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!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Copperplate for Beginners

As I have already told you, I have classes online. I re-videod all of the sessions for Copperplate for Beginners with a better camera angle. It took a lot of time to figure this new angle out, and a lot of time to redo all of the sessions, but it was definitely worth it.

I think the students will be able to understand the making of the letterforms so much better by viewing above the pen rather than from the side of it.

And since Creative Workshops is moving, a different format for the Thumbnails for each class needed to change. They all now need to be a square!

It was fun working on a new thumbnail, and with it needing to be square, I had fun coming up with this.

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