Artist/Owner, Wasserman Design
Joanne Wasserman has been professionally engaged in original art, custom art services, and graphic design since 1979, when she opened Wasserman Design in Washington, DC, as a studio business. Joanne was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design
Calligraphy, drawing, painting, and graphic design are bedrock art realms that Wasserman uses interchangeably to explore diverse subjects material and create original formations of content and imagery. Her intention for every work of art is the same: to communicate what is most intensely meaningful about the circumstances which shape a subject's identity.
Over the years, Wasserman has produced a singular body of works for business clients and individuals whose interests are focused on serious issues of life in today's world. Her testimonial art honors statesmen and leaders for their career achievements and dedication to public service.
Recently, two exemplary works of calligraphy and illumination were composed for Senator John Warner, of Virginia, and Former Secretary of State Colin Powell. The Atlantic Council of the United States commissioned both of these works of art.
Wasserman's mural painting for the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing is a visual tribute to the school's educational mission across the entire field of nursing practice; the mural was named after an alumnus: The Leona Bowman Carpenter Center for Community Health Nursing.
Other works include several drawings and watercolors that were made to express the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation's advocacy on behalf of all countries in which landmines have been used against innocent civilians, causing the destruction of lives, homelands and national economies.
Wasserman's interests in current events, American history, and the development of writing systems and art traditions of peoples throughout the world are frequent catalysts for her choice of topics; moreover, through her work she cares to express the endearing aspects of living that are all around us.
Change Agents of Culture is an ongoing series of 27 works that address creativity and invention in American society from the late 19th through 20th centuries. The first seventeen of these calligraphy-paintings were exhibited at the Embassy of Japan's Information and Culture Center, in Washington, DC, where the artist gave a public talk about writing systems in the world, entitled, "Picture Writing Then & Now".
Lowercase Calligraphy Letters - Practice Sentences
Calligraphy expert Joanne Wasserman demonstrates how to practice calligraphy by writing sentences that contain all letters of the alphabet.
Joanne Wasserman: Hi, I am Joanne Wasserman and this is the Wasserman Design Art Studio where we are learning Chancery Cursive script. We have learnt all the small letters and we are going to be writing sentences. There are two sentences that you will have a fun time practicing with, they are short and they use every single letter of the alphabets. So, the first one is called Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs and we are writing all in small letters because that is all we have learnt to do and that is just fine. So, here we go with that P. now, I am turning my pen to get that foot on the K and now I will add the -- I have finished the words and now I will add the extra little touches like the hat on the K.
Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs, the letters have a rhythm of movement and they are joy to make. It is very meditative. The concentration that it takes to make all of these letters will send you into a different world and you will forget about any other things in your day until you stop with your writing and then all those will be recalled again. 'Dozen liquor jugs', notice I am still dotting my I after I have written the whole words, so that I am not breaking the rhythm of the strokes that I am making, I am trying to keep them as uniform and parallel as possible. Even though every one of these of letters is a little bit different from every other one.
It is a way I had found that lets me keep on going with the parallelism that I have been writing Jugs. So that one sentence and I am not going to put a period because I did not capitalize the letter of the first word. I will put a dash. So these are sentences using all the small letters and we are ready to move onto learning to the capital letters of the Chancery Cursive script.