Workshop: The Creative Sketchbook for Calligraphers

The Creative Sketchbook for Calligraphers, with Patti Adams

A two-day workshop on Oct 8th – 9th, 2022

Patti Adams will be with us teaching The Creative Sketchbook for Calligraphers in-person for the usual morning session from 10-1 p.m., then continue as an afternoon workshop, 2:00-5:00 p.m., and as an all-day workshop on Sunday the 9th, 9 am – 4pm.

See below for registration info and online payment link.

Patti Adams’ “The Angel”

Patti Adams describes this special workshop:

Creativity is something that requires nourishment. One of my favorite books about creativity is by the great dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life. There are so many quotes in this book that resonate with me: “In order to be creative you have to know how to prepare to be creative. No one can give you your subject matter, your creative content; if they could, it would be their creation and not yours. But there’s a process that generates creativity – and you can learn it. And you can make it habitual.” In this workshop, my goal is to share with you my creative process; how I have learned to make it a habit in my daily life.

My sketchbooks have always been a safe place for experimentation and reflection. No deadline is involved. There are no expectations – a sketchbook is a place free from pressure – from you or the client! It is a place to store ideas and inspiring visuals, whether it be a painting, a piece of fabric, a flower or a feather. It can be a place to constantly hone your skills, whether it be with a new lettering style or calligraphic hand.

Most importantly, a sketchbook beckons you to come and play – a vitally important part of creativity – making time to make marks on the page. In fact, most of my commissioned artwork begins on the pages of a sketchbook. The seed of an idea takes root there and grows into something I could not have imagined otherwise.

The great Maya Angelou said, “You can’t use creativity up. The more you use it, the more you have.” Our days can be filled with daily, repetitive or mundane tasks (the dishes, the bills, the chores, our work routines…) that can deaden our ability to create, leaving us feeling frustrated and sapped of our creative juices. For me, the best preventative for this is to make time for play in the pages of my sketchbook. In fact, whenever I get in a grumpy funk, my husband will suggest: “Maybe you need to go to the coffee shop with your sketchbook…” LOL! And it always works. I feel rejuvenated and refreshed, even if I only have fifteen minutes to spare in my jam-packed day.

In this workshop, I will lead you through a series of exercises designed to boost your creativity and cultivate inspiration as a calligrapher. I will share with you ways to overcome creative blocks in your work and give you exercises that will jumpstart the habit of creativity.

We will:

      • Explore different color palettes and mediums
  • Experiment with collage and a variety of tools to strengthen line and texture in our work
  • Create unusual and compelling layout designs with our favorite calligraphic hands
  • Play with experimental hand lettering styles
  • Discuss ways to find inspiration and how to make time for your daily creative practice
  • And much more…


There is no cost for the morning guild session portion of the workshop. The workshop payment of $150 is for the Saturday afternoon and Sunday full-day sessions. All will be in-person sessions.

To register for the workshop, payment may be made through the Patti Adams’ Creative Sketchbook PayPal link  or by sending a check to Triangle Calligraphers’ Guild via Luann Bacchi at 7105 Havenwood Drive, Raleigh, NC. 27616.

Please note, if you are not currently a member and would like to sign up for this workshop, please become a TCG member, see TCG membership PayPal link.

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