With GPS and Google Maps, you might think mapmaking skills are no longer needed, but a handmade map can be a treasure. In this workshop we will talk about the many kinds of maps and then learn ways to make them. We'll talk about the different information included on maps, see some historical versions that might surprise you, and think about how we engage with the territory. 

You'll choose a topic and then learn some cartographic techniques. You can make a camera-ready version of your space or you can make a fine painterly map to hang on a wall. Those Tolkien maps of Middle Earth can't be found on your smart phone, and you too might want to design a map of your own imaginary space. 

What kind of maps can you imagine making? It is easy to think of a map to your home or a wedding, or a map that captures a trip you have taken. There are also mind maps that display ideas arrayed around a central concept. What about a pair of hiking boots with "scars" from different hiking trails? Or an artist's apron with splotches of paint from diverse projects? Or even a favorite pizza with information about the assorted ingredients? 

We will review the letterforms you know, adapting them to various places on your maps, from simple place names to complicated titles. We'll learn some of the cartographic traditions to make your map accessible and reliable for your audience, whether it is a map to your house from the airport, a map to a wedding reception or a map of a fantastic place you made up yourself. The emphasis will be on learning the skills needed to make a map - with a bit of fun thrown in as well! 

In preparation for our weekend's work, Annie is offering a Friday evening slide show.

A preview of things to come, the discussion will set the stage 

for an interesting and enjoyable learning experience.

** All levels of experience are welcome. Come as you are. **


Hosted by Triangle Calligraphers' Guild (TCG), our workshop takes place the weekend of October 5 - 6, 2019, at La Quinta Inn and Suites Raleigh Cary, 191 Crescent Commons, Cary, NC 27518. 

The Friday evening social and presentation, hosted by Carol Fountain Nix, will be held at the NC State University Crafts Center, 210 Jensen Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27607. 


We gather Friday evening about 6 pm to enjoy hors d'oeuvres and libations while catching up on our colleagues' news. About 7 pm, Annie will introduce us to the wonderful world of mapmaking. We will have room for a few extra folks for this presentation, so accompanying persons and other TCG 

members are invited to attend. 


Our room will open each day at 8:30 am. Formal workshop hours for Saturday are 9:00 am to 5 pm, with a break for lunch. On Sunday we will again begin instruction at 9:00 am but will close by 4:00 pm to allow for clean-up.


Participants will provide their own lunches, snacks and drinks during the workshop. There will not be time to go out for lunch, but nearby there is a Harris Teeter grocery store with a take-out hot lunch bar. 

We will have a potluck dinner on Saturday night. You are welcome to bring a guest to this dinner as well as to the Friday night gathering.


Participants are responsible for their own lodging arrangements. The closest hotel - big surprise! - is La Quinta Inn and Suites Raleigh Cary, 191 Crescent Commons, Cary, C 27518, telephone 844.278.9031. A TCG scribe may be able to offer lodging; please indicate your interest in a homestay on your registration form. 


The cost of the workshop is $170 per person for CLAS members, and $200 for non-members. This amount includes the materials fee of $10. Workshop enrollment is limited to 18 because of the classroom size. Registrants will be assigned places in the order registrations are post-marked on or after August 15th. Registrations mailed before August 15th automatically go on the waiting list. E-mail confirmations will be sent in early September.

Mail your checks (payable to CLAS) to 

Patricia Minard – CLAS

24 Highbridge Crossing, Apt. 1415

Asheville, NC 28803. 


  • Pencils (mostly an HB, if that's your favorite)

  • Eraser(s)

  • Basic calligraphy supplies, including broad edged, pointed and monoline pens. We'll use the monoline for small writing; you can use a roller ball or other favorite small instrument.

  • Ink: your favorite basic black, or walnut, or color

  • Gouache if you prefer to work in color, with palette, gum Arabic, a few mixing brushes and appropriately sized paint brushes

  • Tracing paper

  • Graphite transfer paper if you have some (Annie will demonstrate how to make your own.)

  • Optional: colored pencils and/or watercolors

  • Scissors and X-acto knife or snap-off craft knife

  • Cutting mat for X-acto

  • Glue stick, such as UHU (the yellow one)

  • Old phone book or catalog for pasteup

  • Road atlas or map of places you might want to use as a source for your map, or sketches and photos of an imaginary place

  • Good rag paper if you want an original frameable map, and/or other papers you might want to try. Annie will be bringing some paper for parts of the projects, so just bring what you think you might want. If you are making a map that is just going to be photocopied, you can work on good tracing paper or 100% rag paper designed for drafting, available from Annie.

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The world of books and writing has captivated Annie since she was a child. After a short career as a chemical engineer, she turned to the visual arts, specializing in calligraphy, painting, printmaking and drawing. 

The visual qualities of writing became her focus when she discovered the expressive power of calligraphic forms. She brings visual expression to words to expand their meaning, using both abstract and illustrative imagery. She is fascinated with the visual nature of text on paper, working in both traditional and contemporary ways. 

With an MFA in graphic design, she teaches lettering, drawing and painting for calligraphers throughout the United States and Canada, in Japan, Spain and Australia, as well as at most of the international calligraphy conferences. Travels to Europe and Asia have expanded her visions of the calligraphic form. She has had numerous one-person exhibits in Montana, Tennessee, Illinois and North Carolina. 

Her work has been included in many calligraphic publications, including Bound & Lettered and Letter Arts Review. Her artist's books are in private and public collections, including Yale University. She is the author of The Art and Craft of Hand Lettering, (revised in 2018). She was co-director of A Show of Hands 2016, the 35th international calligraphy conference, held at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina. 

Her interest in maps came from her love to travel, finding that she is often the navigator with a map in her hand. A course in cartography completed the circle, and she began designing maps for clients, as well as assigning map projects to her college students. These highly inventive maps fueled her interest in teaching mapmaking to others. 


For a fascinating book on maps in general, look for MapHead, by Ken Jennings. 

It's a delightful history of all kinds of maps, with many insights and some clever jokes. 

To date, Jennings is the 'winningest' Jeopardy contestant of all time, which means 

he brings a great amount of intriguing trivia to this discussion.


  • Students who cancel two weeks or more prior to the workshop will be refunded registration fees less a $50 penalty.

  • No refund will be made for cancellations within two weeks of the workshop unless the space is filled. If the space is filled, fees will be refunded less a $50 penalty.


Contact CLAS Workshop Chair Patricia Minard 

via email at

or call her on 828.989.1592.

Note: We regret that we are as yet unable to accept on-line registrations and payments. 

You may print the following form or simply write the information on a piece of paper.

Send your information and payment to the address below.


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Please note any food restrictions. We cannot guarantee we can accommodate, but we will try. 

Would you like to be housed with a local TCG host or can you host a visitor? Please note any special needs (e.g., allergies to pets, ability to climb stairs) that we would need to know in placing scribes.

Workshop fee + $10 materials fee:

$170 for CLAS members and $200 for non-members

Amount enclosed  $______________

Make check payable to CLAS and mail on or after August 15 to:

Patricia Minard – CLAS

24 Highbridge Crossing #1415

Asheville, NC 28803