Meetings 2018 – 2019

CAGT meets at Neilson Park Creative Centre (NPCC) on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. or Sunday afternoons at 1:00 p.m., as scheduled. Guests are welcome to attend one general meeting to learn about the Guild. For more information, please contact us at

October 11, 2018: Foundational Script with Ramona Matthews; AGM

7:00 pm: Meeting starts

Board members will greet you at 6:30, if you want to browse the library.
Ursula will look after your thirst with a punch, the rest can bring snacks.

This is also our AGM. Election for new Board Members.
If you like to help us on the Executive or a committee, we would love to have your support.

Foundational Script: Bring a broad edge tool

November 8, 2018: Salman Khattak introduces us to Arabic calligraphy

6:30 Library opens, with time for socializing; potluck snacks are always appreciated
7:00 Business
7:20 Break
7:30 Programme
We welcome our own Salman Khattak this evening to introduce us to Arabic calligraphy.
If you haven’t already, you’re encouraged to listen to Salman discuss the link between his religious faith and his calligraphy practice in an interview with the CBC. Click here
What to bring? Salman writes:
“I will have some reed qalams and paper for people to play with but if people want to learn to cut their reeds (I will bring some 1/2″ bamboo stake) they can bring a sturdy knife and a small piece of scrap wood with at least one flat side. We will be using glossy paper. I have some but if you can bring a finger painting pad from the dollar store or Curry’s that’ll be great.”

January 13, 2019: Flourishing with Starlee Lively Ordorico

Sunday, Jan. 13, we meet at one o’clock in the afternoon.


12:30 Library opens. Feel free to bring calligraphy you’ve been working on or calligraphic seasonal cards that others might enjoy to display for the afternoon. Potluck snacks are always appreciated.

1:00 Business: Executive members will update us on what we need to know, but until then here’s news of note.

1. Program: See Starlee’s email of Jan. 6 about upcoming learning opportunities.

February 2nd -Michele’s Watercolour Flowers with Roman Capitals workshop. Registration closes January 18th, so there’s still time for you to register.

February 24th – Starlee’s Copperplate course begins (4 weeks)

Mar. 21st – Lee’s Italic Variation course begins (5 weeks)

May 4th – Lynn Lefler (CAGT past-president) returns to present Writing on Dark

2. Exhibition: See Rezna’s email of Jan.6 regarding this year’s exhibit, Calligraphy + Art: The Next 45 Years! April 7th is the last date to submit finished artwork, with the show running from April 22nd to May 13. A lead person for the collaborative effort is needed as well as other assistants.

3. Next meeting: Sunday, February 10 – Decorated papers with Susan

1:20 Programme: Starlee presents Flourishing – A Basic Introduction

Please bring basic pointed pen supplies with the type of holder you prefer, and both graph and plain paper.

February 10, 2019: Decorated Paper with Susan Mentis

Meeting starts at 1 pm. Wear your art clothes or aprons as its hands-on play!

There will be a material fee and members will be encouraged to bring a range of art materials and papers in addition to experiment with. Supply list to follow.


Susan Mentis – An Afternoon of Play with Media and Techniques on Paper Materials fee for this meeting: $3 *If you can’t attend, kindly advise Ramona 

Please bring: 

– your calligraphy toolkit as you’ll be making a sampler and will document as you go
– a means to transport any wet paper e.g. file folder, newsprint/blotter type paper. Wet and dry stations will be set up. We only have Studio A2 so, it will be cozy.
– your own brushes or calligraphic tools for clean your equipment as you work
– container(s) for water
– palette(s)
– paper you desire to be creative with or scraps of watercolour, printmaking, Arches text, Canon, Washi etc.
– work shirt or apron
– surgical gloves if you desire clean hands
– spray bottle and/or small sponge (these can be shared so it’s not necessary for all to bring) 


Susan writes: “I will have on hand some papers, tools and media such as acrylic inks and paints to experiment with. The concept is you also come with watercolour, gouache, inks or acrylic paints/medium to use and/or share with others. Don’t buy. It’s a good time to bring materials you don’t love but someone else will.”

March 14, 2019: Exhibition Collaboration

CAGT collaboration night for our upcoming exhibition.

April 11, 2019: Field Trip

Please take note that the April meeting is not at NPCC. We have a special evening arranged at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library – see below. We’ve asked to have medieval Gothic and Arabic manuscripts brought out for us, as well as surprises!

6:30 PM Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library Field Trip; meet in the lobby a few minutes early, inside the Robarts Library at U of T (on St. George St., south of Bloor St. W.); for members and Friends of the CAGT; there is no charge for this visit; please confirm your attendance with Ramona 


May 9, 2019: Calligraphic Exhibition and CAGT 45th Anniversary and NPCC 20th Celebration

An evening of delights from refreshments to art and calligraphy.

June 13, 2019: Summer Script

Doors open 6:30 pm. Simple script for summer play

Material Exchange
Pen Pal
Gallery Challenge

Library Books
Outstanding books? Please return them now.

Social Evenings
Officially our Guild does not meet in the summer.  The Guild may reserve space at Neilson Park Creative Centre for the Thursday evenings of July 11 and Aug. 8, 2019. These are opportunities to work with others, get inspired and receive help from experienced calligraphers.

Summer Meet-Ups in July and August

If you’re in town, let’s get together and enjoy each other’s company, discuss and display calligraphy pieces we are working on, learn something new, snack a little and maybe even get a head start on exhibition artwork. Consider these bonus get togethers!

Officially our Guild does not meet in the summer.  The Guild may reserve space at Neilson Park Creative Centre for the Thursday evenings of July 11 and Aug. 8, 2019. These are opportunities to work with others, get inspired and receive help from experienced calligraphers.

Calligraphy Kit

Bring your kit to meetings or classes so you have your learning tools on hand!  Contents  can include sketchbook and/or notebook and pencil/lead holder, silent pencil sharpener, ruler, bone folder, scissors, tracing paper, cutting mat and knife, glue stick, markers, pen holder/nibs, ink and tools or materials of your preference.