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John Stevens Online Workshop – Saturdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29 and February 5, 2022

8 January • 2:00 pm4:00 pm


*** UPDATE – WORKSHOP IS FULL! – If you would like to be placed on the waitlist if a spot opens up, please email info@societedescalligraphes.org by no later that December 31, 2021 ***









Brush Roman (& Beyond) This workshop will be a close examination of creating Roman Capitals with a flat brush. About 2000 years ago, the Romans had evolved these lovely forms, which they borrowed from the Greeks and perhaps, the Etruscans. The beauty of these forms is that they remain the traditional standard, and most experts agree that the beautiful nuances and serifs are the result of writing with the chisel-edgedbrush*. Roman capitals offer us many “lessons” to calligraphers and typographers on the subtleties of Letterform design. In this hands-on workshop, we will write with a flat brush, learn the moves and techniques that will let you “see” the causeof these shapesthat have stood for twenty-one centuries. *The theory was laid down by Fr.Edward Catich; (but there are further distinctions and refinements we can make using both flat/square brush and the round ferrule, sho-card brush.) John is an acknowledged master of these forms: both teaching and doing.

5 Live Online Workshop Dates:
Saturdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29 and February 5, 2022

2pm EST to 4pm EST

Member Cost:

Non-Member Cost:

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December 31, 2021

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Materials for Zoom Work Shop with John Stevens
Zoom Capital Immersion (Brush, Pen and Pencil)

Material Updates posted to:

This workshop will be mostly brush, but may also veer into some pen, and even pencil. Have them with you or set up with John Neal Bookseller.

1. Brushes
This is the most important!

  • Broad-Edged Brushes (Quality and prepared as in video). Don’t just take some brush from the bottom of your tool box; the edge as to be true and as square as possible.
  • W&N 995=1/2” or Raphael Kaerell 8796 #10 or #12

You will later want to work at smaller sizes. Here are my recommendations:
Signpainters use Sho-card brush (Optional) Rekab#5 (sold at John Neal)

You should consider one or both of these:
For video on brush preparation on broad-edged brushes: http://bit.ly/jsbrush
2 Pointed Brushes (Optional)

  • W&N Series 7 (#000, #00, #2)
  • Raphael Kolinski 8408
  • water container and palette: (seephoto)

2. Ink/Pigment

  • A container of Nicker Poster Color (Black)(for brush Roman.If you are going to practice a lot, it is good to purchase 2 of these.) Gouachewill work as well, but the poster painter is closer to the consistancyfor paletting.
  • Pelikan 4001 or Higgins eternal

Optional: Gouache, Ink stick & stone, watercolor, walnut ink, color gouache

3. Paper

  • Kraft paper (or butcher paper) for brush Roman(Not too thin.) Allowing you to do a lot of practice without the fear of going through all of your paper.
  • Smoother paper for ink/pen. Bond paper is fine if it does not bleed. Something like CansonPro-LayoutMarker Pador Boris Layout Pad (Borden & Riley #37).

For your practice or doing assignments, I would recommend its sizeroughly
11 x 14 inches (28 cm x 35 cm).

4. Pencils

  • 2B-HB(for drawing/writing)
  • 2H-4H(for ruling line)
    Felt-tipped pen such as Pigma Micro Black #02, #01 or #005

5. Words/Texts

  • Some as short as 2-3 words but also, a sentence or two and other texts that are longer.

6. Others
For shaping small nibs (on Session4)

  • Hard Arkansas Stone
  • 32x loupe or magnify glass
  • Polishing Paper
    (Very fine (9 micron) sandpaper. Check the website of John Neal Books code: S107)


  • Gouache (a couple of colors)
  • HP watercolor paper of your choice (Arches Text Wove, Zerkall, RivesBFK,MBM, Fabriano, W&N, etc.)

Suggested…Usual Workshop Supplies

  • Palette to palette our brushes (I like glass,but porcelain or hard material will work.) Alternatively, so does paper plates (styrol or
    plastic coated).
  • A small brush for loading pens
  • Water container
  • Paper weights
  • Knife (to cut paper)
  • Glue stick
  • Paper towels
  • Note taking stuff
  • Straight edge for lines
  • Crops (2 “L” crops) (You can cut from matt board.)
  • Masking Tape
  • Soap to clean brushes

John Stevens is a well-known and accomplished letter artist known for a wide range of exemplary work. Beginning as a sign painter in New York, his insatiable inquiry into letters and their design led him into type, calligraphy, and lettering, learning to use various pens, brushes, and later computers. His clients are in publishing, packaging, advertising, television, and film. (Lucasfilm, Life, Time, Newsweek, Tiffany’s, New York Public Library are a few of them.) He also gets called on to create hand-written documents on paper and vellum, the calligraphers’ traditional work.

He has been invited to teach at many national and international letter arts conferences throughout the United States,Europe, Japan,and South America as an instructor of this art. His original works are included in the SanFranciscoPublic Library, Berlin’s Akademie der Künste, La Casadel Libro (SanJuan, Puerto Rico), and many private collections.
John’scalligraphy and lettering have been published and reproduced in dozens of publications and books about Lettering & Calligraphy; in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the United States.His book Scribe:Artist of the Written Word was published in 2013 to critical acclaim. The new book, Mastering Broad Brush Capitals is expected to be published by John Neal Bookseller.

You can follow his work on Instagram, https://www.instagram.co/calligraphile/
Twitter & Facebook https://www.facebook.co/JohnStevensCalligraphyDesign
Website: www.johnstevensdesign.com
Recent lecture: The Letter form Archive | https://letterformarchive.org/events/view/beyond-exemplars-and-ductus


8 January
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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