with Yves Leterme

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In previous classes we focused on either a specific letter (Trajans) or on a specific way of writing (gestural writing/drawing letters). Now we will conduct our explorations around an instrument: the pointed brush is such a versatile tool that you can spend your entire life enjoying that one instrument, while exploring its myriad possibilities.

One of the home truths in calligraphy that I hold dear is that you don’t need a whole array of equipment in order to make exciting things. Cheap paper, cheap ink and an even cheaper water brush go a long way… and you can take that quite literally. In this class we won’t rely on fancy materials or special techniques, but instead we’ll discover how exciting calligraphy can be when our desk contains only the bare necessities: a writing surface, a medium and one tool.

But what a tool! Like a wild horse, the pointed brush strikes us as very daunting and capricious so we’ll need to tame it first. So, very much like horse whisperers, we’ll need to familiarize ourselves with its nature, anticipate its unforeseen and quirky movements, patiently establish a relationship of trust with it and gradually make it clear who’s the boss. Then, once it allows to be saddled, it will take us swiftly to unknown adventures and far-off horizons. 

I’d love to be your instructor and guide on this fascinating trip. We’ll start from scratch; if you already have experience with the brush, so much the better, but I’m sure that even during the first steps there will be stuff that is new to you. And let there be no doubt: throughout the entire course you will be challenged in very many ways. But this class should not deter the newbies among you. In previous classes, students have proved even beyond my wildest imagination how much progress they can make in relatively short time when provided with clear step-by-step instructions and driven by enthusiasm and perseverance. Why would it be any different this time? 

In a special bonus video at the end of the class, you’ll get an introduction to Procreate and the way I use it for my designs. It will be plenty of useful tips, tricks and samples in relation to the topic of this class. 

All of this will be presented in the format that anyone who’s ever taken an Acorn Arts class with me has come to appreciate so well: clear instructions and demos on prerecorded videos, a useful set of handouts for reference, a busy and informative forum where you get immediate, personal and constructive feedback from the teacher as well as technical support from Harvest if you need any. We just love to provide a warm and stimulating learning environment for you.

Here are a few things that will be covered in the course

  • Lowercase, capitals and hybrids
  • How to blow life into letters
  • How to create a new writing style
  • How to go from legible to abstract

  • The difference between the sideways and the upright hold
  • How to make variations and where to find inspiration
  • How to touch up and pimp a design
  • The importance of speeding up and slowing down
  • Monorhythm versus polyrhythm
  • How to make interesting textures
  • Troubleshooting
  • Applying our skills in small projects







This class runs 5 weeks with very individualized attention and correction to each student’s work.


The class comes with 6 extra months of viewing time.




The Details


Classes will run for 5 MONDAYS  in May/June, 2022 beginning May 16th.

May 16: lesson 1
May 23: lesson 2
May 30: lesson 3
June 6: lesson 4
June 13: lesson 5

New lessons (instructional videos and handouts) are posted each Monday, but you do NOT need to be online at that time. All the videos can be watched at whatever time is convenient for you and as many times as you like. The videos will remain up for an additional six months after the last class in case make-up time is needed for viewing! There is homework suggested for this class, but not mandatory.  The Classroom Forum provides a wonderful place to share your designs with the other students and to learn from the critique on each other’s work.



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