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Date of Visit: October 2011 Location: Fairfield, Pennsylvania Associated Link: Washington Calligraphers Guild All images copyrighted, photos by Eric Allen If after 5 years of study one can become p…
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Ron & Tamara started the Winston-salem Arts District that we all share and enjoy today: 6th & Trade. Read about them.
Now 10 years old, The Other Half remains a fixture in the Arts District.
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Please join us in October 2016
 
JOHN STEVENS CHEERIO WORKSHOP 2016
John Stevens | Capitals: What are the good forms? Technique and invention. | http://bit.ly/stevenscapitals

October 23-28, 2016 |Sign up for this workshop: email us

A week of intensive study of capitals: Brush and Pen / Broad-edge & Pointed Pen and Brush with John Stevens.

The capital is perhaps the most versatile form for both solid and graceful design while also providing seeds for exploration. We will enjoy a week in which we explore the capital letter from many points of view: focusing our skills and expressive possibilities and concluding with usable somethings. We start with monoline, getting the best forms into our hands and soul. Geometry morphing into “hand-friendly” forms, design strategies and eventually the broad pen. We can then build on this toward confidence and rhythm while introducing subtle modifications.Understanding what is constant and what is variable requires a deep exploration of structure, observation of details and mindful practice. Students are instructed in various letter styles that exemplify the elements of form, rhythm & movement; building skills, developing technique and raising awareness to the highest standards in letter arts.With the classical Roman letterform in mind, John will teach letter anatomy, pen technique and brush dynamics to help participants develop their own deep understanding of form. Rhythm is the binding agent between letterforms. Its in the DNA of letters, expressed through the permutations of repeated form and also by their careful spacing in words and texts.Variety and liveliness in letters come from movement – that human element that distinguishes the hand of one person from the hand of another. Beyond formal precise technique, loose exercises that maintain the quality of form and the understanding of rhythm will be introduced.
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JOHN STEVENS CHEERIO WORKSHOP 2016
John Stevens | Capitals: What are the good forms? Technique and invention. | http://bit.ly/stevenscapitals

October 23-28, 2016 |Sign up for this workshop: email us

A week of intensive study of capitals: Brush and Pen / Broad-edge & Pointed Pen and Brush with John Stevens.

The capital is perhaps the most versatile form for both solid and graceful design while also providing seeds for exploration. We will enjoy a week in which we explore the capital letter from many points of view: focusing our skills and expressive possibilities and concluding with usable somethings. We start with monoline, getting the best forms into our hands and soul. Geometry morphing into “hand-friendly” forms, design strategies and eventually the broad pen. We can then build on this toward confidence and rhythm while introducing subtle modifications.Understanding what is constant and what is variable requires a deep exploration of structure, observation of details and mindful practice. Students are instructed in various letter styles that exemplify the elements of form, rhythm & movement; building skills, developing technique and raising awareness to the highest standards in letter arts.With the classical Roman letterform in mind, John will teach letter anatomy, pen technique and brush dynamics to help participants develop their own deep understanding of form. Rhythm is the binding agent between letterforms. Its in the DNA of letters, expressed through the permutations of repeated form and also by their careful spacing in words and texts.Variety and liveliness in letters come from movement – that human element that distinguishes the hand of one person from the hand of another. Beyond formal precise technique, loose exercises that maintain the quality of form and the understanding of rhythm will be introduced.
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A talk about work and methodology.
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My talk for #Type@Cooper, November 16, 2015 about Letterforming

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A one-page, or one image "summary" of many different voices that fall under the heading of "calligraphy" Many believe it is just a matter of picking up different tools. However, I consider the type of line, shape and movement, in terms of voice or intonation. "Calligraphy styles" (as they are most commonly called) may be the easiest way to express variety, but it is not the most accurate. And it is hard to do well that which is not understood. Calligraphy truly is a contemplative artform.
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JOHN STEVENS CHEERIO WORKSHOP 2016
John Stevens | Capitals: What are the good forms? Technique and invention.

October 23-28, 2016 |Sign up for this workshop: email us

A week of intensive study of capitals: Brush and Pen / Broad-edge & Pointed Pen and Brush with John Stevens.

The capital is perhaps the most versatile form for both solid and graceful design while also providing seeds for exploration. We will enjoy a week in which we explore the capital letter from many points of view: focusing our skills and expressive possibilities and concluding with usable somethings. We start with monoline, getting the best forms into our hands and soul. Geometry morphing into “hand-friendly” forms, design strategies and eventually the broad pen. We can then build on this toward confidence and rhythm while introducing subtle modifications.Understanding what is constant and what is variable requires a deep exploration of structure, observation of details and mindful practice. Students are instructed in various letter styles that exemplify the elements of form, rhythm & movement; building skills, developing technique and raising awareness to the highest standards in letter arts.With the classical Roman letterform in mind, John will teach letter anatomy, pen technique and brush dynamics to help participants develop their own deep understanding of form. Rhythm is the binding agent between letterforms. Its in the DNA of letters, expressed through the permutations of repeated form and also by their careful spacing in words and texts.Variety and liveliness in letters come from movement – that human element that distinguishes the hand of one person from the hand of another. Beyond formal precise technique, loose exercises that maintain the quality of form and the understanding of rhythm will be introduced.http://www.cheeriocalligraphy.com/
Cheerio hosts 2-3, weeklong workshops on the topics of calligraphy and book arts every year for the past 31 years. Only the best.
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John Stevens is a truly accomplished lettering artist, with many years of experience and a great deal of wisdom. A number of lettering artists dream of not only having John’s skills but also his confidence too. One moment John could be lettering a beautifully precise and elegant certificate using calligraphy, the next moment he could …
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Calligrapher & Letterform Artist
Introduction
Calligrapher and Letter-artist. New Book: Scribe | Artist of the Written Word
Bragging rights
Authored and produced retrospective book about my work. Scribe | Artist of the Written Word published by John Neal Books in July 2013
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North Carolina
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Phone
336-922-5455
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Address
560 North Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Work
Occupation
Lettering Artist | Graphic Designer
Skills
Art Direction, Design, Logo design/identity, Hand-Lettering, Calligraphy
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Male
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