• Major Workshops contact firstname.lastname@example.org. CCS major workshops are two - four days in length. Workshops are reserved for CCS members first then available seats are filled on a first come, first served basis. Major Workshop fees are usually $130.00 for CCS members; $150.00 for non-members. Prices are approximate and do not reflect the cost of supplies needed for individual workshops or instructors. You must pay for the workshop at the time you sign up to be enrolled.
• Mini Workshops contact email@example.com. CCS mini workshops are either half-day or one-day in length. The registration fees for members are $25 for half-day and $35 for full day workshops. For non-members, $35 and $45. There may be an additional fee for supplies. You must pay for the workshop at the time you sign up to reserve your spot.
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Upcoming CCS Workshops
Captial City Scribes has great workshops! Save the dates now for your favorites. See full length descriptions and photos below.
November 4 & 5, 2017 - Pamela Paulsrud; The Spontaneous Mark & Alternative Image
April 2018 - Heather Held; Italian Hand (pointed pen)
October 2018 - Julie Wildman; Monoline Magic
Watercolor Play with Elena K.
Saturday September 23 at CRAFT on East Cesar Chavez
9:00 am to 1:00 pm $25 for members
Lombardic Versals with Holly Z.
Saturday October 28 at Faith Lutheran, our usual meeting room
9:30 am to 4:00 pm $35 for members
Fall 2017 Workshop
Instructor: Pamela Paulsrud
Workshop: The Spontaneous Mark and Alternative Image
Date: November 4 -5, 2017
Member price: $130/ non-members: $150
BIO Pamela is a visual artist recognized internationally as a papermaker, calligrapher, book artist and collaborator creating both intimate pieces and large-scale installations. She teaches workshops in lettering and book arts. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections and has been published in many magazines, books, and journals. Pamela's exploration in energy and vibration, letters and lines, her love of the land, the earth and its resonance, inspires both her work and her life. Her research and practice in energetic healing modalities simultaneously inform her art. Images and descriptions of her work can be seen at www.pamelapaulsrud.com. Pamela is extremely passionate about an ongoing project which she co-created entitled Treewhispers, www.treewhispers.com — an international collaboration awakening a heart felt connection to trees.
The Spontaneous Mark and Alternative Image
Review by Thomas Burns
I had the pleasure of taking this workshop from Pam in the fall of 2013 in Dallas. Not knowing exactly what to expect I was intrigued simply by the title of the workshop and I’m glad I did. It’s not everyday we take the time to free ourselves from the electronic on demand, need it right now, got to have it, staring at the a little pulsating window in the palm of our hands world to understand what it is surrounding us that we are missing out on. The beauty of a flower or tree is majestic and simple on the surface but after studying it, they are truly complex things. Rhythm and flow are two elements that seemingly oppose spontaneity when in fact they are work together and it’s the point of view at which one “sees” the image is what they actually observe.
Do NOT go into this workshop with preconceived notations. Imagine yourself as a child experiencing things/learning for the first time. Walls and preconceptions block our ability to free our movements and thoughts. This is a learning workshop in which Pam guides you to understand yourself in learning/creating. There are no x heights, no baselines, no proper form, no letters at all. It’s your “Mark”, period! Spontaneity is difficult when it’s been trained out you. Pam works to reverse that or give you a new method in order to break outside the box. It is much easier said than done, but give it a chance and you will create some of the most gorgeous Marks you have ever seen.
You ask, “why bother”, I don’t need someone or some workshop to make marks. Think again, as it’s not just making the Mark; it’s what comes from within yourself and projects onto the paper. That’s the Mark! Forced spontaneity is just that; forced and it shows. We all have the ability to be spontaneous, free flowing, and rhythmic but we have lost that with all the rigidity that has come into our lives. Think about this. That little device in your hand that can connect you to the internet, your friend hundreds of miles away, and let you order supper to be picked up on the way home, when broken down is nothing more than strings of 1’s and 0’s packaged together. It’s not nearly as complex as even a blade of grass growing in your yard. The goal I came away from this workshop is in order to mark a spontaneous Mark I need to change my perspective and allow myself to be “free” and not constrained within the imaginary “box” doing it the “right way”.
Not only will you come away from this workshop with a new perspective but you will also have at least a “book” and pieces you can use as launching points for other projects or as samples for reference. This is a 5 Star workshop in my personal opinion.
General Workshop Supply LIst
The following supplies can be very useful when attending a workshop. Both basic and optional supplies, and some "comfort" items, can make your limited space more productive.
Basics - Depending on the workshops: Pencils - hard and soft; Small Pencil Sharpener ; Erasers - Pentel click, Hyperaser, Kneaded, Magic Rub Fine; Point Pens - Micron .0905, Pilot Ps500, Tech Liner, Sharpie Fine; Drafting, Watercolor, or Painter's Tape; Ruler (cork-backed steel) or T-square; Penholders; Assortment of Nibs; Ink (unless specific brand and color are on instructor's list) ; Small Bristle Brush for loading ink onto nib; Writing/slant Board, if preferred; Glue Stick or Adhesive Roller bone folder with good tip for scoring; Small Water Container; Small dropper bottler with Distilled Water; Pipette or medicine dropper for using water or ink; Paper Towels, Rags, Handi-wipes, Baby Wipes; Notepaper or pad for notes; Xacto knife with new blades; Cutting Mat; Lightweight Plastic Sheet (approx 1 yd) to cover workspace ; Seperate Paper Carrier with Paper; Mr. Clean *type* Magic Eraser for cleanups.
Optional and Helpful - Depending on Workshop: Layout and Tracing Paper; Colored Pencils, Watercolor, Gouache, Gel Pens (when not included on instructor's supply list); Peerless Watercolor Sheets or Watercolor pencils - take up little space ; Waterbrush ; Rubber Cement Pick-up; Portable light - Ott or other; Camera - always ask instructor for permission to take photos of their work; Chair Cushion; Sweater or long sleeved shirt if you are cold-natured; Apron; Hand and Tool Cleaner - Masters Soap, Hand Sanitizer (wipes can be used); Waxed Paper - cut in squares and put in Ziplock bag; Can or Jar Opener - Magic Grip for stubborn lids or containers; Clips ; Toothpicks and Popsicle Sticks - small amount in small containers; Hole Punch or Japanese Drill Punch; Small Sewing Kit with embroidery thread and bookbinder needle.
Tip: As you attend workshops and decide what kinds of tools you desire, you will also gain knowledge about the ideal supply carrier to fit your needs, from a toolbox to a roomy art carrier. A good tip is to pack supplies in small containers for easy handling, dividing large amounts when possible to take only a a small portion to workshops. these small containers can be refilled right after a workshop, repacked in your carrier, and your basic supplies will be ready for the next workshop. Keep an inventory of these supplies and add to or delete as you personalize them for your own needs.
Final Tip: Most workshop locations have parking just outside or very near the door and toolkit and first aid kit in your vehicle's truck can hold additional supplies that you just may need every now and then, and do not want to add to your basic supplies. For instance, an extention cord and adapter for a toolkit might be need if you are using anything electrical, or a pair of tweezers, Q-tips, plastic gloves, or a razor blade from a First Aid Kit would come in handy.
Article and items compiled by Jo Guffey - thank you Jo!