Sharon Zeugin
Austin, TX

A55 — Calligraphy on the Go!
One-Day Class, Sunday, July 26
All Levels
Book Arts, Design, Lettering, Painting, Drawing

A sketchbook and a few tools provide opportunities for daily art making, and for making better contact with ourselves and our surroundings. This low-stress class will take us in and out of doors as we learn to integrate, color, our own handwriting, and images/sketches in pleasing ways on the pages of blank books. No drawing experience? No problem! Exercises in contour and gesture drawing will help you overcome fear and give you ideas for further skill building. Pencils and ballpoint pens might become your new favorite tools as you learn to use them for calligraphy and drawing.

The beautiful grounds of Sonoma State University will provide ample inspiration for sketch pages. If you are really adventuresome, leave your sketchbook behind and bring blank pages of Arches text wove paper that you will learn to bind in a small journalese at the day’s end.

The first part of the class will include building a visual vocabulary of sketch and calligraphy techniques. Our main tools will be ordinary graphite and color pencils, a water brush, and watercolor palette, fountain pen, and waterproof pen, all of which can fit in a quart-size plastic baggie. Exercises will include making quick sketches using contour and gestural lines, as well as using pressure and release techniques for making interesting lines and textures with our ordinary handwriting. Students will be given a brief review of funky modernized moonlike Roman capitals, as well as a shout out to cursive italic. No worries, though, about knowing how to draw or do formal calligraphy: the class is meant to encourage students of all levels to experiment with keeping a visual journal.

Supply List

  • BHB pencil (4B and 6B, if you have them)
  • Watercolor pencils (Graphtint, Inktense, or whatever you have)
  • Watercolor palette (Prang, for simplicity, or whatever you have)
  • Small pointed watercolor brush and a 1/2 ″ or 1″ watercolor flat brush
  • Small spray bottle/spritzer
  • Faber-Castell Pitt pen in black or brown, superfine or medium, or Pigma Micron or Sensei
  • Regular ball point pen of any kind


  • Strathmore Visual Journal (specific details to come)
  • Sketch and Wash pencil (General’s or Derwent)
  • Sponge
  • Parallel pen/felt calligraphy marker, any brand, any color: 2.0 or 3.5, or calligraphy fountain pen
  • Crayons
  • Prismacolor pencils
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife
  • Four needles
  • Glue stick
  • Straight edge or T-square
  • One full sheet of Arches text wove 25″ x 40″
  • One tube of acrylic paint (for painting journal covers)
sharon_zeugin226x270 Trained as a therapist, Sharon Zeugin studied calligraphy at Roehamptom institute, and has been teaching all over the U.S., Canada, and Italy for the past 12 years. Her award winning artwork appears in Letter Arts Review, and has been exhibited nationally. Sharon’s goal as a teacher is to help students get over their fear of the blank page. Combining sketching, drawing, calligraphy, and painting is her passion.

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