True North Graphics

Where classical arts, contemporary design and a streak of good madness converge

INSTRUCTION: COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

instruction-detail-2With the objective of honorably carrying on the legacies of my own teachers, Don Kunz and Irwin Rubin, I offer classes in traditional calligraphy and illumination, penmanship as well as a highly specialized method of freehand pencil drawing, which through “deconstruction” teaches the creative brain to think three-dimensionally.

instruction_detail-1Multiple-week courses and one-session workshops for tweens, teens and adults are offered at local art centers and galleries on a rolling basis. Private in-home instruction is also available upon request.

As part of my 90-north Arctic outreach education program, classes on indigenous visual folk arts of the peoples of the Circumpolar North are also on offer to academic and cultural institutions. For more information, please click here.

instruction_detail-3Additionally, traditional Ukrainian “pysanky” egg-writing workshops can be arranged for Scout groups and interested students of all ages.

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So… chart your own unique course in life. Allow your ideas to flourish like the decorative swashes added to Italic scripts. Nurture your creativity. Strive to make the world more beautiful…

“Like everything else in our culture, we declare its value by what we teach or do not teach our children. [….] I do believe that typing is a very fundamental tool that children need to learn; however, they should not be learning it at the expense of handwriting… we need to be good stewards of both.” ~Jake Weidmann

Videos for inspiration and motivation:

TEDx – The Secret Life of the Pencil

The Secret Life of the Pencil project

TEDx – Why Write? Penmanship for the 21st Century

Master Penman Jake Weidmann

Newly scheduled classes at Founders Hall in Ridgefield, CT

“Ukrainian Pysanky Eggs” Workshop – March 26, 2019 – 1:00-4:00p
“Ukrainian Pysanky Eggs” Workshop – March 26, 2019 – 5:00-8:00p
“Ukrainian Pysanky Eggs” Workshop – April 2, 2019 – 1:00-4:00p

“Ukrainian Pysanky Eggs” Workshop – April 2, 2019 – 5:00-8:00p

“Calligraphy – the Uncial Hand” – 5 sessions, beginning March 27, 2019 – 12:30-2:00p

“Celtic Knot Design” – 5 sessions, beginning March 27, 2019 – 2:30-4:00p

“Introduction to Ink Stippling” – 4 sessions, beginning May 8, 2019 – 12:30-2:00p

“Kinetic Art – Agamographs” – 2 sessions, beginning May 21, 2019 – 6:00-7:30p

“Kirigami” – 4 sessions, beginning May 8, 2019 – 2:30-4:00p

“Leonardo Da Vinci’s Drapery 2-color Shading Technique” – 2 sessions, beginning May 21, 2019 – 2:30-4:00p

Newly scheduled classes at The Art Spot in Danbury, CT

“Ukrainian Pysanky Eggs” Workshop – March 29, 2019 – 6:30-9:00p

“Ukrainian Pysanky Eggs” Workshop – March 30, 2019 – 2:30-5:00p

“Harry Potter Scripts” Try-it! Workshop – April 14, 2019 – 1:00-3:00p

“Harry Potter Scripts & Marauder’s Map” Summer Camp – July 15-19, 2019 – 9:00a-noon

Newly scheduled classes at the Darien Art Center:

Introduction to Traditional Calligraphy” – 6 sessions, beginning March 25, 2019 – 7:00-9:00p

Gold-leaf Gilding for Works of Art” Workshop – April 6, 2019 – 11:30a-1:30p

Newly scheduled classes at the Guilford Art Center:

Introduction to Calligraphy” Workshop – April 13, 2019 – 1:00-4:00p

Newly scheduled classes at the The Center for Continuing Education:

Hand Lettering in Two Styles: The Roundhand and Brush Pen Scripts” – 6 sessions, beginning March 25, 2019 – 3:30-5:30p

Newly scheduled classes at the Sunflower Studio:

Harry Potter Scripts & Marauder’s Map” Summer Camp – June 17-21, 2019 – 9:00a-noon

“Calligraphy and Illumination” Summer Camp – August 5-9, 2019 – 1:00-4:00p

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