Art of Cursive Penmanship
Cursive handwriting is a beautiful art, but unfortunately, many of us have strayed away from it. Written for older students and adults, this book educates and instructs the reader about the history of American Cursive while giving specific instruction on how to master the art. Beginning with handwriting samples, the book starts by showing how to form numbers and each upper and lowercase letter. Then the first three chapters focus on the purpose and heritage of American Cursive. Laying out specific handwriting instruction and techniques, the next three chapters present cross drill and movement exercises for practice (there is even a section on improving a signature). The last chapters offer detailed lesson plans, literature excerpts and quotes for extra practice. Practice sheets that can be photocopied are in the appendix, as well as instruction on how to use a fountain pen and write a personal letter. This handwriting resource is very similar to American Cursive Handwriting Self-Study Workbook (035690) only it is focused more on improving adult penmanship. There is also not as much guidance for the copybook practice pages (although the instruction is enough). If you are serious about improving your handwriting skills and learning the value and enjoyment of this lost art, this book is for you.
Advice from a recognized master penman how adults can improve letterforms, legibility, legibility and make written language both fun and expressive.
Unlike traditional primary grade handwriting manuals that seek to introduce the basic techniques of written language to young students, The Art of Cursive Penmanship presents the subject of handwriting as a valuable and spontaneous skill for the adult. In this context, it remains an intimate ability of communication and expression; a personal asset for life.
By internationally recognized master penman, Michael R. Sull, The Art of Cursive Penmanship focuses on practical self-study techniques designed to accommodate anyone's personal or professional schedule. With determined and consistent use, the daily application of these methods will result in progressive improvement of letterforms, legibility, letter spacing, creating one's signature, the appearance of an individual's penmanship, and the physical action of handwriting through proper posture, correct use of hand and arm muscles, paper position, and a comfortable speed of writing.
Recommendations are also offered on the most efficient writing instruments to use, so that handwriting becomes a pleasant activity to be enjoyed, rather than an action merely to be effected.
It happened just the other day. Someone called Rainbow wanting a self-instructing cursive handwriting program that was more elegant than the streamlined program they were using. This is it! Combining historical perspective with motivational challenge, this is a complete curriculum providing instruction and lots of practice. It claims to be the most thorough single-volume instructional source on cursive handwriting currently available, and I'm not going to dispute that claim. Michael Sull is America's premier penman (yes, it's a term) who provides calligraphy for Hallmark Cards. He loves handwriting, and he'll convince you to love it as well - and probably to start practicing again. This single volume includes historical information about the development of penmanship, specific technique information (posture, hand position, paper movement, etc.), lesson plans for letter formation and for moving from primary scale to handwriting scale (i.e. size of letters), and lots and lots of practice sheets as well as a collection of various quotations and excerpts from literature and poetry to be used for practice. A number of appendices provide blank masters for continuing practice, information on using and purchasing a fountain pen, a certificate of completion and a glossary of terms. If you want to categorize the type of handwriting taught, it is essentially Palmerian - which is an adaptation of Spencerian and a forerunner to what we know as "traditional." This volume can be used in a variety of ways. It is a self-instructional manual for an older (5th grade and up) student who wants to perfect and polish their handwriting. However, it also provides the necessary instructional and technique information needed to start younger children.
These materials span grades and include both instruction and practice.