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.

Tentative TItle

Instructor: Michael Sull
8am-12pm
$TBD

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


Nib Grinding

Instructor: Sunny Koh
8pm-11pm
$TBD


Saturday August 24, 2019

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

Copperplate Calligraphy

Instructor: Nik Pang
9am-12pm
$70


Kick A$$ Snail Mail

Instructor: Amanda McKay
2pm-3:30pm
$TBD



Journal Your Way to a More Creative Life

Instructor: Leigh Reyes
3:00-4:00pm
Tuition: TBD
Materials Fee: TBD
Limit: 20 people

Sunday August 25, 2019

Beginning Calligraphy with a Flat Nib

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

Calligraphy is alive and well and flourishing! Learn the basics of lettering with a flat nib pen. Using a 3mm felt-tipped pen, you will be led step-by-step through the alphabet to give you the foundation of this beautiful style. This class is a great continuation of the Italic Handwriting class taught on Saturday, or as a first try with calligraphy. If you already do Italic Calligraphy and want a refresher, this class is for you, too. Supplies and handouts are included in the class fee.

Inkwash Workshop: Painting with Ink

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

Explore the depth and range of ink using brush painting techniques. Learn a little bit of history of inkwashing, and different techniques.

And more importantly, play with brushes, different inks, some water, and your imagination to achieve different tones and shading with your paintings.

  • 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

Mad Scientist Mode On

Instructor: Leigh Reyes
1:00-2:30pm
Tuition: TBD
Materials Fee: TBD
Limit: 20 people

Seminars (Free)

Friday, August 23

Intro to Fountain Pens

Instructor: Lisa Vanness or Azizah Asgarali
12:00pm -1:00pm (tentative)

Intro to Vintage Pens

Instructor: Lisa Vanness
1:00pm -2:00pm (tentative)

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

Sunday, August 25

Pens for Kids Workshop

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