What Others Say About Linda’s Calligraphy & Calligraphy Workshops

Patron Comments

Working with Linda Lanza on various projects has been a real pleasure. She is very dependable, creative and easy to work with. Her calligraphy goes beyond technical skills and shows a beautifully imaginative design quality.

—Doris Young, Art Director
Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV

Dear Linda,
A few weeks ago I walked in at Mahoney Library to discover a wonderful calligraphy exhibit. Your work is beautiful, ideas are well-defined, and all in all one is transported in time….Your work is uplifting.
With appreciation,
—Marcelle Chenauk, Professor Sociology
College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ

What truly, flowing evaluations! You obviously teach an extraordinary class….Once again, a sincere thank you for sharing your time and talent on our behalf. We appreciate all you do for the Adult School and are delighted to have such a talented artist on our faculty.
With thanks,
—Margie Stockwell, Chair
Arts & Crafts Committee
Princeton Adult School, Princeton, NJ

Dear Linda,
I just wanted to thank you for the elegant contribution you made towards our wedding. Your calligraphy was so outstanding—it certainly impressed all of our guests! I really enjoyed working with you and look forward to our contacts in the future
—Maria & Glen Robins, Plainsboro, NJ

Dear Linda,
I had made a very special wedding toast to my son and daughter-in-law. I wanted it printed in a beautiful and distinctive fashion. Your wonderful work even exceeded my expectations. I, Rick and Leanne and everyone who has seen it love it. Thank you.
—Dave Greene, East Brunswick, NJ

Dear Linda,
It was a truly fabulous wedding and the beautiful work you did, and the diligence with which you met all the deadlines are greatly appreciated. Many thanks and best regards,
—Joan Tucker, New York, NY

Your demonstration and immediate rapport with our students could only be matched by the sincere warmth of your personality, and willingness to answer questions. We send you a very special thanks for sharing your wealth of talents…We especially appreciate that our students were able to meet an artist who is in the mainstream of our working society and is adding to the exciting visual literacy of our world.
—Dorothy Gutman, teacher
New Dorp High School, Staten Island, NY

It was refreshing to be treated to a professionally presented program on a subject many members knew little about. You succeeded on all fronts. You captured and held their interest, the slides of your calligraphic art work reinforced your thesis, and the hands-on participation highlighted the subtle skills required in this refined art form. That you are iminently well qualified to speak on this subject became obvious as the program proceeded….Thanks for a job well done.
—Charles D. Burnham, Jr., President
The Rotary Club, Stowe, VT

Student Work and Comments

Linda, no course has ever given more.
—Brooks Leary, Princeton University Library
Student, Princeton Adult School

Dear Linda,
I don’t quite know how to thank someone for the gift of education. The things you taught me will stay with me for a lifetime. I learned so much, not only about writing and materials, but how to relax and enjoy the art and understand the Spirit of Calligraphy. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your books. Thank you for guiding me in the right direction. I have enjoyed coming to class each week. It was a pleasure meeting you, you are an inspiration! Wishing you the best in your endeavors!
—Lynda Asprinio, calligrapher
Doylestown, PA

Dear Linda
…I met you in Trenton conference when I took your Italic class there — I often think of things you taught me in that class — they have become a part of “style”! Teachers do touch lives. With appreciation and sincerity,
—Kathleen Borkowski, artist
Winsted, Connecticut

Dear Ms. Lanza,
Mr. Michael Bullous, a Churchill Fellow of 1992, visited the USA earlier this year and has written to say how very much you helped him while he was there. The Council of the Trust have asked me to say how very grateful they are for your help and for your contribution to the success of this Fellowship.
Yours sincerely,
—Sir Richard Vickers, Director General
Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, London

I would like to thank you for making this experience an unforgettable one. When I look back ten or fifteen years from now I will remember the gracefulness of your teaching method in the art of calligraphy.
—Ann Korczynski, calligraphy student
College of St. Elizabeth

Artwork by Ann Korczynski

Calligraphy is so much more than fancy handwriting or neatly printed words. Calligraphy is an expression of the words’ emotions. It decides the mood, the excitement, and the simplicity. It is a unique form of art that I have enjoyed from the very beginning. The art/act of calligraphy is relaxing to me. It soothes frustrations and works as a therapeutic session. I lose my train of thought and track of time. The aspect of calligraphy that has most engaged my attention up to now is explained in one word: possibility.
—Rachel E. Daleo, calligraphy student
College of St. Elizabeth

Two pieces by Rachel E. Daleo

When I signed up for the calligraphy course to fulfill a necessary elective, I had no idea how narrow my definition of it was. Our professor has expanded my understanding of the art form and the various applications and tools that the craft makes use of. Admittedly, I have a long way to go in order to achieve the results that I aspire to — it’s a lot more difficult than I had anticipated! It’s interesting to observe the “artist” that is emerging not only in me but also in all of my fellow students. Our professor has pointed out the uniqueness of each person’s style and imagination, which contributes to the distinctive product that is created. Knowing that there are no limitations to the imagination or harnessing of willpower makes me more comfortable and confident in my own composition. It is pleasing to know that I am acquiring not only the skills to produce pretty lettering, but also the knowledge and the appreciation of a beautiful art form.
—Maureen E. LoBello, calligraphy student
College of St. Elizabeth

This is the first class that I have taken where I enter feeling anxious and I leave feeling relaxed.

—Eleanor Clayton, calligraphy student
College of St. Elizabeth

Eleanor Clayton’s artwork

Professor Lanza has successfully awoken in me a “sense of discovery” as to how calligraphy is my voice and what a beautiful writing experience it can be.
—Carolyn Cumerford, calligraphy student
College of St. Elizabeth

My understanding of calligraphy is just beginning….I believe that I will walk away from this class with much more than I expected. I have learned to view calligraphy in whole, to include the feeling of the message by its content and form. I will look more at the materials and textures being used and try to relate them into the feeling of the work to better grasp the message….I do not need to understand the artist’s message as much as understanding what I felt from the work and what emotions stayed with me after seeing it.
—John Kennedy, calligraphy student
College of St. Elizabeth

Artwork by John Kennedy

The classroom atmosphere calmed my fears. It has been an enriching experience, even though a lot of information has been conveyed within a short period of time….The benefit of learning this art of writing in a classroom setting is that it gives one a chance to look at other people’s work, the uniqueness in every person’s work is really amazing. It gives one the insight to be attentive to the many little particulars. I found myself even being attentive to writings that I meet in my day to day encounters… labels on food products, cosmetics, newspaper and television adverts.
—Sr. Charity Kaloto, calligraphy student
College of St. Elizabeth

Sister Charity’s artwork

Calligraphy takes time and I’ve learned that it doesn’t come from the hand, but rather the entire body. Posture, leg position and keeping an open mind is a part of writing calligraphy. I never realized how much goes into creating a piece of art work with calligraphy. This experience opened my eyes to a new form of art….
—Lisa R. Griffin, calligraphy student
College of St. Elizabeth

Dear Linda,
How blessed I am to have had you as a teacher for my introduction to calligraphy! Your love for the art infused each class with your sensitive spirit. This was as important to me as learning “to write”….Thank you for opening the door. Your class filled me with something I didn’t know was missing.
—Khadija A. Karim, calligraphy student
Princeton Adult School

I didn’t know what to expect from this class; I entered without any expectations. After the first 3 classes, I started to fall in love with Tuesday evenings. Many thanks Linda. You are a great teacher and wonderful communicator.
—Kim Peterson, calligraphy student
Princeton Adult School


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