Carl Rohrs has been a commercial lettering artist and sign painter in Santa Cruz, CA since 1977. Teacher of Lettering & Typography and Graphic Design at Cabrillo College since ‘84, and U.C. Santa Cruz Extension. Teacher of modern calligraphy and occasionally sign-painting and gilding at workshops and conferences since ‘86 all over the US and Europe, as well as Japan, Australia and South Africa. Carl has studied with Father Edward Catich, Hermann Zapf, Karlgeorg Hoefer among many others. Team teaching partners have included Julian Waters, Georgia Deaver, Susan Skarsgard and sign legend Mark Oatis. Former and current editor of Alphabet, the Journal of the Friends of Calligraphy.  


Carl Teaches

  • Modern Pen Techniques: Losing Contact

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Is there anything more important?

Is there anything more important to our growth as artists than keeping our eyes (and minds) open and paying attention? The more ways that these techniques get used and individual differences you will be bringing to the techniques will help all of us get to be better scribes — and people, too, I am convinced.

- Carl Rohrs