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Calligraphic Abstractions
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The calligraphic line, with its fluidity and beauty, is not just for calligraphers to use. In this class, where no calligraphy experience is needed, we will make marks using a variety of lettering influences and tools. Each tool we use brings a distinct personality to the page. We will explore the different traits of the pointed brush, flat brush, folded pen and wood veneer pen to develop abstract paintings based on calligraphic forms.

Beginning with a bamboo brush, we will create marks that will become the basis of our first painting. We will explore gestures from our handwriting and textures from overlapping Roman letters to use as integral parts of our paintings. We will begin with ink and add watercolor as the days progress to make complete works of art and a book that each participant will make.

Lessons on the elements and principles of design will be woven into the fabric of this workshop; so even those with no formal art-training can learn this process of using calligraphic mark-making as a portal into the exciting world of artistic expression.

Sat and Sun, September 9 & 10, 2017 9:30am – 4:00pm
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
282 S High Street, Sebastopol, CA
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room
Questions? Call Sherrie 707-528-1723

$185 (Plus $25 materials fee to cover paper, ink and bamboo brush to be collected in class.) Additional materials list will be sent on request or when registered.
Price: $185.00


Sherrie Lovler is an internationally known calligrapher and artist. She has been teaching calligraphy and related arts for over 30 years through adult education programs, art guilds, Ghost Ranch, International Calligraphy Conferences and accredited courses at Northern Arizona University. Her art has been in many juried shows both locally and nationally, and in her recently published book, On Softer Ground: Paintings, Poems and Calligraphy. Sherrie’s work can also be seen at www.artandpoetry.com.
Cancellation Policy
  • ​Cancellation prior to one week before start of class will be refunded, minus a $15 processing fee. Cancellation less than one week prior to first day of class or after class begins will not receive a refund. If Sherrie cancels a class, you will receive a full refund.

Average Rating: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 3 Write a review »

Calligraphic Abstractions September 27, 2017
Reviewer: cheryl cahn from berkeley, CA United States  
I recently attended a workshop by Sherrie Lovler in Sebastopol.  The experience was very uplifting and fun.  Not only is Sherrie a talented and inspiring artist but she is a very grounded and generous human being.  Her exercises were challenging and enjoyable.  Her directions were clear and concise.  Her methods and personality inspired friendship amongst the participants.  And Sherrie went the extra mile to research and provide information on our individual questions and concerns.   A fringe benefit was reading Sherrie's beautiful poems that accompany her art.  If you want to have a good time and feel positive about your self expression, I recommend that you contact Sherrie.  Thank you,  Cheryl Cahn

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Workshop September 23, 2017
Reviewer: Adam Titone from Sant Rosa, CA United States  
Sherrie is an excellent teacher. She draws out the artist spirit in everyone who attended the class. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

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Excellent Workshop! September 11, 2017
Reviewer: Mary Gow from CA United States  
I've admired Sherrie's work since I first saw her work in a show in San Francisco. Attending Sherrie's Calligraphic Abstractions Workshop was perhaps the biggest treat to my creative self in years! Excellent instruction from Sherrie, who offers a balance of demos with time to create. (And the ability to hear some of her profound poetry too!) I got so much inspiration from the two days! Plus my paintings look more alive! I'm eager to continue with what I learned about using the folded pen, the wooden veneer tool, gold leafing, a variety of new brushes, adding accent marks, using cropping tools and assembling hand-bound books! I hope you don't miss a chance to learn from Sherrie!

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