A school’s pride lies in the quality of its students. A student’s quality lies in his or her character. A good character is built by education and moral values. Good education is incomplete without good handwriting. Good handwriting not only helps in developing a good personality but also in better learning.
With a common goal, The Lawrence School, Lovedale introduced the functional handwriting class for junior students. Students found the classes to be interactive and exciting. A well-organized program helped the students begin from basics such as hand strokes to writing sentences in cursive writing. We have successfully conducted the classes for over 5 years. Our School recognizes handwriting as an essential skill and emphasizes on nurturing it from an early age.
In response to the appreciation of the handwriting class, the School introduced a Calligraphy class for their students. Calligraphy continues to flourish in the modern world in the form of wedding and event invitations, font design and typography, hand-lettered logo design, religious art, announcements, graphic design and commissioned calligraphic art, cut-stone inscriptions and memorial documents. Many students have opted for Calligraphy classes where they are able to develop an artistic and creative mindset. We remain confident that our students from a very young age are a step closer to living a confident, expressive and respectful life.
Manual writing plays a decisive role in information acquisition processes, involving parts of the brain that are not activated during message input. This happens for several reasons: first of all, during manual writing the attention is placed on a single spatial and temporal point, since the graphic gesture takes place in the circumscribed area where the pen traces the sign on paper. In addition to the intrinsic beauty of manual writing, calligraphy responds to the need to slow down which technologically advanced societies are showing with increasing intensity. Sitting down to write a letter, keeping a diary and taking notes can be considered activities similar to meditation, which allow you to create a space of self-care.
Every person has his or her own unique style of handwriting, whether it is everyday-writing or their personal signature. Even identical twins who share their appearance do not have the same style of writing. It helps one not only to develop a good personality but also helps to stay focused and be motivated. Children between the age of seven and ten have the ability to rectify the mistakes they generally commit while writing. A good handwriting always helps in better learning.
Before the advent of the personal computer, individuals relied upon writing by hand. For formal writings and significant pieces, many individuals depended on calligraphy, which was a type of excellent and fancy hand-writing.
A completely pleasant approach to use calligraphy is in sketch-books and representations. Calligraphy is a compelling method to convey a message wonderfully, and including outlines just adds to the striking presentation. For instance, calligraphy and water colors cooperate so beautifully in outlined maps. Another advantage of learning calligraphy is having the capacity to send lovely snail mail.
A beautiful handwriting makes our body and mind healthy and relaxed. Calligraphy stimulates neuronal activity, helping us to develop a broader vocabulary and write texts that are more comprehensive. The study of calligraphy helps us to relax, to find time for our mind to unwind. Numerous pedagogical studies have established that children who are able to master italics and other handwriting styles in school, develop a greater neuronal activity, have a wider vocabulary and a greater ability to compose written texts than those who mainly use electronic devices.
Calligraphy is defined as the visual art of handwriting. By giving handwriting an identity, it elevates it to an art that is aesthetic to the mind of the perceiver. The viewer of the work of a calligraphist sees words being expressive and the layout being in harmony with the text that unfolds before his or her eyes. What differentiates hand writing from calligraphy? The answer lies within the question itself. Calligraphy means beautiful handwriting while writing tends more towards legible expression of words. Calligraphy uplifts writing to the status of a very highly evolved and skillful art that to the eye of the connoisseur depicts a masterpiece in writing.
Cuneiform writing, that evolved from southern Mesopotamia, was used to disseminate information among the members of the public and to keep a record of their views. Cuneiform writing that emerged in the form of pictographs is, today, seeing its descendant emerging as ‘Calligraphy’ and the present day ‘emoji’. Even in today’s advertisements, calligraphy rivets one’s attention and makes the reader relate to the advertisements.
Calligraphy teaches one to view writing as an art and writing being an essential job- skill, imparts good legibility which mirrors one’s knowledge and ability to communicate. Even in the age of computers, calligraphy is widely used to make a memorable accomplishment worth remembering. A university degree or certificate is embellished with calligraphic letters which enhances the value of the certificate for the viewer of the certificate.
Mr. Leo Fernandes