Master Penman Harvest Crittenden 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 pointed pen calligraphy and illumination. 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 also taught for the St. Michael Institute of Sacred Arts, The Religious Sisters of Mercy, Hollanders School of Book and Paper Arts and offers workshops internationally. Harvest beganĀ teaching online classes in 2010 and now offers a variety of classes with international instructors.

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. Harvest was the 10th person to be honored with the Master Penman designation since the program was started.

In 2010 and 2011 Harvest was the co-director the Spencerian Saga in Ohio, along with Master Penman Michael Sull. In 2012 Harvest took over as the sole director of the Saga.

Her work can be seen in museums, galleries and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. She has been published in numerous publications.


Harvest Teaches

  • Private Zoom Lessons
  • Beginning Spencerian
  • Advanced Spencerian
  • The Graceful Curve Fourishing
  • Illuminated Initials
  • Illuminated Borders
  • Repeating Pattern Borders

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to enjoy the learning curve, the joys and frustrations that come with acquiring a new skill, the ability to see the smallest of details while not losing sight of the whole, and to celebrate little successes along the way.

-Harvest Crittenden