In November 2012, voters approved Proposition E, which drastically increases license fees for small businesses in San Francisco — including those on small hobby-businesses like calligraphy teaching practices. This much higher tax, effective July 1, 2014, makes it no longer worthwhile for me to teach calligraphy on a for-profit basis in San Francisco.
So, I’ve decided to offer lessons on a pro bono basis after June 30, 2014.
This obviously is going to necessitate a shift in my teaching practice. Students will need to purchase their own supplies (I won’t be keeping an inventory of supplies to give out to students anymore) and to show real dedication to the art to keep me enthused to work with him or her for free. I’ll be asking (but not requiring) a donation to a charity in lieu of teaching fees. And people will need to download (and print, if they wish) my handouts rather than my getting copies printed for them.
I regret that this will make it harder for people to learn pointed-pen calligraphy, but unfortunately, this is what tends to happen in a place where most of the electorate are liberal, low-information voters who’ve been brainwashed to nurse a prejudice against profitable enterprises.
I’ll continue to research calligraphy and periodically send out pointed pen club newsletters to let you know of discoveries and developments.
The Spencerian calligraphy classes at Urban Bazaar will be taking a hiatus. The teacher is taking some time off to pursue other teaching opportunities, and to work on revising the curriculum, course structure, and handout materials. It is anticipated that the classes might start up again possibly in late 2014.
Meanwhile, the individual lessons course will still be available!! — see the “Lessons” tab for more details, and use the “Contact” form for inquiries about signing up for individual lessons.
Here are the upcoming calligraphy workshops at Urban Bazaar:
Session 1’s: December 4 and December 11, 7pm – 9:30pm
Session 2: December 17, 7pm – 9:30pm
For complete workshop descriptions, details, and to get your ticket, go to the Urban Bazaar Class and Workshop Site.
Once again, February’s calligraphy workshop is completely filled up! What a smart and talented group of 8 students showed up for it. And now there is even a waiting list for future workshops!
November’s calligraphy workshop completely sold out – 2nd month in a row. Who would have guessed there would be such a huge demand for pointed pen calligraphy, Spencerian script no less, in San Francisco?
We had the first session on Wednesday with 8 super eager and talented students.
Plans are in the works for a January workshop. Stay tuned.
Great news for everyone who loves the pointed pen arts!
Here in San Francisco, the true golden city of the West, the October calligraphy workshop has already completely sold out to the enrollment cap of 9 students.
Another similar workshop will be scheduled for November 7 and 14. Appropriately enough, Nov. 7 is P. R. Spencer‘s birthday!
Friday, August 31, 2012 – 6:30pm to 8pm.
Hosted by the Red Vic Peaceful World Center, 1665 Haight Street, San Francisco
This enjoyable, interactive event will present the art of pointed pen calligraphy, focusing on Spencerian scripts and decorative design. This event will showcase the use of both traditional off-axis pointed pens and less formal writing implements like pencils and ballpoint pens. Also included will be a discussion of the history and philosophy of the style, its relation to other forms of world calligraphy, and the open-ended nature of calligraphical creativity.
Although calligraphy has long been part of meditative practice in Asia, such as the Japanese Zen art of shodo, the Western art of Spencerian script calligraphy can also help to cultivate inner peace and increase the amount of beauty and goodness in the world. The practice of calligraphy may make one more mellow, may increase self-confidence, self-esteem, focus, patience, and/or concentration, and may help one feel more connected to humanity’s history and heritage — all valuable virtues as we work to build a global culture of peace, compassion, and happiness.