is an international, non-profit association over 700 members strong dedicated to
practicing and preserving the beautiful arts of calligraphy, engrossing and fine
penmanship. Founded in 1949, it is the oldest and largest penmanship organization
in the United States.
IAMPETH is a leader in calligraphic education, and dedicated to helping novices
and experts alike improve their lettering and artistic skills. Our Archive Collection
of the works of past masters is the richest and most comprehensive collection of
American Penmanship in the world.
IAMPETH's goals are to 1. Practice and teach the beautiful arts of calligraphy,
engrossing and fine penmanship 2. Restore the teaching of penmanship in schools 3. Improve the handwriting of young people 4. Honor the Master Penmen of today,
and 5. Preserve and share with others the rich tradition of American Penmanship.
IAMPETH embraces the full range of lettering arts - from historic illumination
and gilding, to text lettering, engrossing, broad-edge and pointed pen scripts.
Annual Convention, held every year
since 1949, is a wonderful week of learning
the pen arts taught by some of the best penmen and calligraphic artists in the country.
Membership includes access to the website's Members Only
area, membership in the IAMPETH Yahoo Discussion Group,
early invitation to attend our Annual Convention, and the quarterly
Penman's Journal. This remarkable publication is the oldest
pen art publication in the world. Articles covering such diverse topics as bird
flourishing, text lettering, Engrosser's script (Copperplate) instruction, penmanship
history and much more have appeared in the IAMPETH Penman's Journal.
The current President is Bill Kemp. On behalf of Bill and the entire
Executive Board we invite you to join us at our
2013 Convention. All are welcome to
join IAMPETH and attend, from novice