When is the next workshop? How many workshops are offered a year?
I typically announce 1-2 workshops at a time, most often 2-6 weeks in advance. I don’t typically release a whole schedule of dates at one time. Depending on the year, I offer around 9-12 workshops per year.
How can I be notified about the next workshop?
Sign up for emails at the bottom of my website. My email list will be notified about new workshops first! Also follow along on Instagram @laurenheimstudio.
Where are workshops held?
Workshops are typically hosted at different venues around Kansas City, mainly in Overland Park, Prairie Village and Leawood. Right now I do not host workshops outside of Kansas City, but if you have an interest, please send me an email and let me know! I’d love to hear from you. Some of my past workshops have been held at Dolce Bakery in Prairie Village, Olive Tree in Overland Park, Pink Antlers Studio in Leawood, West Elm on the Plaza, Pilgrim Coffee in Overland Park, Caffetteria in Prairie Village. In past years, we had workshops in Manhattan, KS as well.
What is the difference between calligraphy, brush lettering and hand lettering?
Well, every artist you speak with may have a slightly different interpretation of the different terms such as calligraphy, brush lettering, hand lettering, fauxligraphy and so on. Calligraphy is traditionally known for using pressure to write with nib and ink (with either an oblique or straight pen). Brush lettering is typically done with a pointed-shaped brush pens (what I teach at my workshops!) where you use pressure to achieve thin upstrokes and thick downstrokes. Watercolor lettering is typically done with a water brush or paint brush and watercolors (you will also learn this at my workshops!). Hand lettering can vary a lot in look and style, but is typically letters drawn or illustrated by hand, and can be done with a variety of tools and supplies. Fauxligraphy is a form of lettering made to look like calligraphy or brush lettering, where you fill and drawn in your downstrokes by hand (instead of using pressure). That’s a quick overview with just my opinions based on my experience, of course!
Do I bring my own supplies to your workshops?
Nope! All supplies, worksheets and paper are provided. Along with light eats and sips. So all you need to bring is yourself!
Do I need to have experience with lettering or calligraphy?
Nope, nadda, none! This workshop is open to anyone 16 years old and up. (Those under 16 years can definitely attend a workshop with an adult! See more below.) You do not need to have any experience at all! I will provide all of the supplies, worksheets and instruction. Trust me, with practice, anyone can learn!
Do I have to be over 16 years old?
Yes, we do require attendees to be over 16 years old if they are attending by themselves. The in-person classes last 2.5 hours and we cover a good amount of content. However, If you have a child that is 10-15 years old that would like to attend, we would love to have them! We just require an adult to attend with a student, and 2 tickets to be purchased. You can also check out our online workshop here on my website as well, which is a great fit for younger people, too.
Do I have to attend with a friend?
One of my main goals for workshops is for you to feel comfortable, inspired and creative. I know how it is to show up at an event “alone” and feel super out of place. That is not my intention for my workshops. You can come by yourself, and your seat will be saved at the table with your name on it. That way you can excuse the awkward trouble of finding a seat. You will be able to chat with other attendees, and you’d be surprised how many people find they have lots in common! If you decide to attend with a friend or family member, I will gather that information from you ahead of time, and will seat your people all together! This is often a fun friends outing, mother/daughter time, sisters or co-workers!
What types of people attend?
It’s fun to see how varied our attendees are. They are different ages, they have different professions, they have different interests, but they’re all gathering at the table with a shared interest of pursuing their creativity. We often have people with demanding careers looking for a creative outlet, people who work in health care, engineering, teachers, stay-at-home mamas looking for a new hobby, graphic designers, small business owners, wedding industry-ers, and the lucky retired ones!