The Art of Calligraphy: Calligraphy is an art form that should not be lost as it is as unique to the individual as any other art form.

Diannah (aka Libby) is a Certified Instructor in Calligraphy through the Calligraphy Arts Guild of Toronto and taught Copperplate Script and Card Making in the Adult Education System in Etobicoke for over 10 years before moving to Muskoka, as well as working with clients through the Japanese Paper Place to produce wedding and other forms of invitations. Her lettering has been published in four books, and she has had 5 One-Woman Shows of her work.

She will introduce you to the tools and techniques used to produce the different styles and offer classroom instruction. Bring any calligraphy pens you may own or tools will be available to get you started. You do not need to buy any pens to attend this class. You will have a better understanding of the techniques and tools after the workshop. She can also give you direction on how to do Celtic Knotwork, White Vine Illumination, Rubber Stamp Carving, and other techniques that can be used for cards, scrapbooking, original or photocopied artwork.

If you wish to continue with instructions after this introduction, or already trained in some styles of Calligraphy, classes can be arranged on Thursday afternoon or evening, or private sessions made available. Classes are 3 hours long and the fee is $85 including HST. Ideally a class will contain 4 or more people. Photocopies will be given of lettering styles you wish to practice.

If you want to continue to practice on your own and want direction on your results, then Diannah will be available to assist you for a fee of $25 per person per hour.

You can register for her classes on the Upcoming Events page, or contact her if you are interested in attending a class.

2016: The Art of LETTERING CLASSES in the Summer 2016

Am offering classes in Muskoka for students, adults, senior adults in all forms of writing - printing italic, handwriting, penmanship, calligraphy and creating a legal signature for documents, as well as taking the hand you use and how you can fancy it up for letters, cards and signs. Am recommending and will have for sale a Pilot Parallel pen for those who want the look of Calligraphy. These classes will be Introductory with enough information to go off and explore the style yourselves, or will have follow up classes if there is an interest to pursue it further. Available for Ages 13 on up. The fee for the class is $100 + HST = $113 when it includes the pen and materials. Minimum class size: 4 CLASSES WILL BE HELD ON: Fridays, Saturdays or Mondays. Presently booking Mondays starting July 11th. If you have a group of 4 or more who would like to learn, let me know and we can book a day and time in June on.

RECOMMENDED MATERIALS TO BRING: pencil, eraser, ruler, pad of paper, writing instruments if you have them

WEEKEND GATHERINGS At present the classes will be held in the Bracebridge area. If you have a group and would like this to be part of a house or cottage Gathering in Muskoka or elsewhere, please contact Diannah via email or phone to work out the details.

Italic Monoline Lettering Good for printing legibly and is the skeleton lettering for producing Italic Calligraphy. Includes handout of letter shapes of upper and lower case letters. Can be written with pencil or any type of pointed-tipped pen. Class is 3 hours. Price is $85 including HST, which includes handouts. Supply your own pen. Pencils will be available in class and pens if needed. (If you wish to teach yourself how to use the calligraphy pen after the class, the price including a Pilot Parallel pen, size 2.4 and two ink cartridges and handouts of the calligraphed upper and lower case letters with liners is $113 including HST). Monday, July 11th from 12:30 to 3:30 pm

Italic Calligraphy When you have done the Italic monoline lettering you can graduate to using a Calligraphy pen. Understanding pen widths, angles and spacing and how to work with the calligraphy pen will set you off on a journey of beautiful writing. This class is good for beginners and a good refresher for those who have already taken classes in Calligraphy. Price includes a Pilot Parallel pen, size 2.4 and two ink cartridges and handouts of the calligraphed upper and lower case letters with liners. Class is 3 hours. Price $113 Including HST. If you have and bring your own calligraphy pens the price is $85 including HST. Monday, July 18th from 12:30 to 3:30 pm

How to Create a Signature or Dress-Up Your Handwriting Studying cursive writing and how to create flourishes and joining of letters gives us the chance to create our unique signature from business transactions to love letters. Can be done initially with a pencil and then use ballpoint or felt tip markers or other writing tools to produce your distinctive marks. Class is 3 hours. Price is $85 including HST and photocopies of samples of writing & flourishing. Monday, July 25th from 12:30 to 3:30 pm Handwriting Using the basic Italic Monoline Lettering you will be guided on how to join letters to produce a legible cursive handwriting that will hold up to being written with speed. The Italic alphabet will be the basis of this writing. With practice, your writing will flow. Class is 3 hours. Price is $85 including HST and includes handouts of the lettering style and how to join the letters. Monday, August 1st from 12:30 to 3:30 pm

How to Read Penmanship or Cursive Writing Penmanship or cursive writing became an art form and takes practice. Unfortunately students have not been taught how to read penmanship or cursive writing in most schools. If you have ever searched your Ancestry you will have found that many of the documents are written in cursive or penmanship. This class is to help read penmanship, and for those adventurous enough, to learn how to write cursive (meaning the letters are joined and have shallow branching). Class is 3 hours. Price is $85 including HST and includes handouts. Monday, August 8th from 12:30 to 3:30 pm

Copperplate Calligraphy This is a beautiful cursive writing style using a special pen nib handle, nib and ink, and is produced with weighted pressure and release on the strokes to produce thick and thin letter lines. It can be written with watercolor, gouache, stick ink or bottled carbon ink. The nib is flexible and produces thicker lines with pressure on the downstrokes and produces thinner lines on the upstrokes. It has a very meditative quality when writing it and is a very beautiful lettering style to look at. People love to just watch it being written as the strokes magically appear boldly then lightly. It is all in the pressure and release. This class deserves a full day of attention for those who can attend all day. Class will be 6 hours. 9:30 am to 4 pm. Price is $200 including HST. One holder and one nib with a small container of Higgins Eternal Ink is included in the price, as well as the handouts. Additional supplies will be available for purchase, such as a Manual that Diannah has created, of how to write this style. If you only want to attend a Half Day 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and work on this on your own, the fee is $113 including HST for a morning. Full day Monday, August 15th from 9:30 to 4 pm is $200 including HST.

Registration can be made by phone or email, or on this website where payment can be made with PayPal. Or you can contact her to register and E-transfer payment via her email address or send a cheque. Class size is limited so reserve your spot ASAP. Diannah Benson, 1349 Highway 118 East, Bracebridge, ON 705-646-1436 diannahbe@gmail.com