Calligraphy as Art and Meditation presents a new approach to calligraphy, one uniquely suited to our time. In it, the making of calligraphic letter forms becomes a way to integrate mind, body, and feeling, to enrich creativity, and enhance well-being. The exercises in Western alphabetic writing, arranged in a guided progression, provide an opportunity to develop awareness, relax the mind, and open the door to artistic expression. The audience for Calligraphy as Art and Meditation includes: adult learners, meditators, teachers, therapists, artists and art students, graphic designers, and children of all ages.
The training alphabets, from “Playball” to “Proteus,” introduce you to the elements of calligraphy through a framework called the 3 “D”s: DESIGN, DUCTUS, and DYNAMICS. Tool usage is the foundation for calligraphic development. Here, the participant begins with the familiar pencil and progresses in gradual, developmental steps to the sophisticated edged pen.
For a culture so deeply rooted in the written word, we have not, surprisingly, woven calligraphy into the general fabric of public life. Nonetheless, our current milieu is ripe for appreciating the values inherent in this art form. It is the mission of Calligraphy as Art and Meditation to conduct a joyful exploration of calligraphy in an attempt to find its untapped essence, and in this effort, to re-envision its role in our cultural life.