The first part of class will be spent on analyzing other alphabets to find out what features determine a cohesive look. Studying the letter parts will help the students understand not only the structure of the letters, but the nuances that go into developing hands or fonts. Students will then be led through a series of exercises—using both traditional and non-traditional tools—that will result in all sorts of creative ways to make letters. Students will gradually work toward a style that they like. Students then will have the option of creating either a cohesive alphabet OR do an alphabet with a different style for each letter.

The second part of this workshop will be spent on refining the alphabets and deciding whether to use color or black and white. And the final portion of the class will be to assemble a simple, but elegantly designed accordion-fold book with an origami-type cover. There is no gluing or sewing involved in the book construction, unless students choose to glue in their letters drawn on paper other than that used for the book.

Session recordings: Recordings of every session, as well as Julie’s demonstrations, will be provided shortly after the conclusion of the workshop. The recordings will remain available for a minimum of four months following the last class.

Facebook Page: Julie will create a private Facebook page for students to share their work and for Julie to comment, time permitting.

Handouts and Other Details: A full set of workshop handouts, any guidelines that Julie may use and all other course details, including the Zoom link to the online class, will be made available to admitted students a couple of weeks before the workshop weekend.


Julie Wildman is a highly regarded professional in the fields of graphic design, commercial lettering, calligraphy and workshops. She graduated with a BA in Graphic Design from Columbia College in Chicago and worked for many years with two Chicago design firms. She currently works as a freelance designer from her home studio near Chicago.

Alphabet Book

An Two day workshop with Presented by Julie Wildman 

Date: Saturday April 17, 2021 and Sunday April 18, 2021

Time: Both class sessions held from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

Location: Zoom. A Zoom meeting link will be provided to registered students a week or so before the initial workshop date. The link to the Saturday session will also permit entry into Sunday’s class. Create a Zoom account before the workshop at:  https://zoom.us/  It is free to enroll!

Level of Workshop: Intermediate and advanced recommended.

Tuition: $100 for PSC members, $130 for non-members which provides membership through 2021.

Supply Fee: None.

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