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By Vivian Mungall

Starting Date : 20 August 2022

Fees : HK$ 740 or US$ 95

Workshop Description

Sickels was a popular lettering style from the late 1800’s through the 1920’s. It was commonly used by calligraphers at the turn of the century for documents, such as diplomas, awards, resolutions, memorials, and other types of certificates. It was utilized on business cards, letterheads, advertising, signs, logos and more. The style was named after Charles Sickels, who headed the art department of Electro-Light Engraving Co. in New York City during the early 20th century.


These drawn letters occupy the maximum space possible. They pop off the page from the bevel effect of dark and light.  The spacing is mechanical with the letters being the same width and nearly all are perpendicular. Visually, they present a line of text that is massive, compact, and simple in appearance. The letters can be all the same size. When lettering on a curve the letter size can increase or decrease in size to add interest.


The letters are drawn with a pencil and ruler and completed with a pen or markers. Sickels are very creative with a variety of capitals and lower-case letters. They can be as plain or decorative as you like.


This bold lettering style is perfect for gifts, thank you cards, words you want to emphasize, journaling, envelopes, and creative projects.

Note to Students

  •  This is a live online workshop via Zoom (please make sure you have a Zoom account to access the workshop)

  • All live sessions will be recorded and available for 60 days following the final class.

  • All recordings expires on Saturday, 29 October, 2022 at 12:00 pm Hong Kong Standard Time.

  • Student can submit homework to the discussion corner for Vivian to critique.

  • Recommended supply list, handouts, zoom links and recordings are available on the workshop page three weeks (or as soon as practicable) before the first session. Click here for user guide on how to access your workshop page.

  • All workshop dates and times are according to the Hong Kong Standard Time. 

Workshop Schedule

Class 01

Saturday, 20 August, 2022

21:00 pm - 23:30 pm (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Class 02

Saturday, 27 August, 2022

21:00 pm - 23:30 pm (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Refund Policy

All sales are final and fees paid for the online workshop are non-refundable.

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