Calligraphy Workshops. Sherrie Lovler teaches workshops
on abstract art, lettering in color on black paper, and
passing along the teachings of her mentor, Dick Beasley.

Color Me Beas

There are colors we buy and colors we create. In this workshop we will explore the colors we craft between tubes of color. There's a vast world of expression moving from yellow to purple. Add white or black and more worlds open. There's no need fear mixing a "wrong" color; there's only discovering new combinations. Dick Beasley taught me that any color could combine with any other to create wonderful effects, as long as you mix and use them gradually.

Be inspired by examples from Dick Beasley's work and the colors he often chose. We will immerse ourselves in a day of color mixing, learning about warm and cool colors, value and chroma using the Munsell color wheel of yellow, red, purple, blue and green. We will make these discoveries lettering with gouache, painting rich hues between letters and filling counter spaces with subtle gradations of color. At day's end, you will return home with a portfolio of ideas, a color wheel and a fresh, vibrant relationship with color.


Dick Beasley had a unique talent for creating calligraphic paintings. Well-known and loved by the calligraphy world, he died suddently in 1992. I had the great fortune to study with Beas and to teach at Northern Arizona University from 1987-1989. I love passing along what I learned from him. To read more about Dick and to see his work, click here to go to his memorial website.


This is a one or two-day workshop. For a two-day workshop the second day will be designing a small book using these skills. For an information package please call 707-528-1723 or send an email.

Current Workshops:
The Dance of Light and Shadow
Nature, Art & Calligraphy
Subtle Colors in the Night
Using Wooden Tools
Sink Art
Color Me Beas

Sherrie Lovler has a BA in Studio Art and has been teaching calligraphy and related arts for over 30 years, including classes and workshops at Northern Arizona University, Sedona Arts Center, Colorado Institute of Art, Ghost Ranch, calligraphy conferences and through calligraphy guilds around the country. Her work has been in many juried and group shows and most recently in a solo exhibit featuring 34 of her paintings inspired by 34 original poems. She is the founder of Ink Monkey Press and has published and coauthored the book TWO AS ONE: Poems from a New Love. Her images and writings have been published in The Art & Craft of Hand Lettering, Letter Arts Review, Bound and Lettered and many other books and journals. Sherrie is internationally known for her artwork and prints which are available at and her newest art and poetry can be seen at

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