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Re: calligraphy

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BethMed123_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Mon Nov 13 2000 - 21:13:58 PST


I took a calligraphy class in back college and then started teaching senior
citizens and kids at the library (through parks and recreation services). I
found that the easiest way to teach was to first teach them the 6 basic
strokes - vertical line, horizontal line, diagonal lines (both ways) and both
half circles. When they understood that the letters were made up of these
basic strokes it made the process a little easier. A 45 degree pen angle is
also extremely important. Shortly after this lesson, I got out the foam
brushes (the ones you paint trim on houses with) along with watered down
tempera paint and let them try these strokes on butcher paper (or even old
newspaper). They could also do this with water on the sidewalk. You could
also use a long stick of chalk on the chalk board. Sometimes they just need
to see the strokes extra large. After this we moved on to letters. The
order of strokes to form the letter is very important. On the left side of a
handout (horizontal handout) I wrote the completed letter. To the right of
that I wrote the same letter showing which stroke comes next in the process
with thin lines with arrowheads showing direction. They placed these sheets
under tracing paper to get the feel of the stroke. After that it is all
practice. They tended to get frustrated at times. But I found that the ones
who practiced more produced better letter forms. If you need some handouts,
I can fax some of mine or even mail them out. Good luck.

Beth