"Do good work in your own way, learning as much as possible from this and other sources."
C. P. Zaner - Founder of The Zanerian College
Dreaming In Script is a one-of-a-kind online training course detailing the traditional style of calligraphy known as Engrosser’s Script.
Developed with beginner and intermediate calligrapher in mind, this course covers everything that someone interested in gaining skill with Engrosser's Script should know across twelve distinct sections of information-dense lessons. Whether this is your first calligraphy course or you've been writing for years, you'll find valuable insight and historical nuance within these lessons that has never been published anywhere else.
Students are encouraged to pursue this course at their own pace, absorbing each element at a speed that makes sense for your individual life, learning style, and goals with calligraphy. Techniques for self critique are taught in the early sections of this course, and all assignments are for personal evaluation. There are no homework due dates or deadlines.
A members only Reddit forum allows students to work together in small groups, discuss ideas and concepts for innovation, and ask for feedback from the community and the instructor.
In an effort to keep the materials list for this course as small as possible, I'll encourage you to consider each of the following items carefully before purchasing anything new. You'll need one of each, but brand/maker are completely up to you. If you're buying online, check out my teacher page on John Neal Books.
Students are encouraged to keep pace with their section release schedule ONLY if they have time to fully absorb and diligently practice the exercises and topics covered. There is no downside to taking longer to complete each section than is prescribed via the speed they become available. You get to keep all the lessons. They don't go away. The only downside is in rushing through the materials. Embrace your own process. Do good work in your own way.
I love Engrosser's Script for several reasons, but the main one is the way it makes me feel. Once we get through the basic ideas and strokes, you'll find that there is this magical flow to the actual creation of script. It's peaceful. Grounding.
From working with thousands of students both in-person and online since 2015, I know that if you dedicate yourself to these materials and this course, beautiful, thoughtful script is waiting within your pen, just around the corner. I'm so excited to get to walk this path with you, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the amazing work you're capable of. See you in class!