At Carla Hagan Designs, our mission is Create, Give & Inspire. In keeping with that mission, we hope that we can inspire you to learn calligraphy.
We offer a unique learning approach to calligraphy designed to heighten your love of hand lettering, challenge you to improve your hand, and encourage you to practice.Workshops, online coaching, and independent self guided programs are all designed to help you improve as a calligrapher.
Our workshops are one day, three hour introductory or intermediate calligraphy courses. In our workshops, Carla Hagan will teach students how to use pointed pen calligraphy nibs, an oblique pen holder and real ink, to create gorgeous hand lettered designs. Students will learn how to draw the thick and thin lines that set the pointed pen apart from regular handwriting.
Once the workshop is complete, you journey is just beginning.
Students have the option of joining our unique, one-on-one calligraphy coaching program. One of your workshop instructors will become your Calligraphy Coach. Your coach will work with you through our custom online portal to help and encourage you develop your calligraphy skills.
Utilizing the learning portal, students will have the opportunity to continue their studies by completing assignments posted to their student accounts. As you complete your assignments, you will upload digital photographs of your work to your personal calligraphy gallery. You can also use the portal to ask your Calligraphy Coach any questions that you have. Your coach will review your work, answer your questions, give you suggestions for improvement, and encourage you to continue practicing. This form of one-on-one coaching will accelerate your learning far faster than reading off the shelf books and practice guides alone. Our Coaches have the option of using Skype, phone calls, or email to review your work and help you progress on your Calligraphic journey. There is no easy way to learn calligraphy. It requires consistent practice like every other valuable skill. However, calligraphy is not nearly as difficult as it first appears. Your coach will encourage you to succeed.
Students of the Carla Hagan Designs have used their calligraphy to supplement their artistic designs, photography and design projects for their home.
In our beginners coaching program, you will learn to letter beautiful envelopes, invitations, save-the-dates, love letters and scrapbook layouts.
The coaching program starts with a quick review of the basic lettering skills you learned in your workshop and a review of necessary supplies. .
Then you’ll use custom practice guides from Carla Hagan Designs for your pointed pen work, tracing letter-forms and review the formation of words and positioning those words on the page.