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Videos on Calligraphy and Penmanship

 

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Featured Video

American Handwriting Treasure Re-Surfaces After 223 Years -- The unveiling of The Art of Writing by John Jenkins

American Handwriting Treasure Re-Surfaces After 223 Years

IAMPETH is privileged to receive a most remarkable addition to our Archive Collection-- the publication entitled "The Art of Writing" by John Jenkins. This fabulous book was graciously donated to us by the 5th generation descendants of Mr. Jenkins, and it's significance in American penmanship is legendary. "The Art of Writing" was the very first handwriting manual published in America, and this first edition copy (1791) is the ONLY copy of the first edition known to exist. What makes this even more special is that this was John Jenkins' personal copy that his descendants have carefully kept for over two centuries! Bob Hurford owns two copies of the 1813 2nd edition, which he scanned years ago and is on our website. However, no one ever thought that a copy of the fabled 1st edition still existed; it is reported that not even the Library of Congress nor the Smithsonian possess a 1791 copy!

The following video shows the arrival of this magnificent artifact as it was received from the donor by Master Penman Michael Sull during his recent visit in California with IAMPETH members Greg Minuskin and Janet Takahashi. Shortly after this video was filmed on February 27, Michael shipped the material to Bob Hurford, and has asked him to give leadership to our educational use, promotion, and display of its contents. It is indeed an honor for IAMPETH to be selected as the repository of this precious item of our American heritage; much more information will be following soon on our website, including scans of the entire publication, and the book will be displayed at our convention in Indianapolis

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Before and After - Progress in Script, Henry P. Behrensmeyer
Before and After - Progress in Script, Earl A. Lupfer
Before and After - Progress in Script, Dr. Joe Vitolo

Watch Masters at Work

John DeCollibus: Different Styles of Pointed Pen Scripts
John DeCollibus: Ornamental Penmanship
Michael Sull: Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship I
Michael Sull: Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship II
Vivian Mungall: "Retouched" Text Lettering
John DeCollibus:  Offhand Flourishing
The IAMPETH Experience featuring John DeCollibus and Michael Sull
John DeCollibus: Dueling Pens
John DeCollibus: Beyond Words Studio

Harvest Crittenden Gilding Video

Gilding with Instacoll is ONE way of doing simple gilding. I teach this in my classes that incorporate gilding with small projects. There are many ways to gild. This is one that my students have had great success with. I offer it with the hope that it will take scariness out of gilding for those who have not tried it previously. Gilding can be fun and offer another tool in a calligrapher's toolbox. I hope that you find it useful.

 

Getting Started With Pointed Pen Scripts

Before We Get Started Dr. Joe Vitolo
Adjusting the flange on your Oblique Penholder Dr. Joe Vitolo
Preparing the flange on your Oblique Penholder Dr. Joe Vitolo
Adjusting your Pen and Paper Dr. Joe Vitolo

Flourishing

A Christmas Flourish Heather Victoria Held
Peace Flourish Heather Victoria Held

Copperplate/Engrosser's Script Instruction

Video Workshop Handout for Script in the Copperplate Style (Engrosser's Script), Dr. Joe Vitolo
This is Dr. Vitolo's Complete Instructional handout used for both his workshops and videos

Guidelines used in the video clips below, Dr. Joe Vitolo (Adobe PDF)
Capital Letters on Guidelines, Dr. Joe Vitolo (Adobe PDF)
Please see this video clip on how to use the Guidelines Dr. Joe Vitolo

Fundamentals of Script in the Copperplate Style
The Fundamental Oval Form Dr. Joe Vitolo
The 'Retouched' Cutoff Dr. Joe Vitolo
The Fundamental 'i' Dr. Joe Vitolo
Illustration for The Fundamental 'i', Dr. Joe Vitolo
The Fundamental 'v' Dr. Joe Vitolo
The Compound Curve Dr. Joe Vitolo
The Square Cutoff Dr. Joe Vitolo
Fundamental Concepts: Drawing versus Writing Dr. Joe Vitolo

Script in the Copperplate Style: Lowercase Letters
Lowercase Letters Group I, Part 1 of 3, c,e,o,s Dr. Joe Vitolo
Lowercase Letters Group I, Part 2 of 3, a,d Dr. Joe Vitolo
Lowercase Letters Group I, Part 3 of 3, g,q Dr. Joe Vitolo
Lowercase Letters Group II, Part 1 of 3, i,u,w Dr. Joe Vitolo
Lowercase Letters Group II, Part 2 of 3, j,l,t Dr. Joe Vitolo
Lowercase Letters Group II, Part 3 of 3, f,k Dr. Joe Vitolo
Lowercase Letters Group II, Supplement, The Double ll Dr. Joe Vitolo
Lowercase Letters Group III, Part 1 of 2, v,x Dr. Joe Vitolo
Lowercase Letters Group III, Part 2 of 2, r,m,n Dr. Joe Vitolo
Lowercase Letters Group IV, Part 1 of 2, b,h,y Dr. Joe Vitolo
Lowercase Letters Group IV, Part 2 of 2, p,z Dr. Joe Vitolo

Script in the Copperplate Style: Uppercase Letters
Uppercase Letters: Guideline Usage Dr. Joe Vitolo
A Sample of Uppercase Letters: A,O,J,Z Dr. Joe Vitolo
Uppercase Letters F,T Dr. Joe Vitolo
Uppercase Letters B,P,R Dr. Joe Vitolo
Uppercase Letters U,X,Y Dr. Joe Vitolo
Uppercase Letter D Dr. Joe Vitolo
Uppercase Letters O,Q Dr. Joe Vitolo
Uppercase Letter E Dr. Joe Vitolo
Uppercase Letter C Dr. Joe Vitolo
Uppercase Letters G,L,S Dr. Joe Vitolo
Uppercase Letters H,K Dr. Joe Vitolo
Uppercase Letters V,W Dr. Joe Vitolo
Uppercase Letter Z Dr. Joe Vitolo
Uppercase Letter I,J Dr. Joe Vitolo
Uppercase Letters A,M,N Dr. Joe Vitolo

Advanced Concepts
Gilded Script Using 23K Gold Leaf Dr. Joe Vitolo
The Oblique Pencil Dr. Joe Vitolo
Needle Stitch Script Dr. Joe Vitolo
Writing LARGE Letters, Capital B Dr. Joe Vitolo
The Symmetry of Curves Dr. Joe Vitolo
Fishhook Capitals Dr. Joe Vitolo

Learning Roundhand and Flourishes - DVD Preview Buddy Blackwell

How to Write Copperplate, with Hamid Reza Ebrahimi

The Alphabet
Aa  Bb  Cc  Dd  Ee  Ff  Gg  Hh  Ii  Jj  Kk  Ll  Mm  Nn  Oo  Pp  Qq  Rr  Ss  Tt  Uu  Vv  Ww  Xx  Yy  Zz

Numbers and Punctuation
01234  56789  Punctuation

Writing Words and Writing A Sentence
Writing the word "Calligraphy"
Writing the word "Aria"
Writing the word "Flourishing"
Writing the word "Script"
Writing the sentence: "Practice makes perfect"
Making A Guide Sheet

Ornamental Penmanship

Del Tysdal demonstrates OP Technique
Analysis of SJW signature in D. Tysdal video, Dr. Joe Vitolo

Master Penman Induction Ceremony

Induction of Master Penman Brian Walker at the 2003 Convention in Cleveland, Ohio
Clip number 1IAMPETHClip number 2IAMPETHClip number 3

Ornamental Penmanship

Del Tysdal demonstrates OP Technique
Analysis of SJW signature in D. Tysdal video, Dr. Joe Vitolo

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