The goal of this class is to help calligraphers free up their lettering, and to tap into that playful, “dancing” part inside each person. From monoline to brush, traditional to funky, new ways to bring life to lettering will be explored.

Using monoline tools, broad-edged nibs, pointed brushes, and unusual tools, students will be led through a series of exercises that focus not only on the lettering but on layout, composition, and the negative space that is created. Principles of design will be used to discover where the next letter or word should go, what makes a pleasing composition, and where and when to apply color.

Work will be done with black on white, white on black, walnut inks, watercolors, paint and gel pens, different papers, and students will have the opportunity to create a variety of unusual tools to make great letters and marks.

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.

Julie has exhibited in juried shows throughout the Midwest and the U.S. Her work has been published in many issues of Letter Arts Review, as well as Bound & Lettered, both publications featuring the works of accomplished calligraphers and book artists; and in TYPE Magazine, Communication Arts, and Voyage Chicago.

Julie teaches calligraphy throughout the U.S. and Canada. And now, with online Zoom classes, she has been teaching students from more than 12 countries.

Lively Letters

An Online Two Day Workshop with Julie Wildman

Dates: Saturday March 27, 2021 and Sunday March 28, 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: $130.00 for non-PSC members, which provides the right to membership in the Society throughout the remainder the Society’s membership year. Tuition for current PSC members is $100.00.

Supply Fee: None.

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Registration Closed


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

Contact us at:
Mark Kaufman, Workshop Chair