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Calligraphy for Kids Paperback – March 1, 2007
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Gr. 6-12. Winters' excellent, clearly explained guide to calligraphy begins with a survey of materials, a glossary, and suggestions on posture and pen and paper positions. Succinct chapters showing how to create a variety of alphabets follow. Winters, an art professor and calligraphist, folds fascinating history into her expert instructions. Her clean layouts showcase beautifully rendered examples and practical exercises, and appended worksheets can be copied for experiments. Final chapters that present ideas for creating handmade projects will be a hit with many young artists. An unusual, handsome resource that adults may want, too. Gillian Engberg
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"[An] accessible how-to." - Publishers Weekly"
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This book is perfect for me, I thought if this book can teach a child, it can teach me as well! On the other hand, I thought that if this can't teach me, nothing will! lol
The key to this, I've found, is repetition. Start with a roundhand lowercase (or miniscule) alphabet and write your abc's literally until you cannot stand to write another strange looking "g" (the roundhand lowercase "g" is the strangest way I've ever written a "g" before since the top circle doesnt fill up the entire x height, only about 2/3 plus the rest of the letter is made with a funky motion. It feels unnatural to me.) Even so, now I can make them with ease. After this is when I picked up this book. My normal handwriting has improved immensely, I find myself using the tips and tricks from this book without even thinking about. It's becoming second nature. Again, repetition is key! The practice pages in the back are perfect! I scanned them in and printed off a ton of copies. Lots of pictures, stroke numbers and detailed tips to help you or a child learn the beautiful art of calligraphy!
One thing I didn't see in the book was the tip to use the carpenter's pencil at first. You get the hang of keeping it flat at all times with the wide lead, just like a wide nibbed pen. I can see where kids may have an easier time with that instead of jumping straight to a marker or fountain pen.
(If I may also recommend a pen, the Pilot Parallel is amazing! So simple to use, to load and write with. The ink flows perfectly, it is unlike any other calligraphy or broad nibbled pen I've ever used and they're under $8 here on Amazon. I also recommend getting the 20 dollar 4 pack with differing sizes. 1.5, 2.4, 3.8 and 6.0)
Speedball's Elegant Writers are great chisel tip markers to practice with also, and Amazon sells a 4 pk for 4 dollars as an add on item!
**I included a photo of the funky roundhand script letter "g" just in case anyone wondered what I was talking about, but also to show the difference my practice has made. The "weird" g's looked terrible when I started a week ago.
Written with the Pilot Parellel 1.5 mm
About the contents of the book: I am glad I bought this book. This is what I needed to start learning about calligraphy. The lessons are laid out very well. It starts with the history of calligraphy, then the basic stuff you need to know about it: like the materials and tools you need, and going forward to all the different calligraphy/letter styles. I love that it gives you suggestions on what type of calligraphy pens you can use and it tells you suggestions on the brands and size of pen nibs that are good to buy. It teaches you how to write italic, Gothic, uncial, and Roman calligraphy. I like how detailed it is in teaching you the strokes. The instructions and drawings are clear, there are numbers that tell you how to do the strokes. It has sample projects at the end on how to make greeting cards, invitations. It tells you different designs on how to make it. It has also guide lines that you can copy for when you do practice for the different calligraphy styles.
I am so very happy I purchase this book. I am learning a lot and enjoying calligraphy with the help of the wonderful information from Eleanor Winters. If kids will be using this book, it is easy for them to read it, too. Great for doing their art projects and stuff. I highly recommend this book for calligraphy enthusiasts or for those who are interested in calligraphy and arts/crafts.