Classes & Seminars

OUT OF YOUR MIND and onto the Page


A feast for the eyes and the mind – this class is designed to ignite your imagination and get your fingers moving to create your own special magic on a page.  Each class will start with a little Show and Tell, and then move on to making friends with the blank page in front of you.  We’ll start with the basic tools I use in my journals: pens, pencils, fluid writer, nibs and watercolour.  As the weeks progress, I hope you’ll add your own favourite tools and colours.  You don’t have to be an expert at drawing or lettering or layout to take this class.  Each of us will start right where we are and learn by doing.  The most important thing to bring to class is your willingness to pour out your heart onto the page.

  • DATES: Thursdays, March 9, 16, 23,and 30th, 2023
  • TIMES: 10 am to 1 pm PST with a short 20 min. break.
  • COST: WCS Members – $130.00 CDN. Class is limited to 25.

Classes will be recorded, and the recordings will be available to review for 2 months. Registration opens for WCS members on JANUARY 6TH, 2023.  Note: Any spaces that are not filled by WCS members by February 3rd, 2023, will be opened for registration to other Calligraphy Guilds.

Violet Smythe’s work from Nancy’s seminar


Nancy Hays Hills is an artist and Episcopal deacon living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her working career was in the field of advertising and graphic design, from which she retired in 2020 to devote more time to her dual vocations of ministry and art.  She shares a home with her husband Julian, and her trusty feline sidekick, Samantha, who has been known during Zoom meetings.  She began drawing cartoons as soon as she could hold a crayon and was lucky enough to have parents who encouraged their shy daughter to express herself on paper – especially her father, who would amuse her by drawing cartoons, sometimes in ballpoint pen on the bottoms of her feet.  She took her first calligraphy course at age 17 and has incorporated lettering in her art ever since.


Anne Seymour is our current Seminar Committee Chair.  We encourage individual members who want to study something, or with someone, to speak to Anne to see how they can help facilitate a class.

Any classes or seminars that are arranged will be advertised here.

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  • All Workshop fees must be submitted in Canadian Dollars.

Class Refund Policy

Once a payment has been made and a confirmation has been issued, a class place will be reserved for the registrant. If a cancellation must be made the participant must first seek a replacement from the wait list (contact the class coordinator). The wait list will be established in chronological order. If there is no wait list the participant must find a replacement or forfeit the workshop fee. Emergency cancellations will be handled at the discretion of the Coordinator.

Questions about the workshops? Contact the Communications Chair.