Letterform Archive – Brush-Written Imperial Romans Calligraphy Workshop


Brush-Written Imperial Romans Calligraphy Workshop

Brush-Written Imperial Romans Calligraphy Workshop
with Paul Herrera

Type West Public Workshop
Workshop at Letterform Archive
Sat–Sun, Jul 30–31, 2022
10:00am–5:00pm PT

During this in-person hands-on workshop, starting on Saturday, July 30, and ending on Sunday, July 31, gain an understanding of the Imperial Roman Alphabet, utilizing an inside-out approach to these timeless letterforms. While learning the special characteristics and “personality” of the brush contrasted with hard-tool calligraphy, participants will practice the essential elements of the classical Roman letterform. Participants will learn to write the entire alphabet in the same manner that an ancient Roman inscription maker would prior to cutting letters into stone. A short inscription cutting demonstration will be provided as an addition to the class.

Learning Outcomes
  • Monoline “Ideal Letter” proportions
  • Discussion of “cant” and its effects
  • Written majuscule letters, stroke sequence, and direction
  • Brush handling and manipulation
Materials Needed
  • We will provide all materials needed for the workshop, but if you have special brushes, paper, etc. that you would like to use, please bring them
COVID-19 Safety Measures

Proof of Vaccination
Before entering the Archive, you will need to present valid vaccination documentation and a state-issued photo ID. Proof of vaccination may include your California digital COVID-19 vaccine record, a CLEAR digital vaccine card, your original or a photo of your CDC Vaccination Card, or an official immunization record from outside the US.

Health Screening
If you are feeling under the weather, we ask that you not attend the workshop until you are feeling better. When you arrive at the Archive, you will be given a short health questionnaire. If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, you will be asked to return at a later date.

Face Coverings
All visitors and all staff, even if vaccinated, are required to wear a face covering at all times. Face coverings must completely cover your mouth and nostrils and fit snugly against the sides of your face. Bandanas, neck gaiters, and face masks with exhalation valves or vents are not permitted due to the increased risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Diversity & Equity Scholarship

Diversity and Equity are important to all of us at Letterform Archive, and we are committed to increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups within the type and design communities.

We are offering one BIPOC/Equity scholarship seat in this workshop.

To apply for this scholarship, please complete and submit to us the short form linked here at least a week prior to the start of the workshop.

About Paul Herrera

Paul Herrera’s calligraphy and lettering training was done exclusively with Reverend Edward M. Catich beginning in 1967. Paul worked as inscription cutter and calligraphy seminar assistant with Father Catich until the time of his death in 1979. At that point Paul was invited to teach Father Catich’s classes at St. Ambrose University and would continue to do so until 1989.

Paul also served as a faculty member of six international calligraphy conventions. They include the following: “The Calligraphy Connection” held at St. John’s University in Minnesota 1981 and 1984; “The California Experience” held at Scripps College in Claremont, California 1985; “Innovations” held at Stevens Institute in Hoboken, New Jersey 1986; “Calligraphy Northwest” held at the University of Portland, Oregon in 1987; and “A Show of Hands” in Ashland, North Carolina in 2016. Paul joined forces with John Downer in a workshop for TypeCon 2013 and lectured at TypeCon 2015 in Denver, Colorado; TypeCon 2016 in Seattle, Washington; and TypeCon 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

During his forty year career, Paul has conducted numerous lettering seminars for calligraphy organizations throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He continued inscription work for Wichita State University, an architectural firm in Chicago, as well as for individual clients. Additionally, he was a watercolor and calligraphy instructor at the former Davenport Municipal Art Gallery from 1973–1984. He now works full time in his studio and offers workshops in brush writing and stone inscription.

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