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Offhand Flourishing

With David Grimes

Starting Date : 12 Mar 2023

Fees : HK$ 740 or US$ 95

Workshop Description

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.

In this workshop, students will learn:



  1. The fundamentals of how to hold the straight pen in the offhand position.

  2. Throwing strokes from the elbow with arm movement.

  3. Several easy strokes that can be repeated at varying scales to create offhand designs.

  4. A number of offhand motifs with varying degrees of difficulty.

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.

Note to Students

  •  This is a live online workshop via Zoom (please make sure you have a Zoom account to access the workshop)

  • All live sessions will be recorded and available for 60 days following the final class.

  • All recordings expires on Friday, 19 May, 2023 at 12:00 pm Hong Kong Standard Time.

  • Student can submit homework to the discussion corner for David to critique.

  • Recommended supply list, handouts, zoom links and recordings are available on the workshop page three weeks (or as soon as practicable) before the first session. Click here for user guide on how to access your workshop page.

  • All workshop dates and times are according to the Hong Kong Standard Time. 

Workshop Schedule

Class 01

Sunday, 12 March, 2023

09:00 am - 11:30 am (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Class 02

Sunday, 19 March, 2023

09:00 am - 11:30 am (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Refund Policy

All sales are final and fees paid for the online workshop are non-refundable.

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