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Major Workshop – Contemporary Pointed Pen with James Farrell

March 3, 2018 @ 9:00 am - March 4, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Contemporary Pointed Pen with Colors
James Farrell

In his own words:

I’m James Farrell. My nickname Fazz comes from school, where Fazz was short for Farrell, and it was whilst at school at around age 8 or 9 that I discovered and began to teach myself calligraphy. I studied Mechanical Engineering and passed with distinction in 2002. After working in various fields, I found the pointed pen around 7 years ago and began putting all of my learned skill in Engineering, love of music and physics and science in general into coming up with new and contemporary forms of pointed pen, after first learning the Standard Models of Spencerian, Duntonian, and all forms of Round Hand.

Around 4 years ago, I was invited to teach for the first time in Turin, Italy, by a member of the Turin Calligraphy Association, Paola, who later became my wife. After this initial class, I began to promote my work more and make it available for all interested in calligraphy. I contacted many groups who then invited me to teach. And to this day that is a large part of my life and probably the most important aspect on the subject of calligraphy for my wife and indeed myself. My intention is to learn more myself, and to help others learn, and I think that this is a rather wonderful and noble thing to do! Enjoyable also!


In my spare time, I produce works of art around the subjects that interest me the most, largely being science, the natural world, music, and so on. All of my works are for sale in their original form. I do accept commissions, but I prefer, for fun really, just to play music, write whatever comes to mind, and play with colors. We are on this earth to have fun – remember that!


We are very excited to have James present our program on Thursday, March 1, 2018, and teach our workshop on Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4, 2018.

Class Fee: $150. Your check holds your space. It will not be cashed until after the class. Signup begins at the general meeting, January 4, 2018. Or contact Leslie Winakur.

Supply List:

  • Pencil, eraser
  • Ruler
  • Small jar for ink
  • Water container, paper towels
  • Paper: white smooth layout paper, like a Rhoda note pad, fine art paper (like hot press) for final piece of work
  • Ink: black free flowing ink, Higgins Eternal and Blot’s Iron Gall are perfect
  • Watercolors and gouache
  • Oblique pen holder
  • Nibs: Leonhardt EF Principal, Gillott 404, Hunt 22, Hunt 101


March 3, 2018 @ 9:00 am
March 4, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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San Antonio, TX 78201 United States
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