Memphis Calligraphy Guildsince 1987

since 1987


(displayed with most current first)

MCG Workshop: Basics of Copperplate Lettering

Date: March 24, 2018
Instructor: Ann Rabinovitz
Subject: Copperplate Lettering
Place: Memphis Northeast Police Precinct
Fee:  $10.00 MCG members; $15.00 non-members

Learning basic upper and lower case letters plus using a few flourishes as time allows. Explore using
different pointed nibs, using ink or gouache. How to make a cartouche design in an invitation, along
with other flourishes.

Supply List:

  • One or two elbow nib holders
  • Pointed nibs: recommended Hunt 22B and Brause 361, plus any that you have and might
  • want to use and or try out.
  • Writing medium: Ivory black gouache, any ink that you have, stick ink, or another gouache
  • color
  • Grid pad or smooth paper you might want to try. Ruler and pencil to make guide lines.
  • Mixing brush for loading nib, 6 part mixing tray, water bottle & dropper and water container
  • Slant board optional

Click here for registration form

MCG Hosts Lively Letters With Julie Wildman April 28-29!

     DATE:    Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and 29th
     TIME:     9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day 
     PLACE:  Memphis Northeast Police Precinct, 6850 Appling Farms Pkwy, Whitten exit North
                off of I-40
     COST:    $150.00 members, $175.00 non-members

Julie Wildman is a graphic designer/calligrapher who has been on the guild teaching circuit since 2014. She lives in northwest Indiana, just 30 minutes southeast of Chicago. She also lived in Memphis from 1997 to 1999 and took Reggie's year-long class while there in '98 and has been doing calligraphy ever since!

Workshop Description
The goal of this class is to get intermediate and advanced calligraphers to free up their lettering, and to tap into that playful, “dancing” part inside each person. From monoline to brush, traditional to funky, we will explore new ways to bring life to your lettering. Using monoline tools, broad-edged nibs, pointed brushes, and unusual tools students will be led through a series of exercises that will focus not only on the lettering but on layout, composition, and the negative space that is created. Principles of design will be used as we discuss where the next letter or word should go, what makes a pleasing composition, and where and when to apply color. We will work with black on white, white on black, walnut inks, watercolors, paint and gel pens, different papers, and create a variety of unusual tools to make great letters and marks. Prepare to loosen up and have a “wild” time!

Click here to download the supply list and registration form.

Pointed Pen Calligraphy Classes for Beginners

6 week classes
When: Thursdays beginning February 11, 2016 ending March 17, 2016
             (Feb 11, 18, 25, Mar 2, 10, 17)
             6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: St. George's Church 2425 Germantown Road, Germantown, TN 38138

Instructor: Maggie Naylor
                    901-753-0194 (home) 901-482-9977 (cell)

Cost: $175 for the 6 week class, plus supplies

Take an in depth journey into the art of beautiful handwriting with this 6-week session of calligraphy classes.

Learn how to create beautiful letterforms using pointed pens which are the common style used to created Copperplate and Spencerian calligraphy and are being used today by many calligraphers particularly for wedding calligraphy.

Have fun putting your new skills to use by practicing addressing envelopes, and other simple projects. 

Great class for beginners who have never picked up a calligraphy pen, but also great for all levels to continue to grow and perfect the art of calligraphy. 


Please send your Name, contact phone, and email to: to register, 
then follow up with payment to finalize your registration.

Fee can be paid through PayPal using my email address ( 
or checks mailed to me at: 1583 Cherry Park Drive, Memphis TN 38120

Memphis Calligraphy Guild will host Reggie Ezell in 2017!!

The Memphis Calligraphy Guild is hosting Reggie Ezell's "26 Seeds: A Year to Grow" in 2017.  This is an opportunity not to be missed if you are truly interested in learning calligraphic hands and techniques. 2017 is the last year that Reggie will be teaching. For more information on course content, visit Reggie's website at or email at 

Each session is a two day weekend, 9 to 5, meeting every other month.
  Dates in Memphis are: 
Feb.4 &5, 2017
Apr. 1 & 2, 2017
June 3 & 4, 2017
Aug. 26 & 27, 2017 
Oct 21 & 22, 2017 
Dec. 9 & 10, 2017 

Place: Memphis Northeast Police Precinct
            6850 Appling Farms Parkway (Whitten Exit off of I-40)

Cost: $1625 for the year-long workshop (this is based on 12 students and will be adjusted down if there are more than 12 students).

Registration: $125 deposit to hold your place. You may make six payments of $250 each after the initial deposit is made. If you need a different payment schedule let Ann Rabinovitz know. 

Make checks payable to Memphis Calligraphy Guild. 
Mail to 1696 Belledeer Dr. Cordova TN 38016

Questions? Contact Ann Rabinovitz 901-757-2403 or

For older event notes, please search the archives in the sidebar.

Make checks for workshops payable to Memphis Calligraphy Guild
Mail to
Ann Rabinovitz
1696 Belledeer Dr. W., Cordova, TN 38016

For questions telephone Ann at
901-757-2403 or