Calligraphers’ Guild of Manitoba

Fostering creative expression through hand lettering and related arts

The Calligraphers’ Guild of Manitoba offers instructional workshops and classes with local and national artists. Classes offered include: traditional and contemporary calligraphy, and book and paper art.

Breaking the Rules
Making marks and letters with a non-traditional tool known as the Ruling Pen.

Class instructor: Kathie McIlvride
Saturday, October 21, 2017 (9:30am to 4:00pm)

St. John’s-Ravenscourt School
400 South Drive, Winnipeg

Fee: $45 (members), $55 (non-members)
No previous calligraphic experience needed.

Registration form, PDF


  • ruling pen (available for purchase for $22.00)
  • walnut ink (included in your fee), colourful ink (optional)
  • pad of watercolour paper, 80 lbs or heavier, at least 8.5 x 11″ (example: Strathmore Drawing Pad medium)
  • pencil, watercolour pencils (optional)
  • fineliner pen
  • inexpensive, small paint brush
  • water dish and a small jar
  • paper towels

Kathie McIlvride, ruling pen

Kathie McIlvride, ruling pen and sumi ink

Kathie McIlvride, ruling pen alphabet

Past workshops

2016-17 | 2015-16 | 2014-15 | 2013-14 | 2013

Beginner’s Uncial, September 16, 2017
Class instructor: Kathie McIlvride
Kathie McIlvride, Uncial


Workshops, 2016-17

Landscaping the Page, April 28 and April 29, 2017
Class instructor: Laura Eriksson
Laura Eriksson, The Sea

Fraktur (a form of Gothic lettering), February 25, 2017
Class instructor: Tasha de Guzman
Tasha de Guzman, Fraktur

Crossed Structure Book Binding, November 5, 2016
Class instructor: Lauren Campbell
Lauren Campbell, crossed structure book binding

Roman Capitals, October 15, 2016
Class instructor: Ike Derksen
Ike Derksen, Roman Capitals

Paste Paper and Painted Tyvek, September 17, 2016
Class instructor: Edith Banman
Edith Banman, painted Tyvek


Workshops, 2015-16

Calligraphy on the GO! and Developing a Personal Script,
May 7 and May 8, 2016
Class instructor: Sharon Zeugin
Course details, PDF
Sharon Zeugin, Calligraphy on the GO!

Lettering on Occasion: Copperplate for Beginners, Saturday, March 19, 2016
Class instructor: Kathie McIlvride
Kathie McIlvride, Copperplate lettering

Sign Painting, February 13, 2016
Class instructor: Ike Derksen
Sign painting class participants at work.

Pens, Paint and Paper, January 16, 2016
Class instructor: Kathie McIlvride
Pens, Paint and Paper

Beginner’s Gothic, November 14, 2015
Class instructor: Kathie McIlvride
Kathie McIlvride, Gothic

Beginner’s Uncial, October 17, 2015
Class instructor: Kathie McIlvride
Kathie McIlvride, Uncial


Workshops, 2014-15

Beginner’s pointed brush, May 16, 2015
Class instructor: Kathie McIlvride
Kathie McIlvride, Jump Sing Laugh Dance

Bookbinding, March 14, 2015
Class instructor: Janet Carroll
Janet Carroll, handmade books

Decorating book covers with Tyvek, January 17, 2015
Class instructors: Edith Banman and Charlotte Konrad
Edith Banman, Tyvek book cover

Beginner’s Italic, November 8, 2014
Class instructor: Kathie McIlvride
Kathie McIlvride, Thank you.

Strong Lines, Working with the Pilot Parallel Pen, October 4–5, 2014
Class instructor: Alice Young
Alice Young, strong lines


Workshops, 2013-14

Fun with capitals, April 12, 2014
Class instructors: Charlotte Konrad and Kathie McIlvride
Charlotte Konrad, variation of Roman capitals.

Paper marbling, March 8, 2014
Class instructor: Janet Carroll
Marbled paper. A CGM workshop.

Neuland, February 15, 2014
Class instructor: Ike Derksen
Ike Derksen, Neuland.

Foundational script, January 11, 2014
Class instructor: Kathie McIlvride<
Kathie McIlvride, foundational script.

Painted letters and words, November 9–10, 2013
Class instructor: Lorraine Douglas

Workshop participants, starting with basic monoline letters, created unique watercolour painted letters, words and quotes.

Lorraine Douglas, Shanti.

Creating a handmade journal, October 19, 2013

Class participants, following the instruction of book artist Charlotte Konrad, created two unique journals using two types of binding, and an abundance of beautiful paper and decorative bits.

Charlotte Konrad, handmade journal.


Workshops, 2013

Monoline, May 20, 2013

Twelve dynamic letter art layouts were presented by Kathie McIlvride at her monoline workshop. Using these layouts as a starting point, participants filled their hand-crafted journals with lettering.

Kathie McIlvride, monoline lettering.

Uncials, April 6, 2013

After completing a beautifully prepared workbook, participants created perforated monograms at calligrapher Kathie McIlvride‘s full day Uncial workshop.

Kathie McIlvride, Uncial monogram.

Italics, March 2, 2013
Class instructor: Kathie McIlvride
Kathie McIlvride, Italic.

Paste paper, February 16, 2013
Class instructor: Edith Banman
Edith Banman, paste paper