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A selection of students' work  .

A selection of  work – traditional and experimental -by students at Surval, Switzerland

Running workshops on calligraphy and handwriting skills in schools is something I have done quite a bit of in the last few months.  My recent trip to teach at Surval Montreux ,an International School , with spectacular views overlooking Lake Geneva in Switzerland,  was a particular highlight – in all senses of the word !

The cream building, top right, is the international school where I was teaching in Switzerland

The cream coloured building, top right, is the international school where I was teaching in Switzerland

I had previously completed a commission for the entrance hall of the new school and I was thrilled to be invited to visit and have the opportunity to teach pupils from all over the world. The sessions took place over three days, giving me time to work with different age groups and deliver a variety of activities. The participants engaged well, despite the jet lag (and unfamiliar surroundings for some new pupils ) . I loved their enthusiasm and ability to slow down , absorb and apply the techniques to be able to create something they were really proud of . I am hopeful that some of them may develop a real interest in lettering arts and spread the word within their own families and cultures .

Work by students after just two hours

Work by students after just two hours

(More information on the workshops can be found in the school website link above .)

A while back I bumped into an ex school pupil I had taught about 20 years previously. I was heartened by her comment that she still had good handwriting.

Teaching youngsters can be challenging but knowing that there is a possibility that you might make a  difference in their lives by sparking an interest or helping them develop life long skills makes it very worthwhile.





In the past 7 days  I have run a one day workshop, 2 half day workshops and 4 different evening sessions teaching  handwriting or calligraphy with adults and taught regular handwriting lessons with children.  Not every week is as full but much of my time this year has been taken up with a variety of  interesting and sometimes challenging teaching commitments . V&A workshop , work in progress by Win

The first, which I have spoken about in a previous post, was my V&A workshop. We studied the work of writing masters first hand from the National Art Library archives  and used specific models from the Spanish calligrapher Francisco Lucas’s  rotunda style lettering (Redondilla). This was used as a basis for developing a script to use within a collaged design. 

My next participants were school children. My challenge was to inspire pupils from the ages of 7-11 to improve their writing. With only short sessions in each class I created ways (including standing action games) to focus attention on aspects of writing such as the scale and proportion of letters. The oldest children, however, were given a treat of trying out copperplate lettering with dip pens and ink. Messy but fun.


My next three workshops were simpler to prepare as they have been tried and tested before.  One was for an enthusiastic group at Idler Academy on Italic scripts.  The other two were  for regional calligraphy groups  on two of my favourite teaching topics: developing an original script and using words as patterns. The results were most impressive! The  images below are by members of North London Lettering Association.Summer by Sue M

Two recent workshops were  particularly  challenging.  The first took place at Idler Academy. I had three hours in total to introduce beginners to calligraphy. Using dip pens and ink they were able to write an uncial script  with confidence by the end of the session. I repeated this with another group in the afternoon and they too did really well .

The second three hour workshop was organised by How To AcademyI  taught a group of adults about the process of how to develop more stylish handwriting . I chose an italic form as my model and gave them strategies and techniques  to be able to practice and progress

NLLA workshop