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Monoline Alphabets & Creating Small Treasures Calligraphy – G200615

Workshop ID: G200615
Dates: June 7 - June 13
Price: $775.00 - $1,540.00

Make your letters small, smaller, smallest as we work with tools conducive to small writing: microns, crowquills, and sharpened edged dip pens. We will spend the fun-filled week learning three alphabets—Monoline Italic, Clothesline Caps, and Willow by Hand—and investigating the demands that tiny writing places on these tools. The delightful results will be used in several book creations and greetings 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. We start out discussing the origins: late 15th-early 16th century Italic for the minuscule and 1st century Rome for the majuscules.
  • Clothesline Caps look great on cards and envelopes, and help your sense of spacing. We 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 on some architectural lettering of Mackintosh’s. Carol studied and analyzed this typeface 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, study the letterforms, and make boxes with books, other book 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.


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 w/Electric or RV incl. Meals$1,055.00
Camping w/Electric or RV, No Meals$850.00
Tent Camping incl. Meals$990.00
Tent Camping, No Meals$785.00
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,

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note: Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night for rooms with communal bath, $100 per night for rooms with private or shared bath when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space. For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1017 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Sunday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Thursdays - Mondays, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.
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