer term at PCC Sylvania and Rock Creek! In this course, we will explore a variety of hand drawn lettering techniques. We will learn many different lettering styles, and will work with chalkboard lettering and design, graphite lettering techniques, and other playful lettering styles. This is a great class for students who are curious about lettering design, for students who want to try different modern hand lettering options, and it is also ideal for graphic design students who want to make more of a connection between typography on the screen and hand lettering on the page. This class is appropriate for all levels of experience.
The final project for this class is not only beautiful, but also practical. Students will create a reference book with an original cover design that will be filled with practice pages, small projects, and handouts from everything studied in class. The final project will be an excellent resource of hand lettering information that can be used again and again. 
Dates and Times: 8 weeks, Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting June 25th
Price: 3 PCC credits plus activity fee
Location: Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus, from 9:00am to 12:50pm and Sylvania Campus from 2:00pm to 5:50pm
Registration Deadline: June 20th (the sooner the better)
Registration: ART 219C Rock Creek CRN #34395, Sylvania CRN #33921
This class is appropriate for all levels of experience and there is no prerequisite.3 credits, Senior audit spaces available with instructor’s permission (no tuition for 62 and older)-contact instructor for details.


WORKSHOP: Hand Lettering with the Folded Pen

Level: All levels
Description: The folded pen is a wonderful tool for hand lettering—it is capable of making very thin hairline strokes as well as thick dramatic strokes as well as a large range in between. Letters created with the folded pen feel dynamic and organic. There are endless possibilities for its use. In this workshop we will make a folded pen that we will use in class and we will learn at least six distinctly different styles of lettering that will help us explore what this type of pen can do. We will create a finished piece using the lettering learned in the workshop. This class is ideal for calligraphers who want to explore playful lettering styles, graphic designers who would like to incorporate hand lettering into their designs and for lovers of hand lettering who want to learn more lettering styles, all in a beautiful and peaceful classroom setting.
Dates and Times: Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th 
Price: $225 plus $15 materials fee
Location: Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, 56605 Sitka Drive, Otis, OR 97368

CLASS: Beginning Copperplate Calligraphy Class

Level: All levels
Description: Copperplate is a style of calligraphic writing that established itself in the 17th and 18th centuries arising from the needs of the emerging business class. Done with a pointed nib, this style of writing has re-emerged as a popular form of calligraphy and is the basis for the current style of writing known as “Modern Calligraphy.” Copperplate, also known as English Roundhand, is a delicate form of writing, relying entirely on pressure to produce the thick and thin lines characteristic of this style. The study of Copperplate is excellent for learning to use the pointed pen and for developing greater nuance in understanding the use of pressure when writing with all tools and styles. 
Day and Times: Six Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00pm
Dates: July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, August 7, August 14 
Price: $225
Location: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Avenue, Portland OR 97209
Registration Deadline: June 25th