Hands-On Fountain Pens Class ONLINE
*Friday, April 9, 2-4pm MDT
Instructor: Janet Salmons
Limit: 15 students. Includes class kit + shipping
*April is National Card & Letter Writing Month
Writing with a fountain pen is a timeless and unique experience. Author and artist Janet Salmons invites you to get a taste of it in this hands-on workshop, which covers the basics of how to select, care for, and use a fountain pen for writing or drawing. She’s been using fountain pens forever and has written with and tested all types. Janet speaks from extensive experience as she demonstrates how the choice of pen, nib, ink, and paper affects writing with a fountain pen. To give you a truly hands-on experience, we’ll send you a Metropolitan Pilot fountain pen as well as a paper sampler pack and Janet’s handout on how to care for and troubleshoot fountain pens. Janet steps you through setting up your starter pen during class, then shows you some different styles of writing to try as you test it out. A keyboard is fine for quick notes or for left brain, work-a-day writing, but the pen seems to help release right brain activity – just what’s needed when recording thoughts, reflections, or insights. The fountain pen is for more than just writing, though. It’s also a drawing tool and can be used together with watercolors or other media. Join Janet to learn what an enriching experience putting nib to paper can be! (To learn more about how fountain pens seem to enhance brain processing, check out Janet’s article Academic Writing with Pen in Hand https://www.methodspace.com/111243-2/.)
To receive your kit in time for class, register by March 26 if outside Colorado or April 2 if in Colorado. We ship the kits via USPS Mail and will email you the tracking number. If you are a Boulder local, you can pick up your kit from our Pearl Street location by choosing “curbside pick-up” when registering. Kits can only be shipped within the USA. If you’re outside the USA and would like to take the class, please contact us for information.
Class Kit Includes: Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen (medium nib), 2 ink cartridges (one blue, one black), fountain pen converter (used to fill from a bottle of ink), small bottle of fountain pen ink, paper sampler pack. Kits will begin shipping at least 3 weeks before the class date or earlier.
Please bring the following materials:
-Small jar or cup of water to practice filling and cleaning
-Paper towels or wipes
-Optional: a notebook for taking notes
Be sure to look for an email with class details sent out the Monday before the class. The email includes a Zoom link to login, the class agenda, a materials list, and information on any pre-class prep. You’ll also receive a reminder email the morning of the class. If you don’t see the class email from us check your spam folder. No email? Double check the email address you entered when you registered. It's on your order confirmation. If there's still an issue, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancellations made 3 weeks before class can either be refunded or used to pay for another class. If the class kit has already been shipped at the time of cancellation, the price of the kit plus shipping will be deducted from the refund amount. Two Hands Paperie retains a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. For cancellations made after the cancellation deadline, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee cannot be transferred to pay for another class. You may, however, gift the class along with the class kit to someone else; just notify us of the switch. These policies are to ensure that THP and teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 4 students are enrolled one week before. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be contacted via email and refunded the FULL class fee.
Janet Salmons blends imagination with curiosity in an eclectic life-work mix. One minute she’s writing an academic book or blog post; the next she’s painting, art journaling, beading, or sewing. She believes that imagination, design, and expression are inspirational and therapeutic for newbies as well as experienced artists. Throughout her academic career she was an advocate for the use of visual and creative methods, and has presented and written extensively on the value of handwriting, drawing, images, and media in research and scholarly communications.
Janet has extensive professional and volunteer experience in the arts. She spent a decade directing a cultural education and outreach program at the Cornell University Center for Performing Arts, and also worked with the National Endowment for the Arts as a site reporter across the US. She served on the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company board, the Boulder Arts Commission, including a year as chair. She’s excited to mesh her teaching expertise with her passion for engaging people creatively by teaching at Two Hands Paperie. See what Janet is up to on her website: https://vision2lead.com/create/.