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Kathryn H.

Palm Harbor, FL

$40/hour

Penmanship: Practices in Handwriting

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 9/21/15
5.0 average from 21 ratings
Challenging and motivational
— Lisa, Port Richey, FL on 9/26/15

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Savannah College of Art and Design
Printmaking

Education

Savannah College of Art and Design (Printmaking)

About Kathryn

I graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2011 with a degree in printmaking and a minor in graphic design. During my time at SCAD I was a student ambassador and volunteered with local k-12 kids as well as prospective students both nationally and internationally.

I worked in a children's store for 3 years, both in retail and working events & activities (for kids ages 0-12 years old) held by the store. During that time I also worked in a baby store doing graphic design and volunteering to help out at events for kids ages 0-7. I have also spent time teaching middle school boys art, printmaking and graphic design at summer camp.

Since graduation college I have been running my own design company.

My background in art has benefited me in my ability to see handwriting differently. I don't just see your writing in terms of letters, I see angles, height, spacing and consistency. I have been studying calligraphy and penmanship for almost two years now, and rarely go a day without analyzing my own, or someone else's handwriting.

I have worked with various adults over the last two years teaching the foundations of good penmanship. The ages of these students have ranged from 25-65. Many did not need multiple lessons to improve. What I teach is simple, easy to learn, and when implementing with practice, will show improvement.

I emphasize learning the foundations of letters to understand how they are formed. Such as the following letters which share and oval foundation: 'a, b, c, d, e, g, h, o, p, q, y'. These letters share many similarities and the ability to connect their foundation will result in consistent and even handwriting.

Both adults and children can benefit from penmanship practice. In the young, creating a solid understanding of letter formations can result in a quicker grasp of each letter as well as consistency. Handwriting is not about learning 'a' first, then 'b', 'c' etc... it is about learning that a 'p' and a 'q' are mirror images (and that 'b' and 'd' are too)! If you can master a 'b', than you can master a 'd'. Each letter can be broken down to show how the letters come together, demonstrating the foundation in addition to what makes each letter unique. This breakdown creates connections that can help master all 26 letters and can be applied to both uppercase and lowercase letters.

In adults, breaking down the letters and learning their foundations can help retraining your fine motor skills. Many adults complain about their penmanship getting sloppy as they age. The cognitive thought process is often forgotten about after decades of writing. Taking the time to retrain your brain to think about the letters your are forming can quickly improve ones handwriting. This usually involves slowing down as you go letter by letter to see how you're forming the letter naturally, and comparing it to how it should be formed to create consistent readable handwriting.

I think it is important to embrace our unique writing styles as long as it is consistent and readable. Any style of handwriting can benefit from refinement and practice utilizing basic foundations of each letter.

Whether you need to learn the basic print, beginning cursive, refine your current handwriting, or develop a new style of writing, a simple and basic process can make it manageable with practice.
I graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2011 with a degree in printmaking and a minor in graphic design. During my time at SCAD I was a student ambassador and volunteered with local k-12 kids as well as prospective students both nationally and internationally.

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Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Palm Harbor, FL 34684
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Challenging and motivational"

- Lisa, Port Richey, FL on 9/26/15
Elementary Education:
Handwriting

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Handwriting

As a calligrapher, penmanship has always been of special interest to me. I have a background in fine arts, as well as the graphic arts. My background in art has benefited me in my ability to see handwriting differently. I don't just see your writing in terms of letters, I see angles, height, spacing and consistency.

I emphasize learning the foundations of letters to understand how they are formed. Such as the following letters which share and oval foundation: 'a, b, c, d, e, g, h, o, p, q, y'. These letters share many similarities and the ability to connect their foundation will result in consistent and even handwriting.

Both adults and children can benefit from penmanship practice. In the young, creating a solid understanding of letter formations can result in a quicker grasp of each letter as well as consistency. Handwriting is not about learning 'a' first, then 'b', 'c' etc... it is about learning that a 'p' and a 'q' are mirror images (and that 'b' and 'd' are too)! If you can master a 'b', than you can master a 'd'. Each letter can be broken down to show how the letters come together, demonstrating the foundation in addition to what makes each letter unique. This breakdown creates connections that can help master all 26 letters and can be applied to both uppercase and lowercase letters.

In adults, breaking down the letters and learning their foundations can help retraining your fine motor skills. Many adults complain about their penmanship getting sloppy as they age. The cognitive thought process is often forgotten about after decades of writing. Taking the time to retrain your brain to think about the letters your are forming can quickly improve ones handwriting. This usually involves slowing down as you go letter by letter to see how you're forming the letter naturally, and comparing it to how it should be formed to create consistent readable handwriting.

Savannah College of Art and Design
Printmaking

Education

Savannah College of Art and Design (Printmaking)

Challenging and motivational — Kathryn is so patient with my son and easily kept him engaged. He didn't hesitate in agreeing to go back and is excited thinking that he could improve enough to have one of the best penmanships in the class. Huge confidence booster! ...

— Lisa, Port Richey, FL on 9/26/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kathryn will travel within 20 miles of Palm Harbor, FL 34684.