Saturday, July 29, 2017

Online Calligraphy Course: Monolinear Lettering - Cursive Crush & Open-Shaded Script

Monolinear Lettering: Cursive Crush & Open-Shaded Script  6-Week Online Course w/ Anne-Davnes Elser
6 Sessions | All Levels | Price: $200 ** | Min 4 Max 15 | Tuesday mornings from 10AM-12:30PM – Aug 1 - Sep 5, 2017.

This class or workshop is suitable for calligraphers, tweens, and all adults. 
Class Schedule: We will meet Tuesday Mornings from 10AM-12:30PM EDT for six weeks.
**Eventbrite charges a fee for you to use their credit card precessing system. To AVOID this fee, you may send a check to 408 Tuxworth Circle • Decatur, GA 30033. Don't forget to list your email address and the course name/date so that the ticket for the class you want to take can be emailed to you. 

This is a LIVE class, which is recorded for your enjoyment and review, then uploaded to a class folder on my Dropbox site each of our 6 weeks of class time together. If you ever have to miss a class, you can always check back later to watch what you missed abd practice at your own pace. I really enjoy the live format, and meeting so many people all over the world each week in my home. Live classes allow the student to interact with me and each other for specific feedback. 

When registration closes, I will email a permanent weblink to you. This will be our virtual classroom for every time we meet.  When the link and intro email is sent to you, click the link, which will open a web page in your web browser. And that's it! Google may ask you to download their software and if they do, just follow their prompts.

For the Google Hangout to work, we will all need to be using a set of headphones during demo time to plug into your computer. Your microphones should be muted, but cameras on. This cuts down on background noise while I am demonstrating. However, when we begin introductions, and for class discussion after each exercise is completes, you shoudl be unmuted so we can all have a lively disucssion! So please purchase a pair of earbuds if you don't already have a set. 

Click here for more info about participating in a Google Hangout.

Here's the class schedule:
• Monday, July 31, 2017 ---> Google Hangout Dry Run Test Call (15 mins) 10-10:15AM EDT
Week 1 • Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017
Week 2 • Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017
Week 3 • Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017
Week 4 • Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017
Week 5 • Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017
Week 6 • Tuesday, Sep 5, 2017

Shortly before our first class you will receive a welcome email containing:
• PDF link to exemplar packet.
• Link to our Online Classroom
• Link to Online folders where class recordings are kept
After each live class, I’ll upload either a full-length recording of my demonstrations during the class OR a 20-minute review of the pages we worked on (and snapshots of those pages) for you to later download at your conveneince. This makes it easier for students to keep up with the class if you cannot participate live. 
Note: these videos will take a day or two to appear in the class notes folder, as they are very large and take a long time for them to fully upload onto my Dropbox account. Please allow for at least a day and a half after a class date before you go searching for any content of that class.

Week 1-3: Cursive Crush
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 one fun and joyous day 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. 
Time is spent on spacing and lower case characters. Later we’ll dance with capitals and dive right into an envelope addressing/letter writing project. 

Week 4-6: Open-Shaded Script
The second half of this class or workshop is spent on the construction of open-shaded letterforms based on principles of script writing done with pointed pen. 
Using a mono linear tool to describe the contour of a shaded stroke offers insight into its construction with its native tools, the broad-edge, pointed pen, or paint brush. Drawing these letter forms is not only useful in sketching out and planning of larger projects to be later filled in with ink, I believe they are also valid and beautiful class of letter forms in and of themselves. Because these letter forms are drawn with tools more commonly used today, they are the style I use more frequently in my every day writing, and therefore, have become more useful and precious to me than anything created with a dip pen. I am constantly writing letters and notes, whether on a chalkboard for my students, wedding signage for clients, fabric labels, canvas bags, handkerchiefs, monograms, journal pages, letters to friends, and much more. 
Rendering a shade with a contour line offers the artist another opportunity to love the letter and learn more about the letter, and deepen your understanding of its relationship with other forms and unique features. Expression of the universal line of beauty need not be restricted to our ability to carry a pointed pen and ink well around with us every day. We can, with any mono linear tool and at any moment, study and celebrate our love of these forms with a crayon on the back of a paper menu, a pencil at the top of a grocery list, a marker labeling a box of preserved memories or a bag of home-made treats for a friend, the inside label of our child’s school uniform, every page in our journal entries, letters to friends, notes to beloved partners, and even our fingers in the sand.  
**Eventbrite charges a fee for you to use their credit card precessing system. To AVOID this fee, you may send a check to 408 Tuxworth Circle • Decatur, GA 30033. Don't forget to list your email address and the course name/date so that the ticket for the class you want to take can be emailed to you.

Supply List:
• Bienfang Graphics 360 9’’x12’’ Marker Pad
or Borden & Riley 9’’x12’’ 100s Smooth Cotton Comp Pad
• Rhodia Lined No 18 Pad
• Strathmore Calligraphy Pad (ivory paper that takes ink well and is great for folding envelopes. 
• A variety of ultra fine, fine, and medium point pens (for markers bullet point and not chisel)
• Pencils (two taped together if you’d like to draw letterforms originally drawn with a chisel nib)
• 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 or bullet point. Ballpoint, felt tip, rollerball, gel pens, Sharpies, etc. Fountain pens are also wonderful. 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, gems, and stamps!
• Mechanical Pencil
• Eraser
• Metal ruler
• Xacto Blades/knife
• Self-healing cutting mat (or the back of a pad of paper)

 More information: 
• 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.

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. Students find the sense of community she inspires enriching and entertaining.
She currently teaches private lessons in person and on-line from her home studio in Decatur, classes and workshops year round at Binder Art Supply in Buckhead and at their Ponce City Market location, occasional workshops 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.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
This is an adult class. Childrens classes coming soon!

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Plenty of parking is provided in the parking lot and off-treet parking nearby is also available. 

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Send Anne an email to: PenKitten@Anne

What's the refund policy?
Refunds are not available at this time.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes please, to the first night of class, or show your ticket on your smartphone. 

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?
Yes. If you purchased this class or workshop as a gift, please let me know the name of the person taking the class when you register. 

Saturday, July 08, 2017