Michael Ward

Acorn Arts is proud to present guest artist
Michael Ward
(@mrmgward on IG)
teaching the online class
Signature Design 

Signature Design, a four week online workshop with Michael Ward is structured to take you step by step through the process of designing a signature in Spencerian Script.

Signature writing, or "superscription" is the joining of letter forms to create a finished signature that flows gracefully, and maintains an overall balance. It is often considered one of the best ways to showcase your penmanship skill and style. Through analysis of traditional signatures and a thorough explanation of "oval theory", students will learn the steps to creating a beautiful balanced design.

While this class is open to all skill levels, a working knowledge of Spencerian script and ovals will be helpful in the course. Specific alphabets/letterforms will not necessarily be covered.


Course Includes:

Week One: Warm ups and Spencerian Capital Letter Review

Week Two: Entry and Exit Flourishing

Week Three: Balancing a Design  

Week Four: Start to Finish Signature Design Process, Creating your final design 


The suggested materials needed for this class, are as follows:

Oblique Pen Holder 



Graph Paper

Kneaded Eraser

Tombow Mono Eraser


Classes will run for 4 consecutive Wednesdays in February, 2019. New classes will be posted February 6th, February 13th, February 20th and February 27th, 2019. 

New classes are posted once per week but you do NOT need to be online at that time. The videos may be watched at whatever time is convenient for you!  Each Wednesday there will be new worksheets available for you to download with an instructional video. You may watch the video at any time that is convenient for you, as many times as you like during the weeks the course runs, there is no need to be in class at an exact time. The lessons will remain posted for the entire class, so if you need to miss a week you will be able to make it up. Lessons will remain up for an additional two weeks after the last class if make-up time is needed. The Classroom Forum provides a wonderful place to share your designs with the other students and it is always such fun to take the class with students from around the globe. There is no homework for this class, but a project will be suggested each week. 

About Michael


Michael Ward is a professional penman, located in Los Angeles, California, who specializes in Spencerian Script and is known worldwide for his ornate signature designs. Mr. Ward has studies under some of the very best penman, including Master Penmen Harvest Crittenden, Michael Sull and Jake Weidmann.

In addition to his penmanship practice, he has also pioneered the technique of debossing or foiling calligraphic designs, onto leather items.  Mr. Ward's ornate calligraphic designs are often featured on the products that he offers in his online shop, www.etsy.com/shop/MrMGWard.

In additional to penmanship, Michael is a professional artist, dancer and dance instructor. He is passionate about teaching and sharing his love for the process of learning.    

Cost: $225.00 dollars for the full 4 weeks of lessons. 

Registration is now open. 

Classes run from Wed. February 6th to Wed. February 27th, 2019. Classes will remain posted through March 15th, 2019. 

Once you have registered, information will be sent the week before the class begins with information about logging into the classroom, your user name and password, and other necessary information. Nothing is sent prior to this. Your PayPal receipt serves as your receipt for Acorn Arts. 


The email address and name that you use to register via PayPal is the address and name that we use for the class. If you would like to use a different email address or name for the class please let me know ASAP when you register or you may miss important emails. Students sometimes forget to do this and it delays your entry into the classroom. We want to make sure you have full access to the classroom and forum. 

Hope to see you in class!

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