Mike Gold – Over and Over

Oct. 24 & 25, 2020

ZOOM on Sat. & Sun., 11:00am-6:00pm EDT, 2 days

Class recordings available to view for three months!

Nobel prize-winning scientist Linus Pauling famously said
that the best way to generate great ideas is to
generate lots of ideas. I would say the same thing about
work. To that end, this class is designed as a calligraphy marathon,
where you will compose the same text (or letter) over
and over, but in many different ways. You will be helped
along by a series of exercises that will involve different media,
tools and techniques. There will be opportunities to treat
the text literally and more abstractly. Some of the exercises
will involve color, others black & white. You will come away
from the day with lots of info on how to compose many variations
of a text and hopefully a little work. Put your running
shoes on and bring a pen.

ARTIST BIO: Mike Gold worked as a commercial lettering
designer for over 30 years, mostly in the social expressions
business. But his real passion is exploring the corridors of
calligraphy that have been less traveled, the path where
words and letters are design elements with which to play
with line, shape and form, where creating a visual statement
is more important than writing a readable text. In both his
professional and personal art, Mike breaks traditional rules
to create contemporary, non-traditional work.
Class is online via Zoom. A Zoom preparation class, presented by
Heather Martinez will be held a few days prior to class.

  • REGISTRATION: Members $98, Non-Members $118
    CGC Membership is $25 (June 1 to May 31)
  • Handout Booklet Fee: $20, includes shipping & handling.
    Amount will be collected with workshop fee.
    International registrants – additional postage payment required.
    Skill Level: Intermediate (Not recommended for beginners.)
  • October 24 & 25, 2020
    Sponsored by the Calligraphy Guild of Columbus
    We are offering a 2 Day Zoom Class on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday October 25, 2020, 11:00am – 6:00pm ( EDT)
  • Register electronically at: or
  • Mail Registration and check to: Calligraphy Guild of Columbus, Mike Gold Workshop, 671 Glacier Pass, Westerville, OH 43081
  • Questions? Contact 614-581-4468 or

SOLD OUT – EMAIL US to be put on a waiting list! Thanks to all that registered!

CGC Member Over and Over Registration

Fee includes $20 fee for handout booklet

118.00 $

Non-Member Over and Over Registration

Fee incudes $20 fee for handout booklet

138.00 $

CGC Membership – Annual

Join the Calligraphy Guild of Columbus.

25.00 $

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John Stevens Retreat Coming Up in 2021

There is much more to a beautiful Italic than just holding your pen at 45°, following the skeletal shapes. Italic consists of a
central theme with a wide variety of form possibilities. There is no “one size fits all.” With a good understanding of letter
design and structure, one can make variations as needed. Some would call this approach “living letters” as opposed to a fixed “font idea,” that most laymen have of our craft. This class will be a part craft and part design.We will write text and work on the design of words focusing on: Refinement of form, establishing a steady rhythm, exploring rhythms, exploring variations. There are technical moves, techniques that will add refinement to your letters. We will spend time on analysis of historical hands, using elements from your handwriting, and form modification.
Variations: Maybe, even learning to “free-up” our Italic or
calligraphy in general or learn how to adapt your Italic to suit a piece, or make Italic more personally yours. Insights: Form, Rhythm, and Movement apply to all styles of lettering,
including Italic. Beyond the apparent form, there are adjustments to contour, tweaks to details, or overall form modification to make our work more personal. We can modify and design
letterforms to be several things, either to make it more fitting with the content or to be more expressive and individualistic.

Matching capitals: From a useful simple set of capitals to perhaps something more elaborate, the beginning of flourishing. Consider the page or space, including placement of lines,
asenders, and descenders, which can even become flourishes. Frequently, the ascenders and descenders are not working well together in a piece of Italic that would otherwise be fine.

John Stevens Retreat

Italic: Beyond 45 degrees

Four Day Calligraphy Retreat at
Deer Creek State Park Lodge, Mt. Sterling, Ohio
June 2-6, 2021

RECOMMENDED FOR ADVANCED BEGINNERS AND ABOVE. Registration continues through the COVID-19 virus. If necessary, the class may be If registration exceeds class maximum, final spots will be filled by a drawing. One year membership is $25 and can be included as a SEPARATE check. This is a full four day workshop.
Arrive Wed., June 2 by 6pm/Depart Sun., June 6 at 5pm

Mail $400 deposit check, no earlier than the April dates above, payable to “Calligraphy Guild of Columbus“ to: Sandy Schaadt, 671 Glacier Pass, Westerville, OH 43081
CGC Member: Semi-Private $750 Private $1025 (limited avail.)
Non-member: Semi-Private $850 Private $1125 (limited avail.)
Balance due May 5. Refund request, less $100 deposit, by May 5.
Covers class instruction, 4 night stay, welcoming meal on Wed. eve., wi-fi, tv, indoor pool, exercise room, late night classroom availibility.
On site restaurant meals are billed separately to your account.


Carol Kimball at 614-581-4468 or

Columbus, Ohio – Since 1981

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