The Harris Arts Center, located on North Wall Street in downtown Calhoun, is holding a calligraphy class on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 5 - 8 p.m.
The class is taught by Calhoun resident Caryn Sims.
“In 1982, my brother’s girlfriend purchased a calligraphy set and taught herself calligraphy,” said Sims. “I was so impressed and showed an interest in learning as well, so she purchased a pen set for my birthday a month later. It took me forever to learn how to hold my pen at a 45-degree angle. It was by sheer accident that my pen finally struck the paper at the correct position. Shortly afterward, I purchased a pad of calligraphy paper, which included grids with a 45-degree angle at the bottom. I was armed and ready to tackle the world of calligraphy taking my pens everywhere I went.”
After years of writing in calligraphy, Sims was encouraged to teach the art.
“After seeing some of my early work, people kept asking me to teach calligraphy,” said Sims. “I developed my teaching model and soon held several classes. Everyone has their own unique style of calligraphy, much like your own handwriting. It’s such a joy to see someone write a quick note, poem or even address an envelope in calligraphy.”
Sims creates a fun atmosphere of creative learning in her classes.
“Our classes are a lot of fun and everyone is equipped to write a small poem at the end of the class,” said Sims. “In our October classes, we’ll learn how to address an envelope so you’ll be ready for your Christmas cards and gift tags!”
The cost of each class is $12 for HAC members and $15 for non-members. Supplies are included in the cost of the class. Registration is required. You may sign up by calling 706-629-2599.