About the Workshop

The pointed brush is versatile, wondrous, limitless – and intimidating. Adventures in Pointed Brush demystifies this most spectacular tool.

Throughout the 2-day workshop, students will be guided through a series of exercises that will take their hand in new and exciting directions. Students will then apply these movements as they dive into the pointed brush’s endlessly fresh and spontaneous lines. Student work will include creation of a formal text layout and production of a finished 

Handouts and Other Details: A full set of workshop handouts and all other course details will be made available to admitted students at the beginning of class by the instructor.

About the Artist

Karen Ness is an accomplished Chicago-based calligraphy artist. Always drawing letters in childhood, Karen fell in love with lettering as an art student at the University of Illinois. She began a lifelong pattern of study with some of the most prominent names in the calligraphic world that she will continue until she can no longer lift a pen.

Ness’ work has been published in Letter Arts Review, Bound & Lettered and The Letter, and has been exhibited at The Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy in Moscow, at Chicago’s Newberry Library, South Shore Arts, and at many other galleries and libraries. Her work can be found in private and public collections in the US, Canada, Europe, Russia and Israel.

Karen has taught in the United States and at Calligrafest in St Petersburg, Russia in 2019. Before the pandemic, for five consecutive years Ness taught multiple workshops in Israel. She is an active member of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective. For the last 15 years, Karen serves as the CCC’s Workshop Director. 

Adventures in Pointed Brush to be rescheduled

A two-session workshop presented by Karen Ness

In-person events remain so difficult to plan. Mindful of rising Covid-19 cases, and committed to ensuring a safe workshop environment, we have decided to postpone our live workshop with Karen Ness. We look forward to exploring the Pointed Brush together with Karen in the near future. You won’t want to miss this wonderful workshop! Stay tuned!

What Brody Neuenschwander says about Karen:

Karen hosted my online workshops for a full year, providing invaluable feedback on all aspects of the courses. She has a sharp eye for detail and puts in the hours of hard work to make a course run perfectly. Karen is charming and effervescent, bringing sparkle and good cheer to everything she does. She is an incredibly engaged and engaging teacher, giving both the broad picture and the detailed technical instructions needed to push the student’s calligraphy forward. I am sure her workshop on pointed brush calligraphy will be a valuable experience.

What Massimo Polello says about Karen:

I met Karen for the first time in Saint Petersburg where we both taught classes. Sometimes, I was sneaking in her class and the people looked very excited and enthusiastic. I saw in her a very rare sense on method of teaching, with original ideas and sense of humor and joy that made the workshop feel easier. I would like be a student of Karen for sure.


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