Arts Alliance of Three Rivers

Serving the creative arts community of Three Rivers, California, near Sequoia National Park

Seedlings: Fine Arts Workshops Series Three (2013)

Taking Flight: Calligraphy as Abstract Painting

March 9-10, 2013
Instructor: Sherrie Lovler


Learn to use three styles of calligraphy as doorways to creating abstract paintings that go beyond words and letters to express your creativity. Although this is not a class in which you will learn an alphabet, you will explore the general structures of brush lettering, Roman capitals and Italic lettering to discover the essence of each style.

Through a series of exercises we will experience the letters’ shapes and spaces, colors and shades of light, to find a personal connection with them. Working with gestures, our senses, and listening for inspiration from our muses, you will discover the images, thoughts and feelings that spontaneously arise within us in relation to each lettering style. You will allow these images to guide the marks we make on the page and follow the expression of these marks to complete works of art and a small book that each participant will make.

Lessons on the elements and principles of design, and using color will be woven into the fabric of this workshop. No calligraphy experience is needed to learn this process of using these letter styles as a portal into your world of artistic expression.

For a materials fee*, the instructor will provide:

  • 4 sheets of Arches Text Wove paper
  • Canson and newsprint paper
  • Moon Palace sumi ink, Walnut Ink, watercolor and gouache paint
  • bookmaking and binding supplies
  • handmade calligraphy pen
  • extra brushes

Required supply list to bring with you:

  • variety of watercolor brushes, including a 1 inch flat brush
  • 2 watercolor palettes with at least 6 wells
  • water containers
  • 2 containers for ink (yogurt style with lids)

About the Instructor:

Sherrie Lovler learned calligraphy in high school and her passion for it never left her side. She has been teaching calligraphy and related arts for over 30 years at Northern Arizona University, several International Calligraphy Conferences, Ghost Ranch in New Mexico and guilds across the country.

Her images and writings have been published in The Art & Craft of Hand Lettering, Letter Arts Review Annuals, Bound and Lettered and many other books and journals.

Her work has been seen in both juried and group shows and, recently, in a solo exhibition featuring thirty-four of her paintings inspired by her poems. She lives in Santa Rosa, California.

Art and poetry at
Prints are available at


Download Registration Form
Call 559-561-4671 for more information.
Email Workshop Chair
$185 for Arts Alliance Members, $225 for non-members
Fee includes lunch each day, provided by St. Anthony Retreat

*$25 materials fee paid at the time of the workshop to the instructor.

Add $25 for registration after the earlybird deadline of February 27, 2013.
Refund, minus $25 administration fee, for cancellation made by February 16, 2013.


[all artwork on this page © Sherrie Lovler]

10901-2Purchase the print “Irish Blessing” from Ink Monkey Press

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