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Kristen Doty: Drawing For Calligraphers (2-day workshop)

  • Edina Art Center 4701 West 64th Street Minneapolis, MN, 55435 United States (map)

Workshop is from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days.

Drawing For Calligraphers with Kristin Doty workshop is full.

You can draw! You can draw! It’s just a matter of developing the right set of skills. If you’ve wanted to learn how to draw, add illustrations to your calligraphy, build drawing skills to improve painting or simply conquer your fear of drawing (or all of the above), this class is for you!

Drawing is the backbone of calligraphy and painting. Learning to draw advances both and deepens your perception. 

Through a series of demonstrations and exercises designed with calligraphers in mind, you will gain confidence in your drawing ability and improve your calligraphy at the same time! We will focus on learning to see and getting that down on paper in different ways for a variety of effects from gestural sketching to more realistic illustration. We will explore form, some color theory, a little design and layout techniques to help you integrate text and drawing.

Please note: We will NOT be drawing portraits or anything scary like that.

Skill Level: All (including beginning calligraphers)
Experience Needed:  None.


Supply List: 

Material Fee: $7 – $10.00*

Sketchbook, spiral bound, 11 x 14” (paper with a little tooth is nice)

Drawing pad 11 x 14” Strathmore Series 400; Medium surface (or “regular”– not smooth)

Graphite drawing pencils: HB, 2B, 4B (bring others if you have them: 2H, 6B, etc. brand really doesn’t matter, Staedtler Mars Lumograph are nice)

Woodless Graphite pencils: HB, 2B, (great woodless brands: Pentalic Graphite or Koh-I-Noor Progresso)

Pencil sharpener (hand held or battery operated)

Pentel Click Eraser (soft white, retractable)

Staedtler Mars Plastic white rectangular eraser

X-acto knife

Ruler about 12” (30.48cm) in length. (Any ruler will do, but my favorite all-purpose rulers are those 2” wide C-Thru clear plastic rulers. They have red marks every 1/8”, a centering measure, and some have a bevel on one edge for inking)

Sharpie permanent marker (regular tip is perfect).

Desk lamp and extension cord (extremely helpful portable swing arm or goose neck – prefer incandescent or halogen lightbulb not fluorescent or “Ott”, classroom electrical outlets will determine use)

Optional: Please only bring the following items if you have them. We may not have time to use them all in class.

Eraser shield

Colored pencils: artist quality – Prismacolor is a good brand (set of 12 or more)

Nib & holder: Speedball “C” or “B” (smaller size i.e., C- 3, C-4 or C-5), OR whatever you have or are your favorite nibs)

Ink: Higgins Eternal Ink, walnut or your favorite ink

Small water container & paper towels or pen rag

Pigma Micron marker (any size 01, 02, etc.)

*Note: Material fee includes additional items provided at the workshop by the instructor: fresh fruit/vege & flower models, drawing kit, colored paper, handouts, misc. items, and state sales tax (if applicable).

Questions regarding materials? Contact Kristen via email:


About Kristen Doty

Kristen Doty is an artist with a passion for drawing, painting and calligraphy. Her works have been in juried exhibitions and published in magazines –  International Artist Magazine, Drawing Magazine, Letter Arts Review and Bound & Lettered; and in books including the Strokes of Genius—The Best of Drawing book series (Vols. 2, 3, & 6), as well as prints, posters, greeting cards, logos and book titles. She has completed projects for The U.S. State Department, Marcel Schurman/Papyrus Greetings, Dayspring, Northwest Publishing and many private commissions.

She enjoys sharing her passion by teaching workshops and at conferences across the USA and abroad, including Belgium, Canada and Japan. Her teaching emphasis is to promote learning in a fun, encouraging, and relaxed atmosphere while also building a solid knowledge of techniques and developing skills students can utilize and integrate in their own work. Please visit