Society for Calligraphy, Southern California

Rhythm and Movement


Thursday, October 17

9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Friday, October 18

9:30 am - 4:30 pm


This workshop is for anyone who notices their pen wanting to go other than where they want it to go. It’s about getting your pen to fly, glide and land with speed, purpose and precision. Good structure is important but the holy grail of calligraphy is speed and grace of movement. Without good movement your calligraphy is like a stuffed bird and I’d rather have a limping live one than a perfect dead one. The workshop will delve into how rhythm and speed naturally affect the forms. When you get the rhythm and speed right, you can do it blind - well, almost! We will discover how your work space and posture affect your letterforms. Prepare to encounter some cool medical terms like pronation and supination of the wrist. We will work on sensing the body’s ideal movement and posture for the natural production of specific features in your calligraphy. There will be stages in this workshop where we attempt to take awareness away from the letters and shift it to the body. This may seem counter-intuitive but it is good for producing intuitive and lively letters. Overall, the the workshop will enable you to improve technique, speed and ease of writing.



Andrew van der Merwe


SfC sponsored


Kristi Darwick


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Orange County Fine Art Studios

3851 Bear Street, Studio B, Santa Ana

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