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Write a Beautiful Letter Workshop
A letter is one of the most generous things you can give someone. The gift of a letter gives the recipient a moment to pause and exist within the space and connection between letter-writer and recipient. In a world where most of us are plugged into the digital world for most communications and we even pay our bills online, the lost art of handwritten letters is a tragedy worthy of revolt. It is time to write a beautiful letter.
The class will focus on writing a beautiful letter. We will: hand-make envelopes from everyday supplies; artfully address an envelope with calligraphic typography; focus on raw, beautiful materials; learn the art of storytelling in letter-writing; read ancient letters for inspiration; unleash authentic language in letters; discover how to extract inspiration for artists and writers in the after-thought of letter-writing; implement systems to find time to write letters in today’s busy world.
Each student will leave with very beautiful supplies, but more importantly, students will leave with a refreshed or new deeply-felt sense of connection. No prerequisites, all levels are welcome. At its core, this class is about connection.
Next Workshop at Port Townsend School of the Arts,
Five 3-hour sessions Thursday mornings in October-November
October 4th, October 11th, October 18th, October 25th, and November 1st.
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Photographs by Jen Lee Light
Introduction to Pointed Pen Calligraphy
Using the ancient dip pen and black sumi ink, come discover the joy and beauty of calligraphy and the calming meditation of letterforms. Each student will learn the basic alphabet in classic cursive calligraphy as the foundation to experiment and add their own creative flair. We might get ink on our hands, we will hear the delicate scratching of the nib on paper, we will connect deeply with the letters we already use and read daily. Students will spend the duration of the class learning to shape letterforms with the pointed pen and ink.
We will be working toward a work of art to frame and hang on the wall or give as a gift (frame not included). Each student will leave class with a more confident ability to write beautifully, to understand the letters used in nearly every application of life, and more importantly, a set of supplies to write beautifully anywhere anytime.
Students must have a basic understanding of letters and cursive script. No other prerequisites necessary, all are welcome.
12 August 2018 at Finnriver, 11 am to 2 pm
$65 per person
$20 beautiful supplies fee per person
Class includes all supplies necessary for successful introduction to pointed pen calligraphy. Class also includes one drink token from Finnriver and one 20% off purchase from the farm store on the day of the pointed pen calligraphy class!
Arrange a truly memorable event for your group of friends or organization
Minimum of 8 participants.
Private Calligraphy or Handwriting Tutoring
Hire me to calligraph for your next event. I love love love dressing up to match the events for which I'm hired.
Some of my favorite ideas:
FOR YOUR WEDDING: I set up my beautiful, elegant event table (milled and made by my favorite artistic builder, Cody Wayland of Wayland Constructive), either at your pre-ceremony gathering or at the reception and your guests approach my table and give me a short martial tidbit of wisdom from their experience, or perhaps a bit of wisdom from any experience they wish to impart to the wedding couple. I calligraph each word beautifully into a book for YOU.
FOR YOUR CORPORATE EVENT: a similar set up, with my elegant event table and we can discuss ideas for the artistic calligraphic element of your event.