The Portland Society for Calligraphy Presents:

The Wonders of Versals & Compound Letterforms 

A Workshop with Gemma Black

Friday–Sunday, February 2–4, 2018
9:00 am–4:00 pm each day

Please note that this workshop will take place in two locations:


Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Bishop Scott room

Saturday and Sunday

Portland Community College
Sylvania Campus
12000 SW 49th Ave
Portland, OR 97219
Room HT 317

This workshop is for intermediate to advanced students only.

Tuition: $195 PSC members / $225 non-members

Registration opens December 15, 2017
(Do not postmark registrations before this date)

Registration Form
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About This Workshop
In this three-day workshop we will explore contemporary Versal forms starting with Irene Wellington and others moving into a freer structure. Taking the basic Versal construction we will build on that to create vivacious forms that live and breathe on the page.
This in turn will allow you a little more creativity of expression with the gestural forms as well. The outcome of this class will touch on sound structure showing the possibilities of what can be done. Leaving you more confident in working with contemporary Versals.

About The Instructor

Gemma Black is an artist, teacher and calligraphic-designer from Tasmania, Australia. In 1991 Gemma received a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study in Europe. She is an Honoured Fellow and Fellow of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society, UK.
Gemma teaches for organisations throughout Australia and has also joined the faculty at international lettering-art conferences in Italy, Germany, the USA, Canada and the UK. Her work is housed in private and public collections including the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK, the European Parliament, Letterform Archive San Francisco and Parliament House Canberra.
Her area of expertise is calligraphic history, evolution of the western alphabet from the Roman period through to the 21st century. Gemma shares her passion and love for letterforms with enthusiasm.

Want to know more about a workshop or have one to suggest?

Ingrid Slezak

PSC Workshops
1934 NE Hancock Street
Portland, OR 97212