The Colorado Calligraphers’ Guild was formed to promote the study, practice and appreciation of calligraphy in all its historical and present day applications, to encourage individual excellence and foster a deeper understanding of calligraphy.


A non-profit organization, the Guild elects officers and holds regular meetings to conduct its business.




Published periodically, the guild’s Newsletter contains articles of interest to local calligraphers, scholarly articles, book reviews and current information on classes, meetings and related events. See the current newsletter here




Each year the Guild sponsors three or four major workshops.  One or two days in length, the workshops are taught by well-known calligraphers.


Mini-workshops or programs are held several times a year.  These two to four-hour workshops utilize the talents and knowledge of Guild members and other local experts in calligraphy, the book arts, and related subjects.  These workshops are given at low cost to members. See our available workshops here



Exhibitions (click on any poster to see full image)

The Guild sponsors juried and non-juried shows of members’ work.  It also actively encourages local business and institutions to sponsor calligraphy exhibitions.



Guild Membership Benefits:




The Colorado Calligraphers’ Guild was founded in 1978 by a small group of enthusiasts including Sandy Marvin who designed the guild’s logo. That fall David Ashley and Margaret Stookesberry joined at a lecture by James Hayes and have been on the board nearly every year since.  Mr. Hayes, a noted Chicago calligrapher who retired to Colorado, served as mentor and teacher to the guild for many years.


The first workshop sponsored by the guild was taught by Jaki Svaren in 1979.  She also juried the entries for the guild’s first exhibit which took place in Silver Plume.


Through the years, nearly every calligrapher of note has included Denver on their workshop circuit. In the fall of 1985, the guild sponsored an exhibit which combined works by these teachers with a juried member show entitled “Goosequills and Dovetails” at Foothills Art Center.  The guild has sponsored an annual open show at Regis University for 26 years.


Members of the guild helped to facilitate the purchase of James Hayes’ important collection of books and art work by the University of Colorado.  It is now housed in the rare books room in Boulder.  The guild’s own library of books outgrew the librarian’s basement and is part of the Regis University Library collection.  The income from a small endowment fund is used to purchase additional books for reference by members.


The guild sponsors workshops by local and nationally known calligraphers and continues to provide resource and inspiration to its members.

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Featured Workshops

Beginning Italic Class – June 2

BEGINNING CALLIGRAPHY The Italic Hand originated in Florence during the fifteenth century, yet this elegant alphabet works beautifully in contemporary applications. The Italic hand is also one of the most commonly utilized among calligraphers today. This workshop offers a solid foundation in calligraphy, where students learn the basic Italic...more

Playful Pointed Pen Variations – June 11, 2016

Click on pdf symbol to see workshop details. Jill Quillian Flyer [wp_eStore_add_to_cart id=47]...more

Gothic Lettering – September 17-18, 2016

Carrie Imai, instructor  Details to follow...more

Tool Making Collaborative – October 15, 2016

Central Christian Church, 3690 Cherry Creek South Drive.  Details to follow....more

Basic Supply List for Workshops

In addition to items listed by the instructor, the following supplies are suggested to make your workshop experience productive and enjoyable. Basic supplies...more