Here we are at the beginning of a new year, and it looks like lots of you have resolved to learn something new. Our workshops are filling up as fast as we organise them and we are delighted! Learning calligraphy really is so rewarding. Not only because you can turn words you love into your own pieces of art-work, to hang around your home. But also, because while you work you are completely focused. In this age of mindfulness, we all know what a benefit that is to our health. All the students at our workshops comment on how engrossed they become in their work. By concentrating on the shape of the letter form, making the pen work and remembering to spell the words they are writing correctly- worrying about anything else is impossible!
With Pinterest and Etsy now full of brush lettering and modern pointed pen calligraphy, there is no shortage of inspiration. These new, fresh calligraphy styles have given this ancient craft a new lease of life!
Teenagers at our teen workshops are totally at home with all the social media platforms, so they see this type of work all the time. They, far more than previous generations are also used to the 'positive quote', the 'life affirming phrase', and what a perfect partnership- words with hand lettering. Modern calligraphy skips all the geometry of letter-forms and skips to the good bit. With just a few hours, learning to work the pen and get to grips with some simple rules, we can all do a bit a calligraphic art. So come and give it a go.
Our workshops are gaining in popularity and so we are expanding what we offer, branching out into a follow-on class for those who have done classes and want to take their skills further; children's workshops, teen workshops; full and half day, a brush lettering workshop and we a trying a parent/child session, so you can learn together- twice the fun. And if you want to treat someone, we have vouchers too! As all the classes are filling up so fast, we have added more dates, a morning workshop on 6th April and an evening on on the 10th May.
I hope there is something there for you, but if you are too far from us why not buy a calligraphy starter kit? All the lessons from our workshops are in the kit, plus tips to help you get started. We have included templates that you can work over the top of, so that while you find your feet, you can create finished pieces easily. Soon it will be you posting pictures of your calligraphy on Instagram, I can't wait to see them!