Workshop: Offhand Flourishing

Offhand Flourishing Workshop, with David Grimes 

A two-day workshop on Feb 4th – 5th, 2022

Offhand Flourishing is an ornamental branch of the pen arts performed with carefree spontaneity and confident movement. The flourishes—often based on penmanship’s intersection with the natural world—are excellent additions to lettering-based calligraphic works, or may stand on their own as specimens of pen art.

See below for registration info and online payment link.

Also see David Grimes’ (masgrimes) self-study program “Offhand Flourishing” on his website.

In this workshop, students will learn:

  • The fundamentals of how to hold the straight pen in the offhand position.
  • Throwing strokes from the elbow with arm movement.
  • Several easy strokes that can be repeated at varying scales to create offhand designs.
  • A number of offhand motifs with varying degrees of difficulty such as: a 60-second bird design, simple quills, and strokes for ornamenting text lettering.

Offhand Flourishing requires a modest amount of coordination to produce well, but this workshop will impart some excellent habits that can help any student who does not feel graceful with their pen to develop confidence of movement with time and practice. This workshop is suitable for beginners to the pointed pen.

Workshop Details
 – all events are held at the Cary Art Center

The guild will welcome David at an Artist Reception on Friday February 3rd from 7-9pm.  This event is open to the public.

The workshop is available to Guild members only and will be held from 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday, February 4th and 5th with an hour lunch break.  


Registration opens December 12th and closes on January 9th

The cost to attend is $175.00.

To make an online payment: click here for Paypal registration

Or to send your payment through the mail, send a check to The Triangle Calligraphers Guild, through our treasurer, Luann Bacchi.

A supply list will be emailed to registered participants in early January.

Please direct any questions to Kymberly Arana.

About David Grimes

David Grimes is an American penman and calligrapher with a zealous interest in penmanship history. His work is deeply rooted in the traditions of the American penmen and engrossers of the 20th century. His aim is to preserve the heritage of American Penmanship, promote innovation among contemporary practitioners, and encourage others to higher levels of accomplishment in the Art of Writing.

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