When the art center where I teach letterpress came to me asking to teach a modern calligraphy class, I was incredibly hesitant. Frankly, I still feel like I am learning a ton about calligraphy and was worried about teaching a bunch of people. I had so many fears – “What if they asked me something I don’t know?! What if someone corrects me?! What if I get a leftie?!” But when I really sat down to think about if I could do this, I knew I could. After all, who is better than someone who is still learning themselves?
I am a firm believer that you should always keep learning. You never want to get stuck in a rut and practice and education is the best way to refine a skill. And honestly, teaching it to others forces you to really think about how and why we do what we do. I spent a long time writing my teaching guide but feel pretty confident it’s a good start.
I decided to start with brush calligraphy because I think it’s a great introduction to the skill needed to grow into other tools and styles. After all, all calligraphy is about muscle memory. We spent a lot of time talking about the basic strokes and focused a good amount of energy on that.
I walked students through other tools and tricks that I have found along the way and think everyone had an enjoyable class. I did realize ONE spelling mistake in my guide and ONE little typo – but my students were so encouraging.
I already have two more workshops scheduled for later this year and want to try to plan some more from my house and from the art center.