Why write? Penmanship for the 21st Century

Jan 11, 2016 by

Master Penman Jake Weidmann

Why write? Penmanship for the 21st Century – by Jake Weidmann


LINK TO YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85bqT904VWA



Master Penman Jake Weidmann explores the connections between the pen and how we learn, think, and carry our cultural heritage at a time when the very act of writing is being dropped from school curricula across the country.

Jake Weidmann became the youngest person to receive his Master Penman certificate in July 2011. He works across several mediums including drawing in pencil and charcoal; pen and ink; painting in acrylic, airbrush, oil and gouache; sculpting in wood, bone, antler and clay; and is versed in numerous forms of calligraphy. He is best known for the integration of flourishing and hand- lettering in his art. Jake also designs his own hand-made pens. He, like his pens, travels the globe, reintroducing this Old World art form and cultivating its relevance in the world of today, of tomorrow, and forevermore.


Donald Potter’s “Shortcut to Cursive” – Free for the Taking – Easy To Use –


From Donald Potter:


“I pondered for a long time the inability of my junior high students to read my excellent cursive handwriting on the chalkboard. Later it dawned on me that it was the kids who learn to read with whole language rather than phonics that were having the trouble. They read words by shape instead of phonics and therefore are dependent on the manuscript lowercase word shapes to identify words. They are basically poor readers who have trouble with all reading, but the problem is compounded when they are asked to read cursive.


I have developed Cursive Flashcards. They are particularly powerful because they contain every physically conceivable connection stroke and all the major English spelling patterns. With a little intensive practice, the students become quite accomplished at reading cursive. I run them off on card-stock.” 



LINK TO CURSIVE WRITING WEBSITE:  http://donpotter.net/pdf/shortcut_to_cursive_card.pdf


Donna Garner

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