Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Calligraphy Four: Alternative Applications & Beyond with Anne Elser


Calligraphy Four: Alternative Applications & Beyond with Anne Elser
6 Sessions | Advanced | Price: $160 | Max.14
ARTZ1590 | Tuesdays, September 8 – October 13, 6 – 8:30pm

Calligraphy Four was created for those who want to apply the layout and lettering skills learned in Calligraphy Three: Advanced onto alternative surfaces and textures with a variety of tools and mediums.

Projects Included:
• Hand Lettering: using different fonts to intermix with your calligraphy. Balance, expression, and variety - the letters you've been making all your life can work beautifully with your calligraphy. Discover double-lining your letters and pimping the down stroke as well as lettering the same quote in different styles and using a tracing technique to build a complex arrangement of different lettering styles into one cohesive collage.
• Envelopes: Literally pushing the possibilities of envelope design. Deconstructing existing formats to create a unique space for your custom message, flaps, folds, liners, windows and reveals.
• Handkerchiefs: Lettering on fabric with permanent fabric paint.
• Chalkboard Paint: Smudge-proof, forgiving and colorful, Liquid Chalkboard markers are sexier than you think.
• Idea to Finished Product: We'll discuss and put into practice the process of creating a finished product for a specific audience with appropriate tools. The creative process is more fun than you might think!
• Brush Lettering: Whether painting on a person, paper, fabric, wood, leather, or canvas, you'll learn to brush with confidence with some standard practice strokes and different techniques for painting a live letter vs. a sketched letter.

Detailed Supply Lists will be given after first class and before each project. Supplies to bring to first class are pencil, calligraphy pens, ink, ruler, scissors, glue, tape, and transparent maker paper.

About Anne
After earning a BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art and graduate studies in Graphic Design at The Portfolio Center, Anne Elser began her artistic career as a painter, bookbinder, designer, and calligrapher.

With over 20 years teaching experience, her students often report how fulfilling the classroom experience is, prompting both personal and artistic transformations. Anne's classes are also FUN and full of laughter and you will find the sense of community she inspires enriching and entertaining.

To complement and serve better Atlanta's calligraphic and book arts communities, Anne recently founded "The Atlanta Penablers" a group that meets the first Friday night of every other month.

Artist, calligrapher, teacher, mother, and friend, Anne believes making art creates a channel for truth and is a soulful reflection of the connections shared by all.

This event takes place at our Buckhead store.

If this class is sold out and you would like to be added to our waitl ist, please email the Education Office at: artschool@bindersart.com

Additional Information

BrandAnne Elser
Store LocationBuckhead

Monday, August 17, 2015

Anne Elser Workshop Information

I offer workshops all year round in both Calligraphy and Bookbinding and have over 18 years of teaching experience.

My workshops are intense, informative, fun, and fulfilling for both me and my students. Handouts, supply lists, individual instruction, and mentorship are always included. Inkgasms, papergasms, epiphanies, and merriment guaranteed.

Here's how happy your students will be after an Anne Elser Workshop!
Calligraphy Student Testimonials
Bookbinding Student Testimonials
Graphic Design/Hand Lettering/Typopgraphy Student Testimonials

Day Rate*: Please contact me for more information about rates. 
Student Maximum: 15
Once the workshop has made (or 30 days previous to workshop date - whichever comes sooner,) a non-refundable deposit of 1/2 workshop fee is required to hold your spot.

* Travel & accommodation expenses not included.
* Day=8 hours

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Handmade Envelopes

I've had a wonderful time lately creating envelopes out of pages from vintage illustrated books. 

Each piece is completely unique and can be folded in a variety of ways. 

This process invites you to become more inventive in small, manageable chunks. It's just a little envelope, right? 

There are color, composition, and placement choices to be made and as long as your envelope is at least 3.5 inches tall and 5 inches wide, the U.S. Post should deliver it fine. 

This process of finding, folding, lettering, and stamping makes a trip to the mailbox a magical adventure. 

I feel like a little kid standing by the box and wishing my personal expression a safe journey to someone I care about. It's an intimate experience touched by many hands. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Calligraphy Supply Lists

For the Copperplate Hand
• General's Test Scoring Pencil and any pencil sharpener

• Speedball Oblique Pen Holder 
Suitable for both right and left-hands.
• Ziller Oblique Pen Black Speed Holder
Suitable for right hand ONLY.
Hourglass Adjustable Oblique Holder
Specify which hand when ordering

Pointed Pen Nibs
• Tachikawa Nikko G Nib Pack of 3 (start with this one)

• Brause Steno Nib 361 Pack of 3 (a more flexible nib you will love, but better to use after you’re comfortable with the Tachikawa G nib)

Cleaner (for hands and nibs)
• Viva Paper Towels and a spray bottle of diluted Mrs. Meyers General All-Purpose Cleaner
• OR wet wipes

For the Italic Hand

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Cursive Crush Weekend Workshop: June 20-21st, 2015

The speed of digital communication today has gifted us with more time to pursue things we love. But somewhere along the way, we’ve forgotten how good it feels to use a writing instrument to record our thoughts for ourselves and to those we love. Writing, and the time it takes to produce letterforms, is good for the body, mind, and spirit. It is also a gift to the recipient, who holds your elevated thoughts in their hands, literally, and with far more consideration and pause than through a text or email. 

The child of Spencerian calligraphy, Cursive Handwriting is not forgotten, because we have made a table for you to come join us in two fun and joyous days of lettering. Students will learn (or re-learn!) capitals and lower case letterforms, through formal exercises in structure, rhythm and flow - all standards similar to those taught not that long ago. 

Day one is spent on spacing and lower case characters. Day two we’ll dance with capitals and dive right into an envelope addressing/letter writing project. Both days we’ll take an hour break for lunch. This workshop is suitable for calligraphers, tweens, and all adults. 

Supply List:

  • Bienfang Graphics 360 9''x12'' Marker Pad
or Borden & Riley 9’’x12’’ 100s Smooth Cotton Comp Pad
  • Rhodia Lined No 18 Pad

  • Pentel Slicci 025 pen
  • Pentel Hybrid Technica pen
These pens come in a variety of thicknesses. You’ll want to have variety and choose something that writes very fine like the Slicci and have a slightly thicker width pen to see what feels right for you. 
  • Your favorite/preferred pens from home. Can be fine or medium point. Ballpoint, rollerball, gel pens, etc. All are welcome and suitable for this class.

  • Envelopes and stationary paper at least 5-10 envelopes/sheets 
  • Feel free to bring in embellishments like stickers and stamps!

  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Metal ruler
  • Xacto Blades/knife
  • Self-healing cutting mat (or the back of a pad of paper)


Additional Information

BrandAnne Elser
Store LocationPonce City Market


Sunday, March 08, 2015

Private Calligraphy Instruction

A student at my studio table for a private Copperplate Calligraphy lesson.
My name is Anne Elser, and I'm the calligraphy teacher you've been looking for. I am dying to meet you! After a private lesson, my students leave my home feeling calm and centered, having spent a delicious two and a half hours of focused study, learning a new skill based on something timeless and beautiful, and in the very room where I practice my craft. 

I teach because it makes me happy. 
I also love those epiphanic moments where I see the student turn a corner after having discovered something new. Writing and drawing clears the head and opens up windows of self discovery. It changes you. There you are with nothing but a pot of ink, an instrument to write with, and a blank white page waiting for your touch. It allows you to leave all the chaos of your life at the door and focus on something new, simple, and pure. And that's what you leave a lesson with: knowledge and experience with a new, simple, and pure part of yourself. 

I teach mostly to learn. It feels more like shared learning, than teaching to me. Writing and drawing is a very intimate experience. It's just you and the paper -  all I do is facilitate the beginning of a new relationship with yourself. I teach you how to pace yourself, how to place yourself, and more importantly how to love yourself as you learn the craft of calligraphy. 

During a private lesson (and a workshop), we listen to music that inspires as we go. Much of it is here in my Spotify Calligraphy Playlist. Though many times a student will suggest something new that we both enjoy - so my calligraphy "soundtrack" keeps growing. 
Me demonstrating for Propose. Photo by Dana Lee Jones Photography.
PRIVATE LESSONS: If you're interested in private calligraphy lessons in Copperplate or Italic, I offer 2.5-hour sessions at $200.00 for each student. Other subjects you might be interested in include monogramming, envelope layout, flourishing, and more. Handouts are supplied. Your personalized lesson is conducted in my private home studio in Decatur, GA.

The Original Petal pod Inkwell I designed and sell exclusively at Binders Art Supply.
To reserve a private lesson slot on my calendar, a non-refundable deposit of $100.00 is required. The best time for a lesson is after breakfast on a Saturday or weekday morning from 10AM to 12:30.

Call 404.509.9676 or e-mail me at PenKitten@AnneElser.com.

Copperplate Tuesday evening class at Binders Buckhead.
Make sure you check out the calligraphy supply list of links and inspiration article I wrote here.

This is Lennie's first Private calligraphy lesson.
GROUP LESSONS: All year round, I teach both calligraphy group classes and workshops at Binders Art School in Buckhead or Ponce City Market, and Spruill Center for the Arts in Dunwoody. Both are excellent locations and wonderful people to work with. My students and I have a great time together, honing our craft and discovering together how completely relaxing, centering, enchanting, and entertaining the art of writing beautiful letters can be. Here's what my Calligraphy students have to say about their experiences.

Please feel free to write and ask me questions about whether a workshop, class, or private lesson is best for you. They all have advantages and value - just placed in different ways.


Copperplate Wednesday night Class at Binders Buckhead

Copperplate Calligraphy Weekend Workshop at Binders Buckhead