Brush Calligraphy Workshops at a Brand New Venue [Highlights]

Most of the time, I like to schedule my modern calligraphy workshops 3-4 weeks ahead. But, since discovering this new venue in Nyack, I’ve taken a no-holds-barred approach and listed a brush calligraphy workshop on my calendar, less than two weeks in advance. I was just too darn excited about using this space and setting it up to my liking, which for most of my previous workshops was not possible due to cost, time, space, and other logistics.

While the turnout was small (as expected), I couldn’t have been more content or comfortable in this space. I didn’t feel flustered like I usually would in the past due to running around, driving/commuting, parking, lugging supplies, etc. The art gallery is literally down the street from me so I don’t have to deal with parking, but I also have my own little storage space there so all of my workshop supplies will be housed there. Now, I can focus more on the little details, and not feel out of breath before class begins.

See some of the details from the workshop in the images below!

Missed out on this class? There’s lots more to come - check out my events calendar!

Announcing: New Workshop Venue, Studio Hours, & Private Lessons!

As I hinted in my last blog post, some exciting changes are happening around here!

I FINALLY found a venue to partner with in my neighborhood of Nyack!

Since I started teaching workshops 2+ years ago, I've been like Goldilocks searching for a place in that was just right for me - I tried a co-working space, and a fun restaurant partnership, but both were lacking that bright and airy feel that I love. For that reason, I’ve traveled across the bridge to Westchester and NYC for the majority of my workshops.

While walking back from the Nyack farmer's market recently, I noticed a new art gallery with beautiful paintings in the window - the artist's style really spoke to me. The shop was closed so I could only peek in through the glass, but I literally gasped when I saw the bright, airy open space (setup was still in progress).

When I finally got to sit down with the talented artist and owner of the gallery, Shelly Luan, we spent hours chatting, and laughing... we became fast friends and Shelly was more than willing to host my classes at her space!

So, I went right to work in filling my calendar with new classes and events and my brain started swirling with lots of ideas, thinking about the world of possibilities in this new space.

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Studio Hours | Creative Co-Working | Private Lessons

One idea that I'm testing is something which, I've dubbed, "studio hours".  Every Tuesday, I'll be in the gallery for those who'd like to schedule private calligraphy lessons with me, or try "creative co-working"

What's creative co-working? It's like regular co-working but instead of work, you bring your own creative projects to work on! With a day pass, you'll have access to the supplies we'll have on hand in the studio for a focused calligraphy practice session, or just spend a few hours creating in a quiet space! {There's no WiFi, but there will be complimentary snacks!)

As you can imagine, I’m super excited for what’s to come and I hope that you can join me (if you’re local)!

Check out all the new offerings below and feel free to get in touch with any questions:

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On listening to your heart and having the courage to let go

Real talk time -- 

Recently, I’ve been dealing with some internal struggles about my calligraphy workshops. As in, do I even want to teach anymore?

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Now, don't get me wrong - I love hosting events, teaching classes, and getting to meet people like you, who actually want to learn calligraphy! What I I don't enjoy is marketing myself, the anxiety associated with filling a class, lugging supplies all over the place, not having a venue to call my own, and the loneliness associated with being a solo entrepreneur, doing all of this on my own. It was starting to wear on me…

Last year, I had the opportunity to work with some amazing brands in NYC, which led me to hosting more workshops in the city. I admit, I was swept up by the excitement and “glamour” of it all. I felt validated, like I finally “made it”. But let’s be real. Taking gigs in NYC or anywhere else doesn’t make or break me as a calligrapher/teacher. The simple fact is that I was taking these jobs because it brought in funds that I needed to pay the bills. And yes, I will continue to take on gigs in the city as I see fit, but as far as workshops go - the anxiety of filling classes, plus expensive venue fees (and everything else mentioned above) was wreaking havoc on my physical and mental health. As much as I want to serve my NYC client base, I have to listen to my heart (and body) and let some things go.

Which, is why I’ve decided on the following:

City folks, going forward I will only be booking private workshops as the minimum number is guaranteed, eliminating some of the anxiety re: filling classes. So, if you live in NYC and would like to learn modern calligraphy from me, invite a few friends and make it a girls’ night! I can travel to your home or you can book a Breather space of your choice (referral link).

I have also opened booking for private lessons in Westchester & Rockland counties - this is for anyone who’s looking to take their calligraphy to the next level, or whose schedule just doesn’t sync up with my workshop calendar.

Making changes in my business is always scary, and I know that I will be disappointing people (I’m sorry!). But these changes can lead to new and exciting things - which, I’m happy to share is on the horizon! Stay tuned! :)