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Illuminating the Dark with Sharon Zeugin

Calligraphers typically reach for familiar texts when learning a new script. We don’t consider our own words worthy of beautiful writing, and thus miss opportunities to connect more personally with calligraphy.

Through simple Haiku poems this class provides an opportunity to connect the words we write with a script we develop—our personal expressions amplified and illuminated through the drama of color and gold on black paper. In addition, students will have the opportunity to create a single section, pamphlet-style book of their ‘illustrated” haikus.

In this course we will be:

  •  Exploring ways to develop a personal script using both handwriting and an informal, monoline Italic;
  • Combining your own words with a script of your own;
  • Expanding composition and design skills;
  • Learning simple techniques for mixing gouache, using pastel to add color and design elements with your text;
  • Creating a small pamphlet book or “broadside” page of your own haiku.

While we will have a project (haiku book or broadside) goal in mind, we’ll celebrate practice pages as much as a finished product.

Session Recordings and Materials
This was a live course and all sessions have been recorded and stored on the www.LetsLetterTogether.com platform. You can access recordings, supply lists, and bonus materials within your Library after you register. Access will be available through February 2023.

Skills covered
Calligraphy, Personal script development process, Handwriting, Gouache and color mixing, simple pastel abstract imagery, book making

Level of experience
Some calligraphy experience is helpful, although less experienced participants are
welcome, too!
*Students can opt for color pencils instead of metal nibs and gouache/ink.

Questions? Concerns?
Please email [email protected].

About Sharon


Sharon Zeugin makes art, teaches, and facilitates workshops in her Austin, Texas Studio, and throughout the USA, Canada and Italy. In addition to being a faculty member of numerous international calligraphy conferences, Sharon teaches locally in her studio and at the Austin Contemporary Art School.  Her award winning work appears in the Speedball Textbook, Letter Arts Review, The Calligrapher's Engagement Calendar, Somerset Studio Magazine, and the Lark Book,The Art and Craft of Hand Lettering. In addition to teaching & exhibiting her work, she works as a graphic recorder and sketch note artist.

Influenced by her training as a therapist, Sharon seeks to cultivate a safe classroom environment in which respect for body, mind and spirit are as important as skill building; where students are encouraged to experience art making as an experimental, intuitive and mindful practice. Whether teaching courses in traditional or contemporary calligraphy, mixed media art, art journaling, drawing, sketching or painting, Sharon's goal is to help students get over fear of the blank page.  When she is not teaching, sketching or painting, Sharon is busy performing with Austin Samba School, swimming, dancing, walking, tandem biking with her husband.

To see more of Sharon’s work, please visit http://sharonzeugin.net or check her out on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sharzart/