This is probably the geekiest thing I will ever admit on the internet... I am a sucker for a good course catalog. I love looking through the pages at all the classes offered and imagine myself as a botanist, a belly dancer, a textbook author, and a sculptor. I use the 'and' because I really do imagine how interesting I'd be if I somehow had every and any talent. My interests are as diverse as can be. There is simply too much to know! Now that I am out of college, I have time to take fun classes that aren't attached to a degree program. First up: calligraphy.
I simply adore the elegance of a scripted note. The serifs, the swirls, the appeal of not having to type on the computer!
Tonight was my first class at the Smithsonian. While most of the time was spent on background information, types of script, terminology, and learning how to hold the pen, we did eventually get around to testing out the pen and ink. We were supposed to just practice the circular letters - o, d, b, e, p, and c, but I have never been able to follow directions all that well, so I tried a bunch. G is apparently the hardest, and we were told not to even go there yet. I guess that's why I have more g's on my page than any other letter!
At the end of my eight week course, I hope to be good enough to make menus and invitations for our dinner parties. Until then, I have to admit that I am proud of my first attempt.