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".
Capital Letter Calligraphy - E through J
Calligraphy expert Joanne Wasserman demonstrates writing calligraphy capital letters E through J.
Joanne Wasserman: Hi! I am Joanne Wasserman and my art studio is Wasserman Design and I am teaching the Chancery Cursive script, the capital letters E through J. The letter E and I add my foot usually first not always and that is the longest stroke of the horizontal. The first stroke is thinner and shorter and so is the second stroke, shorter. Because that is a little too long of a hairline, I am just going to add a mark to flush it out, so it is not too scrawny as it is the mark. There is other ways to make the letter to E, this way. Sometimes you can go further out as if you are making a foot like the letter A but making it differently into an E, this way and this way. Another shape of an E, remember the C which is long and narrow. This is the C.
Well we can make an E by adding, so it is like a cross between the normal E Roman and a more initial type of E from an earlier century, when books were written by hands. Okay, the letter F is very similar to the letter E and first stroke -- now I usually put a foot like this, just a very short one and then coming up. Now something I want you to notice with the F, the E that version or that version and the Bs is that the space, the white space at the top portion is smaller then the white space of the bottom portion. Just like that larger space helps to anchor towards the gravity base, the letter and it is tilt, so does the blank space in these letters.
So you will notice that also in the H, but it is just something applies to all letters A through Z and will help you in your writing, so that you do not have to think, How do I get it exactly in between in the middle? it is not supposed to be in the middle. Okay, so another ways to make the letter F. The letter G, now there are many ways to make a G, like our small G only seven and half pen-width high. This is a very large looking G. If we want to make it a little smaller in appearance, we can make the same initial shapes, but then you could stop there and that is a capital G. Another way to make it is with a little wider ball in the top.
Now, the letter H and I want you to notice that these first long strokes, they are all the same. Whether they are the A, the B, the D, the E, the F not the G and C because those two are curved, but all these first strokes, they are all made the same way or they are all made the same way in this version, where this is more straight , this has a little more flow expecting for curve. So for the H we can make it there and I am crossing these two strokes with one ball that is higher then midway. So there is more space down here then there is up here. That is a very plane H. Another way to just add some flourish to it is like this and also -- so, these are all capital letters.
The I is very simple like the C. Go down, here, these crossbars can not be too large, too wide because they will look either a T or may be an L. So we want to make them brief. But we could also make them just a little foot, but we do not want it to be a J, so first a little foot and the flag top very short, very short. For the letter J, beginning to go the same way that we do with the I. So, that it is longer and the foot is more pronounced and even the hat makes it look different. It does not look like an I at this point. Now this is a J, but it also could be an I depending on what the other letters in word would be.
Those are the capital letters E through J and next we are going to learn the letters K through N.