Sunday, March 17, 2013

HRUC Spring Calligraphy Newsletter

Highwood United Calligraphers 
a small group ministry of High River United Church
Newsletter - March 2013

We are running another
Calligraphy class for beginners

Wednesdays, April 3 – April 24 (4 nights) 
7:00 – 9:00 pm   at High River United Church
Instructor:  Melanie McCracken

This is a small group workshop designed, to inspire the beginning
calligraphy enthusiasts about the art of calligraphy in a fun and relaxing setting.    

Cost $60  ( or $30 for those taking as refresher – seriously, can’t we all use a refresher on Italic!)

Pointed brush lettering clip_image004
with Calgary calligrapher Tara Hayden    
at High River United Church, 
Saturday, April 13th   9 am – 4 pm

With a  pointed brush you can press, release, angle and turn to get astounding lettering results. 
Tara will take us through lettering styles designed for the pointed brush.  No experience necessary.  
Cost: $50 

Into the Soul of the Garden
with Red Deer artist Sally Towers-Sybblis

at High River United Church,   
Friday, May 3, Saturday, May 4,
9:30 – 3:30 (both days)

Clay pots, birds, gardening tools ,seed packets,...what lies within the soul of the garden?
Or better yet, what lies within your own soul?

 In this class my hope is that you are going to plant a seed at the bottom of your heart and bring forth a flower culminating in a beautiful hand painted journal laden with wonderful paintings and hand calligraphed quotes.  Along the way we will also delve into some gardening tips and techniques which we can add to the pages.
Come prepared to share your own gardening ideas.

From start to finish you are going to hand craft your own coptic bound journal using the various watercolor paintings we will be working on over the course of the class.Because this is your own personal journal I thought it might be nice in some areas to add your own personal script to the pages as I have done with mine. However, you are welcome to bring assorted pens and nibs of your choice. I will demonstrate some of my favorite calligraphic hands. You may also want to bring some photos, articles or little scrapbook type items that you can add to your journal.Even a seed packet or two might look nice tucked inside.

Cost for 2 day workshop is $100   (we will be having a potluck lunch on the Friday) 

To register or for more information contact:  Melanie McCracken
123 Macleod Trail, High River   Phone: (403) 652-3168      email:
website: (follow calligraphy links)

March 17, 2013 - An Exciting HRUC Calligraphy Year!

Calligraphy Playdate
March 13, 2013
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Annie Froese - Painting a Tulip in Watercolour using the Brush with Flowers Technique!
Great turnout (26 of us!)
Great work by everyone!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Melanie's First Zentangle!

Melanie!  We all know she's an amazing woman!  Last night Sherry Woolgar introduced Melanie to Zentangles.  Well, after the meeting Mel went home, googled it and here's what she's created!  Many of us agree that she needs to teach this to the group in the coming year!


HAPPY NEW YEAR! Is learning an alphabet on your wish-list of things to do this new year?

Happy new year everyone!!
just a quick note about an upcoming class at High River United Church

Attention Calligraphers
We will be offering Two fabulous alphabets for calligraphers to learn!
Uncial & Legend
with instructor Melanie McCracken
Highwood United Calligraphers

This 6 week course will run on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm
Feb 3 – March 10, 2010
at High River United Church, 123 Macleod Trail, High River, AB  
Cost for the 6 nights of instruction $55.

The Uncial Alphabet is a beautiful, open and round, historical alphabet as used in The Book of Kells.  It is sometimes called the early Christian alphabet as it was used in much of the early Holy writings. It is a majuscule alphabet, so is quickly learned by the more advanced calligrapher but not too difficult for beginners.

The Legend Alphabet is a typeface designed by Ernst Schneidler.  It is easily adapted to pen for calligraphers.  This alphabet has a near Near Eastern appearance and is designed to be written rapidly.  It is characterized by it’s lengthy ascenders and descenders on letters such as: bdfgjhklpqy..   

Register in the church office 652-3168 or email the office at
you can follow up your phone/email registration by mailing your payment to
Payable to: High River United Church
Box 5520, High River, Alberta, T1V 1M6.
Please note on your cheque that it is for the calligraphy class.
thanks so much
any questions? call me
Melanie McCracken 403-652-3168

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Have a Look at this site, recommended by Sherry!

Some of us were discussing exciting creative exercises that one could pursue.  Well, the art of creative doodling may be something you would like to try out.

Sherry has sent this link for us to enjoy.  It's called, "Beez In The Belfry".  This artist was recently featured in the CLOTH PAPER SCISSORS magazine.  Have a look!

Thanks Sherry!

Putting pen to paper and wishes into action...

A New Year, a new beginning.  I love this time of year.  Fresh starts.  A list of things that one wishes to explore.  A time to continue the journey of learning!  Welcome fellow travelers on this journey of creativity.

A few of us met this evening to discuss/brainstorm about what activities we might plan for this coming year at HRUC.

Ideas were plentiful and enthusiasm contagious!

It's going to be a very, VERY exciting year, and you won't want to miss a thing!