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Summer Studio for Teens: Creative Lettering, July 20-24

deCordova Summer Studio for Teens is a new art intensive program for teens, designed to encourage innovation and creativity while exploring art making techniques. Individual and collaborative projects will be fueled by art in the Museum and Park, as well as nature on deCordova’s grounds. Each week, professional artists and teachers will guide teens to engage with big ideas and hone their creative practice. 

Creative Lettering, July 20-24, 9:30 am-12:30 pm: Turn your words into art with hand lettering! We’ll cover lettering basics, proportions, font styles, layouts, and modern calligraphy. You’ll learn how to make compositional design choices and add decorative elements like flourishes, banners and frames to make your work stand out! We’ll complete several projects to practice your lettering skills, like DIY greeting cards, envelope art, wall art, and signage. We’ll also develop our own original lettering fonts.  Students will also get a sneak peek of upcoming exhibition, Visionary New England, and artwork in deCordova’s collection that features hand lettering.


  • A variety of paper - plain white printer paper, card stock in different colors, envelopes
  • Printer for printing worksheets (please contact instructor if you do not have printer access)
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Ruler 
  • Black Pen - Micron, Faber-Castell, or other archival art pens are great!
  • Brush Marker - Tombow is nice but any kind will do!
  • Conical Tip Marker (Think.. classic Crayola marker)
  • Color - can be crayons, colored pencils, markers, even watercolors if you have them.

This interactive workshop is open to students age 13 and up. It is limited to 12 participants and is offered via Zoom.

About the Instructor: Cha is a Maker of Things. She studied Naval Architecture and Comparative Media Studies with a focus on Photography and Film at M.I.T. for a while, was a sailing educator and program director at Courageous Sailing, and has studied Graphic Design, Textiles, Drawing, and Art Education through MassArt’s Continuing Education department. She teaches art to all ages through community art centers and does freelance calligraphy, graphic design and fine crafting. Cha is currently the K-8 Art Teacher at Lesley Ellis School in Arlington, Massachusetts. She likes to rock climb and read about trees and has already passed on an affinity for collecting art supplies to her young daughter.

Creative Lettering - July 20, 2020 to July 24, 2020
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