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Stacy Furniture, Grapevine TX


Angie Vangalis 
Texas Lettering Arts Council 

Hosted by Texas Lettering Arts Council


This "year-long" course of study in the Dallas/Fort Worth area consists of nine one-day, Saturday sessions per month. That's more than 70 hours of instruction in 9 days, PLUS a weekly, online component to keep students involved and engaged between in-person class sessions

Class begins JAN 18, 2020 and ends OCT 3, 2020
with one make up day (in case of inclement weather).

JAN 18, 2020
FEB 15
MAR 28
APR 25
MAY 23
JUN 20
JUL 18
AUG 22
and OCT 17 (make up day).

The principles of design will be studied as they relate specifically to calligraphy and hand lettering. Lettering art is a unique art form that features text written by hand. Usual approaches to teaching design have an orientation toward working with images, rather than text. Design teaching related to text is usually oriented toward graphic design.
Each month, the focus will be on one principle of design in depth. Over the course of nine months, students will study the principles of Contrast, Hierarchy, Emphasis, Repetition, Pattern, Movement, Balance and Unity as they apply to lettering. The emphasis is on learning to think in terms of design rather than on the finished work, though the completion of finished pieces is part of the course. The class is more process oriented than product oriented.
The online classroom component encourages additional participation with weekly online exercises on

Download the Registration Packet here.

This is not a beginning lettering course. Scribes should know/understand at least 3 lettering styles, for example;  Monoline, Italic, Textura, Fraktur. Uncial, Gothicized Italic, Roman Capitals, Rustic, or other hand.
ADULT Students (over the age of 18) should meet the prerequisites and complete Cora's Questionnaire.

The Questionnaire is several pages and a way for Cora to get to know her students, to see what the strengths and challenges there are for the group as a whole, and for you to get clear about your strengths, challenges and goals. Cora has found the information contained on these forms very helpful for planning the class. It is also a good way to make sure the course is a good match for you.

The tuition for this course is $1,599.00.
Your seat is guaranteed with a full tuition payment. An Installment plan is available.
NOTE: Online payments and installment plans incur additional processing fees.

Tuition includes in-person class/instruction and continuous, ongoing contact with access to the online component to the course.

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Payments sent in a hand-lettered, decorated envelope qualify for a decorated lettering contest with prizes. You may send a hand-lettered, decorated envelope later, (when you have time to work on it) as long as it is received by January 10th to qualify for the Creative Envelope Contest. Three prizes will be awarded to the most popular by vote of the class.

Accommodations are not provided, however there are 2 great hotels within walking distance of the classroom venue. Hilton Garden Inn DFW North Grapevine and Holiday Inn Express & Suites DFW Airport-Grapevine.

The classroom is located at Stacy Furniture, 1900 S., Main Street, Grapevine, Texas  76051.

REFUND POLICY: There are no refunds for deposits on this course unless, in the unlikely event this course is cancelled or your Questionnaire parameters do not match the course model. Due to the planning involved, we depend on the deposits/committments to hold the course. If your plans change, a refund is only possible if there is someone on the waiting list who can fill your spot.

This website supercedes all printed collateral and provides complete, up-to-date information about this course.

Register Now! Cora Pearl
Cora Pearl is a full time calligrapher and teacher of lettering arts. She teaches full credit classes in Calligraphy and Hand Lettering at Portland Community College, various lettering arts workshops at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, independent classes and workshops in lettering and design and taught at the Letters of Joy Conference in Seattle, the IAMPETH 2016 conference in Portland,  the International Calligraphy Conference, Letterworks 2017, in Ogden, Utah, at Letters California Style in 2018 and will be teaching at TypeCon in 2018. Cora received a Regional Arts and Culture Council grant to take master classes with Sheila Waters in the fall of 2015 as well as a grant to attend Seattletters, the 38th International Calligraphy Conference. She majored in Art and Art History at Oberlin College. Cora is passionate about teaching and values a holistic approach to learning based on building trust and safety in the classroom environment.