This online class comes with helpful, downloadable and printable sample and practice sheets. Each week you'll also be given access to high quality instructional videos that will allow you to watch (again and again) everything in detail from close by and
from an ideal vantage point.
Merely watching the videos, alas, won't bring you the skills to do it yourself. At the end of every lesson, some homework will be suggested, that you can then post on the Classroom Forum, accessible only to the participants. On that platform you can connect with your classmates, see how they're doing, learn from my comments on their work, but also signal problems and ask for clarifications. I'm permanently available to help out with additional comments and demos where needed. It's like you're in class, except that you can enter and leave when you want without asking permission or missing out on anything
- school life as it should have been!
You don't have to be a computer genius to take an online class.
In fact, you only need to have access to a computer.
We give you clear instructions of what to do and, at all times,
Harvest Crittenden from Acorn Arts is at your service
if you would still experience technical problems.
Adventures with the Pointed Brush - course description
In previous classes we focused on either a specific letter (Trajans) or on a specific way of writing (gestural writing/drawing letters). Now we will conduct our explorations around an instrument: the pointed brush is such a versatile tool that you can spend your entire life enjoying that one instrument, while exploring its myriad possibilities.
One of the home truths in calligraphy that I hold dear is that you don’t need a whole array of equipment in order to make exciting things. Cheap paper, cheap ink and an even cheaper water brush go a long way… and you can take that quite literally. In this class we won’t rely on fancy materials or special techniques, but instead we’ll discover how exciting calligraphy can be when our desk contains only the bare necessities: a writing surface, a medium and one tool.
But what a tool! Like a wild horse, the pointed brush strikes us as very daunting and capricious so we’ll need to tame it first. So, very much like horse whisperers, we’ll need to familiarize ourselves with its nature, anticipate its unforeseen and quirky movements, patiently establish a relationship of trust with it and gradually make it clear who’s the boss. Then, once it allows to be saddled, it will take us swiftly to unknown adventures and far-off horizons.
I’d love to be your instructor and guide on this fascinating trip. We’ll start from scratch; if you already have experience with the brush, so much the better, but I’m sure that even during the first steps there will be stuff that is new to you. And let there be no doubt: throughout the entire course you will be challenged in very many ways. But this class should not deter the newbies among you. In previous classes, students have proved even beyond my wildest imagination how much progress they can make in relatively short time when provided with clear step-by-step instructions and driven by enthusiasm and perseverance. Why would it be any different this time?
Here are a few things that will be covered in the course
In a special bonus video at the end of the class, you’ll get an introduction to Procreate and the way I use it for my designs. It will be plenty of useful tips, tricks and samples in relation to the topic of this class.
All of this will be presented in the format that anyone who’s ever taken an Acorn Arts class with me has come to appreciate so well: clear instructions and demos on prerecorded videos, a useful set of handouts for reference, a busy and informative forum where you get immediate, personal and constructive feedback from the teacher as well as technical support from Harvest if you need any. We just love to provide a warm and stimulating learning environment for you.
This 5 weeks class ran for the first time in May-June 2021.
We'll run it one more time in May-June 2022.
May 23: Lesson 1
May 30: Lesson 2
June 6: Lesson 3
June 13: Lesson 4
June 20: Lesson 5
New classes (instructional videos and handouts) are posted each Monday, but you do NOT need to be online at that time. All the videos can be watched at whatever time in convenient for you and as many times as you like. The videos will remain up for an additional six months after the last class is posted in case make-up time is needed for viewing! There is homework suggested for this class, but not mandatory. The classroom Forum provides a wonderful place to share your designs with the other students and to learn from the critique on each other's work.
All videos are spoken in easy to understand English, but there are also English subtitles available.
Cost of the 5 week class: 295, - USD
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