Pointed Pen – Embellishments and Borders
Sunday, March 17th, 10:30-4:30pm
Instructor: Megan Goodenough
One of the delights of working with a pointed pen is creating graceful offhand flourishes. These delicate loops and swirls, which were common during America’s “Golden Age of Penmanship”, are presumably named offhand because they’re not part of an alphabet; they’re “off the hand”. The flourishes are often in the shape of wheat stalks, leaves, feathers, birds, and floral sprays that provide ornamental grace notes on a piece of calligraphy. The more elaborate forms include beautiful swans, prancing horses, leaping deer and other images. In this class with calligrapher Megan Goodenough, learn how to create your own graceful embellishments and borders in the spirit of the master penmen from the late 1800s and early 1900s, as well as more modern and individual interpretations. These decorative elements can be added to a piece of calligraphy or used by themselves on cards, stationery, bookmarks, and tags. Have fun creating your own designs after learning the basic motifs. And be as elaborate as you want! This class is perfect for beginners who want to practice using a pointed pan and an oblique pen holder before tackling a calligraphic script. It’s also great for experienced penmen who’d like to add graceful embellishments to their work. Megan brings to class detailed handouts and a wealth of information on inks, papers, and pens.
Register for both of Megan’s Pointed Pen classes and receive a $25 Two Hands Paperie gift card.
*The class is held at The Generous View Studio, 1803 South Foothills Parkway, Unit B, Boulder, at the intersection of Hwy 93 and the turnoff to El Dorado Springs. It’s in a lovely setting, and it supports the Maji Safi Group, a non-profit organization working to prevent waterborne diseases in Tanzania.
Please bring the following materials:
Bag lunch and water bottle for the short lunch break. A refrigerator and a microwave are available.
Optional: students who’ve already taken Megan’s introductory class should feel free to bring their little calligraphy travel kit.
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.
Megan Goodenough has loved alphabets her whole life, whether in calligraphy, books, illuminations, illustrations, or paintings. Her earliest art memory is of practicing handwriting while listening to her mom's Buddhist chanting group. Megan's love of combining art and spirit was born and, at the age of seven, she declared, "I want to be a scribe!" No wonder she was particularly drawn to Illuminated Manuscripts when she later studied art history. Illuminated Manuscripts, which are an art form found in almost every culture, consist of scared words, illustrations emoting those words, and an application of gold to literally illuminate, or to bring light to, the page and reader. Megan studied fine arts at university but it took her a while to find the training she longed for. She finally discovered it in workshops and lessons provided through old school guilds devoted to calligraphic and illuminated art. Nothing else satisfied her desire to integrate art, science, and spirit. Megan continues to take courses, study, practice, sew books, draw, and paint. "I especially love focusing on the detail work - the curve of a letter, a single stitch, a vein in a leaf. . . It basically comes down to a deep love of the arts, the written word, and books! We all have to champion something, so I guess for me it's the letter A." Learn more about Megan's work and her philosophy at www.theilluminationcollective.com.
Two Hands Paperie © 2016 | Video by Katie Elliott | Song by Topher Mohr and Alex Elena Enjoy a peek into the Introduction to Calligraphy Class taught by Megan Good Enough. In all of our calligraphy classes you'll recieve lots of instructions with plenty of time to play. If you want to join in the fun, sign up for one of our calligraphy classes at http://twohandspaperie.com/classes/
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