Classes and Seminars

Here is a preliminary list of classes and seminars. The schedule is subject to change. Some details are TBD and will be updated as soon as they are available. Check back frequently for updates.

To register for a Class (Paid Tuition), please send a request to classes@sfpenshow.com. For classes by Azizah and Salman, please use the provided link. No pre-registration is required for Seminars.

Classes (Paid Tuition)

Friday August 23, 2019

KEEP IT TOGETHER –Project File Folder Organizer for Travel and Whatever else you can imagine.

Instructor: Janet Takahashi
9:00am-12:30pm
Tuition: $60.00
Limit: 15 people

Have everything you need in one place! 

Pockets, pages, and envelopes allow you to collect and organize while you’re on the go. This folder is an invaluable organizing tool to customize for your projects.

Projects might include: keepsakes from your travels, small drawings or sketches of what you see as you move around your world, an event organizer, special quotes you want to gather in one place, a journal, a stationery kit, a customized craft kit, and so many other possibilities.

Customize your Keep It Together Folder. There will be many samples to inspire you.

A folder has lots of pockets and places for:              

  • journal notes and sketches
  • a folio of pages
  • writing tools
  • a map foldout                                      
  • receipts                                                          
  • tickets                                                 
  • postage stamps for postcards, actual or faux
  • calendar 
  • and more

*ALL MATERIALS for two Folder Projects will be provided.

However, if you have your own fabulous decorative file folders you’ve been saving, bring them. And be sure to bring your favorite pens and pencils for note taking. 

*A limited supply of additional file folders will be available for purchase.

Scrolling and Filigree: Lost Techniques of Calligraphic Ornamentation

Instructor: Michael Sull
1pm-5pm
$60

Letters and Textures

Instructors: Azizah Asgarali & Salman Khattak
9am-12pm
$160

Join Azizah Asgarali (@GourmetPens) and Salman Khattak (@TorontoPenCompany) to explore the variety of modern calligraphy styles, lettering, and textures that can be produced with a Pilot Parallel Pen modified to write like a Folded Pen. The Folded Pen is a type of ruling pen, which allow users to create thick and thin lines by adjusting one’s angle. You will learn several techniques to get the most out of your pen and you will follow along with demonstrations on angles, pressures, and speed, texturizing, letter play, and layout.

Maximum number of participants: 12
Price: $160USD
All supplies will be provided
3 hours

    To register and pay for this class, please follow this link:

https://torontopencompany.com/store.html#!/Letters-&-Textures-SFO/p/140816649/category=23010284


For more information and to register and pay for this class, please follow this link: https://torontopencompany.com/store.html#!/Pilot-Parallel-101-SFO/p/144451427/category=23010284


Nib Grinding

Instructor: Sunny Koh

Part A: 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Part B:11:00pm – 1:30am

Tuition: FULL
Class Limit: 12

Do you want to learn how to make Stubs, Italics and Obliques? Nibworker Mr. Sunny Koh will give hands on instruction on how to make these custom nib grinds using sandpaper and a Jeweler’s Block, the low-tech way.

Trained by Richard Binder in nibworking and by Nathan Tardiff in nib retipping, Sunny is a practicing nibworker from Straits Pen in Singapore.

Join us on Friday, August 23 for a late night class! 

Part A

  • How A Nib Works
  • Basic Nib Adjustments 
  • Nib Smoothing

Part B

  • Grinding your first Stub
  • Doing a Crisp Italic for Perfect Corners
  • Rounding a “Sharpen” Italic
  • Angling that Obliques
  • Cursive Italic

Breakdown of required materials:

  • Micromesh 3-Sided Buffing Sticks 
  • Lapping Film – 2x 1 Micron and 2x 0.3 Micron 
  • Belomo 10x loupe 
  • Jeweler’s Block 
  • Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue 62.5ml Bottle 
  • Fountain Pen ($12.00 currently Caliarts Ego 2)
  • 0.5mm Chinese Steel Nibs (30 was Nibs, 5 to grind at class, rest are spares and self practice) – fits the Pilot Metropolitan
  • Laser Cut Shapes
  • Sandpaper 2500 (Matador) 2 sheets 
  • Sandpaper 2000 (Matador) 2 sheets 
  • Sandpaper 1200 (Matador) 2 sheets 



Saturday August 24, 2019

Architectural Style Lettering

Instructor: J.P. Panter

9:00am-12:00pm
Tuition: $85.00
Limit: 20 people

In this workshop, J.P. will show students how to execute a draftsman’s style of what is now commonly called “Architectural handwriting.” “Print” is blocky method of writing that many people hold onto in spite of being taught cursive in school. The purpose of this class is to teach students how to bend their printing closer to an intentional style of writing.  What is now commonplace as a font, is actually a modern and American hand, with roots in the European Arts and Crafts period. Over just a few decades and with the advent of CAD (computer aided drafting) this form of beautiful Roman inspired writing is now rarely taught even to architecture students! Near the end of the class we will look at some historical examples and J.P. will give you a few tricks to further personalize this hand.

The class is open to beginners. Aside from covering some general typographic terminology in class, no other writing expertise is necessary.

Students are encouraged to bring any pencil or pen they most enjoy using along with their favorite ink or paper. Stub or “Italic” nibs are especially good for this style of lettering!

There will be some practice paper available but it may not be well suited to all pen nib widths (like B / OB / OBB and generally very large widths) or all inks.

Each student will be given a series of handouts containing lettering guides and examples to take home.

Extra recommendation: If you are curious about the “Architect Grind Nib” (also known as a “Hebrew” or “Arabic” style nib common for writing in Hebrew or Arabic languages) many pen companies and dealers sell them, not as stock, but they are available to order. If you already own a custom or Architect grind nib definitely bring it along! J.P. will be using one during the class.

Beginner’s Guide to Beautiful Italic Handwriting

Instructor: Sherrie Lovler
9am-3pm (1 hour break from 12-1pm)
$95

You love pens, now learn to write beautifully with them!

In this class you will be introduced to Cursive Italic writing with a flat nib. Designed during the Renaissance, this handwriting style is making a comeback for its beauty, speed and elegance. The basic shape of the Italic letter, joins, flourishes and use of a flat nib pen will be covered. We will use a flat felt-tipped pen, and options for calligraphy fountain pens will be discussed. If you have a flat nib fountain pen 1.1 mm or smaller nib, bring it (or buy one at the show), but it is not necessary.

This class is a good introduction to calligraphy. All levels welcome. Supplies and handouts are included in the class fee.


Lines and Tines

Instructors: Azizah Asgarali & Salman Khattak
9am-12pm
$160

Join Azizah Asgarali (@GourmetPens) and Salman Khattak (@TorontoPenCompany) to explore the variety of modern calligraphy and lettering styles, flourishes, and decorations that can be produced with a Pilot Parallel Fountain Pen with a Double Scroll Modification. The Two Scroll Mod writes two lines per stroke, allowing users to create interesting letters and calligraphy. It also adds fabulous flair to all sorts of projects including patterns like borders, mandalas, flourishes, and more. In this three-hour workshop, you will dive into these exciting creations with splatters, gradients, and inky blending to explore multiple uses of the scroll pen.

Maximum number of participants: 12
Price: $160USD
All supplies will be provided
3 hours

To register and pay for this class, please follow this link:

https://torontopencompany.com/store.html#!/Lines-&-Tines-SFO/p/140816708/category=23010284

Pilot Parallel 101

Instructors: Azizah Asgarali & Salman Khattak
1:00-2:30pm

Pilot Parallel calligraphy fountain pens are great tools for broad edge scripts, flourishing, decorating, and more. In this workshop, you’ll explore the joy and potential of your new Pilot Parallel pens. Azizah will teach you all about assembly/disassembly, inking and “eyedroppering,” using the pen on paper, blending inks, creating gradients, fun with splatters, and more!

No experience is required and attendees will be encouraged to follow along. All supplies will be provided (and are yours to take home). If you love to work in your own notebooks, feel free to bring a suitable fountain pen-friendly notebook of your own to practice in (Tomoe River, Rhodia).

Maximum number of participants: 15

Price: $125 with supplies
$100 without supplies
1.5 hours

To register and pay for this class, please follow this link:

tps://torontopencompany.com/store.html#!/Pilot-Parallel-101-SFO/p/144451427/category=23010284

Copperplate Calligraphy

Instructor: Nik Pang
9am-12pm
$70

Come learn the beautiful calligraphic style of copperplate script! Copperplate calligraphy, also known as roundhand, engrosser’s, and engraver’s script, is considered by most to be the mother of all pointed pen hands. It still stands as one of the most recognizable and highly demanded design elements in pointed pen calligraphic works.

In this course, we will go over a concise version of its history and learn to use dip pens in order to form the basic strokes of its construction. This course is geared towards beginners but those with more experience may attend it as a refresher course and I do my best to teach to the level of each individual in the second half of the course (plus it’s always nice to have experienced attendees help).

The course is $70 for the 3 hours and includes all the tools (nibs, holders, papers, handouts). Attendees are welcome to bring their own supplies for use if they wish. I also encourage attendees to bring a pencil and ruler with them.




Everyday Creativity Through Journaling

Instructor: Leigh Reyes
3:00-4:00pm
Tuition: $30.00
Limit: 20 people

Using creative prompts and themes, explore your personal creativity as a way to approach daily living.

• Please bring your own journaling materials.

• The class tuition includes supplementary materials.

Sunday August 25, 2019

Inkwash Workshop: Painting with Ink

Instructor: Julia van der Wyk
9:00-11:00am
Tuition: $80
Limit: 20 people

This one is for the ink-lovers! Explore the depth and range of ink using brush painting techniques. Practice along with the demonstrations to discover different ways to create lines and shading with a round paintbrush, using only ink and water on paper.

During the workshop time you’ll paint from life or your imagination to practice your new skills. Prior experience using brushes is handy, but not required.

  • Materials and handouts will be provided.
  • Optional: Bring an object for still life.

Letters and Textures

Instructors: Azizah Asgarali & Salman Khattak
9am-12pm
$160

Join Azizah Asgarali (@GourmetPens) and Salman Khattak (@TorontoPenCompany) to explore the variety of modern calligraphy styles, lettering, and textures that can be produced with a Pilot Parallel Pen modified to write like a Folded Pen. The Folded Pen is a type of ruling pen, which allow users to create thick and thin lines by adjusting one’s angle. You will learn several techniques to get the most out of your pen and you will follow along with demonstrations on angles, pressures, and speed, texturizing, letter play, and layout.

Maximum number of participants: 12
Price: $160
All supplies will be provided
3 hours

To register and pay for this class, please follow this link:

https://torontopencompany.com/store.html#!/Letters-&-Textures-SFO/p/140816649/category=23010284

Brush Lettering

Instructor: Nik Pang
9am-12pm
$70

Brush lettering is as hot today as it was in the times of the Roman Empire. Though perhaps originally used more for layout purposes, the softer and organically textured lines brushes produce has been an attractive and fascinating tool for artists and calligraphers alike for centuries. 

In this class, we will explore lettering with both the flat brushes and conical brushes and the different effects and lettering they are capable of producing including texture control and color blending. I’ll be explaining how to work with and maintain the tools and we will work on both conical brush script writing and flat brush gothic. 

The fee includes one set of beginner materials but I will bring extra brushes of different sizes for students to purchase as an option. Hope to see you there!

Mad Scientist Mode On

Instructor: Leigh Reyes
1:00-2:30pm
Tuition: $40.00
Limit: 20 people

Mess and mayhem will ensue in this class that promises to mash up materials in ways that will mean you’ll never look at fountain pen ink, art supplies, and paper in the same way again.

• The tuition fee includes materials and tools that participants can take away with them.

Seminars (Free)

Friday, August 23

Breaking Down Fountain Pens for the Curious and Newbies

Instructor: Lisa Vanness
Start: 12:00pm
End: When You Learn



Saturday, August 24

Pens 101

Instructor: Loren Smith
10am-11:00am

Ancient Symbols – Discover Your Personal Symbols

Instructor: Amy Steinberg
1:00 pm-2:00pm

Briefly explore prehistoric cave painting to modern symbols and learn how to uncover your personal gestures/marks. Part lecture, part workshop you’ll gain an understanding of the history of symbols and begin working on turning your doodles into your own visual language.

Pelikan Restoration 101

Instructor: Rick Propas
1pm-2:00pm

What to Look Out for When Purchasing Vintage Pens

Instructor: Stacy Hills
11:30am-12:30pm

Vintage pens offer a whole other world for exploration. There are so many brands, fillers, nibs, styles and materials. But, buying a vintage pen can be intimidating. It’s not like purchasing a new pen. It’s 75 years old, how do I know it won’t fall apart?! Is there a warranty? Where do I even begin?

Stacy (@PaperWantsAPen) will provide tips, pointers, guidelines and advice on what to look for, and look out for when buying vintage pens.

What sorts of questions to ask a vendor at a show.

What sorts of things to examine carefully when buying at the flea market.

What are the little hidden things that are hard to see that can turn a moment of glee over a marvelous find into depression and refusal to ever try again.

Sunday, August 25

Pens for Kids Workshop

Hosted by: Pen Collectors of America
2pm-3:00pm