The funny thing about teaching is you not only do you have to know how to do what you're teaching really well, you also need to know how to break the class curriculum down into easy steps that beginners can understand.
When I think of hand-lettering I think geez, this will be an easy class. Everybody knows how to write letters by hand.
But in reality people are so far removed from writing much with our hands that hand-lettering is something that we barely do.
We're constantly being pulled into the latest technology and digital world that hands-on is something we barely do. I love the idea of teaching hand-lettering, calligraphy, cursive and hands-on workshops because it gets us to use our hands again. It calls us away from the computer and into a place of boundless creativity.
The texture of paper, getting paint on my hands, using a pencil and eraser to shape my ideas rather than a digital screen is a feeling I revel in.
So as I gather these ideas and write out my Hand-Lettering Workshop ideas, I consider the basics.
- Put away the computer/phone.
- Take out a sheet of paper.
- Write a word, phrase or quote.
- Build it into an illustration.
- Color it in.