The Portland Society for Calligraphy Presents:

New techniques for calligraphers

A workshop with Lee Littlewood

Saturday and Sunday, March 23 & 24, 2019
9:00 -5:00

Location: 5932 SE 111th Avenue (Foster Road or the Foster exit from Interstate 205)
Portland, OR

Skill Level: The class is open to all calligraphic skill levels, since those skills won’t help a bit. The brush, mahlstick, and paint will be supplied and will go with you.

Tuition: $110, $140 non-members

Materials Fee: $30
Brushes, mahlsticks, paint, cards and butcher paper for practice will be provided.

Registration Opens January 15, 2019
(Do not post registrations before this date)

Registration Form

Supply List:

Standard holder for Speedball nibs

About this Workshop

The sign painter’s brush has a round ferrule and long soft hair and is cut straight across at the tip. It is a flexible, frustrating, sexy tool. Unlike most calligraphy tools, this brush does not have an inherent style – contrasted with, say, a broad pen. We shall be working with this new tool to make non-calligraphic letters, similar to Helvetica Bold or Cooper Black, although we will not be copying type forms.

Calligraphers will find the brush useful for protest signs, wayfaring signs, birthday banners and other large projects. Nothing else works as well for lettering on glass or truck doors or painted sheetrock. Working with the brush opens up a world of non-calligraphic letterforms. We will also cover making paper pounce patterns – a truly useful technique for many kinds of work, not just signs.

We meet in a real sign painting shop, with years worth of examples on the walls for nostalgia, inspiration, or a good laugh.
It should be fun.

About the Instructor

Lee Littlewood had the good fortune to take Lloyd Reynolds calligraphy class in college, Roy Darby’s sign painter union apprenticeship class, and Doug Lynch’s last graphic design class – a trifecta of Portland’s strong lettering scene. Portland has always been hospitable to small craftsmen and it was easier to start Lee’s Better Letters in his basement in 1972 than to get a job in an established sign shop. Another Portland tradition is collaboration, and the shop has continued as a sole proprietorship while working with a host of other sign makers and artisans.


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

Contact us at:
Ingrid Slezak, Workshop Chairperson

PSC Workshops
1934 NE Hancock Street
Portland, OR 97212