Fee: $ 65 (includes all tools & materials) max students: 8
In this enjoyable two-hour, intimate one-session workshop - open to total beginners - students will explore the elegant art of pointed pen calligraphy with old-fashioned style “dip” calligraphy pens - the style used by many wedding calligraphers.
Students will learn how to use black ink and penholder (both right and left-handed writers are encouraged to join the class) as well as recommendations on other inks and papers and how to create the unique thick and thin elegance that is characteristic of the Pointed Pen style (Pointed pens are used to create Copperplate and Spencerian calligraphy as well as most Modern Calligraphy hands). Students will practice lower case and upper case cursive letters and will be encouraged to use their own creativity and this old technique to take the handwriting they already possess and create more elegant handwritten lettering. With Modern Flow Calligraphy, rather than repeated lifting of pen, the technique practiced is closer to cursive we learned in elementary school with less rigid structures. The focus is on allowing the letters to flow to create lovely lines and loops and allowing students to create their own lettering style.
All materials are supplied by the instructor, PLUS each student will receive a complimentary Calligraphy Starter Kit which includes instruction booklet with sample calligraphy alphabets, 1 pen nib, 1 penholder and 1/2 oz. starter supply of ink to take home and keep practicing.
Are you Left- Handed? Pointed pens use the same nibs for left or right-handers with the straight penholders. Some left-handers might benefit from purchasing a left-handed oblique penholder here. Don't be shy if you are left-handed, the instructor has helped many left-handers learn how to create some beautiful calligraphy, and no extra tutoring is needed, please join the group class.
Class Signup Policy: Class fees are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend class and let the instructor know via phone (206-817-3479) or email a couple hours before the start of class you are allowed one "rollover" to apply your payment to a future class. No shows or last minute cancelations will forfeit their payment. Thanks for understanding, as this class is very popular, has limited seating capacity and routinely has students on the wait list.
Instructor Caitlin Dundon is a painter and calligrapher with a BFA in graphic design from Syracuse University. She has over 20 years of experience in painting and calligraphy with her company Handwritten Life (formerly One Heart Studio). She has been published in Seattle, Seattle Bride, Seattle Business Monthly and Manhattan Bride Magazines as well as the international calligraphy publication, Letter Arts and numerous articles for Somerset Studio magazine. She has been an instructor at the Letters of Joy conference, Art & Soul Mixed Media Retreats, Art is You and Art Unraveled as well as the University of Washington’s Experimental College in both calligraphy and mixed media collage. She is currently writing a book for Schiffer Publishing on mixed media techniques.
What Other Students are Saying About This Class:
Would you recommend this class to other beginners?
"Pace of instruction was perfect! I thought the class was done really well...there was time enough for instruction and practice...I wouldn't change a thing." Geri A., Mercer Island, WA
"It's a good way to jump start calligraphy practice, getting personal feedback before bad habits are formed. I was a little intimidated at the thought of using a dip pen, but it's actually very accessible." Lenore X., Seattle, WA
"A great introduction to an art form that can be done inexpensively and with an impressive outcome. How I hold the pen makes a HUGE difference - something I might not have figured out on my own." - Kathy S., Seattle, WA
"Yes! I loved how this class walked you through everything and that Caitlin made her rounds to help figure out where our strengths and weaknesses were. I think Caitlin is doing a great job! She obviously knows what she is doing and while she has many years under her belt, she still undertstands the beginner struggle and how to help people improve." Aleeza A., Seattle, WA.
"I really enjoyed your class last night and look forward to practicing my own swirly style of writing! Your hand writing is beautiful!!! I really found your comments encouraging....It helped me make it through the evening. Thanks again for a great time. " - Joan, Tukwila, WA
Would you recommend this class to other students? Why or why not?
"Yes I would, I liked the teaching style and I liked Caitlin. I thought that the class was fun and informative, and I really enjoyed it." - Heather L., Seattle, WA
"Yes. Caitlin was informative as well as encouraging." - Pam, Seattle, WA