Saturday, 7 October 2017

CATFISH Letter Arts School Fall 2017 Workshops!!!!

I am pleased to announce that as a Core Faculty Member for The CATFISH Letter Arts School, I will be offering an Introduction to Calligraphy Workshop on November 18, 2017.

The word calligraphy comes from two Greek words: Kallos, meaning beautiful, and grapheme, which means to write. Students will learn the fundamental strokes of different alphabets and will develop the skills to execute alphabets with the knowledge of letter cant, slant and stroke sequences. Students will develop these skills through in class lecture and participation.
This course will introduce the fundamentals of calligraphy using a Schaefer pen. This workshop will introduce the ideal letterforms, the proper stroke sequence and direction for making letter forms, and the Petrarch Alphabet. Instruction will be provided in group and one-on-one. Participants will learn how to layout a small broadside and create a greeting card using calligraphy. Participants will take home a Schaefer fountain pen and course notes in addition to their finished projects.
No formal textbook is required. A handout will be given to each student. Excerpts from sources, such as “Origin of the Serif,” “Reed Pen & Brush Alphabets,” and “The Trajan Inscription in Rome” by Father E. M. Catich and other sources will be used.

The CATFISH Letter Arts School is the working division of The Art Legacy League. During the past year The ALL has been working to establish office, gallery and shop space, and classroom space as part of the JB Young Opportunity Center in Davenport, Iowa. We have just begun moving into our offices and gallery space and we have classroom space available for these workshops.

We have organized two more workshops through December 2018, INTRODUCTION TO CALLIGRAPHY, November 18th, and INTRODUCTION TO BRUSH WRITING, December 9th.

CLICK HERE  for links to our secure EVENTBRITE registration site which has complete course descriptions and a link to register online.

Registrations for each workshop are limited to 12 participants. We expect these workshops to fill up quickly, so do not delay!!

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Upcoming Classes!

Clinton River Arts Center, Clinton Iowa
June 29 @10am-3pm  with 1 hour lunch break

The River Arts Center in Clinton will host a continuing class learning calligraphy in the morning and combining with a project in the afternoon using watercolor and/or calligraphy pens. The class begins at 10AM and the morning is primarily for beginners or review. There is a lunch break and the afternoon is from 1-3PM. The cost is $35.00 for the day with a $5.00 discount for Clinton Art Association members, who operate the center.
The River Arts Center is located at 229-5th Ave. South and is open Wed through Sunday from 1-4 PM. Register at the art center or call 563-243-3300.

Moline Public Library, Moline IL
July 12 @6pm-7:30pm

Artist Amy Nielson will teach students ages 11-18 watercolor painting at the Moline
Public Library on Wednesday, July 12 at 6:00. Learn basic watercolor techniques and
create your own work of art. Registration is required. A minimum of 10 registered
participants is needed to hold this event. For more information, contact the Moline
Public Library at 309-524-2470 or visit us at 3210 41st Street, Moline, IL or online at

Meeting Rooms

Moline Public Library, Moline IL
July 15 @10am-Noon

Take your writing from ordinary to extraordinary in this engaging introductory
calligraphy workshop at the Moline Public Library. QC artist and calligrapher Amy
Nielsen will lead students in a creative study of the formal alphabet, which is one of the
most important basic alphabets in western calligraphy. Using felt-tipped pens, you’ll
develop an understanding of all the basics to be able to write a formal alphabet. All
supplies are provided. Space is limited and registration is required by contacting the
Reference Desk at 309-524-2470.

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Friday, 10 February 2017

Artist In Residence, CREATION STUDIO, Bettendorf Public Library!!!!

Creation Studio
Artist In Residence Studio Hours 
Saturday February 18th  10-1PM
February 21st from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Come meet native Quad Citizen Amy Nielsen and watch as she works on one of her pieces. She mixes the qualities of gold leaf embellishments with watercolor, traditional pen and ink, and calligraphic brushes to produce unique works having a distinct signature. Amy started her career with Hallmark Cards and has used that experience to incorporate tight illustrations with precise calligraphy and a sense of natural illumination. She is inspired by nature and by the words used by all of us as we express our feelings and our frustrations. Supported by the Friends of the Bettendorf Library

Amy Nielsen will be working on a Calligraphic Broadside for Dr. Peter Crocker. Brush Writing, Calligraphy, and Decoration or Illumination of the piece will be demonstrated as Amy designs this piece right before your eyes. Be careful though. Usually when you walk in her area she will make you try whatever she’s doing!


Amy's Work on Display