It's that time again to sign up for my calligraphy and bookbinding classes at Binders.
Here's the info:
Bookmaking with Anne Elser
Tuesdays, 6 sessions, Feb. 23-March 30 • 6-8:30pm • Fee: $140
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We will be making books and boxes in this class with a variety of materials and techniques. The objective here is to give you a fundamental understanding of how books are made - a backbone of knowledge so you can create your own books and journals. There will be an emphasis on neatness and craft and most of all FUN. Making books is a very rewarding experience. They make wonderful gifts, sketchbooks for yourself and journals, photo albums, etc. The only skills required are a love of paper, attention to detail, patience and again - a need to have FUN!
Copperplate Calligraphy with Anne Elser
Wednesdays, 6 sessions, Feb. 24-March 31 • 6-8:30pm • Fee: $140
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Are you fascinated with how beautiful calligraphy looks and want to try it yourself? This is an introductory look at Copperplate, an elegant and elastic hand frequently used for formal invitations, documents and bridal events. After we learn each upper and lower case character, we’ll spend the last two classes learning layout techniques for envelope addressing, a bit of flourishing and color experimentation. Calligraphy is less about pretty handwriting, but more about DRAWING each and every letter. It’s about establishing a pace and rhythmic motion as you write - giving you a consistency of shapes, letters, and spaces in between words and lines. It is highly relaxing and meditative. Like yoga for your hands!
Italic Calligraphy with Anne Elser
Thursdays, 6 sessions, Feb. 25-April 1 • 6-8:30pm • Fee: $140
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The Italic calligraphic face is one of the most widely used and versatile alphabets around. It is highly legible and can be transformed (dressed up or down) with ease. A wonderful face to learn for the beginning calligrapher yet versatile enough to experiment with for the advanced. We will spend 6 weeks learning the Italic face. Students will be given handouts and guide sheets. We will also address spacing and layout for addressing envelopes. Calligraphy is less about pretty handwriting, but more about DRAWING each and every letter. It’s about establishing a pacing and rhythmic motion as you write - giving you a consistency of shapes and letters, and spaces in between words and lines. It is highly relaxing and meditative. Like yoga for the hands.
Anne Dusenberry Elser grew up here in Atlanta and earned her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1991 with a major in painting and a minor in ceramics. She then studied Graphic Design at The Portfolio Center in Buckhead, where she has been teaching design classes for over 10 years. Anne freelances as a graphic designer and illustrator and as a calligrapher. She is also an instructor in these fields. Her award-winning work has been featured in design annuals, books and magazines (Print, CMYK, Graphis and Communication Arts, Minimal Graphics, Then Is Now) and can be seen in several book jackets (Memory Of A Large Christmas, Storyville USA, Trickster Lives, Let Them Eat Data.) Anne’s experience as a fine artist, a designer in advertising, and as an educator for both children and adults, gives her classes a fun, friendly environment in which to grow and get to know others through self fulfillment and group therapy. Her bookmaking classes appeal to everyone from the casual crafter looking to make their next journal for a friend or family member, to the fine artist interested in binding their own sketches into a book or creating their own sketchbooks that open flat (ideal for sketching), to the designer looking to build their next portfolio. She has two cats named Gunther and Olaf, a six pound Papillon named Bjorn, a toddler named Anton (who is amazing) and a husband named Doug (who is also amazing.) Anne loves baking anything that isn’t good for you, playing the piano, knitting, blogging, gardening and chocolate. She also can’t wait to meet you.