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Monoline Alphabets & Creating Small Treasures – G210614

Make your writing small, smaller or smallest, your choice, as yoiu work with various tools conducive to unique lettering: microns, crowquills, and sharpened edged pens.

Spend the fun-filled week learning three alphabets:
— Monoline Italic, Clothesline Caps, and Willow by Hand
—Investigating the demands that small writing places on these tools. The delightful results will be used in several book creations and greeting cards.
—Monoline Italic is a great hand to learn, not only to use by itself, but it can be a gateway to improving your everyday handwriting and communication skills. Start by discussing the origins: late 15th-early 16th century Italic for the minuscule and 1st century Rome for the majuscules.
—Clothesline Caps look terrific on cards and envelopes and help your sense of spacing. Revisit the Roman proportions discussed with Italic, and then improvise.
—Willow by Hand is introduced with a talk about the life and work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Northern Art Nouveau architect & watercolorist and contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright. A typeface was designed by Tony Forster in 1990 based on some architectural lettering by Mackintosh. I studied and analyzed this to transform it back into handwriting.
—All these are extremely fun to write and very useful in books, cards, boxes, and on envelopes. In this class, we will study the letterforms, and make boxes with books, other books structures, and many greeting cards. Furthermore, exploration of various techniques, tools, and media will be incorporated, including folding, measuring, collage, pens, brushes, leathers, papers, inks, and watercolor pencils. You will enjoy experimenting and creating wonderful treasures to take home to delight grateful recipients.

Cap: 8
Rates – week of June 6-12 (6 nights)
Includes 6 nights single occupancy lodging, meal package (arrival dinner through departure breakfast), course tuition + basic Materials Fee

Private Bath – $1,565
Dorm/Communal Bath – $1,325 (limited # available)

+ Additional person(s) in the same room
Taking a course -$815 (includes meal package + tuition + basic Materials Fee)
Non Participant – $230 (includes meal package + conservation fee)

Commuter (lunches & dinners included + tuition + basic Materials Fee) $775
Rio Arriba County resident – $675

Camping Rates
Tent without electricity with Meals – $995
Tent without electricity without Meals – $790
Tent/Small RV with Electricity or Full Hook-Up with Meals – $1,055
Tent/Small RV with Electricity or Full Hook-Up without Meals – $850

+ Additional person(s) Sharing a Campground Space
Taking a course + meals – $815
Taking a course without meals – $615
Non Participant with meals – $225
Non Participant without meals – $25

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate.

During this Covid-19 period, participants are asked to bring their own supplies (hand sanitizer, water bottle) to limit touchpoint and sharing.



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In-Person Events: During this Covid-19 pandemic period, written notification must be received no later than 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop in order to receive a refund, minus a $100 processing charge. No refunds will be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 45 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In that event, you may transfer to another workshop without charge or we will refund the full workshop payment. Many participants have found it helpful to purchase travel insurance. This cancellation policy does not apply to January term. If the cancellation is Covid-related and is received less than 45 days prior to your start date, your funds will be left on deposit for another ghost ranch workshop or future stay or you can make it a full donation to support us through this unique business period.

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What day/time does the workshop start and end?

In-person workshops begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed.

Virtual workshops will have a varied schedule that is identified within each workshop description.

During Covid safety period - single occupancy lodging is the standard
  • During Covid-19 periods, all lodging types will be single occupancy at no additional charge. Of course, you can share a room with a spouse, partner, family or another person that shares your full-time residence. The extra folks that share a room will pay for workshop registration fees and meals.
What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?

Private refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy

  • During Covid-19, all rooms will have a private bath. Semi-private and Communal/dorm types will be assigned a bathroom for each person.
    • Private: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms.
    • Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two adjoining rooms.
    • Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/showers in the lodging building (or in a proximate building, for some upper mesa dorm rooms), and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.
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  • Carol Pallesen
    Carol Pallesen

    I was born on a snowy Christmas night many years ago. As a child, I loved to write and make little books and cards for my dolls. At the University of Nevada, I studied math, then political science and geography, and finally, art! I also went to England where I was in the fine arts program at Croydon College of Art and Design. In 1981, I opened my studio, the Silent Hand Scriptorium in Reno, Nevada, and am celebrating my 38th year of calligraphy as my vocation and avocation. I do commissioned work, and teach lettering and related book arts and card classes around the world. Teaching and sharing what I love are very important to me.


Jun 06 - 12 2021

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