This class is designed for students with little or no previous experience in calligraphy. The Italic hand, also referred to a Chancery, developed in 15th century Italy and spread to Europe and England. It was originally created and used by the pontifical chancery. It is elegant, fluid, and often decorated. This is a six- week class that enables students to work correctly in the space and to be familiar with the tools of the trade. It begins with the lowercase letters, which cover pen angle, size and spacing; then moves to capitals, flourishing, and layout and design. Simple projects are introduced to give students a way to use and share their new calligraphic skills. Practice is encouraged between classes to get students comfortable with lettering. Once the students learn the broad edged pen, they move on to other hands such as Black Letter or an easier step, Romans.
This class is designed to teach the basic rules and skills of Mah Jongg, a game that originated in China, dating back to the time of Confucius. To this day, it remains the most popular game in Asia. Mah Jongg is a fascinating rummy-like game, combining skill and luck, played with tiles rather than cards. There are several versions of the game, including American Mah Jongg and Chinese Mah Jongg. We will learn the American version. It uses a card of standard hands, which is published by the National Mah Jongg League in NYC and changes every year. The card tells exactly what combination of tiles is needed to win. The Mah Jongg set will be provided, but each student will have to purchase a Mah Jongg card. One can be purchased for $8.00 from the National Mah Jongg League 212-246-3052 or from Where The Winds Blow 281-578-7571.