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Hands-On Fountain Pens In-store Class Nov 3

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Hands-On Fountain Pens In-Store Class
Friday, November 3, 2-4pm
Instructor: Janet Salmons
Limit: 7 students. All participants must be 15 years or older.

Class Details:

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. 

For a truly hands-on experience, we give you a Metropolitan Pilot fountain pen and a paper sampler pack. 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. She’ll also go over her handout on how to care for and troubleshoot fountain pens. 

There’s more to writing with a fountain pen than just the pleasure of writing by hand. A keyboard is fine for quick notes or for left brain, work-a-day writing, but the fountain pen seems to help release right brain activity – just what’s needed when recording thoughts, reflections, or insights. A fountain pen is also a drawing tool that works with watercolors and 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

COVID Safety
Due to the limited size of the classroom, social distancing will not be possible. Attendees of the class are welcome to wear masks. Help keep community members and our staff safe, please do not attend the class if you are feeling sick. Please contact ahead of time if you have specific questions regarding class covid safety.

Class Materials

Please bring the following materials:

  • Optional: a notebook for taking notes

Class Materials Include:

  • Handouts with fountain pen info - selecting, care of, and troubleshooting fountain pens. Guide to writing/drawing and resource guide.
  • Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen, medium nib, with ink cartridge and converter
  • Small bottle of fountain pen ink
  • Paper sampler packet
  • Practice paper (fountain pen friendly!)
  • A small jar or cup of water to practice filling and cleaning the fountain pen
  • Paper towels/wipes

Class Refund/Cancellation Policy

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.

Instructor Bio

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:

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Julie Castillo
Loved it!

I loved this fountain pen class as an intro to the medium. The package arrived, thoughtfully wrapped, and was a joy to open and work with. The class was a great size. Would gladly take another class like this.