Welcome to Safe Haven

Lettering Art Classes Taught by Passionate and Compassionate Teachers

Safe Haven Arts offers classes in calligraphy, hand lettering, design for lettering art, and other art classes. Our online classes are taught by passionate and compassionate instructors who love what they do and enjoy sharing it with others in a learning environment that reflects the values of safety, kindness, compassion, and encouragement. Safe Haven was created by Cora Pearl, Professor of Art in Calligraphy and Hand Lettering at Portland Community College, in Portland, Oregon.


Our current workshop series, The Liberated Line, five approaches to the design element of Line presented by five teachers, starts on October 13th.

Safe Haven Values

Things We Care About

  • Safety

    We call our organization Safe Haven Arts because we believe that safety is the foundation of learning. In an emotionally safe learning environment, students can feel more comfortable taking risks, making mistakes, and sharing their creativity.

  • Inspiration

    Inspiration can be the heartbeat of creativity for many artists and students of art. We wish to inspire new ideas in you, the desire for you to learn more, and to inspire you to express your creativity as fully as possible.

  • Growth

    Through the study of art and learning new things, we grow as artists and as humans. Guiding students in their growth and evolution as artists brings our teachers great joy!


Cora Pearl

Cora Pearl started studying calligraphy at age 11 and has been doing calligraphy and hand lettering ever since. She has a BA in Art and Art History from Oberlin College. Cora works as a full-time calligrapher and teacher of lettering arts—she teaches full credit calligraphy and hand lettering courses at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon, and teaches independent workshops, classes and private sessions, including year-long courses in Design for Lettering Art. She has taught workshops for the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, the Oregon College of Art and Craft, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She has taught at several calligraphy conferences including Letters of Joy, the All Oregon Calligraphy Conference, IAMPETH, Letterfest, TypeCon, the International Calligraphy Conference, and Letters California Style. Cora teaches both in person and online and has taught almost 2000 hours on Zoom. Cora also does calligraphy commissions in addition to her teaching. Cora is passionate about the art of teaching and values a holistic approach to learning based on building trust and safety in the classroom environment, whether in person or online. Instructor website: www.corapearlcalligraphy.com

Mike Gold

Mike Gold worked as a commercial lettering designer for over 35 years, mostly in the social expressions business, but his real passion is exploring the corridors of calligraphy that have been less traveled, the path where words and letters are design elements with which to play with line, shape and form, where creating a visual statement is more important than writing a readable text. In both his professional and personal art, Mike breaks traditional rules to create contemporary, non-traditional work. Mike has an M.A. in Visual Communications and has studied with many outstanding lettering and design masters over the years. Mike has taught all across the United States and at several international calligraphy conferences. His personal work has been featured in Letter Arts Review many times over the past 25-plus years. He is the author of Lines to Live By (available through John Neal, Bookseller), which is Mike's take on being a non-traditional calligrapher in the 21st century. To see more of Mike’s work, please go to his website https://www.mikegold-letterarts.com or check him out on Instagram @goldie2452.

Yukimi Annand

Yukimi Annand is a calligrapher, lettering and book artist based in Southern California. She was born in a small town in Boso peninsula, Japan. Her parents were flower farmers and she grew up with an appreciation of the beauty of nature and a respect for its power. After high school, she studied visual communication design in Tokyo. In the 1980s she worked as a graphic designer on mainly visual identity design programs for large and small corporations. She left her position as a director in the prestigious Takenobu Igarashi Studio to come to the U.S. She discovered the world of Western calligraphy in 2000, and has been fascinated by that world ever since. She is passionate about the beauty of the Roman alphabet and creates unique artwork with her love of calligraphic mark making and textures incorporated with nature. She has been experimenting with the use of tools and mediums to expand her world of calligraphy. It has also been her great pleasure to share her ideas and to give workshops all around the world since 2012. Yukimi’s work has frequently been shown in Letter Arts Review magazine as well as calligraphy books and any art related magazines and journals. And they have been included in calligraphy collections in Berlin, San Francisco, Moscow and private collections. Instructor Website: https://yukimiannand.com/


Amity Parks

Amity Parks is an artist and calligrapher living in Missoula, Montana. For many years she has been studying calligraphy in weeklong and private tuition classes with internationally renowned instructors. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tulsa, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana. Her work has been featured in national and regional exhibits and publications. She has been a long-term active member and teacher in her local and state calligraphy guilds and travels within the US and internationally to teach workshops, including serving on the faculty for multiple International Lettering Arts Conferences, for the SSIW Conference in Melbourne, Australia, the Midwest Art and Lettering Retreat, Letters California Style and LaRomita School of Art in Umbria, Italy. Since Covid she also offers online course. She spends many hours in her studio on her personal and creative work, finding a balance between her teaching commitments and her busy family life. More information and artwork can be found on Facebook, Instagram and at her website, www.amityparkslettering.com.

Massimo Polello

Based in Turin, Italy, Massimo Polello has worked as a calligrapher artist for over fifteen years. Since studying calligraphy, he has explored its classical and contemporary applications and potentiality in art and graphic design. Massimo sums up his approach to calligraphy by saying that “…letters become a means to exist outside myself…going beyond the letters, captured by a sole need to see. They become signs, images, evocations, urgent needs, emotions.” In Polello’s works the alphabet transcends the typical functionality of the written language and its relative symbolic and abstract value by becoming an image that confers value to the shape and gesture of the sign. Massimo took part in the International Type Designer Conference in Moscow and Istanbul and the ATypI International Type Designer Conference 2015 in San Paolo, Brazil. He taught seminars at the New York Visual Art School and Concordia University Montreal, and Reed Deer College in Calgary. He has exhibited his artwork and taught workshops all over the world. He has also worked on several short films, and is a contributor to Graphicus, TipoItalia, and Letters Arts Review magazines. He has also been part of the faculty for the International Calligraphy Conferences in North America many times. Website: http://www.lacalligrafia.com/

Current Class Offerings: The Liberated Line

Our current workshop series, The Liberated Line, five approaches to the design element of Line presented by five teachers, starts October 13th.

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