Calligraphy Boot Camp with Assistant Professor Alison King (PHXDW)

Gain a better understanding of both historical and contemporary letterforms, while deepening your appreciation for the evolution of the western alphabet in this intensive hands-on workshop. You'll never look at letters the same way again.

Professor Alison King will guide a dedicated class of 20 students through the art of beautiful writing—boot camp style! In this two-night hands-on workshop, you’ll build up muscle memory while learning five different calligraphy styles that will take your lettering skills to the next level. You’ll emerge with a better understanding of both historical and contemporary letterforms, deepening your appreciation for the evolution of the western alphabet.

Class fee includes two 3.5 hour workshop sessions and all the tools you’ll need, including pens, brushes, paper and ink. Kits will be distributed on the first night.

Session 1: Sunday October 1, 1-3:30 pm The first afternoon of Boot Camp will introduce your new toolkit while learning Uncial and Blackletter style calligraphy with a Pilot Parallel Pen.

Session 2: Monday October 16, 6-9:30 pm The second evening session explores Brush Script, Modern Cursive with dip pen, and a homemade Folded Pen.

This workshop is designed for beginners with little to no formal experience with calligraphy. Intermediate and self-taught artists looking to expand their repertoire are also welcome to attend.

Enrollment is limited to 20, so register today to reserve your spot – this event fills up quickly! 

This workshop is presented in association with Phoenix Design Week and hosted by sponsor Grand Canyon University. See the full lineup at

About the Instructor Alison King is Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Grand Canyon University, where she teaches graphic design, advertising and history. When she’s not teaching, Alison is the entrepreneur behind Ligature LLC, a consultancy for creative arts and letters, and Modern Phoenix LLC, the valley’s go-to source for inspiration and tourism of local midcentury modern design.

Connect with Alison Instagram and Twitter: @modernphoenix @ligaturearts Facebook: ModernPhoenix

Location Grand Canyon University 3300 West Camelback Road Building 35 – College of Fine Arts and Production

Park at the 33rd Avenue Garage shown on this Campus Map then walk .3 miles east to Building 35 aka COFAP

Participants seeking to grab a bite on campus are encouraged to go to The Grid (grab-n-go) or Panda Express on Lopes Way immediately north of Building 35. Feel free to bring your meal to our classroom before class begins.

IMPORTANT INFORMATIONYour registration constitutes permission to use photos, audio, and video recording taken of you at the event for promotional and educational purposes in connection with AIGA Arizona, and places you on the master mailing list.

AIGA Arizona has adopted the AIGA Code of Conduct with regard to its activities. We reserve the right to refuse admittance for violations of this Code, or other unlawful or disruptive actions. Any concerns should be addressed to the AIGA Arizona president.

Speakers' presentations and viewpoints are their own opinions and do not necessarily reflect those of AIGA Arizona. We are not responsible for the content of every presentation; please be aware that adult language, visuals or topics may sometimes be included.

When & Where
Sun, Oct 1, 2023 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM MST
Grand Canyon University
3300 West Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85017