Promoting the Art, History and Techniques of American Penmanship
There was a time in the not too distant past when the term Master Penman (men and women) was used to describe individuals who attained mastery of the writing arts. The purpose of this site is to keep their memory of their work alive. The art of penmanship and engrossing in the United States reached its zenith at the Zanerian College in Columbus Ohio. The main focus of this web site is the promotion of Engrosser's script. However, Ornamental penmanship and engrossing will also be represented. We would like to acknowledge Michael Sull's generosity in allowing the use of materials from his monumental two-volume work 'Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship'.
Script in the Copperplate Style
FREE Instructional for iPad
Written by Dr. Joseph M. Vitolo
Description: This is the first interactive iBook for Copperplate-style Calligraphy made specifically for the Apple iPad. This is a free book available for immediate download. The multimedia instructional materials contained within will help both the novice and advanced students. The fundamentals of Copperplate calligraphy are the focus of this Book with particular emphasis on letterforms. In addition, advanced concepts including Needle Stitch Script, and Gilded Script are examined. This book is more than 80 pages are packed with instructional text, images and more than 35 videos presented in an interactive format that will allow the student of the art form to accelerate their learning. To download the iBook click HERE or on the image below.
Also on this site
For those seeking instruction with Script in the Copperplate Style please refer to the IAMPETH web site where I have posted all of my
instructional articles as well as video clips. All are available without cost. Here are the two links:
For Lesson Article (see title by Dr. Joseph M. Vitolo):
Lessons on IAMPETH
For Instructional Videos:
Videos on IAMPETH
MUST SEE Images of Zanerian Certificates
For the Latest Books on Penmanship
For a description of the styles of pointed pen script
To learn more about the Zanerian College
Two different guideline sets for Engrosser's Script
Did you ever wonder how those highly
sought after vintage pen points were manufactured?
Click Here to see how Gillott manufactured their legendary 303 more than a
Gallery of Female Penmen
A gallery dedicated to female penmen.
The Master Penmen Archives
Specimens from historical and modern day penmen including WA Baird,
FB Courtney, WE Dennis, EA Lupfer, Charlton Howe, Louis Madarasz, CW Norder, JD Todd and CP Zaner. Selected works were scanned
at high resolution.
This gallery contains several styles of Oblique Penholders from my
personal collection. In addition, several images of penholders (not in my
collection) belonging to historical Master Penmen are included to
demonstrate the variety of holder shapes that were used.
Pen Holders of
Past Masters: The Don Tate Collection
A wonderful collection of pen holders
previously owned and used by several past master penmen. Thanks to penman and
historian Don Tate for sharing this truly marvelous collection thought to be
the famous RR Reed Collection. Thanks to IAMPETH Webmaster James Ivey for
constructing and posting this page.
Gallery of Penmanship Gadgets
This gallery contains several historical examples of gadgets made
specifically to help an individual learn penmanship.
Follow this link to view selected pages from an early Zanerian
Catalog. The pages are very informative and provide prices of several popular
nibs including the Zanerian FineWriter and the Gillott Principality. At the time this catalog was published,
a gross of Gillott Principalities cost $2.00.
Modern & Vintage Penmanship
Follow the above link to view important penmanship publications of
the past and present.
The Ornamental Penmanship Discussion Forum
subscribe to The Ornamental Penmanship Group
To view samples of my work click HERE
Or to learn more about me click HERE