The National Calligraphy School based in the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy is excited to announce the expansion of training programmes as of October. Alongside with traditional Basic, Pointed Pen and Lettering courses the following new ones will be introduced: Introduction to Oriental Calligraphy, Chinese and Japanese Characters; Brushpen and Spencerian (levels 1 and 2).
On April 30 the Kazan Cathedral crypt has seen opening of the exhibition dubbed In The Beginning Was The Word, which features calligraphy artworks and copies of ancient Slavonic manuscripts made by easel graphic and book works department students from Saint-Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design.
April 22nd, a crash course on celebrating lettering was held in the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy. The crash course format allows students to get to know within short timeframes both the theory and practice of a calligraphy skill: in case of lettering, they learned about various kinds of scripts, numerous instruments applied in lettering, the rules of letter arrangement.
The Etihad Museum offers visitors a rich and engaging visual representation of UAE history, from the pavilion to the landscape and the historic Union House. Adding to the fascinating layers of national meaning and symbols, visitors will find that five new calligraphic installations have been introduced to reinforce the museum’s unique identity and celebrate its rich display of the nation’s heritage and culture.
In a wonderful article published on the New York Review of Books blog the poet Charles Simic proclaimed "writing with a pen or pencil on a piece of paper is becoming an infrequent activity". Simic was praising the use of notebooks of course, and, stationery fetishism aside, it got me thinking about authors who write their novels and poems longhand into notebooks rather than directly onto the screen.
Last Sunday, April 2, the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy held an intensive workshop dubbed “Calligraphy for Children. Broad Pen”
The introductory part was designed to consult lefthander children and their parents. Teacher Ekaterina Orfanova, who is a lefthander too, has told about special movements and paper positioning, offered comfortable sitting and pen holding manners. Some practice followed: the first test of the pen was to complete simple exercises through custom workbooks developed by Ekaterina for the occasion.
Totalny Diktant (“Ultimate dictation”) is an annual educational event held in the form of text dictation for the public. The main purpose of the event is to promote the Russian language, to demonstrate that literacy is important for everyone, and to unite everyone willing to speak and write in literate Russian.
Putting pen to paper stimulates the brain like nothing else, even in this age of e-mails, texts and tweets. In fact, learning to write in cursive is shown to improve brain development in the areas of thinking, language and working memory. Cursive handwriting stimulates brain synapses and synchronicity between the left and right hemispheres, something absent from printing and typing.