Modern Calligraphy

Peonies and Pansies
Marker on paper
8 1/2 x 8 1/2″
Lee Thureson
Course Title

Modern Calligraphy

Dates & Times

Saturday, May 28, 2022
Time 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Studio Opens at 9:00 a.m.


Lee Thureson

Skill Level




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Registration opens April 1, 2022. Early Bird Deadline: April 30, 2022. Closes May 22, 2022.
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What is Modern Calligraphy? A question I have asked myself many times.  There are many types and many tools, with some conflicting definitions..

I have decided that it is a hybrid of the trained development of smooth, scripted letter forms such as copperplate, and attitude. Personality. A certain Je Ne Sais Quoi. Termed ‘Modern’  because of its recent popularity one supposes, or because of the aloof, carefree quality associated with a youth full of new ideas.

With an exemplar as reference, we will learn how to use the pointed pen, chalk and brush markers to create the thick and thin contrasts that make calligraphy so beautiful to  create a small slate and an occasion card with envelope. Let’s be frivolous together!

Instructor Information

Employed in printing and the graphic arts industry for nearly 40 years, the love of the written word had become a breathing thing for Lee Thureson. Originally taught by one of our Guild’s founders, Nona Brown in 1984, the obsession continued with many noteworthy instructors, notably our own Mark Lurz, the last remaining founder. Lee’s graphic arts career continues digitally in tangent with the freeing spirit of hand lettering. Once an instructor of graphic arts software in 1989, she revels in the opportunity to share the ‘by hand’ craft she so dearly loves. Because writing is no longer a skill taught in the Toronto District School Board; Lee feels compelled to carry the torch.


Many supplies will be provided.

We will be using:

• Pointed pen nibs and holders (Your choice. Zebra G nibs will be available for sale if needed)

• Pelican 4001 black ink

• Brush markers, any colour

• Soft Pastels

• Paper (Rhodia, Canson Pen, or Strathmore Pen) Sheets of paper available in class



Course Fee

Members and Friends: $80. Early Bird Rate until April 30, 2022 $70.
Non-Members: $100. Early Bird Rate until April 30, 2022 $90.

Class supplies: If required, students can purchase a nib and holder for $6, and a pad of Rhodia paper for $15.


Studio B

Neilson Park Creative Centre (NPCC)
56 Neilson Drive
Etobicoke ON
M9C 1V7

Course Registration

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