Workshop: POSTPONED - Written, Drawn and Decorated Letters of Adolf Bernd

Event Dates:
Peter Thornton
Marta Stojanovic
Skill Level:
All: This event welcomes those with all levels of experience, from those with no prior instruction to seasoned scribes.
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IMPORTANT: This event has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. We will get back to you once we set the new date for this workshop.

In this 2-day workshop on Adolf Bernd's Letters we shall look at one of his major contributions to the Letter Arts; his consummate skill in subtlety of tones within water colours.

We shall begin with exercises that explore both harmony and contrast and the joy and delight in working with just 6 basic colours (the double primary palette) plus either Neutral Tint (or Paynes Grey). These quiet and subtle tones will give us the vocabulary to play on the fluid and lively Versal letter to produce letters of excitement and spontaneity.

Essentially this 1st day of the w/shop will be working with colour and their very many varying tones, as well as exercises exploring the unlimited options within nature.

Day 2 we shall focus on applying these colour options to letters, beginning with a gentle and logical method into a simple capital form and then on the more versatile Versal letters with their potential for both legibility and visual interest.

Peter Thornton

Peter Thornton has been a full time professional and enthusiastic calligrapher for over 45 years, working in a studio producing Books of Remembrances, and Civic and Royal Certificates etc. He has taught widely throughout the UK and Europe as well as Japan, Hong Kong, South Africa and travelled to the U.S., 3 and 4 times every year for 28 consecutive years. He has taught at over 25 International Conventions in the US., Canada and Europe. In 2006 he moved permanently to Tennessee to marry Sherri where they now live and still teach weekend and longer workshops throughout the US and Canada as well as the private classes on Traditional Gilding, Letterforms and Layout and Design etc. in their own home at a more focused and student-specific level.

Materials List:
  • Arches MBM (or good water-colour paper)

  • 2 X reds, 2 X blues and 2 yellows plus Neutral Tint and/or Paynes Grey. All water colours! (see Note)

  • Palette (a ceramic plate works well) and 2 water pots

  • Good quality pointed brush size 4 (a size 2 and 6 would be helpful, but not essential)

  • Pencil, layout paper

Note about water colours:

  • These will be fine but there are very many options of each warm and cool colour: small tubes or small 'cakes' of Cadmium red and Quinacridone violet, Ultra Marine and Cerulean and Hanna Yellow and Lemon yellow along with Neutral Tint (and/or Payne's Grey)
Member Fees:

A discounted rate for CSO Members.

This amount is payable no later than 7 days before the event. Unpaid fees may result in the forfeiture of your seat, and your deposit.

$250.00 due upon registration
Non-member Fees:

Non-members must pay the full workshop price.

This amount is payable no later than 7 days before the event. Unpaid fees may result in the forfeiture of your seat, and your deposit.

$290.00 due upon registration

Parking is available to front, right, and rear of building. An elevator is available for accessibility.

Alta Vista room