Be Fearless with Amity Parks


A Way of Working Without Worry

Intermediate-Advanced Level

Imagine having time dedicated to focusing and exploring a series of works that combine meaningful words and images in multiple ways. Our focus will be on layout and design, layering lettering techniques, combining text and images, and most importantly learning to work on multiple pieces at once in order to overcome the ‘fear’ we develop when the investment is focused on a single precious piece. The freedom of multiples allows us to take more chances, to do the unexpected and not settle on the first solution to a problem. By working in a series we forget the preciousness of each piece knowing that not everyone will be successful, and embracing that freedom to make mistakes.

Throughout the class we will employ a variety of techniques, such as painting, drawing, collage, and image transfer in combination with our calligraphy. While not strictly a lettering class, we will incorporate our calligraphy throughout the process. Layering, masking and photo transfer techniques with a variety of mixed media allow for risk taking and experimentation as we discuss layout principles and make thoughtful design choices. You will work in a small scale in multiples, focusing on the development of a series of work, refining your designs and the integration of images, words and letters into your pages.You will explore how to incorporate personal meaning into your pieces, and why this is necessary to create work that tells a compelling story. The class includes a discussion on the importance of choosing words you want to spend time with and playing with ways of combining text and image that are not only interesting to look at, but add meaning to your work, avoiding the obvious and respecting your audience enough to leave some of the mystery for them to solve.By the end of class you should have a few resolved final pieces, a pile full of work that needs more attention and the skills to go back to your studios equipped with a way of working without worrying.

Out of stock


About the Instructor


Amity Parks is an artist and calligrapher living in Missoula, Montana. For some years she has been studying calligraphy in weeklong and private tuition classes with internationally renowned instructors. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tulsa, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana. Her work has been featured in national and regional exhibits and publications. She has been a long-term active member and teacher in her local and state calligraphy guilds and travels within the US and internationally to teach workshops, including serving on the faculty for the International Lettering Arts Conference in 2014, 2015 & 2017, for the SSIW Conference in Melbourne, Australia and the Midwest Art and Lettering Retreat in 2016. She spends many hours in her studio on her personal and creative work, finding a balance between her teaching commitments, her business and her own busy family life. More information and artwork can be found on Facebook and at her website,

Materials List

Supply list:

Because we are using a variety of tools and techniques, I could tell you to bring everything in your studio. So please, bring what you can manage from the list below.

• Paper- a few sheets each of Strathmore 400 series drawing paper (9×12) or whatever you have at home and a few sheets of (9×12) smooth watercolour or heavyweight paper that you have already.

• Ruler or triangle

• Scissors/X-acto knife/small cutting board

• Your favourite writing tools (pens and nibs, ruling pen, automatic pens, brushes)

• Water container/Pipettes

• Paper towels/Tissues

• Small spray bottle

• Small scraps of mat board or old credit card to spread stuff

• Apron, if you are messy

• Hair dryer, (not everyone, just one or two for class to share) • Framing corners (two L-shaped pieces of mat board for cropping)

• Masking tape

• Pencils/Eraser

• Brayer (if you have one)

• Inks of all types, sumi, walnut, acrylic, etc. (a variety of colours is good)

• Gouache, watercolours, metallic powders, etc. (whatever you have, we can share)

• White gesso (small jar)

• Matte acrylic medium (small jar)

• A few photos, book pages, maps, or other flat items for collage

• Texts of different lengths that mean something to you If you want to use your own images for the photo transfer exercise, please email me a few of your images that I will print ahead of time for you on my laser printer. Otherwise I will bring a variety of images for you to use. If you have a laser printer, you can print a few small (2”x3” or smaller) photos for yourself to fit your texts. (reverse images if needed)

A supply fee of $10 will be charged to cover the full colour handouts and misc. supplies

to print this list click on the link below: