Want to learn calligraphy for free? Read on!

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Italic sample of a signature

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Calligraphy for everyone!

Calligraphy, or the art of beautiful writing, is now more popular than ever!

And it's so easy to learn!

In this one-hour demonstration course with instructor Peter Nguyen, you will learn a secret technique called the "magic rectangle," which will enable you to master calligraphy very quickly.

You can impress friends, family and co-workers for the rest of your sweet life!

In addition to learning how to write beautiful letters, people who learn calligraphy soon realize that the world CAN be quite beautiful and provide immense pleasure, if only we make a bit of effort and focus our actions on the goal.

Calligraphy, ultimately, teaches people that if you practice patiently, and correct yourself honestly every step of the way, you can achieve a state of beauty and harmony that leads to a wonderful and peaceful life.

This conviction has led me to decide to give free calligraphy courses, in order to share this art with the maximum number of people. I only hope to pass on what I've learned from masters.

Life is just too short for us to neglect beauty and all the treasures of a civilized life!

Friday, February 25, 2005

About me

I've over 15 years of experience as a calligrapher and lettering artist.

I teach the italic style, which was created during the Italian Renaissance. It's the most versatile alphabet style (you can often see it in greeting cards!).

The first course lasts 60 minutes and gives you the basic instruction you need to practice on your own. My clients include: St. Patrick's basilica, Diva Productions, McGill University, Avon Canada, IBM, Michel Lemieux, La Senza, St-James Hotel, Mmmuffins, Lana Lee Fashions, UQAM Coiffure, Alberto Uomo boutique, Florsheim and many others.

The first course is free, but basic materials (paper, guidelined sheets, felt-tip Staedler 2.5 mm pen) cost $15.

Subsequent courses can be arranged privately or in groups. For rates, please email me at peter@powerknowledge.net

I just want to share this amazing art with people who are interested. It's really fun and it also allows you to develop self-mastery, which is useful for succeeding in any area of life.

We use handwriting every day, so it makes sense to develop penmanship in order to fully master ourselves.

After this workshop, you will never see your handwriting in the same way. You will definitely enjoy writing much more, and will want to leave a distinctive mark every time you pick up a pen!

Friday, January 28, 2005

Questions and answers

Where do you give the course?

At the Bibliotheque Nationale du Quebec (www.bnquebec.ca) or at Centre St-Pierre. The rooms can accommodate up to 12 people.

We can also arrange it at your place, for convenience. You organize it also for your friends.

How many people can participate?

A minimum of 3 people is required to schedule a workshop. If you have friends or colleagues, bring them along! A maximum of 8 people will allow everyone to receive personal attention.

I already have a calligraphy pen set. Should I bring it?

You can, but we will be using the Staedler felt-tip pen and the black fountain pen I provide, since they are best for learning, in my experience. You can also buy it at Omer Deserres.

Have you taught calligraphy before?

Yes, I taught calligraphy to over 100 people for the City of Montreal and in several specialized boutiques and galleries.

How do I register?

You can pay online at www.sureforms.net/peterswork.form. Just enter $15.00 and proceed with the payment via credit card or Paypal.

Can I pay you when we meet instead?

I prefer to receive the payment ahead of time in orderto buy the 2 pens and guidelined sheets and several master samples. This ensures that only serious people will register.

After the 60-minute demo course, can I register for a full course?

Yes, of course. Rates vary from $30 an hour for private courses, and is cheaper for groups.

I bought a book that shows how to learn calligraphy. Do I still need a calligraphy course?

Calligraphy is the way your pen "dances" over the white surface of the paper. You wouldn't learn social dancing from reading a book, so it's the same with calligraphy. Sure, you can try to rewrite the samples drawn in the book, but you would completely miss the essential principles if you don't have a master sitting beside you to point out mistakes in execution (pen angle, how you hold the pen, movement, stroke speed and direction, etc.).

With an experienced teacher, you can learn more in a few hours than you can by reading 12 books! Also, you will avoid the development of bad habits, which are quite hard to correct once they are entrenched.

There is a conference room available where I work. Can that be a suitable place for the course?

Absolutely. We can do it after 5 PM, and you can invite co-workers also.

Donnez-vous ce cours en français aussi ?

Oui ! Mais il faut s'assurer que tous les participants et participantes parlent une même langue (français ou anglais).

Thursday, January 27, 2005


Peter Nguyen