From the Back Cover
From Italic to Roman to Uncial — create calligraphicalphabets with ease
For many people, calligraphy is something they admire from afar,but don't believe they could ever do it themselves. Nothing couldbe further from the truth! Practice is the key to becoming a goodcalligrapher, and that 's what this book is all about. Open it andyou'll find easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions in all thebasics, from choosing the right pens and paper and holding the penproperly to using calligraphy to create six beautiful alphabets.Plus, there are plenty of creative projects for putting your skillsinto action. With just a little practice every day, you'll be wellon your way to doing calligraphy with style!
- The simple, sure-fire approach to learning calligraphy
How to use pen tips of various sizes and shapes
Ways to embellish and personalize your lettering
How to add a special touch to stationery, journals, diaries,correspondence, plaques, and more
Exercises for practicing your skills with confidence
About the Author
has been teaching calligraphy for about 30years. He has taught at every level from kindergarten throughcollege and has introduced thousands of people to calligraphy.Although he lost count some time ago, he suspects that he must holda record for the number of students he has taught in the classroom,by correspondence, and through the Internet.
Jim has a B.F.A. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University andan M.F.A. degree from the University of North Carolina atGreensboro. Among the awards he has earned are the Virginia ArtistsCertificate of Distinction and the Ohio Art EducationAssociation’s Distinguished Educator Award in 2003.
In 1982, Jim self-published a popular instruction manual titled“You Can Do Calligraphy.” He also developed a completeItalic handwriting curriculum for grades K through 5 for WakefieldSchool in Virginia, created a calligraphy correspondence course forLord Fairfax Community College, and pioneered calligraphy lessonson the Internet. His calligraphy website(www.studioarts.net/calligraphy) has had almost one millionvisitors. He is the founder and manager of the original CalligraphyWebring which is comprised of about a hundred of the finestcalligraphy websites internationally.
In addition to calligraphy, Jim worked for several years as aportrait artist under the name Bennecelli. He has also paintedmurals. Recently, he has been developing art-related projects basedon adventure themes that math teachers can use to enhance mathinstruction.