Engrosser’s Saga 2017

October 8 - 14, 2017

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The Spencerian Saga Workshop been conducted to introduce enthusiastic participants to the history and techniques of American Ornamental Penmanship. The program continues to serve this purpose annually, attracting individuals from the United States and abroad! The Engrossing Saga is a unique extension of the Saga workshop for individuals interested in furthering their certificate skills. The purpose of this program is to feature instruction that picks up where the traditional Spencerian Saga leaves off.

The focus of the week’s instruction will include techniques of Engrossing: the beautiful art of lettering presented with numerous embellishments such as border designs and many ornamental accents. Used primarily for testimonials, resolutions, recognition certificates and corporate scrolls, the practice of traditional Engrossing has become a lost art, with few opportunities for interested students to learn the vintage techniques practiced more than a century ago by our master penmen as well as modern variations.

Through this program, the door to this learning opportunity will once again be open. Participants will be taught such skills as Engrosser’s text, developing acanthus leaf patterns, incorporating the “magic” of filigree, creating decorative “title letters”, employing stippling and cross-hatching, gold leaf application, painting with gouache and watercolor, toning background areas with watercolor and chalk pastels, designing useful and attractive borders, and of course, learning the valuable aspects of layout and composition.

Ornamental penmanship will also be presented in the techniques of Off-Hand Flourishing as it was used to create flowing borders, cartouche designs, scroll patterns and decorative title flourishes. And, as always, participants will be able to study numerous original penmanship specimens from past and present master penmen.

The Engrossing Spencerian Saga is truly special; there is no other program offered anywhere that presents all the aspects of Engrossing in such detail or depth. Previous experience in Engrossing is not required, but knowledge of basic calligraphy will be helpful. The dates for the Engrossing Spencerian Saga are October 8-14, 2017.

Early registrants will lodge at the Lakehouse Inn – the restful Bed-and-Breakfast Inn located on the shore of Lake Erie. The Inn is also the site of our program. Due to the special nature of the Engrossing Saga and the expanded facilities of our classroom, we are allowing a maximum of 18 students. Increased attendance is anticipated which may exceed room availability at the Lakehouse Inn. In the event that you register and this occurs, Andrea Bushweiler (our Innkeeper) will assist you with the information about the alternate lodging at the new Geneva State Park Lodge, a modern 110-room hotel facility one block away from the Lakehouse Inn. Regardless of lodging location, meal service for all participants will be available at the Lakehouse Inn.

Please remember that all individuals wishing to attend the Engrossing Spencerian Saga MUST register separately with Harvest Crittenden at Acorn Arts for the week-long program and also with Andrea Bushweiler for accommodations (meals and lodging).

A concise supply list will be sent to all participants closer to the workshop dates. There will be materials for sharing at the Saga that all participants are welcome to use. Should you wish to purchase additional supplies a workshop store will be open daily. We hope you consider joining us; it will be a learning experience to be remembered.

To download a PDF regarding the complete Engrossing Saga program, please CLICK HERE.

You are welcome to pay by check, all information is provided in the PDF. 
Please note that you much register separately to stay at the Lakehouse Inn. 

To pay the $250 deposit for the Engrossing Saga to hold your space


To Pay the $500 balance for the Engrossing Saga due 8/31/17
(If you happen to have a different amount due, please just let me know. I can invoice you through Pay Pal.)


To pay the $750 fee in full for the Engrossing Saga




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