Saturday, October 7, 2017

CATFISH Letter Arts School Launches Fall 2017 Workshops at JB Young!!!!

We are pleased to announce that our working division, the CATFISH Letter Arts School, will be offering all day Calligraphy and Book Arts Workshops on Saturdays through December in our new location at The JB Young Opportunity Center in Davenport, Iowa.

Our Core Faculty, Paul Herrera, Amy Nielsen, and Nancy Trottier will be the instructors for the first workshops. As we move into 2018 we hope to continue to offer the monthly Saturday workshops as well as add weekly courses for a more intense look at subjects within the calligraphy, letter arts, inscription carving and book arts areas.


The first workshops will be:

MAKING FINE ART PAPERS, OCTOBER 28

INTRODUCTION TO CALLIGRAPHY, NOVEMBER 18

INTRODUCTION TO BRUSH WRITING, DECEMBER 9

All registrations will be completed ONLINE through our EVENTBRITE registration site.

CLICK HERE for more information about the workshops and links to our registration site.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

First Visiting Student Arrives!


Due to construction delays at the JB Young Center we have not been able to move into our new permanent home. We are hoping to be relocated into our office/gallery/shop/classroom space by the end of October. For now we have the use of a classroom space.  

The Catfish Letter Arts School is welcoming our first visiting student, Jade Novarino this week. 
She is working with pen and brush prior to working in slate next week.



Jade will be working with two of the CLAS core faculty, Paul Herrera and Amy Nielsen. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming weekly classes and special workshops for Fall-Winter 2017-2018.




Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Art Legacy League Moves to New Headquarters!!!!!!!

The Art Legacy League is very excited to announce that we have been invited to be one of 7 community organizations that will be sharing the JB Young Opportunity Center1702 N Main St, Davenport, IA 52803, with the administrative offices of The Davenport Community School District. 

This new location will provide The ALL with office spaces, classrooms for workshops, and display cases for artwork throughout the building. Those cases will feature the work of Isabel and John Bloom along with the work of the Reverend Edward M. Catich. His work, and others, will be on constant display as an inspiration for the art classes that will be taught by The ALL. We are very pleased that this location will be the only place in the world where Father Catich's artwork will be on display 365 days a year.  

We are still in the process of learning what the opening times will be for the public to visit and view the works. We will keep you informed on this site!

The ALL will begin our move into the building on August 2017. We will have to customize our office space, organize the display cases, and plan our academic workshop schedule.  We hope to host a grand opening of our new location sometime this fall.

Through our teaching arm, The Catfish Letter Arts School, we expect to utilize the talents of local and regional artisans, some of whom studied with the Blooms and Catich, to offer workshops and courses. However, we also intend to reach out to international artisans and instructors to join us in our educational mission. Below is a list of the proposed workshops and classes we are considering. 

If you are interested in any of these classes, please send us an email to our email address: artlegacyleague@gmail.com.  We will not share your email address with any other organization.


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Art Legacy League List of Proposed Classes

Calligraphy 101
            This is a beginner’s course for those who have had little or no handwriting training.

Calligraphy 202
            This course is for writers with previous calligraphy experience (Reed & Pen).

Brush Writing
            A basic brush course for experienced calligraphers.

Advanced Calligraphy
            Composition, color, and design with reed, pen, and brush.

Brush Tube Workshop (1 day)
            Build a carrying tube for artist calligraphy brushes and pens.

Drawing 101/Sketchbook
            Understanding the structure of figures and objects.

Advanced Drawing
            Adding shaded dimensionality to drawing compositions.

Figure Composition Anatomy
            Analysis of human bone & muscle structure and drawing the figure from life.

Watercolor Painting 101
            Learn the basics of watercolor painting of objects and imaginative subjects in a studio setting.

Sculpture
            Rendering 3-D objects.

Paper Marbling Workshop (1 day)
            Creating multi-colored paper surfaces that can be used in a variety of applications.

Book Binding
            Learn various methods of book binding.

Matting and Framing Art
            Prepare artwork for formal presentation.

Inscription Cutting
            Cut slate inscriptions in the classical tradition.

Origin of the Serif
            A study of the Imperial Roman letter. Textbook = “The Origin of the Serif” by Rev. E. M. Catich.