Hands-On Fountain Pens
Friday, November 15th, 3:00-5:00pm
Instructor: Janet Salmons
The fountain pen offers a timeless and unique writing experience. Learn just how unique it is in this hands-on workshop that covers the basics of how to select, care for, and use a fountain pen for writing or drawing. Author and artist Janet Salmons has been using fountain pens forever. She’s written with and tested all types, so she speaks from extensive experience as she demonstrates how the choice of pen, nib, ink, and paper affects the fountain pen experience. For a true hands-on experience, you’ll be given a starter pen that’s yours to keep and take home. In addition you’ll receive a handout that shows how to care for and troubleshoot fountain pens. The handout also includes links to online sites and resources. Janet steps you through setting up your starter pen and shows you some different styles of writing to try as you test it out. You’ll discover how fun it is to personalize messages with a favorite color and wispy or bold strokes. 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. (To learn more about how the fountain pen seems to enhance brain processing, check out Janet’s article Academic Writing with Pen in Hand at https://www.methodspace.com/111243-2/.) The fountain pen is a drawing tool as well and can be used together with watercolors or other media. Join Janet to learn what an enriching experience putting nib to paper can be! Plus enjoy the opportunity to try out different inks, tester pens, and sample papers provided by Two Hands Paperie.
Please bring the following optional materials:
- Optional: A notebook for taking notes.
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file 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/.