Openinkstand Art & Calligraphy

Where to learn

WHERE TO LEARN?

First, contact your local guild and see if there are any lessons or workshops going on. Face to face instruction from local guilds is always your best bet. That way you can see for yourself how to sit, how to hold the pen, how to get direct feedback from experienced calligraphers. Some guilds have hundreds of members ranging from beginners to Master Penmen, and most (okay, all of them!) calligraphy guilds are very friendly and supportive of new members, so don’t be shy! They’ll be glad to have you. I am myself part of the Las Vegas guild.

You can also learn from instructional books online, or check your bookstore or library for any calligraphy books. DasherieMag is a new magazine for calligraphers which contains tutorials, projects, inspirational articles, featured artists etc.

There are free lessons online as well. Check out IAMPETH, Youtube, Joe Vitolo’s book, etc. I have a series of Youtube tutorials called the Pointed Pen Calligraphy 101. I highly recommend Master Penman Harvest Crittenden’s online classes and Melissa Esplin’s Calligraphy.org! Both are wonderful experienced teachers who will provide classes and feedback to you online. If you’re interested, I also do Skype lessons for feedback and tutoring.

If you’re lucky, there may be a calligraphy conference near you: IAMPETH Convention, Legacies, Cheerio, A Show of Hands 2016, LetterWorks 2017 etc. These conferences are a great retreat to study calligraphy with your peers.

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