Calligraphy 101

I have always strived to get that perfect “teacher handwriting,” which includes being able to write each letter the same size, perfectly aligning the sentences, and creating a pristine anchor chart. Therefore, I want to try to step up my handwriting and be able to write calligraphy.

So far, I have started off with conducting a basic Google search on “How to Write Calligraphy.” I am a very visual learner, so my first instinct was to watch YouTube videos. As stated in “How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School”, emerging technologies facilitate the development of new opportunities that were unimagined in previous years (Bransford, J., Brown, A.L. & Cocking, R. R. (Eds.), 2000, p. 4). As appreciated by the vast number of tutorials and instructional videos online, YouTube serves as a priceless tool in learning.

I first stumbled upon a number of videos where people were writing calligraphy. I tried mimicking what they were trying to do. However, my skills were nowhere close to where I would I like them to be. I figured that I needed to start from the very basic “beginner” videos. I quickly realized that there are many styles of calligraphy, so I decided to practice learning “modern” calligraphy.

The first video, Calligraphy Exercises – Constructing the Alphabet – Walmir Medeiros, helped me understand the strokes of writing. I found out that writing modern calligraphy requires a heavy down stroke and a slight upstroke. The video took me through steps that helped me practice these techniques. I also found another video, Movement Exercises- Calligraphy By Hoang, which shows how to control my hand movements. It mentions that I need to move my hand and arm when I write. Another helpful site I found was this blog, Introduction to Lettering and Brush Calligraphy. The person in the video goes through a step-by-step process, which includes the different pen/markers to use, how to hold the writing utensil, and the different movements and strokes.

These videos have been helpful to me thus far in order to understand the process of how to write calligraphy. “Digital Media and Learning: A Prospective Retrospective”, touches on how developing a passion for something and putting in the hours to learn that skill lead to becoming a master in that domain (Gee, 2013, p. 16). Therefore, I am going to continue watching these videos and practice for at least one hour each day in order to help master this skill.

 

Photo from Lee. A. R.

References

Bransford, J., Brown, A.L. & Cocking, R. R. (Eds.), How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School (pp. 3-27). Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press. Retrieved from http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?isbn=0309070368.

Chung, J., (2016, Sept. 8). Introduction to Lettering and Brush Calligraphy [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://prettyprintsandpaper.com/2016/09/08/introduction-beginning-lettering-and-brush-calligraphy/

Gee, J. P., (2013). Digital Media and Learning: A Prospective Retrospective (p. 16). [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://jamespaulgee.com/pdfs/Digital%20Media%20and%20Learning.pdf.

Hoang, D. H. (2014, Oct. 12). Movement Exercises- Calligraphy By Hoang [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeFexdsUH58

Lee, A. R., (2017, Jun. 15). How To: Calligraphy & Hand Lettering for Beginners! Tutorial + Tips! [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBoVGqiSzr4

Medeiros, W. (2012, Oct. 14). Calligraphy Exercises – Constructing the Alphabet – Walmir Medeiros [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJKMceXl1pk

 

 

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