Society for Calligraphy, Southern California

Map Your Space


Saturday, January 18

10:30 am - 5:30 pm

Sunday, January 19

9:30 am - 4:30 pm


With GPS and Google Maps, you might think map making skills are no longer needed, but a hand-made map can be a treasure. In this workshop we will talk about the many kinds of maps, both geographical and other kinds, and then learn ways to make them. We’ll talk about various kinds of information included on maps, see some historical versions that might surprise you, and think about how we engage with the land. 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.

Other Info

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 just a map to your house from the airport, a map to the wedding reception or a fantastic place you made up yourself. The emphasis in this class will be on learning the design skills needed to make a map, but with a bit of fun thrown in as well. Paypal option includes Paypal fees



Annie Cicale


SfC sponsored


Kristi Darwick


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Cal State University, Long Beach

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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