Intro to Hand Lettering (Windsor Terrace)

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Taught by Diana Kuan

Diana Kuan is a food writer, illustrator, and cooking teacher in Brooklyn. Her book The Chinese Takeout Cookbook was published by Random House/Ballantine in 2012. Her work has also appeared in Food & Wine, Time Out New York, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and Epicurious. When she's not teaching at the Brainery, she does design and illustration work for Plate & Pencil, a shop of food-related art and other goodies. You can follow her musings on cooking, eating, and visual storytelling on Twitter and Instagram.    

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Join us for a hand lettering workshop in which we turn letterforms and words into a piece of art.

While calligraphy is all about writing words in set styles, hand lettering is all about drawing words is a variety of expressive ways. In this introductory class, we'll incorporate writing into artwork to add a layer of expressiveness. A willingness to explore and draw is more important than good handwriting; we'll explore a variety of ways to get playful with letterforms and see what shapes they take.

In this 2 1/2 hour workshop, you will:

  • Get a crash course on the anatomy of letterforms and kerning
  • Learn the best ways to to find inspiration for your hand lettering project and see examples to practice from
  • Practice with introductory exercises and learn how to structure your composition
  • Work on an in-class project to illustrate your favorite quote, phrase, or alphabet set
  • Learn a few tricks in Illustrator and Photoshop to clean up your finished project at home

Bring a favorite quote or phrase that you'll want to work on. Materials are included; paper, pens, markers, and some watercolors will be supplied. No laptops necessary (the Illustrator and Photoshop portion will be shown in a short demo via an overhead presentation. Tips will be included in your handout.)


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