Sunday, January 24, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST
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This event is on-line using the Zoom platform. Attendees will need access to Zoom and adequate internet connection.


Elaine Huffman 
TangleU Productions 






Brian Crimmins 


Brian Crimmins is an artist, writer and Certified Zentangle Teacher. On the heels of graduating with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of Central Florida in 2014, he discovered Zentangle offered through a class offered at a local arts store.

Since becoming a CZT in 2016, Brian has twice been on the faculty of Tangle U, an annual retreat for Certified Zentangle Teachers. He’s also taught online lessons and in-person classes in his community, and has exhibited his own Zentangle-inspired art in museums and galleries in the Central Florida area.

In addition to Zentangle, Brian is inspired by typography and lettering, organic patterns in the Art Nouveau style, decorative arts and mid-century ephemera.

 Brian is currently pursuing his certification as a Creative Depth Coach. He runs an active Facebook group, “Dynamic Dingbatz with Zentangle®.” He posts video tutorials and other helpful tips and information, and there are over 2,800 members who make up an active and inspiring community of artists and friends of Zentangle®.

Link to buy Brian's Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1497204178/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_ISEdFbQKD1TM5

Link to the Dynamic Dingbatz with Zentangle Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/434185340351903/?ref=share



Introduction to Akim Cursive

In this workshop students will learn a monoline lettering style known as Akim Cursive, inspired by the written hand of Hans-Joachim Burgert. We’ll also explore a modern interpretation involving unique ways of connecting letters together. This monoline lettering style can be done with a regular pen or pencil and requires no special paper (just those you enjoy using). Discover the versatility of this style, how to put your own twist on the form, and get inspiration on how this lettering style can complement other projects you might create. Though no specific exemplars exist, Brian will teach an inspired version of Burgert’s monolinear printing and also show how to take a printed form into more of a flowing cursive form.

 Hans-Joachim Burgert (1928-2009) was a calligrapher, sculptor, and educator. He was instrumental in the foundation of the Berlin Calligraphy Collection at the Akademie der Künste by donating seventy works to the collection. Burgert’s work is also included in the collection of the Cooper Hewitt museum.

 This class requires no previous lettering experience, nor skill with using classic lettering tools. Just your favorite pen and lined or graph paper is all you need

In This Workshop Participants Will:

  •  Cover a few fundamental guidelines that will help make writing Akim as easy as possible
  • Review and practice printed majuscules (uppercase letters) and minuscules (lowercase letters), as well as numbers and punctuation
  • Take the printed alphabet and learn different ways to connect letters in more of a cursive style
  • Practice adding our own twist to this style and use it to write out a favorite quote or two.

Supplies for this class:

  • A favorite pen: A fine-tip pen such as a Micron 05, or a Pilot Precise V5 Extra Fine are good options to consider. 

  • Quadrille graph paper: Graph paper makes learning new lettering styles a bit easier than using standard lined paper; however, college-ruled lined paper or a lined journal page are completely fine for this type of lettering style.