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John Stevens Retreat October 2022

Overview: The class starts with an overview to define the range of “Italic” …stretching far beyond the mere copying of a manuscript from the past. There will be three structures/goals to guide our work: a base model, a more vertical model, and a casual model. In each class, I will be sharing my “model” of calligraphy; how I address a quote or design and writing in general. There will be assignments given for each class.

Session 1: Overview of class, set up, work on the base alphabet (formal-yet contemporary alphabet), and the important techniques/strokes. Define the shape, working towards consistency and flow.

A homework assignment will be given.

Session 2: Add refinements to the letters, define our approach. Address questions and work submitted. Add swash strokes. Rhythm. Introduce Capitals: first, simple, all-purpose, and then Swash Capitals. Q&A.

You will upload the previous assignment.

Session 3: Work at text (smaller) sizes. The challenges that come up between lettering a word, a title, a phrase, and long texts. Consistency in writing text hand balanced against designing a 2-4 word title. Q&A and Tooltips.

You will upload the previous assignment.

Session 4: Expand to part II of our structures. There will be demonstrations. Introduce some thoughts about letter-design and layout and design—review/notes on the previous assignment(s) that were uploaded. Review our “up to now” progress. Review and delve deeper into layout and design.

You will upload the previous assignment.

Session 5: Introduce part III, handwriting influence (our third structure), formalizing handwriting (or relaxing formal Italic). At this point, most of the technical points have been addressed and can apply to each of the three structures we have practiced. It is all a matter of practice. Layout and design will have been addressed as well as combining scripts. We will consider designing our page with empathy for the words or subject and even talk about “what’s your style and how to develop it further.”

I will share many examples of work where I have applied what is being presented in this class. You can go to Instagram and see a large body of my works or my website as well. I called this an approximate syllabus because of the pace of the class and level of participants do play a part.

John Stevens Retreat


Four Day Calligraphy Retreat at
Mohican State Park Lodge, Perrysville, Ohio
October 26-30, 2022

Registration is limited to 20 students, filling by registration date.
This is a full four-day workshop. All lodging is private, no doubles.
Arrive Wed., Oct. 26th by 5pm / Depart Sun., Oct. 30th at 5pm

Cost of Workshop & Private Room: CGC Member – Private $1025
Joining member – Private $1050 •Non-member – Private $1125
Mail $400 deposit check, payable to: Calligraphy Guild of Columbus
to: Sandy Schaadt, 671 Glacier Pass, Westerville, OH 43081
Or visit: for PayPal payment (w/fee)
By Sept. 1, balance due, or request refund, less $100

Included: 4 Days of class instruction • 4 Night stay in private room
Welcoming dinner Wed. night • Classroom open evenings
WiFi • Cable TV • Indoor pool • Exercise room • Gift Shop
Wooded walking trails • Fall Color • Relaxing veranda lake views
On site restaurant meals are billed separately to your account


Carol Kimball at 614-581-4468 or or Sandy Schaadt at 614-648-8288 or

John Stevens Italic+Variations Retreat

A 4-day in-person calligraphy retreat taught by John Stevens. CGC Current Member


John Stevens Italic+Variations Retreat

A 4-day in-person calligraphy retreat taught by John Stevens. CGC with Membership Included


John Stevens Italic+Variations Retreat

A 4-day in-person calligraphy retreat taught by John Stevens Non-Member


Columbus, Ohio – Since 1981

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