Everyday handwriting of the eighteenth century incorporated handsome curves, grand flourishes, and other aesthetically-pleasing treatments, transforming an otherwise utilitarian alphabet into a truly beautiful art form of its own.
Instructor: Brett Walker
Class Length: One day
Date: Saturday — June 1, 2019 9am – 5pm
No. of Students: Minimum 5, Maximum 10
Tools: Provided, but students are welcome to bring their own penknives to use with instructor approval.
Additional: Students are encouraged to buy their own copy, paperback or hardcover, of The Universal Penman by George Bickham (1743). [Not provided in class materials cost.]
Description: Mr. Walker provides a beginning skill set of quill cutting and tempering, basic flourishes, and approaches to the alphabet. These skills can then be used by the student to develop one’s unique adaptation of the penmanship standards used when America was still part of Great Britain. With practice, letters, thank-you cards, invitations, etc. will be become simple masterpieces, truly pleasing those to whom they are sent.
The Universal Penman: A Primer in 18th Century Handwriting
Class fee: $175 Materials: $15