I am left-handed and was fortunate enough to take a course in calligraphy from a left-handed teacher. You need to buy lefty speedball C nibs. Instead of turning the paper I was taught keep the paper straight and to sit over to the far right of the paper. This prevents smearing ink. It took some training to keep my hand moving straight across the paper (below the printing line) and not write with my hand "around the tree trunk". Hope this is understandable.
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To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2002 6:47 PM
Subject: Teaching Left-Handed Calligraphy
I just started teaching a 2-week crash course in calligraphy to a group of 4th graders. I happened to get one left-handed student in this class. I have never had a left-handed student in all my years teaching calligraphy. Does anyone have any suggestions in how to teach left-handed. I received a suggestion from someone at an art store to turn the paper so that the pen would be at the 45-degree angle that is needed. Another one is to cut the pen tip to an angle (We are using felt tip pens.) Any other suggestions? I will be teaching 3 other groups of 4th graders in the next few weeks and I am bound to have more "lefties". Anything would help. Thanks in advance.
Beth in Colorado ---