Spencerian Lettering — Harvest Crittenden

Harvest Crittenden
2.5 days
All levels
No materials fee

Instructor Bio
Harvest Crittenden, Master Penman, has been a professional lettering artist for more than 30 years. Past owner of The Gold Leaf and founder of Acorn Arts, Harvest specializes in calligraphy, illumination, and engrossing. Harvest is a past winner of the Marjorie Pavelich Calligraphy Grant, and past president of The Michigan Association of Calligraphers. She has studied illumination and lettering in the United States and Italy and has served on the faculties of numerous regional, national, and international conferences. Harvest has taught workshops to calligraphy guilds and others for 20 years. She also teaches for the Institute of Sacred Arts, The Religious Sisters of Mercy, Hollanders School of Book and Paper Arts and offers workshops internationally. In 2010, Harvest was inducted as a Master Penman by IAMPETH at their annual convention. IAMPETH is an international, non-profit association dedicated to practicing and preserving the beautiful arts of calligraphy, engrossing, and fine penmanship. IAMPETH is one of the oldest lettering arts associations in America. In 2013, Harvest became the director of the Spencerian Saga. Harvest has written a book titled Flourish, a copy book for pointed pen script, available in 2017. Her work can be seen in museums, galleries, and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. She has been published in numerous publications.

Class Description
This workshop is designed to explore the beautiful lettering style of Spencerian Script, the design by Platt Roger Spencer in the 1800’s, we will explore the gracefulness of natures forms that inspired Mr. Spencer. The workshop includes study of the lower case, upper case, and simple off-hand flourishing. This system of writing is still very relevant today. Spencerian script is a pointed pen alphabet built on four simple principals and seven stroke forms. We will start with pencil and work our way up to pen and ink to cover all the basic forms. This class is designed for all skill levels. It is most frequently written with an oblique penholder, but experience with an oblique penholder is not necessary. If left-handed, you may prefer to use a straight penholder.

Supply List
• Nibs: Nikko G or Zebra G (advanced students may prefer to use a more flexible nib)
• Penholder: oblique or straight if left-handed, depending on the amount of hook when you write
• McCaffery’s black or Old World iron gall ink
• Good quality translucent layout paper; Borden & Riley, Canson, or Claire Fontane
• Mechanical pencil, .5 with extra lead
• Kneaded eraser
• Viva paper towels
• Something to clean your nibs