Classes in calligraphy, art


The Catfish Letter Arts School will offer a series of workshops and classes in 2013. The classes are being offered by the newly formed Art Legacy League (ALL) dedicated to preserving and promoting the tradition of art education principles developed by the late Father Edward Catich.
A “Meet and Greet” with most of the instructors will be held Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Bettendorf Community Center. Instructors will demonstrate various calligraphy and art techniques and provide course outlines.
Fr. Catich was a world renowned calligrapher, stone inscription carver, printer and liturgical artist who founded the St. Ambrose College art department in Davenport and taught there. He served as a priest in the Davenport Diocese until his death in 1979.
Paul Herrera, chairman of ALL, said workshops and classes will be offered at the Bettendorf Community Center from January to May.
Courses include calligraphic handwriting, introduction to calligraphy, introduction to brush writing, paper marbling and introduction to book arts.
The Art Legacy League Board of Directors is comprised of former Catich students: Herrera, George Ohley, vice chair; Jeff Young, treasurer; directors Linda Kelty, John Bald, Katie Kiley, Amy Nielsen, Donna Young, Steve Morford; and webmaster Nancy Trottier.
The group has hosted several lectures and seminars across the U.S. and Canada since its inception in January 2012.
Herrera noted that the group developed a traveling exhibit of Fr. Catich’s works, which just completed its inaugural showing at the Hallmark Cards gallery in Kansas City, Mo.
For more information on the Art Legacy League, its courses, faculty or to register visit or email

Catfish Letter Arts School courses
Jan. 19, 9 a.m. to noon, meet and greet the seminar instructors/board members.
Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Jan. 27, 1-6 p.m., introduction to pen calligraphy.
Feb. 16, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Feb. 17, 1-6 p.m., making marbled paper.
March 9, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and March 10, 1-6 p.m., introduction to brush writing.
March 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., making a single signature manuscript book.
April 20, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and April 21, 1-6 p.m., advanced calligraphy techniques.
May 18, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and May 19, 1-6 p.m., advanced brush writing.
All courses will be held at the Bettendorf Community Center. Cost for each course is $75, plus a $15 materials fee. Students enrolled in high school, college or university programs may get a $10 discount with a copy of student ID when registering.

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