I can't wait to be back at Tendue in SE Portland for the next Introduction to Modern Calligraphy Workshop. After the last workshop that I taught, I was thinking back to when I first starting learning calligraphy. My lines were wobbly and everything didn't come together immediately, but I really loved the process of putting ink to paper and making time for something creative. It was such a nice reprieve from the demands of the day and the screens contending for my time and attention. There weren't a lot of classes dedicated to the art of modern calligraphy at that time, so I scoured local art stores and brought home countless supplies until I found the ones I loved. When I began to see some beginner contemporary calligraphy classes pop up, I registered in a heartbeat.
This is the class I wish I had when I was getting started and the reason I provide a curated set of my favorite modern calligraphy supplies for all of my students. When it's time to sit down and learn something new, I don't want there to be barriers to doing just that. I always tell my students to make it a process you love. Maybe it means clearing the dining room table after dinner, pouring a glass of wine, and breaking out your calligraphy supplies. Maybe you cue up the Pride & Prejudice soundtrack (Jean-Yves Thibaudet created something magical with that one), Louis Armstrong, or some hip hop favorites. Whatever it is, if you want to create a practice you'll return to, make the process enjoyable. For me, it often means keeping the nibs, pens, ink, and paper accessible so it's not an obstacle to getting started.
Have you been interested in learning calligraphy but haven't been sure of where to start? I'll be back at Tendue on Mother's Day weekend and if you're wanting to take your mom out, treat yourself, or learn pointed pen calligraphy just because, I'd love to share the art of modern calligraphy with you! This class is perfect for beginners with little to no calligraphy experience. The class is already halfway sold out, so snag a seat here before it's full. If you're not yet on the mailing list, you can join below.