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Calligraphic Flourishing ONLINE Course Oct/Nov/Dec 2017

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Calligraphic Flourishing 6-Week Course w/ Anne Elser – ONLINE COURSE via Google Hangouts

6 Sessions | Intermediate | Price: $200 **| Min 10 Max 18|

Class Schedule: We will meet Saturday Mornings from 10am-12:30pm EDT for six weeks, with breaks in between.

**Eventbrite charges a fee for you to use their credit card precessing system. To AVOID this fee, you may send a check to 408 Tuxworth Circle • Decatur, GA 30033. Don't forget to list your email address and the course name/date so that the ticket for the class you want to take can be emailed to you.

This is a LIVE class, which is recorded for your enjoyment and review, then uploaded to a class folder on my Dropbox site each of our 6 weeks of class time together. If you ever have to miss a class, you can always check back later to watch what you missed abd practice at your own pace. I really enjoy the live format, and meeting so many people all over the world each week in my home. Live classes allow the student to interact with me and each other for specific feedback.

When registration closes, I will email a permanent weblink to you. This will be our virtual classroom for every time we meet. When the link and intro email is sent to you, click the link, which will open a web page in your web browser. And that's it! Google may ask you to download their software and if they do, just follow their prompts.

For the Google Hangout to work, we will all need to be using a set of headphones during demo time to plug into your computer. Your microphones should be muted, but cameras on. This cuts down on background noise while I am demonstrating. However, when we begin introductions, and for class discussion after each exercise is completes, you shoudl be unmuted so we can all have a lively disucssion! So please purchase a pair of earbuds if you don't already have a set.

Click here for more info about participating in a Google Hangout.

Here's the class schedule:

• Saturday, October 14, 2017 ---> Google Hangout Dry Run Test Call (15 mins) 10AM-10:15AM EDT

Week 1 • Saturday, October 21, 2017 10AM-12:30PM

Week 2 • Saturday, October 28, 2017 10AM-12:30PM

Week 3 • Saturday, November 4, 2017 10AM-12:30PM

--No Class: Saturday, November 11, 2017--

Week 4 • Saturday, November 18, 2017 10AM-12:30PM

--No Class: Saturday, November 25, 2017--

Week 5 • Saturday, December 2, 2017 10AM-12:30PM

--No Class: Saturday, December 9, 2017--

Week 6 • Saturday, December 16, 2017 10AM-12:30PM

Upon registration you will receive a welcome email containing:

• PDF link to exemplar packet.

• My Grandmother's Popover Recipe.

• Some really dirty pictures.

After each live class, I’ll upload either a full-length recording of my demonstrations during the class OR a 20-minute review of the pages we worked on (and snapshots of those pages) for you to later download at your conveneince. This makes it easier for students to keep up with the class if you cannot participate live.

Note: these videos will take a day or two to appear in the class notes folder, as they are very large and take a long time for them to fully upload onto my Dropbox account. Please allow for at least a day and a half after a class date before you go searching for any content of that class.

Calligraphic Flourishing Course Description:

The definition of flourish is to flower. We all flower in our language, thoughts, hopes and dreams, body movements, voices, and in our relationships with each other and the beautiful big world we share. But most importantly, we flourish all by ourselves - our bodies do this automatically - we were built this way. Look at the branching of blood vessels in our bodies, how our fingers splay open or fan out like flowers, the growth pattern of the hair on our heads, all the many muscles in our face that produce a genuine smile. That’s flourishing.

You have permission to flourish. And THAT is the largest obstacle we all face.

Everyone can flourish, but it is a daunting task for so many of us to draw one on paper. This workshop is designed to create a sense of ease with the idea of flourishing. We will identify points of fear and anxiety in our approach to flourishing, that wobble our lines and tense up our bodies, and we will heal ourselves from these negative work habits that make any exploration, especially this one, an unpleasant task.

We’ll train the eye and awakening the body (fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders and breath) to align with each other. We’ll begin with identifying the unique capabilities of our joints and how they best function in relation to the kinds of strokes we are drawing, from the wrist, elbow, shoulder, and fingers. We will begin to train our bodies to capably reproduce the elements of flourishes that make them work and that our eyes have learned to identify: Ovals, Perpendicular Intersections, Intersecting Ovals, Parallel Strokes, Shade and Hairline Relationships, Accents, Textures, and MORE.

We'll fall in love with the oval, so that are lines are never lost, always at home, and always pointing back towards home, at every angle and size imaginable. You cannot flourish without making ovals. And you won't want to make one, if it doesn't FEEL GOOD to make one. We'll make it feel good AND we'll train your eyes to identify opportunitities for oval placement.

Working in pencil, straight/oblique pointed pens, and everyday pens (everything from felt tip, roller ball, gel pens, fountain pens, etc.) we’ll memorize standard flourishing movements and exercises that have been around a long time, and how to adjust and vary their proportions to suit our needs. We’ll learn how to exaggerate ascenders and descenders, the crossing of t’s, and the endings of words. We’ll learn to curl these strokes around the graceful curve of an oval, so that our pens are never lost, our strokes finding their way back home, even through the most subtle of suggestions. We’ll make flourishes that stand alone, work with each other, and that accent a word.

And best of all, we’ll do this together. We'll undo and heal all the negative thoughts you have in your head about your capacity to flourish. This course is a giant oval-shaped hug for your hands, your body, your thoughts, and of course - your work.

About Anne

After earning a BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art and graduate studies in Graphic Design at The Portfolio Center, Anne Elser began her artistic career as a painter, bookbinder, designer, and calligrapher. With over 20 years teaching experience, her students often report how fulfilling the classroom experience is, prompting both personal and artistic transformations. Anne's classes are also FUN and full of laughter. Students find the sense of community she inspires enriching and entertaining.

She currently teaches private lessons from her home studio in Decatur, classes and workshops year round at Binder Art Supply in Buckhead and at their Ponce City Market location, as well as Thursday afternoon classes at The Spruill Center for the Arts, and classes and workshops at Aikido Decatur. She also travels in the states and abroad conducting workshops.

Her work has been featured in books and magazines across the country, and for both private and corporate clients such as Tiffany&Co, Mont Blanc, Louis Vuitton, Paces Papers, Landor, Martha Stewart Weddings, Belk, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Clicquot Veauvé, World50, Ogilvy, and more.

Artist, calligrapher, teacher, mother, and friend, Anne believes making art creates a channel for truth and is a soulful reflection of the connections shared by all.

Supply List:

For all online courses:

Purchase a pair of earbuds or headphones to wear during class.

Binders Art Supply ( is the best local Atlanta spot to purchase supplies for this class and they will give you a student discount! Anything that you can’t find there, can be purchased at John Neal Books ( or Paper and Ink Arts (

White Paper:

Transparent Marker Paper: Suggested brands below, but use whichever brands you’re comfortable with

• Bienfang Graphics 360 9’’x12’’ Marker Pad

or Borden & Riley 9’’x12’’ 100s Smooth Cotton Comp Pad

Black Paper: Any smooth paper that works well with Dr. Martin’s Bleedproof white. Suggested brand below

• Strathmore Artagain pad.

Colored or Ivory Cover Paper: Any ink-friendly paper that won’t bleed with the ink you are using. Cut to around 5 x 7.

• Canson cover weight papers

Paper to fold envelopes: I love the Strathmore Calligraphy Pad. It folds well, loves ink, and is a beautiful soft ivory color.

Envelopes: Ink-friendly high-quality envelopes, just a few in any size and color.

• Paper Source envelopes work very well with a variety of inks.


Dark Ink: Any dark ink that shows up on white practice paper

• Sumi, Higgens Eternal, Mcaffrey’s, Walnut, etc.

Accenting Ink Colors and metallic inks: Suggested brands below

• Metallic Pan (cake) inks: Finetec metallics and other brands.

• PearlEx powder pigments mixed with water and gum arabic (try starting with equal parts of each.)

• Colored inks of your choosing that won’t bleed. (My favorites are gouache/water/gum arabic mixtures).

White Ink:

• Dr. Martin’s Bleedproof White (water based that is thinned to your taste with water.)


• Your favorite pencil/eraser and markers/gel pens.

• A variety of your favorite ultra fine, fine, and medium point pens (for markers bullet point and not chisel).

These pens come in a variety of thicknesses. You’ll want to have variety and choose something that writes very fine like the Slicci and have a slightly thicker width pen to see what feels right for you.

• Your favorite/preferred pens from home. Can be fine or medium point or bullet point. Ballpoint, felt tip, roller ball, gel pens, Sharpies, etc. Fountain pens are also wonderful. All are welcome and suitable for this class.


• Ruler

• Glitter Glue, gems, etc., for accents.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This is an adult class. Childrens classes coming soon!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Send Anne an email to: PenKitten@Anne

What's the refund policy?

Refunds are not available at this time. (Exchanges are, though, in the event of emergencies or illness.)

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

No, but please contact me personally if there is a problem such as an emergency or illness. Your ticket can be tranferred to another class I offer here through Eventbrite, but not a Binders or Spruill or any other location.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes. If you purchased this class or workshop as a gift, please let me know the name of the person taking the class when you register.

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