Sorry to Have Been Out of Touch

We have unfortunately had no success in securing venues for the upcoming meetings this year.  So it is with great regret that we find it necessary to suspend our meetings in April and May.  We continue to explore new meeting sites and if anyone has any suggestions for the future please pass them on.

Do to the infrequency of our meetings this year, we have decided to extend the current membership period through 2018. Therefore, if you joined NOLAA for the 2016-2017 year your membership will be in effect until May 2018.

On a happier note, congratulations to Amy Morvant who is this year’s recipient of IAMPETH’s Tate Grant. Amy will use her scholarship to attend the Spencerian Saga and we can’t think of a more talented or deserving candidate.

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September Meeting


Saturday, September 10, 2016

10:00 am to 1:00 pm

East Bank Regional Library

4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie

Welcome back to another year with the New Orleans Lettering Arts Association.  We have some wonderful events planned for a year that includes a not to be missed opportunity to study with Reggie Ezell.  If you have not already registered for this extraordinary year long course, there is still time.  You can even take advantage of the installment plan by using PayPal.


Copperplate calligraphy has become wildly popular.  So this year we will focus our general meetings on demonstrating this beautiful hand.  The September meeting will be an introduction to Copperplate.  It will include the very basics of using the pointed pen, the pressure and release technique and the lowercase letters.  This is a wonderful opportunity for beginners who have always wanted to learn to write in Copperplate script.  It also offers more advanced calligraphers the chance to hone their skills.

Materials List

Oblique Pen Holder

Your favorite pointed nib (such as Hunt 101 or Nikko G)

Smooth practice paper  (such as Canson Pro Layout Marker or Borden & Riley Marker Paper)

Moon Palace Sumi Ink

Dinky Dips or Dappen Dish




Small water containerPaper towels

Scratch Paper

Please don’t forget to register for the meeting:




Membership Form 2016-2017 website version

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Calligraphy Lessons

Throughout the year several of our members offer calligraphy classes.

Please click on Calligraphy Classes in the main menu to get information on upcoming events.

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2015 April Meeting

Fun, Fabulous Filigree

The April Meeting will be held at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library on April 11, 2015.

Meeting time is 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Please join us a Maria-Helena Hoksch demonstrates using filigree to add decoration to your letters.  We will explore filigree in Medieval manuscripts and in the American Golden Age of Penmanship.  Maria-Helena will show how filigree can be adapted to contemporary  lettering and share some examples of her work.  She will also bring a set of Lombardic capitals that can be decorated or you can draw your own.  Be ready to play, let your creativity flow and have fun with filigree!

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Yves Leterme Workshops


It’s not too late!

There’s still time to join us for the unique opportunity to study with renowned Belgian lettering artist Yves Leterme.

Mr. Leterme will offer 2 two day workshops.

I. Drawn Capitals & Modern Versals- March 14 & 15 (Sat. & Sun.)

II. From Formal to Gestural-lowercase Italic – March 16 & 17

                                                                                                  (Mon. & Tues.)

Cost for each 2 day workshop: NOLAA Members – $150

                                                  Non Members – $175

If registering for both workshops:  NOLAA Members $250

                                                         Non Members $300

The workshop location is 1445 MacArthur Blvd., Harvey, LA

Click here for Drawn Capitals & Modern Versals brochure

Click here for Formal to Gestural brochure

Click here for Leterme registration form

Click here for NOLAA Membership Form 2014-2015

Click here for WORKSHOP POLICY

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Weekend at Rosaryville October 10, 11 & 12

We are anticipating a wonderful weekend at Rosaryville.

Among many other projects, Eugenia Uhl will present a demonstration on Coptic Bookmaking.

For those attending here is a short materials list provided by Eugenia.

small curved bookbinding needle

1-piece davey or mat board, 5.75 x9

20-8.5×11 pieces of paper, for inside book

30” book binding thread (we have lots that belongs to the Guild)

10 paper clips

2 medium binder clips

sumi ink and large brush OR decorative papers: 1-7.75×13 (for outside cover) and
1-5.5×8.5 (for inside cover), pvc glue, glue brush (I have a simple way of “decorating” a davey or mat board that makes a good cover.)

book cradle OR telephone book, for punching holes ( I have 2 cradles and can share)

paper cutter OR ruler, knife and cutting board, for cutting boards and papers (I’ll bring my paper cutter)

This only one of many exciting demonstrations.  So bring your favorite supplies including some good quality paper for an illuminated letter project.

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