Dec 31, 1969
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Will you: 

We are turning script writing into calligraphy.

First Step: Check out these amazing calligraphers:

Calligraphy Pages Pt. 1/4 from Luca Barcellona on Vimeo.

Second Step: Find and watch "Jacobs' How-To-Calligraphy"

This can also be found in this folder of Calligraphy reference pictures and videos.

JACOBS' HOW-TO-Calligraphy from paulallison on Vimeo.

Step Three: Your Mission

Challenge Level

  • Draw your first and last name on a sheet of paper in LARGE flowing script.
  • Try to plan and balance the letters so you don't run out of space.
  • Fatten at least one part of each letter. 
  • Use the Q-tip or Scorpion style. (See the image to the right.)
  • Add curly-q designs or color and design up the whole page.

Easy Level

  • Download and print out a design from the printables folder and take over from there. 
  • You can ink and color the letters, outline the letters in more colors. 
  • Or print out an alphabet sheet and trace your letters. What will you say in script?
  • Stylize the script by making at least one part of each letter fat and keeping the rest skinny. 
  • Explore the Q-tip and Scorpion styles. (See the image above.)

Step Four: Publish you calligraphy on Youth Voices

  • Take a picture of your name or letters or design. (Or download your image from your classes' online archive.)


  • Create a Discussion on Youth Voices and add your image. Add a four paragraph Artist's Statement to the Body of your Discussion Post. (Type it first in Docs.)
  • If you already have a Discussion on Youth Voices about your name (See My Name Prose Poems) add a calligraphy version of your name to that post.


  • Use the Commenting on a Work of Art or Photograph guide to respond to other students' calligraphy.

Need extra help? Post questions or comments here.

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