Sunday, February 19, 2012

Calligraphy Class

I'm taking an Italic calligraphy class at the Multnomah Arts Center with Christine Colasurdo- a writer, teacher and calligrapher. She gave us the above quote the first day of class. It reminds me to be a beginner in all that I do- to see with fresh eyes, to practice a lot, to make mistakes, to be patient with myself, to grow and learn.

I've wanted to learn a calligraphic hand but thought I didn't have the time to practice. I'm finding the repetition of letter forms to be very meditative work.

From the lowercase letters to the capitals, there is a beauty in the pen angle, letter slope, shape and spacing.

This summer, the International Calligraphy Conference will be held at Reed College. The Portland Society for Calligraphy will host the event. The conference is my motivation to study and learn more. I already signed up for Spring term. It will be great to experiment with adding calligraphic writing to my artwork.

3 comments:

Jo Reimer said...

Wow, Paula. I'm so impressed by how well you make the letters. It's beyond me, for sure.

Createology said...

Calligraphy is such a beautiful, romantic and relaxing form of writing. You will love learning this art form. Happy scribing...

Paula McNamee said...

My word is focus for 2012 and calligraphy is sure making me focus on lettering. I find it to be very meditative.