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Mini Workshop – October 2020

October 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Art Deco Lettering and Beyond with Leslie Winakur


Mark Van Stone, a prominent calligrapher and lettering master, points out in his classes that Art Deco Lettering is the first really new lettering form to arrive since the Middle Ages.


Art Deco lettering was primarily about typography for graphic design. It was the lettering mainly of the period between the two world wars, 1901-1939, but it has lasted to present times because it was classy, modern, and sharp – very well suited to advertising art and logos in particular.

Moving Forward to the “Beyond,” we arrive at the 1960’s and 1970’s, only 304 decades after the prime of Art Deco, and we find what is known as Psychedelic Lettering, sometimes also referred to as Grateful Dead Lettering, much of which is familiar to us from the record album cover of the times. These letter forms look to me like Art Deco forms having gone wild!

Come join us for another FREE Mini Workshop as we explore both of these letterforms. We will draw these letters, and then we can embellish them with a bit of color.

Supply List:

  • Paper – basic computer paper to start, or grid paper (8 squares per inch) if you have it. Better art paper (hot press, Arches text wove, etc.) if you prefer.
  • Pencil and a good eraser
  • Micron or similar markers in varying sizes (01 thru 08) and colors – whatever you have (don’t go out and buy unless you want an excuse to get out of the house!)
  • Gel pens – again, whatever you have on hand.
  • Colored pencils – also – if you have them handy.


October 15
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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