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Photo of Jacki Whisenant and a sketch of pens

The Art of the Letter


Jacki Whisenant is a scientific illustrator with a fondness for bats, beetles, and other unsung ecological heroes. Whisenant holds a Master’s Certificate in Science Illustration from CSU-Monterey Bay and is currently finishing a Master's in Entomology at UW-Madison. Always inspired by the natural world, Whisenant is delighted to get outside and...

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Course Starts

September 20, 2021

Course Time (CST)

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Course Type


Course Ends

November 8, 2021

Course Cost



Join instructor Jacki Whisenant for an active examination of the written word, and the ways in which language is expressed visually on paper, from simple letterforms to elaborate calligraphic styles. We will work through different historical and modern approaches to writing, with both calligraphy pens and quill/nib pens as a fully immersive and mesmerizing study of words on paper. This class will practice elements of layout and ornamentation to bring depth and completion to a study of letterforms and how to both appreciate the historical practice and also give it your own flair. Supplies required.

SUPPLIES REQUIRED: Download draft syllabus and suggested supply list here.

SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE: Scholarship applications for this course are no longer being accepted. Scholarship applicants will be notified of the status of their application no later than ten days prior to the course start date.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS COURSE? Visit our FAQ page or e-mail course coordinator Angela Johnson.

DISCOUNT FOR ACADEMY MEMBERS: Members receive a 10% discount Member Rate on this course (discount applied during registration). Not an Academy member? Choose the "Member Rate + Membership" option during registration to receive your discount rate. Academy Members receive discounts on courses, contests, and ticketed events, as well as an annual subscription to Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine.


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Phone: 608.733.6633


James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
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Madison, WI 53703
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