Members and guests of Escribiente meet the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm. (No meetings are held in January, July and December, unless noted.)

Meeting June 2009

We feature an informative program for all levels of calligraphy at each meeting, including speakers, hands on projects, social time to meet other calligraphers, and generally a good learning atmosphere. Everyone with an interest in creating beautiful letters is welcome!


Meet and mingle with local Escribiente calligraphers at our monthly meetings. Guests are welcome. Please note that these programs may be subject to change. (Members receive email reminders one week beforehand, and new members are encouraged to meet earlier for Q&A in the lobby.)

Programs 2018 –  2019

To guide us, and better serve our members, the Programs and Workshops Committees chairpersons (Patty Hammarstedt and Beth McKee) have developed a Mission Statement:

“Our mission is to ENCOURAGE the study and practice of Calligraphy as a craft and art form, to FACILITATE individual excellence, and to CULTIVATE understanding and appreciation of its history through conduction of sponsored programs, workshops and activities that EDUCATE, INFORM and INSPIRE through instruction as well as free interchange of ideas and techniques.

With that in mind, the committees have decided to focus on a different ‘theme’ each year. During 2017–18 we focused on Bookhand/Foundational, which is upright alphabet with a 30 degree pen angle devised by master penman and typographer Edward Johnston in the early 20th century.

The 2018-19 Programs and Workshops will encourage enjoyment and experimentation around the theme of CAPITALS. Our two workshops will be with Joke Boudens in November 2018, and Annie Cicale in April 2019.

Join us for a fun year of exploring! – Patty & Elizabeth

View previous meetings: 2017–2018 Meetings Archive

Wednesday, August 1, 2017, 6:30pm

(Q&A in lobby 5pm; social time 6pm)

Presentation plus Show & Tell

by Elizabeth McKee

At our August meeting, Elizabeth McKee will give a talk about the process of creating two books with the text (in capitals) of Gerard Manley Hopkins' Pied Beauty. One was featured in Volume 13 #1 of Bound & Lettered and the other is included in this year's Annual Juried Issue of Letter Arts Review 32:1.

Certain to inspire us all, Elizabeth McKee will present a slide presentation about the creative process of creating her magnificent hand-illustrated, calligraphed and bound book entitled Pied Beauty. Contained within the folds of this colorful book are dancing capital letters that will surely stimulate calligraphic creative juices!

Members are also encouraged to bring projects and summer workshop ‘show and tell’ to share before Elizabeth’s presentation, during ‘break’ time and after the presentation.

  • No supplies necessary for this program.

We have a fabulous line-up of programs in the works for year around the theme of “CAPITALS”! We'll be posting the full year of program descriptions over the summer.

For new members, our next Zero Class for Absolute Beginners(!) will be held in September (date TBC). The September & October programs require only pencil and paper, so don't panic!

Our next newsletter will be released at the August meeting, along with the latest Directory. So if you haven't renewed yet, please do so ASAP! We look forward to welcoming you back!

Please also see our Exhibits page for info on the 2018 NM State Fair.

Wednesday, September 5, 2017, 6:30pm

(Q&A in lobby 5pm; social time 6pm)

Capital Structure – Beginning Caps

by Beth House

Beth House will kick-off our year of study with pencil-drawn monoline Roman capital letters. Studying the skeletal ‘backbones’ of these majestic letterforms, whether as a beginning or advanced calligrapher, is time well spent. Beth will supply handouts with the building blocks for creating these letters so that we may trace and learn their classic shapes. Beth will also demonstrate spacing for these beautiful letters.

Please bring:
  • a few sharpened #2 pencils
  • a hand-turned pencil sharpener if you have one
  • a pad of 9” x 12” tracing paper
  • a roll of removable or ‘painter’s’ tape
  • CUSHION (due to high tables)
  • and please return any library books you are done with!

MONDAY, November 5, 2017, 5:30pm

Presentation by Joke Boudens

plus potluck and benefit raffle

*** The November program has moved to the first MONDAY and will be held in a larger room at Manzano Mesa (through the main entrance lobby, back right).

We will start at 5:30pm with a member potluck.

Joke Boudens will be teaching the weekend prior (November 3–4) and will be giving a presentation on the Monday evening following the workshop.

Benefit Raffle: We will also hold a benefit raffle for the Pen Fund, which supplies free pens for members when they teach calligraphy at Albuquerque public schools. Please donate a little treasure for the raffle! We encourage original calligraphic art, as well as tools, ink or paper you feel members would love!

If you are attending the workshop, please bring your work for the Show & Share table.

More details to come, but please mark your calendar now!