Lately I’ve started to consider doing another Buddhist-themed calligraphy print. Inspired by some of the very impressive work of the 15th century woodblock carvers, the idea of doing it as a true woodblock has great appeal! This seems especially appropriate since the earliest dated printed book was a Chinese print of the Diamond Sutra done from woodblocks.
Not feeling quite up to the challenge of doing a woodblock relief print in a pointed-pen style, the plan is to use one of the broad-edge pen hands.
Being a first attempt at wood carving, the content will probably be something pretty simple, maybe the 7 factors of awakening, or 8-fold path items, or a bit from the Dhammapada. I do want to include at least a little flourish- or scroll-work however. Much as I like Latin, this one seems better suited to Pāli.
As with all my Buddhist-themed calligraphy pieces, this work will be for free distribution.
I’ve scheduled the next pointed pen club ‘office hour’ for Thursday, April 9, from 6:30pm – 8pm.
I’ll be at the Jebena coffee shop, 990 Polk St. (at Geary). The best way to get there is to take the 38 bus (west/east along Geary/O’farrell) or the 19 bus (north/south along Polk).
Look for the “Calligraphy Club Office Hour” sign
Testing international letters:
e accent É
n tilde ñ
a long mark ā
m dot below ṃ
AE combination Æ
In November 2012, voters approved Proposition E, which drastically increases license taxes 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 promote giving lessons, or teach calligraphy as part of my livelihood in San Francisco.
So, I decided to respond by not renewing my business license, so as to deprive the city government of that tax, and offer lessons gratis 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’ll continue to research calligraphy and periodically send out pointed pen club newsletters to let you know of discoveries and developments, as well as hold office hours for motivated students.
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.