The Portland Society of Calligraphy Presents:

Bent Nib: Early 20th Century Writing

A two day workshop with Randall Hasson

Saturday and Sunday, November 9 & 10, 2019

Location: Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, Room CT 113

Level of Workshop: This workshop appropriate for all levels of experience.

Tuition: $180 (members) and $210 non-members

Supply Fee: $15 (Includes a full color 42-page bound workshop guide titled: Writing with a Bent Nib by Randall M. Hasson

Registration: Opens October 15th  (Do not post registrations before this date)

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The bent nib has amazing possibilities! Participants will explore tools and techniques that created distinctive lettering styles and characteristics of commercial letterers in the 1920s and 30s based on the series of Speedball textbooks and other early lettering texts. Using pen nibs developed with square, round and oval shaped points as well as our familiar broad edged tools, we will translate the traditional techniques of calligraphy and adapt them to lettering of all types, from elegant monoline scripts and italics to blunt-edged and playful roman forms. We’ll look at the construction of characteristic early 20’s drawn alphabets and bold-faced display lettering using multiple strokes.

Participants should come away from this workshop with an understanding of the roots of the American tradition of lettering and how it evolved, and should also be able to add new lettering techniques and new lettering styles with a variety of historical tools to their repertoire.

Randall M. Hasson is an artist, calligrapher, instructor and speaker who has appeared on the faculty of Arts, Lettering Arts, and Educational Conferences in the United States, Canada and England. He owned and operated The Randall M. Hasson Gallery from 2000 – 2013 in San Diego, CA and Santa Fe, NM. He is the author of articles on a variety of Art or Lettering Art related subjects and has appeared as a mainstage presenter and/or teacher with lecture topics covering Public Art, Art History, the Painting Process, Collaborative Art Projects, and the History of Writing including the recent invention of the ADLaM Alphabet in West Africa. 

In 2015, he co-edited of the 24th (Centennial) Edition of The Speedball Textbook. Randall is currently writing and designing his forthcoming book Teaching America How to Letter – The Speedball Story, a history of commercial lettering and American show card writing in the early 1900’s. It is due to be published by Letterform Archive in 2020.



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