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, June 12, 2011

Roman Caps Workshop

I scanned in the notes I took yesterday while taking a workshop on Roman Capitals. We are always in a state of learning. There is always something more to figure out, to hone, to stare at and "get it."

It's going to take me a while to get this one! But I am inspired to press on because my goal is to teach it one day. And I have decided that I do not have to be perfect to teach. I just have to be willing to teach what I know so far and have my students go on this journey with me. We are all learning, aren't we? And I know that each time I have taught so far, I feel I have learned more from my students than probably what they've learned from me.

It's a collaboration in the love of lettering. And I DO LOVE IT.

1 comment:

  1. Kerr, even your notes on Calligraphy are beautiful! I also love your theory on teaching :)