Meetings for 2017-2018


September 10, 2017 - Canceled due to Hurricane Irma


September 24, 2017 - One Day Workshop: Foundational with Suzanne Heany


October 1, 2017  -  The Meeting will start at 1:00 pm. Randy will welcome everyone back for a new year of fun and learning. Our after meeting program will be creating a notebook to hold information, art work and more that we will be learning throughout the season.


October 21-23, 2017 - Barry Morentz's Workshop


November 5, 2017 - Regular meeting will start at 1 pm


November 12, 2017 - One Day Workshop: Uncial with Suzanne Heany


December 2, 2017 - Holiday Luncheon will be on a Saturday from  Noon till 2pm at Mitchell’s Seafood Market in Winter Park Village. It will be a fixed price of about $26 or$28.00 dollars per person with the tax and tip included in that price! Great value for very good quality food and service in a private room.


 January 7, 2018 - Regular meeting


January 21, 2018 - One Day Workshop: Copperplate with Suzanne Heany


February 4, 2018 - Regular meeting


February 11, 2018 - One Day Workshop: Modern Pointed Pen Calligraphy with Erica McPhee


March 4, 2018 - Regular meeting


March 16-18, 2018 - Amity Parks' Workshop


April 8, 2018- Regular meeting


April 22, 2018 - One Day Workshop: Blackletter with Vivian Mungall


 May 6, 2018  - Our end of Season Luncheon


Most regular meetings are held at the JCC


The Roth Jewish Community Center

851 North Maitland Avenue

Maitland, Florida


Located at the the corner of (414) Maitland Blvd. & Maitland Avenue.

Directions: Take I-4 to the Maitland Blvd. (SR414) exit and head east.

Turn right onto North Maitland Ave. First right turn is the entrance

to the Roth Jewish Community Center. You will see the Main Entrance

Lobby straight ahead as you are entering. 407.645.5933

Barry Morentz

October 21-23, 2017

Class level:  Foundational and Italic helpful

Prices:  $135 for Glorious Gothic Caps (Sat)

and Gold (Sun)

$ 50 Japanese Box (Mon)  All three days $170 ($15 price break)

$60 deposit will hold space.  Non-members additional $15 per class.

Class Location: Jewish Community Center (Sat/Sun) Monday TBD

Workshop Chair:  Brian Crimmins

Send your check to: Scribes of Central Florida, PO Box 1753, Winter Park, FL 32790 You will receive email notification of your registration. 2 wks prior to class, you will also receive any updates needed. Feel free to contact the Workshop Chair.


Glorious Gothic Capitals


Pen-written Gothic Capitals are the scribe’s delight. Whereas in the medieval period minuscules were largely systematized, majuscules generally were more freely written and often displayed a greater variety of forms. These could take round or square or angular shapes, sometimes double-stroked and with hairlines, diamonds and florals to fill in the counters.


A block of Blackletter text, while visually arresting and sometimes hypnotic, is often best served when punctuated with capital letters that stand in sharp contrast to the rigid, upright nature of the minuscules. Thus, a round form of capital, or a fractured angular shape, will relieve the page of a “creeping monotony” and create an eye-popping texture.


Modern scribes can use these bewitching forms with abandon, and combining a large, rich Gothic capital with, say, a delicate pointed pen alphabet, a formal Italic or Foundational hand spices up the line and creates much visual interest and contrast. It might be a bit unorthodox, and probably not the way to go if creating a traditional manuscript, but it is a way to have some calligraphic fun!


Once you know the building blocks of these exuberant, exotic forms, the sky is the limit in creating an almost infinite variety of voluptuous, seductive letters




A touch of gold can go a long way to lift your work from the mundane to the celestial. There are so many types of gold and metallic mediums available that it can be quite bewildering trying to decide which is most appropriate for the work at hand. In this class we will try out 32 kinds of gold pens, gouache, watercolor, acrylics, powders, pencils, and gold leaf sizes to compose a ready-reference chart of each sample for future use. We will consider the use of each kind in a particular context; e.g., a raised gold leaf background is great for a poem or manuscript, but probably is not worth the effort to adorn a simple envelope when a Uniball pen will do the trick. We shall also see how gold shadowing, outlining, and lozenges can add an extra dimension of punch and pizzazz to a finished piece, guaranteed to elicit cries of delight from your patron.




In this workshop we shall make a simple, elegant, Japanese-style folded box. The box is essentially a square, formed from one long sheet of card stock scored and folded to create equal triangular shapes. It can easily be expanded to the shape of a pentagon, hexagon, octagon, etc.

The first box will be made from decorative corrugated board, and is meant to be a warm-up to create precise folds and to understand the overall assembly. The second and third boxes will be a pentagon and hexagon, respectively, each with different kinds of covering and lining papers to show the textures each will yield. We will create decorative lids using inlays, onlays, parquetry, punches, wood-burning tools, colored pencils, stamp pads, and finish them with gorgeous beads. And then you will be eager to make another one.


Amity Parks
March 16-18, 2018

A Sharp Pencil and a Keen Eye


After two years of trying, we have finally secured Amity Parks, noted calligrapher from Missoula, Montana. Amity travels extensively, teaching throughout the US and abroad.


We will be learning from her class titled A Sharp Pencil and a Keen Eye.  In this class, the humble pencil and its relatives become powerful tools in creating many effects from subtle to stunning.

We will use pencils, erasers, graphite sticks/blocks, powdered graphite and their water-soluble cousins to explore the possibilities of this medium for creating refined works of art to quickly make drawings in our sketchbooks.

Fabulous and Affordable One-Day Workshops for Scribes!


We have worked hard to secure at least 5 one-day classes this season.  These classes are geared to beginner’s – there can be NO FEAR.  Once you have contacted Linda Ross to register and we receive your check (this is your commitment), you will receive the minimal supply list for the workshop.  Again, we will set something up with John Neal Bookseller and/or Paper & Ink Arts so that you can go to their website, look at the supply list for each class, and pick and choose the items you don’t already have and will still need.  This eliminates any guesswork and legwork trying to find the right supplies.  As always, we are here if you have any questions about substitutions.


Don’t miss your chance to take our Special ONE-DAY Workshops with a professional for the low price of $40. Classes are 10am to 4:30pm at the JCC in Maitland.  Our classes are on Sundays because that is the date we have access to a classroom.   These classes are for beginners – have no fear! - and also for those that want to refresh or perfect their calligraphy styles.  This is the availability:


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Uncial with Suzanne Heany:  3 spaces left

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Copperplate with Suzanne Heany:  8 spaces left

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Modern Calligraphy with Erica McPhee

Class FULL, and we will do a waitlist

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Blackletter with Vivian Mungall – 5 spaces left


NOTE:  If you have not received an email confirmation of your registration by Saturday, 10/7, you aren’t registered.  If you have questions, or wish to register, email Linda Ross at


We must limit the classes to 15 so that everyone gets personal attention.  Don’t wait and miss out!


Contact us by mail:

Scribes of Central Florida

P. O. Box 1753

Winter Park, FL 32790-1753

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We meet once a month (September to May)

The 1st Sunday of the Month at 1pm

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