About

If you are looking to start at the beginning with calligraphy, than this is a back to basic and common sense approach to learning the lettering arts. What you will find at this site is quality content and a method of study to develop the building blocks of a lifelong study personal to you.

The content on this page comes from an expert with over 30 years in hands on calligraphy instruction. Joyce Teta began her love of letterforms as a child at Marymont School for Girls in England, where the Nuns introduced students to the Chancery Italic hand with a broad-edged pen. With more than 20 years of study and experience in the field, Joyce brings a level of professionalism and dedication to her work that has won her fans and clients in the Winston-Salem area.

Joyce has also been an active participant in the promotion of calligraphy in North Carolina for the past 20 years. She has taught calligraphy at The Sawtooth Center for Visual Art, Winston-Salem State University, Salem College, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Forsyth Technical Community College (Teacher Certification), as well as workshops right in her studio. In 1996, Joyce was voted Winston-Salems’ Artist of the Year and was given a solo exhibition at the Sawtooth Center for Visual Art.

Joyce has shared her sources of learning, by hosting many workshops in the Winston-Salem area, inviting well known guest instructors from Europe and the US to teach their art, so that many could benefit from “working with the best” as she says. She has been an all around cheer-leader for the advancement of the art of calligraphy in the Triad.

In 1984, responding to the need for a more in depth learning experience, Joyce and her husband Jim began CHEERIO, a twice yearly, week long calligraphy retreat in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. It has been going strong ever since.

Photo from left to right: Jim Teta, Joyce Teta and John Stevens

2 Responses to About

  1. Claudia Dersch says:

    I would like to teach children calligraphy—t0 keep the art alive and especially to make them aware of beautiful letter form for their own penmanship.I am going to volunteer this soon at a small Catholic school in a town we have just moved to.
    Years ago I was surprised to hear that penmanship is no longer being taught in the classroom and that children are not even holding their writing implements correctly. (I remember fondly, my penmanship instruction in grade school, my mom’s beautiful hand—she was taught the Palmer method and my dad’s very unique hand–a combination of printing and script together. That and being fascinated by department store hand painted signs and admiring the block letter on church stained glass windows was my foundation for the love of hand sculpted letter forms.)
    I have taught calligraphy to children in workshops but it has been awhile.
    Suggestions on what grades to start, books to refer to on creating lesson plans,etc. would be greatly appreciated
    I have enjoyed and studied calligraphy for over 30 years
    thank you for any and all suggestions

    • admin says:

      Hi Claudia,
      Fifth grade is a good time for young people to start with the tools, but any child with interest can grasp the idea of repetition of stroke. The humble pencil is a great starting place, Vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines are their building blocks to a sound foundation. I will be showing this system in the upcoming pages, thanks for hanging in here with me. joyce