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Anglo-Saxon Calligraphy: Exploring the Art of Elegance

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Photo: Close-up of calligraphy
Photo courtesy Tamara Stoneburner

Imagine a time without computers or keyboards, when everything was written by hand! Explore the world of Anglo-Saxon scribes through a discussion and demonstration of the various types of calligraphy used more than 1,000 years ago. Led by professional calligrapher Tamara Stoneburner, participants will have an opportunity to try their hand at the uncial style and can bring home their artistry as a souvenir.

To allow for more personal one-on-one instruction, this workshop is limited to 25 people. Advance registration is required. Please email NatGeoMuseum[at]ngs.org to register.

The event will take place in the Museum’s M Street building, located at 1600 M Street NW.

This workshop is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Anglo-Saxon Hoard: Gold from England’s Dark Ages. Look for the touch-screen exploration of the St. Chad Gospels in the exhibition to see the uncial style of calligraphy.

About the Presenter
Tamara Stoneburner is the owner of Gracestone Calligraphics, an independent studio started in 1997 in Ashburn, Virginia. She specializes in calligraphy and fine art illustration for commissions ranging from weddings and anniversaries to awards and certificates to complex family tree charts to resolutions and retirements, as well as other hand-rendered personal calligraphy art pieces.

As an active member and past president of the Washington Calligraphers Guild, she often tours venues such as the annual DC Fountain Pen Show, demonstrating calligraphy and offering instruction in both Copperplate script writing and improving penmanship.

Her work can be viewed publicly in the permanent collections of both the Heart Institute at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Maryland, as well as in the Washington Ballet Room of the Hotel Palomar, located in Dupont Circle – Washington, DC.

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