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Calligraphy Southscribes Sylvania 2017

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Event:
Update September 29th 2017
An extra Weekend Workshop called RETRO DECO featuring tutor Gemma Black.

Update June 28th 2017
Three more classes have been added to 2017. They are on the 8th of July Calliarts Coloured Pencils Cathy Sayer, 12th of August Calliarts Experimenting with Ruling Pen Helen Warren and the 19th of August 1 Day Workshop Ronde with a Pointed Nib Glenis Sheather.

Let your creative juices flow, create something wonderful
One thing that I don't have is good hand writing skills. Sure, I can write and it's legible, but it's not what I would call neat. Over the years, I have been to a number of weddings and have been amazed at the ability that some people have when it comes to writing.

After carrying out a bit of research I found out that calligraphy is a visual art related to writing. It is the design and execution of lettering with a broad tip instrument, usually a brush, among other writing instruments.

"Modern calligraphy ranges from functional inscriptions and designs to fine-art pieces where the letters may or may not be readable. Classical calligraphy differs from typography and non-classical hand-lettering, though a calligrapher may practice both.

Calligraphy continues to flourish in the forms of wedding and event invitations, font design and typography, original hand-lettered logo design, religious art, announcements, graphic design and commissioned calligraphic art, cut stone inscriptions, and memorial documents. It is also used for props and moving images for film and television, testimonials, birth and death certificates, maps, and other written works." (Information from Wikipedia)

Maybe you would like to learn more from the Calligraphy Southscribes Sylvania. Image courtesy of Calligraphy Southscribes Sylvania.


In 2016 the Calligraphy Southscribes in Sylvania Celebrated 25 Years of Fine Arts in the Shire (1991-2016). The members have met every month for the past 25 years. They have held over 1,000 regular workshops and lettering courses throughout this time.

These workshops and course have been well received by the local colleges. Over the years they have also supported many a community event, by offering calligraphy demonstrations.

As members, they have always strived to improve their skills by engaging with monks and monasteries, researching Celtic and medieval manuscripts, studying and learning numerous traditional scripts as well as more contemporary ones.

Over the years their exhibitions have engaged and delighted audiences across Sydney. Their most recent exhibition, World War 1 in Pen and Brush was held at the prestigious Hazelhurst Regional Gallery in 2015. The again in 2016 at the delightful Dragon's Lair at Hurstville.

Last year I visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, only to find out that members of the Calligraphy Southscribes Sylvania had worked on various sections.

CSS Word of the Month Project 2015-2016 - Artworks by Gloria Scott (Gargoyle). Image courtesy of Calligraphy Southscribes Sylvania.


CSS Word of the Month Project 2015-2016 - Ronda Gaffey (Conspiracy). Image courtesy of Calligraphy Southscribes Sylvania.


CSS Word of the Month Project 2015-2016 - Glenis Sheather (Flourish). Image courtesy of Calligraphy Southscribes Sylvania.


CSS Word of the Month Project 2015-2016 - Valerie Keevers (Reflections). Image courtesy of Calligraphy Southscribes Sylvania.


CSS is now in its 25th year and members continue to undertake a number of calligraphic pursuits which include:

Tutoring at a local community college and for seniors groups.

Taking private commissions.

Exhibiting work in regular exhibitions.

Giving demonstrations at various community events.

Competing at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Throughout the year, Calligraphy Southscribes have a full calendar of events, some of which are listed below:

Saturday 11th February Calliart Afternoon Workshop - "Fill the Space" with tutor Gloria Scott

Calliart Afternoon Workshop. Image courtesy of the Calligraphy Southscribes Sylvania.


Saturday 18th February - Full Day Workshop 10am - 4pm
"Uncial" Pointed Nib with tutor Cathy Sayer.

Join a workshop on how to use a pointed nib. Calligraphy Southscribes Sylvania.


Saturday 11th March Calliart - Afternoon Workshop 1pm 4pm. "Cadels" with tutor Valerie Keevers.

Learn the differences between true and false Cadels. Image courtesy of the Calligraphy Southscribes Sylvania.


Saturday 8th April Calliart - Afternoon Workshop - 1pm 4pm. "A Splash of Colour" with tutor Gloria Scott.

Saturday 15th April - Full Day Workshop - 10am - 4pm
"Fine Point Italic" - with tutor Gloria Scott.

Saturday 13th of May Calliart Half Day Workshop - 1pm 4pm. Tutor TBA.

Saturday 10th of June Calliart Half Day Workshop - 1pm 4pm. Tutor TBA.

Saturday 17th of June - Full Day Workshop 10 am 4pm
Tutor Julie-Anne Williams - Modern Calligraphy.

Now if you are interested in attending any of the classes or finding out more you can contact Meril on 0410596335 for workshop bookings/details.

All workshops are held at the Community Hall, Canberra Road Sylvania.

Calliart afternoon workshops $10
Full day workshop: $40 members, $45 non-members.


Maybe you would like to become a member. All you need to do is send them an email and ask what you need to do southscribes@yahoo.com.au

To keep abreast of up and coming classes and tutorials you can either visit their web site here or Like them on their Facebook page.

Image courtesy of Calligraphy Southscribes Sylvania.


Their passion has always been the promotion of the beautiful art of lettering from traditional forms through to modern interpretations and there are so many different scripts and variations to explore and revisit whether Uncial, Gothic, Italics or Copperplate. As all calligraphers know, the 'journey' is never ending and the common mantra is always, "practise, practise, practise!"
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When: Check web site for dates and they vary throughout the year.
Phone: southscribes@yahoo.com.au
Where: Community Hall, Canberra Road Sylvania
Cost: Calliart afternoon workshops $10 Full day workshop: $40 members, $45 non-members.
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