Classic Script – Peter Bain

Only 15 spots available!

You’ll learn more than the basics of elegant and decorative script handlettering in this workshop. Organized around instruction in pencil and pen rendering of display letters, the fundamentals of script alphabet design will be explained, demonstrating how spacing and form complement each other. We’ll delve into flourishes and cartouches, get a historical overview of this genre, and generally immerse ourselves in this flowing aesthetic. Attendees will receive a copy of Tommy Thompson’s "Script Lettering for Artists”, a classic American studio handbook. Good handwriting is not required, although you’ll certainly pick up some cursive tips.

All materials and supplies included with registration

March 5, 2016
Lunch provided

Although Peter Bain hasn't lived north of the Mason-Dixon line in years, in 2015 he was featured in the volume "100 New York Calligraphers". His book "Writing Knowledge" is in library special collections at Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a designer, Bain’s work has appeared in Communication Arts and in other competitions. During the twentieth century, he was a Madison Avenue type director, co-curated an exhibition at the Herb Lubalin Study Center, and accumulated a toolbox full of lettering gear. Bain has taught classes/led workshops in NYC, LA, and Mississippi; and has a website at

When & Where
Sat, Mar 5, 2016 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM CST
Samford University - Art Lofts
800 Lakeshore Dr
Birmingham, AL 35229