Your Own Handwriting – Artful Techniques Class
Sunday, October 21st, noon - 4:00pm
Instructor: Stan James
We love the visually interesting journals that artist Stan James has created using nothing more than the basic handwriting he learned in school. His first journals consisted of straight writing, but he wanted to add visual interest. At some point he started experimenting with using the letters and words themselves to create texture on the page. “Text can be the raw material for art. Letters are really, really cool and we take them for granted all the time”, he points out. Stan played with some basic writing elements, such as spacing, angles, and baselines for variety, then hit upon a template approach that let him balance creating visual interest with capturing his thoughts. His method is easy: create a few rules, draw some lines, then start writing. Paradoxically, Stan noticed that this approach freed his mind to let him write in a more stream-of-consciousness mode. Come spend a few hours with Stan learning how to appreciate what you can do with your own handwriting. It’s journaling at its simplest – just pen and paper. Bring a favorite poem or literary passage to work with, or write extemporaneously in class. Stan promises what you do will look great!
Favorite pencils or pens for writing, either black or a variety of colors
Optional: a favorite poem or literary passage
Optional: favorite journal, either lined or unlined and at least 5 x 7 inches. It should lay flat when open so that you can write in it easily.
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.
Talking to Stan James about calligraphy is to go on a wild and crazy trip into a wonderland of letters and shapes. Stan is traditionally trained – the work he does in the formal styles is beautiful – but his passion is creating visual compositions with a word or group of words. Fundamentally, the alphabet itself is his artistic medium. The letters are familiar Western forms, but he writes them with a joyous abandon that comes from bending the rules to make words into more than words. Stan is always experimenting with tools (rakes and brooms), scale (6 inches to six-foot tall letters), and substrates (sand on a tide-washed beach). For a sense of where this experimentation has led him, check out what he created for a friend’s wedding at https://youtu.be/NE81MQIKMr8.
Stan fell in love with letters at an early age (sixth grade, no less). Ever since, he’s been on a journey to explore the outer limits of their inherent beauty and emotive character. How fitting that he named his website www.wanderingstan.com. One of his major inspirations is Garbage Beauty. The four members of this street art collective in Montreal, Canada, fell in love with letters when they stumbled across a calligraphy magazine. They then started writing playful sayings on furniture and other items that had been abandoned on the streets. Their objective: to get passersby to stop and think, then smile. Now they have a thriving international business.Stan doesn’t go around writing on abandoned items, but his objective is the same. Seeing his work, one can’t help but agree with him that “letters really, really are cool!”.