PHXDW 2019 Calligraphy Boot Camp with Assistant Professor Alison King

Now in its fourth year running, 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: Tuesday October 15, 6-9:30 pm
The first night of Boot Camp will introduce your new toolkit while learning Uncial and Blackletter style calligraphy with a Pilot Parallel Pen.

Session 2: Wednesday October 16, 6-9:30 pm
We’ll continue on night two with 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 lettering artists looking to expand their repertoire are also welcome to attend. Teacher’s Assistant Samuel Ybarra helps keep the student/teacher ratio low.

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

About the Assistant
Samuel Ybarra is a lettering artist and Art Director at 180 Degrees Design + Build who believes that pineapples do indeed belong on pizza.

Connect with Samuel
Instagram: @_samuelybarra_

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.

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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
Tue, Oct 15, 2019 - Wed, Oct 16, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM MST
Grand Canyon University
3300 West Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85017