Teaching

I am passionate about training people to use their eyes and hands with the broad-edge pen, to help people perceive the difference between amateur and masterful letterwork. I want to teach what I know about the broad-edge pen, basic calligraphy practices & design principles to help form the next generation of calligraphers—firmly grounded in the tradition of modern calligraphy that was started by Edward Johnston in the 20th century.

Feedback from students

Loren is a wonderful teacher. The class was well-organized and really fun.

I liked the step by step instructions and teaching aides that Loren provided.

Loren was a very prepared and excellent teacher.  Learned a lot in four hours!

I thought Loren did an excellent job.  He was well-prepared, and had numerous examples of old works in Blackletter calligraphy to show us.

Great instruction, great handouts, great communication. Loren is very passionate about the subject.

Loved the class and the concept of the triangle book.

Image credit: Tom Hollander

In the past eight years I have studied with many skilled scribes in the Friends of Calligraphy organization of San Francisco, where I taught my own calligraphy classes to children and adults. Today I intend to help build a strong community of letterers in my new home of Ann Arbor, Michigan, across the Midwest, and beyond.

Teaching experience

TitleLocation and Date
Dynamic Design for MACBirmingham, MI, 2019
Blackletter Basics´╗┐Ann Arbor, MI, 2019
Fun With Letterforms for grades K-2Berkeley, CA, 2015-2018
Beginning Calligraphy for grades 3-5Berkeley, CA, 2016 & 2018
Italic, via Friends of CalligraphySan Francisco, CA, 2017
Italic Handwriting, via FOCSan Francisco, CA, 2015

Below are samples of student work in Fun With Letterforms class for kindergarteners, where loose pattern-play is used for children to invent and develop familiarity with the underlying structures of the alphabet.