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Typography
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Calligraphy
Calligraphy  
Dear Ted

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typography‎
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calligraphy‎
http://ilovetypography.com/2013/02/13/lettering-versus-calligraphy/
http://typophile.com/node/85216‎
http://www.typography.com/‎
http://www.letteringvscalligraphy.com/contributors/‎
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/05/18/the-beauty-of-typography-writing-syst

Typography is the study of type. Currently it is computer-based, and deals with type from a publishing/art standpoint.Calligraphy is the study of letters as art as well, but calligraphy is hand-drawn lettering, using specific types of pens. Calligraphy may also include designing new fonts.

Do you feel typography and Calligraphy can be taught in High Schools similar to Drawing and Craft taught as optional subjects in High School ?.

If yes, What would be the recommended ages for those learning art viz 8  - 11 years , 12  - 15 years ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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Dear Prashant:

Typography is the study of type. Currently it is computer-based, and deals with
type from a publishing/art standpoint.Calligraphy is the study of letters as art
as well, but calligraphy is hand-drawn lettering, using specific types of pens.
Calligraphy may also include designing new fonts.

Do you feel typography and Calligraphy can be taught in High Schools similar to
Drawing and Craft taught as optional subjects in High School ?.

*** YES.  Courses in both these subjects should be offered as "elective" programs, i.e.,
courses that are not required but are chosen by the students who are interested.  I know
of several high schools [ages 15-18] that offer such elective courses.

If yes, What would be the recommended ages for those learning art viz 8  - 11
years , 12  - 15 years ?

*** I would recommend the ages of 15 through 18.  However, my opinion is based on what I have seen offered to student and how well they older students have done in the courses.  If someone younger than 15 has a strong interest, that person should be given the opportunity to TRY.

Let me give you an example:  One girl began studying books about calligraphy when she was about 12 years old.  She was fascinated by the "artistic styles."  She taught herself using book borrowed from a library.  In her senior year of high school, she took an elective course at a nearby community college -- a two-year institution that offer just "associate degrees."
News of her talent spread through her community, and people began asking her to address letters and envelops, along with other projects that required formal writing.  She soon had her own business going.  She paid for her college tuition -- four years -- by exercising her talent in calligraphy.

During college she also studied computer art and design.  Through her studies she became adept in using various styles of typography.  When she graduated, she started her own business using both calligraphy and typography.  I understand that she is doing quite well.

Prashant, my example is "extreme."  Not everyone is as dedicated and hard working as the student I described.  However, my point is that programs of this nature would be beneficial for high school student [15-18] who show an interest and a talent for this kind of artwork.

Calligraphy classes are offered at many high schools and at almost all colleges.

I recommend such courses for people who have the interest and talent.

Ted

P. S.  My cousin John attended a commercial art school in the days before computers.  He designed covers for books and record albums.  When computer technology changed everything, he went along with the change and became an excellent artist, using his knowledge of typography.  

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