BUILDING STRUCTURES – Online class with Mike Gold


17 & 18 May  2023 – from 8:00 p(Rome Time, GMT+2)
in Live Via ZOOM – The Zoom sessions will be recorded. 

+39 349-6051804 (Whatsapp)

“The Workshop is aimed at everyone: designers, professionals, students, graphic designers, tattoo artists, letter lovers, just curious people or anyone interested in calligraphy, both as an artistic medium and as a graphic element to complete or enrich an editorial or advertising work.

– Buy the Workshop through the normal e-commerce procedure of the site
– The days before the Workshop, you will receive the PDF handout and your personal address to access the Zoom Direct with the rest of the Class by mail and the link for the dedicated Facebook Group


2 Meeting live on ZOOM during 1 week shared with teacher and class with the possibility to interact at the moment.
1 Meeting for each day, Duration of the single meeting is around 2 hours 

– Homeworks and Comments every week by the Teacher
This is not exactly Homeworks Correction, it’s comments or suggestions by the teacher if the student, posts his homeworks on PADLET group.

– Handouts and Work sheets in PDF format, Video recordings available for 2 weeks 24/7 from the end of the Workshop

– Exclusive Access to the Dedicated PADLET Group with exclusive contains
As exclusive contains i mean for example the scan of the demonstrations that the teacher made during the lessons (if the teacher agree)


Letters and lines are design elements that, when grouped together, create structures that can be used to build wonderful compositions. Building structures with lines and letters is a great way to experiment, play, and learn about design. Whether you prefer creating readable or abstract designs, this workshop will give you insight into composition that will help you with whatever kind of artwork you do. I will also talk about and demonstrate the Power of Two, a concept that goes hand in hand with Building Structures. You will learn about the master calligraphers whose work influences this teaching. And the handouts will provide you with valuable reference both during and after the workshop.

SUPPLY LIST (excluded from the registration fee) WORLDWIDE SHOP • SHOP  IN ITALIA

    1. 80# Strathmore 400 Drawing Pad, 11×14”

      Black calligraphy ink, such as Higgins Eternal (or comparable)

      Sumi ink (I like Yasutomo or Moon Palace)

      Walnut ink

      Various broad edge and pointed pen writing tools, plus your favorites

      Automatic or Parallel pens (1/2” to 1”)
      Some favorite gouaches or watercolors
      A few color inks: I recommend Dr. Martin’s Bombay waterproof India inks or Tech Drawing inks (various colors, non-acrylic).
      Note: Any color inks will work.
      A couple 11×14” sheets of Arches Text Wove or comparable
      A couple 11×14” sheets cold press watercolor paper (I like Arches 140 lb.)
      Ruling pen, cola pen, other unusual writing tools

      Speedball C0 through C5 nib pens; stiff pointed pens (like Nikko G); favorite Mitchell or Brause nibs

      Quink ink (I like Blue and Blue-Black)

      A bowl of your favorite M&M’s



Mike Gold worked as a commercial lettering designer for over 35 years, mostly in the social expressions business. But his real passion is exploring the corridors of calligraphy that have been less traveled, the path where words and letters are design elements with which to play with line, shape and form, where creating a visual statement is more important than writing a readable text. In both his professional and personal art, Mike breaks traditional rules to create contemporary, non-traditional work.
Collaboration has been a feature of some of his personal work. He especially cherishes the work and teaching he did with Judy Melvin and his 25-year involvement with Scribes 8, a collaborative group based in New Mexico. Over the last 15 years or so Mike has worked mostly on his own, developing a practice that builds on the traditions of the past, influenced by art and artists of all kinds. Being a calligrapher in the 21st century, Mike has matured at a time when calligraphers are moving calligraphy in new directions, creating new traditions, just as all artists have done over time. He still make beautiful letters and write out texts, but also explores the abstract, the illegible and the conceptual.
Teaching calligraphy to inmates at a women’s prison is his most unusual teaching experience. His most unusual commission comes from Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, who reproduced one of Mike’s designs on a line of clothing. Mike has an M.A. in Visual Communications and has studied with many outstanding lettering and design masters over the years. Mike has taught around the country and at several international calligraphy conferences. His personal work has been featured in Letter Arts Review many times over the past 25-plus years. He is the author of Lines to Live By (available through John Neal, Bookseller), which is Mike’s take on being a non-traditional calligrapher in the 21st century. 
To see more of Mike’s work, please go to his website or check him out on Instagram @goldie2452.
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1 review for BUILDING STRUCTURES – Online class with Mike Gold

  1. Miriam Jones (verified owner)

    This class was a lot of fun. Mike is an enthusiastic and generous teacher.

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