I grew up in Raleigh at a time when the nuns taught at Our Lady Of Lourdes. They lived out back of the school and wore those imposing yet Holy Habits that commanded your adoration, attention, and, quite frankly, your fear. So, when they asked you to "sit up straight" with your "feet flat on the floor" and compose your letters properly according to the Palmer Method of Handwriting, you did just that! I believe it was at that impressionable age that I became infatuated with the formation of letters. When I was introduced to calligraphy in 1978, it was no wonder I fell in love with this beautiful art form. My first taste of the calligraphic world lasted no longer than one hour. The instructor turned a piece of chalk on its edge to form calligraphic works of art from A to Z on the chalkboard. That was that! But it was all I needed to fire the embers that had been sparked in elementary school. Watching the slow, rhythmical shaping of those letters was like listening to classical music. It was not until 1997 that I enrolled in my first formal calligraphy class. Boy, were my eyes opened! I knew I had a lifelong road of learning ahead of me. It's been 38 years since that white piece of chalk was laid on its side. I am still learning. Come learn with me!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
As I sat at my desk yesterday for hours looking at videos of other calligraphers working their magic, I once again realized just how much there is to learn. It can be overwhelming, especially when you are just starting out in an endeavor. So, what do you do? Well, you can either say to yourself that you will never, ever "get it," and you can close up shop. Or you can put your nose to the grindstone and start grinding! I think that is what I do every time I sit at my writing board. It has been a slow yet exciting grind for me. Nevertheless, I LOVE the grind. There will come a day when, like me, you will push your chair back from your desk, look at what you have just done, and say to yourself, "You know, that's not half bad!"
Conclusion? Have fun! Enjoy what you are doing! Then share it.
Not sure if you're hungry for a full course of calligraphy? Just want a bite to see if you like it? This is one session, either 3 or 6 hours long. $30/$60 (Choose your course from List B below.)
Starving to sink your teeth into the meat of calligraphic lettering? These 2-3 hour classes are held once a week for six weeks. $120-$180
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Did you save room for dessert? Use this three-hour session to try your hand at whimsical interpretations of the calligraphic tradition. This is one session, either 3 or 6 hours long. $30/$60
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LIST A: Formal Italic with a Twist of Reggie, Colorful Brush Italic, Uncial-a Medieval Script, Copperplate-The Wedding Calligraphy, Copperplate Advanced Capitals
LIST B: Sherri Kiesel's Decorated Letters, Versals, Weaver Writing with Ruling Pen, Neuland with Pressure & Release Pencil, The How of Lettering Envelopes, Demystifying the Pilot Parallel Pen, or Easy Layout & Design