Cursive Handwriting taught by Amy Owens
Multi-Session ClassThursdays: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 4-5:30pm Central Time
July 1, 2021 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm CDT
This class is designed for adults, but kids 13 and older are welcome.
Students will learn to write in the American Cursive Handwriting system, created by Master Penman Michael Sull, as well as learn its history. We will discuss finger versus whole-arm movement, posture, how to warm up, and the basic strokes for the letterforms. We will explore each letter, starting with the lowercase letters, then capitals. Finally, we will learn common ligatures and put words and entire sentences together. The class is geared towards students with minimal cursive experience and will be fun, fast paced and interactive.
We will meet on Zoom for the live sessions and short homework assignments will be posted and students will submit work online prior to each class on Google Classroom. Feedback will be provided on all assignments.
A pdf of student handouts will be emailed to students to print at home before the first class.
Supplies for learning cursive are simple and you can use whatever writing tool you are most comfortable with! Here are some suggestions of tools you could use during our class – these are pencils and pens I prefer. Please bring at least one pencil and pen to class. Having a couple different colors of ink pens can be useful but is not required.
- sharp #2 pencil – I love Blackwing pencils but any pencil will do (available at Wet Paint online and in the store)
- mechanical pencil – these are especially good if you are heavy handed and press hard. Many to choose here from to suit your style and budget
- rollerball pen – my favorite is the OTHO Dude. A cheaper but still amazing rollerball is the Pilot Precise (comes in two sizes)
- Sakura Micron 05 – these come in a variety of colors. Their inky fine tips work well for cursive.
- Gel pen – these are fun for colorful cursive! My favorites are Sakura Gelly Roll pens.
- Fountain Pens – if you are a fountain pen person, this class would be a great place to use them. I prefer the Lamy and TWSBI for beginners.
Amy Owens is a certified instructor of the American Cursive Handwriting System created by Master Penman Michael Sull. She has years of experience doing calligraphy and has recently expanded into teaching cursive to both adults and children. She is a member of the International Association for Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH) and the Greater Cincinnati Calligrapher’s Guild. She has a background in architecture and graphic design and currently homeschools her four children.