There are a lot of things I love about my job, but going out and teaching the art of modern calligraphy has crept its way to the top of my list! I took my first modern calligraphy class about 2.5 years ago, and I instantly fell in love. I practiced and practiced for months before ever offering it as a service to my clients, but now that I do, I can't imagine my business with out it! Almost every project I do incorporates my love for modern calligraphy and pointed pen lettering.
Whenever I learned modern calligraphy, all I could think was "Oh my gosh, anyone can learn this!"; From the outside it looked like something so hard and scary that only somebody with perfect handwriting or a knack for the crafty life could learn. But oh man was I wrong! Once I got more comfortable with the calligraphy pen, I knew I wanted to teach it and spread the modern calligraphy love! Modern calligraphy is something that I believe can be taught to anybody, no matter if you are "creative" or not! I love being able to make this art form accessible and easy to learn.
My classes are typically 3 hours long, and while that sounds like SO long, it always flies by so fast! I can't even tell you how much fun I have meeting all the new calligraphy friends that attend the class, and hearing about what they do and why they wanted to take the class is always my favorite part! I've had everything from fellow creatives and business owners, to wedding planners and photographers, nurses and accountants, bakers and students. We rock out to my ever-growing "callig class" playlist, sip on some delicious drinks, snack on something usually involving chocolate, and have a freaking amazing time!
The photos in this post are from my first ever classes taught in Corpus Christi, TX, my current "home base" with the military right now! I spent a lot of time only traveling back to my old stomping grounds in Dallas to teach, but I decided that is time to grow where I am, meet new friends in these amazing cities that the military takes us, and spread the calligraphy love EVERYWHERE! Thanks to Jessica who owns my favorite little shop in Corpus, Eleanor's Coffee Bar + Market, I have been able to teach 2 classes in Corpus, with a third one scheduled! Eleanor's is the perfect little spot to teach, and I am going to miss it so much in our next city! If you are in Corpus Christi and haven't gone to Eleanor's, you are missing out! Get there now and enjoy a cool and friendly community atmosphere, great coffee and homemade juices, good music, and even some local goods to shop on their market shelves!
Also, HUGE shoutout to Gabe with Strangergabe Photography who did an amazing job being a fly on the wall during the class and taking some seriously impressive photos! Gabe and I connected over Instagram and then became real life friends when he agreed to photograph this class for me! His artistic photography style is so beautiful, and each image so perfectly captures the excitement I have for teaching, and the relaxed and fun atmosphere I like to create for my students! Thank you Gabe!