OLLI students were given a unique window into the world of calligraphy Oct. 12, of this year under the guidance of artist and instructor Julie Rae, who detailed the beauty behind creating words on a page.
“I read somewhere that the best calligraphers have the worst handwriting,” instructor Julie Rae laughed, as she caressed the page with her pen. Self-taught calligrapher Rae has been teaching calligraphy since 1998. “It’s an art just learning to hold the pen,” she reminded her flustered students.
Charter member Shirley Russell also offered her encouragement. According to Russell, “You don’t say ‘I can’t’, you say ‘it’s hard’. Perfect practice makes perfect. Practice doesn’t make perfect if you’re practicing wrong,”
OLLI participants ranged from first time students, to charter members. By the end of the course, each student expressed a desire for class time to be extended to continue perfecting their craft.