Intro to Hand Lettering (Windsor Terrace)

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Taught by Diana Kuan

Diana Kuan is a food writer and photographer based in Brooklyn. She is the author of Red Hot Kitchen, on cooking with Asian hot sauces, and The Chinese Takeout Cookbook, on Chinese food and culture in America. Her work has also appeared in Food & Wine, Time Out New York, and The Boston Globe, among other publications. In addition to writing and photography, Diana has taught cooking classes for the past 10 years in both Beijing and New York. Her favorite foods are dumplings, ramen, and tacos, usually with hot sauce on the side.

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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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