About Michael Ward

Michael Ward is a professional penman, located in Vancouver, Canada who specializes in Spencerian Script, Ornamental Penmanship and is known worldwide for his ornate signature designs. Mr. Ward has studies under some of the very best penman, including Master Penmen Harvest Crittenden, Michael Sull and Jake Weidmann. In addition to his penmanship practice, he has also pioneered the technique of debossing orfoiling calligraphic designs, onto leather items. Michael is a professional artist, dancer and dance instructor. He is passionate about teaching and sharing his love for the process of learning.



Traditionally, Spencerian Script was written using a rapid motion. This style of movement writing was how they managed to create the unbelievably beautiful specimens we now study. In this class we will start from square one and train our muscles to flow graciously from form to form driven by the larger muscles of our upper arm and back, rather than using our fingers to draw out the letters. When combined with a rhythmic flow, this will give out writing a uniform beautiful appearance. From there we will go further and explore accent flourishes, designed with our movement in mind to best add character and an artistic flare to our writing. Students will be taught to execute Spencerian using new muscles and movements. Topics will cover use of muscles, whole arm movement, rhythm, line integrity, oval symmetry, accent flourishing, density and balance.

Student required materials:

  • Oblique Pen Holder

  • Flexible Nib of Choice (ie. Hunt 101, Leonardt Principal EF, Gillott 303, Nikko G)

  • Ink of Choice (eg. Walnut ink)

  • Blank Paper of Choice (eg. Rhodia Pad, or similar) 

Date : 20 & 27 February 2021 (Saturday)


Time : 10:00 am - 13:00 pm (Hong Kong Time)

Fees : HKD 1,055.00 / USD 135.00

** International students are welcome and recording will be sent to you after the workshop and you can view it at your own time for a dedicated time period **

Copyright © 2020 The Gentle Penman Limited

Copyright © 2020 The Gentle Penman Limited

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