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Learning and Using the Pointed Pen – G190612

Workshop ID: G190612
Dates: June 2 - June 8
Price: $675.00 - $1,540.00

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Introduction to the Pointed Pen is the first portion of this course. Learn how to use the pointed pen and oblique pen holder. Make basic strokes with pressure and release on the nib that will follow into basic flourishing. Building upon the intro, learn a very simple but beautiful script, Weaver Writing Style. This script has just 26 letters, no capitals. After Weaver Writing Style lead into Pointed Pen Uncial script, truly based on the Uncial script that was between the 500 to 900 AD. This script again has only 26 letters, with no capitals, and provides a truly modern look to this ancient script that has been used for centuries. Then learn to flourish with feathers, flowers and decorative strokes created by the pointed pen—all generated by the pressure and release of the pen nib. This will follow into the final day to complete a small project incorporating what we have learned over the week.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping RV$835.00
Camping w/Electricity$795.00
Rio Arriba Commuter$675.00
Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp has been a student of the lettering arts for over 40 years. After achieving a Certificate of Proficiency from his mentor, he wishes to share his skills with others. "I started my journey


2Welcome Letter _LiterallyLetters2019  Download and print

Literally Letters

The Monoline Pen and Painted Flowers

Learning and Using the Pointed Pen

Have Sketchbook, Will Travel


Start date: Sunday, June 2, 2019

End date: Saturday, June 8, 2019

Check-in begins at 3:00 pm at the Welcome Center, Sunday, July 28

Dinner 5:30-6:30 pm; Orientation 6:45 pm                                                                               

Welcome to Literally Letters Participants

We hope to make your stay and experience at Ghost Ranch memorable! We have assembled a suggested packing list for you, as well as information about the daily schedule and available activities/amenities at the Ranch. Feel free to contact us with additional questions: Beth House house. Amy Jones amyjones@zianetcom



June 2 (Sunday)

Check-in begins at 3 pm. Find your lodging, take art supplies to your classroom (Pinon 1 or 2 or the Cantina), look around

5:30-6:30 pm Dinner in Dining Hall

7:00 pm Intro to Ghost Ranch

7:30 pm Meet your workshop teacher and classmates

June 3 – 7 (Mon – Fri)

7:30 to 8:30 Breakfast in the Dining Hall (daily)

9:00 am All Literally Letters students gather at 9am in Cantina

9:10 am – noon Individual classes

Noon – 1 pm Lunch in the Dining Hall (daily)

1 – 5:00 pm Student’s Choice: work in studio, hike, explore

5:30-6:30 pm Dinner in the Dining Hall

7-8:30 pm Evening Programs in Cantina
Monday – Wednesday: Each teacher will give a presentation to all participants|

Thursday – student show-and-share, sharing artwork you’ve brought

Friday – Literally Letters Art Show. We will invite the Staff and ranch attendees to see what we’ve been up to all week

June 8 Saturday

7:30 to 8:30 Breakfast in the Dining Hall followed by 10:00 am checkout


Getting to Ghost Ranch

If you are flying into Albuquerque, let Beth know how you plan to get to Ghost Ranch. There are options: renting a car gives you independence or Beth may be able to arrange airport pickup and a ride to Ghost Ranch with another participant, or you can sign up for the Santa Fe Sage Inn shuttle on your registration.


We suggest the following:

  • comfortable clothes for hot, cold and wet weather
  • sturdy walking or hiking shoes (sandals may work too)
  • hiking stick, if needed
  • WATER BOTTLE (you’ll need to drink lots of water)
  • sunglasses and hat
  • swimsuit and towel (Pool is expected to be open. Abiquiu Lake is a short drive away.)
  • flashlight
  • sunblock and lip gloss
  • bug spray or Skin so Soft for no see ’ems
  • toiletries, hairdryer, if needed
  • bathrobe and flip flops to walk to the communal bath
  • camera/phone for pictures
  • medicines (NOTE: there is a First Aid Kit in each classroom) (Tylenol available for altitude headaches)
  • credit card for long distance phone calls or purchases at Trading Post, no ATMs
  • Cell service and WIFl are available in some areas of the ranch
  • Art Supplies (you will receive a supply list from your teacher)
  • The artwork you’ve made you’d like to share with the group (Thursday night)

Hiking, Tours, Trail Rides and
Other Things Around The Area

At Ghost Ranch

There are several hiking trails on the ranch. If you are planning an afternoon hike or trip, sack lunches (sandwiches and fruit) can be made at breakfast. We will create a “post-it” board to network hiking opportunities. It is not a good idea to hike alone.

O’Keeffe Landscape Tours and Trail Rides are available at Ghost Ranch. See the schedule and book ahead at

In the Area

There are interesting sights in the area including: Abiquiu, Abiquiu Cafe and Inn, Georgia O’Keeffe Welcome Center and the Home and Studio Tour (make advanced reservation on the Georgia O’Keeffe website-this tour fills really early), Echo Canyon, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, Christ in the Desert Monastery (this is a single lane road impassable in rain), Bodes General Store and gas station, etc… I


f you are arriving Saturday, June 1st, consider staying at the Abiquiu Inn and taking the Georgia O’Keeffe house tour at 9am on Sunday, the 2nd. It leaves from the Georgia O’Keeffe Welcome Center right next to the Abiquiu Inn and costs $40/person. Sign up early! The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe is worth visiting too. Google for hours.


Happy Trails!


Beth and Amy



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