The gift of the brush is that it offers superb sensitivity and flow – more than any pen or pencil ever could. There is nothing quite as pleasurable and sensuous as a paintbrush with a thousand fibers, waiting to push and pull paint around at your command.
Because of its great flexibility, the thought of commanding the attention of every single fiber to produce a predictable stroke, can be daunting and frustrating. There is no other way to cure this frustration, than to use the brush A LOT and make it your friend.
On the market these days are brush markers, made to appeal to those of us who find the brush so intimidating. But the marker can only produce 10-20 percent of the language a brush can, thereby limiting your potential for expression.
The goal of this class or workshop is to engage in formal measured stroke exercises, to produce predictable shapes. These shapes become the foundation of the calligraphic Brush Lettering hand and its many variations – limitless and powerful expressions of your own heart and hands.
The alphabet in both minuscule and majuscule characters will be studied, as well as numerals and opportunities for flourishing. Envelopes, quotes, flourishes, and accents – we’ll be painting our hearts out among friends.
Painting meets drawing meets writing. In this class or workshop, you’ll be able to set your brush markers aside and replace them with a master’s tools – YOUR brush, your hands, and your voice.
• $5 Fee due to the instructor on the first day of class or workshop.
• Anne will be bringing her dog to this class. If you have an allergy or phobia that she needs to be aware of, please email Anne directly. Penkitten@anneelser.com
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. Students find the sense of community she inspires enriching and entertaining.
She currently teaches private lessons from her home studio in Decatur, classes and workshops year round at Binder Art Supply in Buckhead and at their Ponce City Market location, as well as Thursday afternoon classes at The Spruill Center for the Arts, and classes and workshops at Aikido Decatur. She also travels in the states and abroad conducting workshops.
Her work has been featured in books and magazines across the country, and for both private and corporate clients such as Tiffany&Co, Mont Blanc, Louis Vuitton, Paces Papers, Landor, Martha Stewart Weddings, Belk, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Clicquot Veauvé, World50, Ogilvy, and more.
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.
• Mechanical Pencil for drawing guidelines and an eraser
• Sketching Paper:
* Transparent Layout Paper for practice work.
Suitable Brands: Bienfang Graphics 360 100% Rag Marker Paper, Borden & Riley #100S Smooth Cotton Comp, and Strathmore Layout Bond 400 Series
• Paper for final work:
* Cover weight stock in any color. Arches Watercolor Paper, Canson , Strathmore Artagain Black Pad, and many more are all acceptable brands.
* 2 sizes of brushes: Small and Medium
* Pentel Aquash Water Brushes or Color Brushes or Pocket Brushes. Some of these are already loaded with ink. These are all acceptable. You may choose to use the inks inside, or keep them unloaded, so you can dip them into any ink or paint you so choose.
* Black or Walnut ink of your choice (any brand you enjoy.)
* (optional colored inks) Liquid Acrylic Inks in your favorite colors including one white and one black/dark brown. Suitable brands: Liquitex INK!, Daeler Rowney FW Inks, Dr. Martins Liquid Acrylic Inks.
* Later in the course we will be creating our own colored inks with watercolor/gouache mixed with gum arabic and water. Windsor and Newton paints are my favorite, but if you’ve other brands you prefer, please feel free to use them.
• Palette for mixing colors
• Paper Towels: Viva or blue shop towels
• Water Container: to clean your brushes and thin out paint