Decorated Letters make for a fun evening

It is always a pleasure to share The Saint John’s Bible and art with others.  Sometimes I get a little too carried away by it but I am not fussed – I think we can only have more art and more talking points in our lives.  Caring and sharing is where it is at!

So the possibility of raising money and doing art led me to create an accessible workshop for all that I call Decorated Letters.  It is a fun, non-intimidating way of connect with people around the table and doing art.  Here is what The Arts Partnership had to say about the event:

Anne Kaese Calligraphy Hosting Letter Decorating Class To Benefit Upcoming St. John’s Bible Exhibit

By Kendra Klein | June 7th, 2017 | 

Looking at instructor Anne Kaese’s beautifully hand-crafted calligraphy, the ancient practice can seem complex and intimidating. However, the evening of art, food, and wine Kaese is offering from 6 – 8 p.m. this Thursday at Gethsemane Cathedral will be completely the opposite.

The class is all about learning basic letters and techniques of calligraphy, then allowing creativity to take over. The food and wine is a bonus.

Anne Kaese was born in South Africa, where she was introduced to calligraphy at the age of twelve. In South Africa, calligraphy is viewed as a high art form, and Kaese brings this respect, history and tradition of calligraphy to each of her classes. She describes herself overall as a heritage artist. “If it was popular three to four hundred years ago, I’m probably into that,” she says.

Kaese emphasizes there is no wrong way to make art. She wants her students to give themselves permission to play, because her classes are about slowing down and appreciating the creative process.

Kaese is donating her time to host this event, and proceeds will go to the St. John’s Bible exhibit. The Bible will be coming to the Historical and Cultural Society in Moorhead this October, but Kaese has been following the project since 1998. It ties in nicely with everything the artist is already passionate about. She pointed out how many disciplines this project brings together: history, archaeology, theology, science, art, and imagination, to name a few.

In her classes, Kaese brings people together through art. The St. John’s Bible is a work of art that acknowledges social and technological advances of the modern world, and provides a focal point for discussion. Visitors will bring their own interpretations and background to understand the art, and Kaese believes that is the whole point. She says the St. John’s Bible “triggers something that sparks curiosity.”

Decorated letters this Thursday, and all of Kaese’s classes in conjunction with The St. John’s Bible exhibit, focus on making art accessible to people and allowing creativity to happen without the pressure of perfection. Kaese says that previous students have described her classes not as an education, but as a discovery.

If you aren’t able to make it to this Thursday’s installment of art, food, and wine, Anne Kaese will offer another class on October 21st.

Photo courtesy of Anne Kaese.

All photos are courtesy of Anne Kaese Calligraphy.



Late Spring 2016 classes and a St John’s Bible announcement





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Late Spring Classes and Events

Yes, summer is coming

I saw robins this morning and with the fog today, I am guessing that my grass will be good and green soon – just in time for St Patrick’s day. A March with no snow on the ground is a wonderful thing!!!

And the welcome is warm here in my studio!
So people seem to have itchy fingers right now and the requests for classes and mini workshops have been piling up. So here are some opportunities for May and June that might be of interest.

And the big news – an exhibition of original pages:


Tuesday evening classes will be announced at the end of April for June and July. Friday morning classes will be an option offered for May and June. Once I get a few more family events scheduled I will be able to release that info so keep checking back


May: A three week class will be offered Monday evenings in May starting on May 9th. Classes will run from 6:30 – 8:30pm. The cost of the program is $75. Email Anne to register at

June: A different 3 week series will be offered Monday evenings in June starting on June 6th. Classes will run from 6:30 – 8:30pm. The cost of the program is $75. Email Anne to register at

*NEW* Weekend Art Camp – Calligraphy, Illuminated Letters, Bookmaking & More
Please read the Storm Mountain Brochure for a new and different opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Black Hills and spend time with some great women doing art – calligraphy, illumination of letters, bookmaking and maybe more. It is scheduled for May 20-22. This weekend retreat is for everyone – beginners are very welcome. It will be a “Dabble” in the arts, nothing heavy. The cost of $245 includes your room and board, instruction and all supplies. We will spend time working on art, having devotions with the illuminations of The St. John’s Bible, meeting new friends and still have time to hike the beautiful nature trails at Storm Mountain Center, watch the deer, or just relax on the deck.
The location of this retreat is Storm Mountain Bible Camp near Keystone, SD. It is nestled in a beautiful valley with a stream nearby. The accommodations are great and the food will be wonderful. What a great way to pamper yourself before the hustle and bustle of summer schedules. We will be housed in a beautiful lodge with fantastic views of the Black Hills.
We will be car pooling from Fargo, so don’t worry about transportation. The plan is to leave Fargo early on Friday morning and return late on Sunday night.
You can register for this retreat on the Methodist camps website: It is listed under the camps/events section and is called Craft Weekend (bad title on their part). Please register before April 30 as that is the deadline for determining if there are enough registered to make the weekend a “go” and also for me to know how many to prepare for and get supplies.
If you want more information please contact Carol and please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested. It is open to high school age and above.
Carol Knodle

Original Saint John’s Bible Pages coming to Moorhead!
Please go and like the exhibit Facebook page at We are working hard on this amazing exhibit. There will be an informational meeting soon for people in churches and art groups and non profits who want to find ways to collaborate on making this exhibit a community wide experience that touches all the senses, emotions and learning opportunities. Talk to me!

For more info on classes and the exhibit, take a look at my webpage.

And enjoy these last spring days! Too soon summer will be here and we can really huddle down with our art!

For more information on Tribal Knowledge LLC and Anne Kaese Calligraphy, visit my website or Facebook page. All updates and news is posted there as well.

So get ready to get creative this autumn. You know you need to!

Best wishes

Anne Kaese
Tribal Knowledge LLC

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Winter is here so spring cannot be far behind

IMG_2561[1]This winter we installed bird feeders at both my office windows.  Oh boy!  I think we are feeding every bird in a hundred mile radius.  The noise and excitement has been great background noise.  They do make me smile.

What has not made me smile is my calendar through the end of April.  It is crazy with mainly kid stuff.  But they come first and my beloved teaching slides in behind their demands on my time and resources.  So this means there is slim pickings for classes this season…..

So here is what is on the schedule for sure:

Moorhead Community Ed it is!!!!!

Watercolor Hot in the Tropics Monday 2/22; 2/29 and 3/7 6:30pm – 9pm Probsfield 202 $69/64

Calligraphy Italic (yay!) Wednesday 2/3; 2/17 and 2/24 6:30pm – 9pm Probstfield 202 $69/$64

Now if I am correct the room they have me in will take 8-9 students so my suggestion is to sign up soon for those.  Moorhead Community Ed is the link.
Their catalog arrived in the mail today so you can go and book.

Now, as for classes here……  Oh boy, what a mess!  Here is what I can offer at our normal time slots and class rate of $25 per session:

Monday night watercolor:  6:30pm 1/25,  and 3/7 (And 3 nights community ed)
Tuesday night calligraphy: 6:30pm  1/26; 2/16; 2/23; 3/15; 3/22 and 3/29 (There are not many holidays on a Tuesday)
Friday 11:30am 1/29, 2/5, 2/26 and 3/11

I am going to continue the watercolor theme of Hot in the Tropics – looking at ways to saturate colour, overpaint, etc.  For calligraphy, we are going to look at using different tools in different ways with both our natural handwriting and the calligraphy hands you know.  The first lesson will be on making our own pen and that lesson will probably run longer than usual.

Let me know what sessions and dates work for you so I can compile a matrix of who is coming when and make sure we have at least 2 people at every class.
So apologies for the crazy schedule.