Washington Calligraphers Guild Presents:
The Spencerian Saga
with Michael Sull
Four Wednesdays: June 2, 9, 16, 23
7:30-9:30 pm EDT Zoom Webinar $140
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Session One, June 2:
- Explanation of Foundation Elements for Advanced Penmanship Skills: Curvature, Line Quality, Non-lettering Ornamentation, Balance, Shading, Negative Space, and Movement
- Capabilities of Oblique Penholder, Proper Ink, and Point Selection
- Spontaneity, Direction, Pressure, and Speed of Writing
- Alternate Capital Letterforms
- Transitioning from Basic Capitals to Ornamental Penmanship
Session Two, June 9:
- Ornamental Capital techniques including:
- Laying Ovals
Session Three, June 16:
- Non-lettering Penmanship
- Artistic Line-work
Session Four, June 23:
- Creating Emotional Intimacy in Penmanship including:
- Composition Writing
- Accent Flourishing
- Use of Color
About Michael Sull:
Michael Sull is a certified Master Penman of the International Association of Master Penman, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting - IAMPETH who is widely credited as the person responsible for ushering in the new era of interest in American penmanship. He is recognized internationally for his penmanship skills; teaching ability; and for his unique link to the historic American Golden Age of Penmanship (1850-1925), as he was personally trained by one of the legendary Master Penmen of old.
A former Lettering Artist for Hallmark Cards, he has served on the faculty of seven International Calligraphy Conferences, is a past President of IAMPETH, and founder of that organization’s Master Penman Program in which he served as director for 15 years.
He spearheaded both the Spencerian Saga Workshop Program and the Spencerian Monument for American Handwriting, located in Ohio.
He served for two years (1996-1997) as calligrapher for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. For 14 years (1990-2004), he was the personal calligrapher to former President Ronald Reagan. Currently, Michael serves as Corporate Master Penman for the Zaner-Bloser Company.
In addition, he has taught in over forty US states and in eighteen countries. He is the author of several books: Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship, American Cursive Handwriting, The Art of Cursive Penmanship, Spencerian Script Practice Set, Poems of a Penman, and Learning to Write Spencerian Script. Two of his titles have been translated into Chinese Mandarin.
His penmanship can be found globally in private collections and museums. He is also known for his handmade oblique pen holders which are highly sought after and regarded by penman worldwide.
The nature of "Ornamental Penmanship" is a complex assortment of understanding the nature of curvature, line quality, letterforms, non-lettering ornamentation techniques, balance, shading techniques, negative (non-lettering) space, and most certainly, the aspect of Movement. A program of training to acquire competency in Ornamental Penmanship cannot overlook, or omit, any of these.
Some exposure to and practice of pointed-pen lettering is necessary to receive the full benefit of this webinar workshop.
The four 2-hour sessions in this program limits the amount of onscreen instruction time the instructor has to thoroughly cover each subject, as well as allowing the students sufficient practice time to work and show their efforts for review. I view this online program, however, as not a definitive "start and end" lesson plan, but rather as an opportunity to share as much as possible by providing the students with oral and visual instruction, and supplementing with handouts for each class that the students can revisit between each weekly session and proceed to study, practice and become familiar with subject material. After each class, I will suggest some writing exercises for the students to practice.
- A good oblique penholder. For those who are interested, Michael plans to make and sell a small batch of penholders. More updates to follow.
- Pen points: I prefer any of the following G points: Nikko, Zebra, and/or Tachikawa as I consider these to be the most versatile points available. However, students may choose any point of their preference.
- A good, smooth paper for practice. Suggest either Clairefontaine, Rhodia, Mnemosyne, 25% Cotton bond (known as Resume paper), or any good 24 lb. InkJet or Laser bond paper.
- For finished work, I recommend a hot-press watercolor paper such as Arches or Saunders. Another excellent paper is Calligraphy “Japon” paper by Clairefontaine. It typically comes in a 25 sheet tablet, 9.5”x 12”, 60lb. basis. These are suggestions; the students may choose any paper they are comfortable with for finish work. I also wish to suggest that for papers that are a bit more interesting and challenging to work on, you may wish to try Niddigen, Frankfort, Original Crown Mill laid, or G. Lalo laid papers. These papers will add a touch of texture to your finished work.
- Graph, or “Grid” papers, either 8 or 10 squares to the inch.
- 3 colored pencils; recommend a red, blue, and a green pencil.
- Standard No. 2 pencil
- Soft vinyl eraser
- 9”x 12” pad of tracing paper
- Drafting (low tack) tape; any width
- A light pad or light table is recommended, but not required.
- Books: Michael’s books, Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship, Volume One, and Learning to Write Spencerian Script are excellent reference texts for Spencerian writing. It is highly recommended that students purchase either of these if they do not already own one.
- Ink: Recommend Iron Gall ink, such as McCaffery’s or a suitable equivalent. Students may, however, use an ink of their personal choice.
Aside from ordering Michael’s oblique penholders, all other materials and supplies can be purchased from John Neal Books or Paper and Ink Arts.