Lee Ann Clark
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Lee Ann began her love of letters and calligraphy while living in the Pacific Northwest. A BFA in graphic design and workshops/classes with a plethora of talented calligraphers led her to make calligraphy the main focus of her work – primarily in the social stationery realm – along with teaching lettering at Cornish College of the Arts.
Since relocating to the East Coast in 2003, Lee Ann continues to work as a commercial artist in a variety of styles, mostly for print production, but also producing original artwork. Concentrating primarily on pointed pen, she also teaches workshops and ongoing classes for Smithsonian Associates. Her clients have included Alpine Creative Group in New York City, the National Gallery and Kennedy Center Honors. In her other life, Lee Ann and her husband run a pastured poultry farm outside of Baltimore.
Modern pointed pen is everywhere – from elegant and sophisticated, to fun and whimsical, to downright funky – there is a modern move for any occasion. Fundamentals and confidence in using this versatile tool are key to making your writing jump off the page. This course is designed to explore some variations and twists to add that updated flair.
Using a formal hand as a starting point, we will work to methodically break down and reconfigure letterforms and their relationships to each other to develop a more modern, personalized style that still retains some of the classic elements that make pointed pen calligraphy so unique. Examining joins, letter endings and flourishes(!) will help to refine your own hand and take your work to some new and surprising places. A study of the capital letters and how to intermix them in unexpected manners will add even more interest. Throughout the process, layout and design will be discussed (and practiced) as we work toward a completed composition. Some knowledge of pointed pen is recommended.
Oblique pen holder
Favorite pointed pen nibs (Hunt 22 or 101, Zebra G, Leonardt Principal)
Writing fluid (walnut ink, Sumi Moon Palace, McCaffery’s)
C-Thru ruler – at least 12″
9×12 practice pad (Borden and Riley 110S recommended, any marker layout paper will work)
At least one light and one dark gouache
A few sheets of better paper – light and dark (Arches HP watercolor, Mi-Tientes, etc)
Water container, mixing tray, mixing brush