CATICH: Disciplined Freedom In Action

Special Tuesday Instructor Bio and Class Descriptions

August 11th: Life and Times of Edward Catich, illustrated lecture
Paul Herrera, Catich Apprentice, CORE FACULTY Catfish Letter Arts School, Chairman of The Art Legacy League

Paul Herrera, CORE FACULTY Catfish Letter Arts School
Paul Herrera’s calligraphy and lettering training was done exclusively with Reverend Edward M. Catich beginning in 1967. Paul worked as inscription cutter and calligraphy seminar assistant with Father Catich until the time of his death in 1979. At that point Paul was invited to teach all of Father Catich’s classes at St. Ambrose College and would continue to do so until 1989. 
During that time Paul also served as a faculty member of five international calligraphy conventions. They include; “The Calligraphy Connection” held at St. John’s University in Minnesota 1981 and 1984, “The California Experience” held at Scripps College in Claremont, California 1985, “Innovations” held at Stevens Institute in Hoboken, New Jersey 1986, and “Calligraphy Northwest” held at the University of Portland, Oregon in 1987.

Throughout his forty year career Paul has conducted numerous lettering seminars for calligraphy organizations in the Midwest and Canada. He continued inscription work for Wichita State University and an architectural firm in Chicago as well as individual clients. Additionally, he was watercolor and calligraphy instructor at the former Davenport Municipal Art Gallery from 1973 – 1984. He now works full time in his studio and offers workshops in calligraphy and stone inscription.
The Life and Times of Edward M. Catich is a power point biographical lecture about the life of Reverend E. M. Catich. The struggles and successes of Father Catich are told through photographs, video and examples of his own artwork. Follow young Catich through his training in the orphanage, experiences as a sign painter in Al Capone’s Chicago and his studies of the Imperial Roman lettering on Trajan’s column in Rome with Paul Herrera, his last apprentice. Herrera brings the spirit of Father Catich to life with voice imitations and anecdotal stories of what it was like to work with a true letter arts master craftsman. (Time = 1 hour)

August 18th:Calligraphic Handwriting for Children
Linda Kelty, Board Member, The Art Legacy League   

Linda Kelty
Adjunct Professor, St. Ambrose University
Linda Kelty will offer Calligraphic Handwriting for Children. Children will explore simple ways to improve the legibility and beauty of their own writing with the use of the Petrarch alphabet. Varied tools and exposure to other letterforms will be examined. Children will see the personal benefit of beautiful handwriting and form a basis to continue with calligraphy if they are interested. Children will receive materials to allow them to continue independently so pre-registration is needed. CLICK HERE to email Linda directly if you will be attending.
Linda is a retired art teacher with over 40 years of experience teaching people from ages 2 to over 80 with a focus on elementary and middle school art students. She works to engage students from launch to creative application to motivate them to enjoy learning.

August 25th:Calligraphic Handwriting for Adults
Amy S. Nielsen, CORE FACULTY Catfish Letter Arts School, Board Member, The Art Legacy League    

Amy S. Nielsen, CORE FACULTY
Catfish Letter Arts School
I am a lifelong Artist from Davenport, Iowa, with a BA in Art from SAU. I love the Art of Calligraphy and studied with Fr. E.M. Catich. My artwork includes mixed media calligraphic pieces including 23K gold gilding with watercolor and pen and ink. Artistic design services include: calligraphy, lettering, logo design, letterhead, business card design, brochure design and production, illustration, watercolor, interior design, art instruction, sculpture and varied commercial art marketing services. Companies I have worked for include Hallmark Cards, Crown Advertising, Quad City Times, Lockwood Manufacturing & ePower Synergies. Teaching calligraphy is a passion as I teach for SAU ACCEL, The FIGGE, Clinton River Arts Center and other venues in the Quad City area. Inspiration for my art comes from nature. Many own my calligraphic work because they appreciate the artistic design and the message meaning something special to them in their lives.

Bettendorf Library calligraphy workshop I – beginner
Take your writing from ordinary to extraordinary in this not-to-be-missed introductory calligraphy workshop!  QC artist and calligrapher Amy Nielsen will lead students in a creative study of the PETRARCH ALPHABET which is one of the most important basic alphabets in western calligraphy developed by Fr. Catich.  Using steel and felt-tipped pens, you’ll develop an understanding of all the basics to be able to write a semi-formal alphabet.
Calligraphy Supply List participants need to bring to the workshop!

1 black Marvy or other brand 3.5 felt tip calligraphy markers and/or a set of the two sided calligraphy markers. OR
1 each Schaefer or other brand 3 nib calligraphic fountain pen set with ink cartridges
Regular white 8 ½ X 11 computer paper (Bring lots because this is what we will practice on.)
Most of all bring a smile and lots of patience with yourself as this is an art where you must practice, practice, practice.

Bettendorf Public Library

2950 Learning Campus Dr
Bettendorf, IA 52722

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