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The Painted Word Calligraphy – G200612

Workshop ID: G200612
Dates: June 7, 2020 - June 13, 2020
Price: $775.00 - $1,540.00

The Ghost Ranch experience is unique to each visitor, and this workshop is a chance for you to respond to your experience through word and image. The landscape will influence our paintings, whether you work abstractly or realistically; whether your focus is large or small. In The Painted Word, work with the Neuland alphabet to supplement our paintings with text. There are no prerequisites for this class; rather we’ll begin with the skills you have, whether in drawing, painting or lettering, and work to develop your own vision. We’ll work with watercolor, gouache and drawing media, and choose texts that complement our ideas. You may want to use your own texts, or you may choose writers who inspire you.

Review the fundamentals of drawing and painting, with the goal of experiencing the surroundings of Ghost Ranch more intensely. You may focus on landscape or on the local flora, or just work abstractly. Start with a number of studies and then work to achieve a series of paintings or an artist’s book. You may not be experienced with all the media we will be using. Learn a bit of paint chemistry along with many techniques for making watercolor work for you. Lettering with various media, such as designers gouache, will allow you to bring harmony to word and image. You may also choose to work with dry media, such as colored pencil, for more delicate work. An option will include making your own paint from the many colors of soil in the Ghost Ranch area.

To integrate text with your images, we’ll work with the Neuland alphabet, learning its fundamental principles, which make it ideal for incorporating with your images. Annie will bring other options for lettering your texts, from using your own handwriting to drawn letter forms. You’ll leave Ghost Ranch with a collection of studies that will enhance your memories of a wonderful week.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
Camping RV$835.00
Camping w/Electricity$795.00
Annie Cicale

The world of books has captivated Annie Cicale since she was a child. Fascinated by writing, her first Osmiroid fountain pen led her to the world of calligraphy. After a short stint as a chemical

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 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 or you can request the single occupancy and be charged the supplement of an additional $50 per night (based on availability). For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1001 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available SundayFriday8:00 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 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678, ext. 4155 or ext. 4121 — available Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MST.
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