October, 1st – 4th. St. Petersburg

Karen Ness

Adventures in Pointed Brush

Dates: October, 1st — 4th. Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Language: English.

Course price: 350 €. Week stay with hotel, visa support, and dinners during workshop: 800 €.

The pointed brush is versatile, wondrous, limitless — and intimidating. Adventures in Pointed Brush demystifies this most spectacular tool.

Throughout the 4-day workshop, you will be guided through a series of exercises that will take your hand in new and exciting directions. We will then apply these movements as we dive into the pointed brush’s endlessly fresh and spontaneous lines. Student work will include creation of a formal text layout and production of a finished piece.

In addition, participants together will create one alphabet book based upon letters designed in the class. This rewarding and superb resource will be reproduced, each class member receiving their own copy for their personal calligraphic library, available for continued study and work for years to come.

Instruments and materials you might need during the workshop:
  • Black marker — heavy line;
  • Black marker — medium line;
  • 1 or 2 Color brushes — black (example Pentel, Zig Clean Color Real Brush, SAI, ThinLine, Arteza Real Brush Pens); important that they be hairs, not a solid piece;
  • 1 Good quality pointed brush, size 3 or 4 (example WN Series 7, any good quality sable brush);
  • If you already have a smaller good quality brush, also bring it;
  • Black gouache;
  • Non-permanent black ink;
  • 2 water containers;
  • Paper towels or rags;
  • Marker layout paper or tracing paper (for practice);
  • A few sheets of nice white paper that you like for your final project (ideally with some tooth or a little bit of texture), any size that is easy for you to carry;
  • Pencil, eraser, ruler, x-acto knife or scissors, glue stick, removable or drafting tape;
  • Text for your final piece, 8-12 words;
  • A tool you can’t live without.

About Karen Ness

Karen Ness is an accomplished Chicago-based calligraphy artist. As an art student at the University of Illinois, Karen fell in love with lettering and began a lifelong pattern of study with some of the most prominent names in the calligraphic world, study she will continue until she can no longer lift a pen.

Ness’ work has been published in Letter Arts Review and Bound & Lettered, and has been exhibited at the Newberry Library, South Shore Arts, Thomson Gallery, Sulzer Library, Tall Grass Arts and many other galleries and libraries. Her work can be found in private and public collections in the US, Canada, Europe and Israel.

Karen has taught in the United States and for the last 4 consecutive years in Israel. She is an active member of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective. For the last 12 years, Karen serves as the CCC’s Workshop Director.

When not creating letter- or text texture-based works, Karen enjoys one of her favorite activities — flying her single engine airplane.

About Calligrafest and Russia

Calligrafest is the leading calligraphy and lettering event in Russia held the third time in a row in St. Petersburg. The festival unites the calligraphy community and brings the leading masters of Cyrillic and Latin calligraphy to the beautiful Russian city.

If you were thinking of visiting Russia and are keen of seeing a master in the masterpiece city, reach us and we’ll help to organize a great travelling and studying experience to one of the most beautiful European cities.