Combining Word & Image — Annie Cicale

Annie Cicale
5 days
Intermediate to Advanced
$30 materials fee

Instructor Bio
The world of books and writing has captivated Annie Cicale since she was a child. After a short career as a chemical engineer, she turned to the visual arts, specializing in painting, printmaking and drawing. The visual qualities of writing became her subject matter when she discovered the expressive power of calligraphic forms, bringing a visual expression to the words to expand their meaning, and incorporates both abstract and illustrative imagery in her work. She has an MFA in graphic design and teaches lettering, drawing and painting for calligraphy guilds throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Japan, Spain and Australia, and at most of the international calligraphy conferences. Her travels to Europe and Asia have expanded her visions of calligraphic form. She has had numerous one-person exhibits of her work in Montana, Tennessee, Illinois and her work has been included in many calligraphic publications, including Bound & Lettered and Letter Arts Review. Her artist’s books are in private and public collections, including Yale University. She is the author of The Art and Craft of Hand Lettering, a 2011 publication of Bloomin Books. She was the co-director of A Show of Hands 2016, the 35th international calligraphy conference.

Quaker Wedding vows for two foresters, who love plants

Class Description
Text and image complement each other to expand communication. This fundamental principle is the basis of graphic design, illustrated books, and calligraphic painting. We will focus on illustration skills while learning some watercolor techniques then incorporate it into the design. Whether your work is abstract or realistic, you will expand your repertoire of creative tools. We will explore the nature of word and image and work with compositions to bring the two together in an expressive and communicative way. Many students come to calligraphy with little art background. Others have minimal drawing and painting skills and rely on clip art or tracing to ornament their work. This workshop works on two levels: to improve drawing and painting skills, and explore the very nature of graphic communication. A lively sense of contemporary culture and media will support the concepts presented.

Supply List
• 1-2 sheets good watercolor paper; Arches 140# cold press (CP), Winsor Newton, or Lanaquarelle (comes in 22 x 30 sizes, tear in
half or quarters for transporting)
• Brushes: ½” aquarelle brush with sabeline bristles (Winsor Newton 995)
• 2-3 round sable or sabeline brushes, in a couple of sizes, 4-8
• Large, inexpensive brush (Chinese Hake brush, a squirrel mop, or other soft brush that will hold lots of water)
• Bring other watercolor brushes you have
• Clean watercolor palette with flat areas for mixing or an old white china or Corelle dinner plate
• Paint: part of your lab fee will cover a small palette loaded with quality paint, but bring a few favorite watercolors you
already have to supplement
• Gouache supplies for writing in color
• Steel nibs and holders
• Masking tape
• Sponges
• Bulldog or bankers clips
• Large (2-4 quarts) water containers
• Liquid frisket
• Paint rags
• Cotton swabs (Q-tips)
• Pencils in a variety of hardnesses
• Erasers
• Tracing paper
• Sketchbook/notebook
• Rolling ruler
• Quotations, prose, poems, and journal entries that you would like to illustrate or paint

The Pencil, text by Henry Petowski, all drawing in graphite. Drawings on one side, text on the other, chopped up and bound in a pencil cover

Sweet gum branch, from “Branches” an artist’s book, 2017


Tools and Toys, a tiny limited edition book made as a Hedi Kyle flag book. The little box is paste paper.


The Education of an Artist. Hand drawn lithograph, limited edition artist’s book.