Reggie Ezell’s 26 Seeds: A Year to Grow New Orleans Style

You are cordially invited to attend the opening reception for an extrordinary calligraphy exhibition:

Reggie Ezell’s 26 Seeds: A Year to Grow

New Orleans Style 2018 

sponsored by the New Orleans Lettering Arts Association
& the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
5 – 8pm

New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts · 5256 Magazine Street · New Orleans

This show displays the artwork from a year-long calligraphy course with renowned master teacher and artist Reggie Ezell of Chicago, Illinois. The fifteen participants explored a multitude of lettering and design techniques with Reggie and celebrate with him his remarkable thirty-year teaching career.

The calligraphers who participated in 26 Seeds, New Orleans 2018, were Patti Adams, Michele Boyce, Troy Brooks, Carmel Cucinotta-Harmon, Lisa Devlin, Georgia Dufresne, Debra Fleming, Natalie Gaidry, Maria Helena Hoksch, Anne Kathryn Hunter, Fe Laughlin, Theresa Lutostanski, LaVerne Parfait, Petrea Tomko, and Eugenia Uhl.

 

The show will remain on display from March 3 through April 28, 2018. The Academy Gallery is open Monday through Friday 9am – 4pm and Saturdays 10am – 4pm.

The New Orleans Lettering Arts Association is deeply indebted to the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts for their gracious hosting of this calligraphy exhibition and to Reggie Ezell for his artistry and extraordinary teaching during all the many hours we spent together over this past year, celebrating the joys and challenges of calligraphic design.

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Peter Thornton Workshop

The Versal Letter with Peter Thornton


Class dates: Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11
Class Times: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (we will brown bag it for lunch)
Class Fees: NOLAA member $150; non-member $175 ($50 non-refundable deposit required to reserve your spot)
Location: Carlo Ditta Meeting Room, 1445 Mac Arthur Avenue, Harvey, Louisiana
Register by mail: Workshop Registration Form | NOLAA Membership Registration Form
Register by PayPal: www.neworleanscalligraphy.org

Peter Thornton, Professional Calligrapher for over 50 years and teacher for over 40 years. “Yep, I’ve been around the calligraphic block!”

This is a 2 day workshop. It will be a gentle introduction to the (12th/13th century) decorative Versal capital letter and modern variants.

Day 1
We shall be working with the ‘normal’ and conventional Versal letter. First in pencil before moving on to pen and ink or gouache. There will be many short and helpful exercises and projects throughout to show why this major capital and colorful letter lasted for over 500 years. It was first used as a functional and beautiful ‘signpost to the reader’ before being used in important words and opening sentences and paragraphs.

Day 2
We shall now focus on producing a more contemporary Versal letter that better suits our current needs and desire for inventiveness. Making small and quiet changes to the basic strokes (and serifs!) we shall immediately alter the ‘flavor’ and charm from the conventional decorative capital to one that both delights the eye and mind by simply breaking the pattern of our expectation. A feature of the workshop will be to show many exercises in class (and at home) that clarifies and simplifies, how to practice more effectively. Throughout will be many short talks and demonstrations and much sensitive personal tuition.

Materials List:
• Pencils, HB and, if possible, 4B or 8B Derwent Wash
• Sharpening sand paper block
• Borden and Riley Layout pad #37 (highly recommended) or similar            (11″ X 8.5″ or 11″ X 14″ or 11″ X 17″)
• Any better quality paper, e.g. Arches Text Wove, Arches MBM,                     Fabriano Ingres, Rives BFK or similar.
• Small nibs, Rexel size 4, Brause or Tape 1.5mm, 1mm and/or smaller.
• Gouache AND watercolours of your choice.
• Mixing palette and water pots
• Fine pointed brushes, size 2 and/or size 4
• Old brushes to load your nibs
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26 Seeds: A Year to Grow

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A Yearlong Course with Reggie Ezell

Treat yourself to a year of unparalleled instruction with 6 full weekends, every other month throughout 2017. The two-day classes are geared to all levels of expertise with Reggie as the consummate teacher, leading you to depths of creativity once thought beyond reach.  His methods have been proven effective and successful for nearly thirty years, sometimes encouraging not-so-gently, but always with humor. A full weekend being immersed in what we love to do is a justifiable reward for investing the time and money to make it happen.

Come and play for a year and watch what happens … you’ll surprise yourself and others!

To reserve your spot in the class, you will need to be a member of our guild (NOLAA) and send in a non-refundable deposit of $100. A payment plan will be available as follows: $100 non-refundable deposit to reserve your place, then $200 payments due on September, October, November, December, January, February, and March for the full $1500 fee. The overall cost of the workshop may decrease depending on the number of students. NOLAA will be covering Reggie’s monthly material fees. Class size is limited to 30 lucky people. The overall cost is less than $125 per day, well worth all the knowledge you will gain.  You can register by PayPal by clicking on the button in the main menu or by mail.

 

Class dates:
February 18 & 19, 2017
April 29 & 30, 2017
June 10 & 11, 2017
August 19 & 20, 2017
October 14 & 15, 2017
December 16 & 17, 2017

Class Times:
Promptly starts at 9:00 am, ends at 5-6 pm

Location:
Carlo Ditta
Meeting Room
1445 Mac Arthur Avenue,
Harvey, Louisiana

Questions:
Eugenia Uhl
eugphoto
@bellsouth.net

504-943-3147

 Workshop registration form

Membership Form 2016-2017 

reggieezell.com/26seeds | A Letter to Prospective Students

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Ribbon Book

All the participants at the February meeting had a wonderful time making their ribbon books.

Thanks to Eugenia Uhl for another terrific bookbinding project!

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January 2016 Meeting

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   Seastones–Adding Ovals to Your Copperplate with Maria Helena Hoksch

Saturday, January 9, 2016

9:30 AM to 5 PM

Carlo Ditta Meeting Room

1445 MacArthur Ave., Harvey

Many great artists borrow inspiration from nature.  Platt Spencer, the father of American penmanship, was no exception.  While visiting Lake Erie, he pocketed numerous small stones which became for him a guide to good form.

Over many years of intense study local calligrapher, Maria Helena Hoksch, has developed her own way of using ovals to enhance her copperplate lettering.  She calls this style Seastones.

Please join us as Maria Helena guides us in exploring this lovely style, turning a lettered page into a beach covered with polished pebbles.  We will then apply the Seastone script to addressing envelopes.

Lined guide sheets will be provided.  Prior knowledge of any pointed pen script is useful but not essential.  For those who don’t feel comfortable with pointed pen, you may work with fine tip markers or sharp pencils.

You may participate in a morning session or stay for a full day of more in depth study.

Workshop Fee

Members–$25 for 1/2 day, $40 for full day

Non members–$35 for 1/2 day, $55 for full day

To register please print out the registration form below & mail in by January 5, 2016.

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Supply List

Hard and soft pencils                                                                                

Sharpener

Ruler                                                                                                                    

Eraser                                                                                                                          

Lighter or Matches                                                                                                  

Fine Black Marker (Sharpie Pen)                                                                       

Oblique Penholder                                                                                                

Hunt 101 nibs, at least two                                                                          

Palace Moon Palace Sumi Ink                                                                   

Winsor Newton Ivory Black Gouache                                                                                                                    

Mixing Brush                                                                                                          

Water Dropper

Water container for cleaning/rinsing the nib

Soft Paper Towel

Little Inkwell or Container, for dipping your pen

Canson Pro Layout Marker Pad, 9″x12″

Drafting Dots or removable tape                                                                                                          

Optional Supplies

Blotting paper for cushion, slant board,Ott light & long extension cord, your favorite pointed nibs, Cranford black paper (smooth, comes in pad), Dr. Martin’s  Bleedproof white, another dipping dish, extra envelopes (smooth & thinner), protractor & old toothbrush

You can obtain supplies from David Art or on line through Paper & Ink Arts or John Neal.

Maria Helena Hoksch registration form

Membership Form 2015-2016

WORKSHOP POLICY

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2015 December Meeting

DSCN1748It’s Christmas once again & time for our holiday card exchange.

Please join us on December 12th at 10:00 AM.

Bring a handmade card & your favorite cookies to share.

We will meet at the Keller Library & Community Center

300 North Broad, New Orleans, 70119.

This is a lovely way to greet the holiday season with calligraphy & good friends.

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