Teachers | John-Michael Korpal
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John-Michael Korpal

5 | 142 reviews

Chicago, IL

I am a multi-disciplinary artist living in Chicago, working in oil paint, collage, installation, and object-based practices. Currently, I am exploring representation of objects and how they vacillate between imagination and that which is tangible. The distance between these two perceptions is informed by an individual’s life experiences; everyone lives to a different degree inside a dream. I incorporate reclaimed objects, as well as a variety of other media, into my work, expressed in the form of assemblages that integrate items from my environment into a cohesive piece. This creates space to explore placement and re-define accepted associations. Similarly, my paintings are composed of non-connected objects intuitively painted on the canvas, creating surrealistic compositions that explore the relationship shared by these objects, blurring the edges between eroticism and banality of this dreamscape as it is informed by the real world. This provides the viewer a metaphoric playhouse to wander though unknown topographies of their imagination. We are exposed to an overwhelming degree of stimuli daily, creating an anesthetized perception of the world. My intent is to jar the viewer out of their walking numbness, granting them permission to delve into and re-examine familiar objects with fresh eyes. Like a Zen parable, I want my work to confound the logical brain to access a deeper, more nuanced truth.

John-Michael's Reviews

5 | 142 reviews
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    George D.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    This class was a lot of fun. Really informative and you get to take home the materials to use at home! Highly recommended if you're looking for a new hobby or needing to address wedding envelopes!

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    Karen M.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    This was a very enjoyable class. John's love for teaching shines through. He provided very helpful comments and was very encouraging throughout the class. After the class, it was very rewarding to go back through my exercises and see how I progressed in just 2 hours.

    From Teacher:

    Thanks for your review and happy you enjoyed the workshop! Hope to see you soon in another class!

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    Laura B.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    This was a great beginner class. We covered a lot in the short time, but I feel like I can practice on my own and really improve from this foundation.

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    Michelle L.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Great intro class. John did an awesome job teaching the basics. I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to start calligraphy!

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    Kathleen C.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Very patient instructor! Left class feeling like I learned the basics, which is what I was hoping to achieve.

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    Jamie K.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    John-Michael was great! He was very positive and was able to teach us a lot in such a short amount of time. The progress that you are able to make from your first letters to the sentence you write at the end of class is amazing. Would highly recommend this class!

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    Donna C.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    I arrived at the studio about 15 minutes early and was welcomed and offered coffee and/or tea. The teacher was very professional and engaged me in conversation immediately. The studio space was comfortable and the teacher had folders and pens for us to use. He has us practice alpahebet and full words during the 2 hour class and he was very encouraging.

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    Sanobia W.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    John-Micheal is very patient and talented. I believe with practice I can actually put this new skill to good use.

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    Susan S.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    The perfect way to learn calligraphy! Really enjoyed myself and can't recommend John-Michael enough!

    From Teacher:

    Thank you Susan for your review and I am so glad you enjoyed the workshop!

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    Lori M.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    I've procrastinated for years to try a calligraphy class and glad I waited to start with John-Michael! His teaching style is positive/laid back with a lot of encouragement - just perfect! By the end of the class, we could all write our letters quite respectably. His approach to learning the fine points of the calligraphy alphabet was well-thought out, further leading to our success in catching on quickly. I would very highly recommend an evening of calligraphy with John-Michael!

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    Elena S.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    John-Michael has wonderful teaching skills. All the materials were prepared beforehand and with enough notes to be able to practice individually after the class. He taught the entire lower case alphabet and numbers, which provided a comprehensive lesson. I walked away feeling accomplished and knowledgeable. Highly recommend his class!

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    Maggie C.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Without any prior knowledge or practice in calligraphy, I am amazed and impressed at how quickly John-Michael enabled me to create beautiful letters. He teaches practical techniques so that you can dive into lettering. I really appreciate that the workshop was focused on creating work rather than lecture, but you will also learn some interesting history and context.

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    Heather R.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    This was a great introduction into calligraphy and provided a lot of practice in the class, and what you can do outside of class to improve.

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    Rachael B.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    I had such a good time at this class. It was a nice mix of challenge and calm. It was fun learning something new in a low pressure environment! I would definitely do this again!

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    Whitney K.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Really great intro to calligraphy. The small group setting allows for individual attention, but keeps the class moving along. I left the class armed with my own pen and excited to practice on my own.

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    Whitney B.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    This class was perfect for people wanting to learn calligraphy. The class setting was relaxed and comfortable. The teacher was also willing to tailor the class to the learners needs. It was a wonderful experience to share with friends.

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    Shawn M.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Wow, this was a fantastic class. John is very knowledgeable of the beautiful art of calligraphy. I have been writing freehand calligraphy for years, but John provided so much useful information and techniques. If you have a love for or a desire to learn calligraphy, this is the place to start.

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    Haley F.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    This class was great! John-Michael was a fantastic teacher and I learned so much in the 2 hour class. I would recommend this class to anyone and everyone that has ever wanted to learn to do calligraphy.. no matter your artistic skill level! Thanks again John-Michael :)

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    Alex K.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    What a great class! I had the pleasure of learning calligraphy from John. He was so patient and helpful! Completely recommend this class!

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    Kelly V.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    I had a great time at John-Michael's calligraphy class. You can tell from the first time you walk in how much he truly appreciates art and that radiates through his teaching as well. He was very helpful, positive, but allowed me to express myself through my work. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn as it was a great stepping stone for me (a first timer) and inspired me to want to keep practicing!

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    Shae A.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    John-Michael was great and is really passionate about his craft. His studio is cozy and he teaches calligraphy in the simplest way possible.

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    Amanda M.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    John is a wonderful teacher and his passion for art radiates through his teaching. No one else had signed up for my class so I had the opportunity for a private lesson. He was very patient & encouraging. He provides materials for you to use during the class but also to take home for practice. I learned a ton in our 2 hours together & would 100% recommend this class!

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    Guybrush T.
    Introduction To Painting Basics

    We had an amazing time. Great instruction, got right into painting, and learned as we painted (versus sitting through a lot of theory). We were very encouraged to walk our own paths and went home with our own paintings. Highly recommended!

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    Candace D.
    Introduction To Painting Basics

    My sister and I had a wonderful time taking this class. We learned a lot about technique in a few hours and had a very good time with John Michael. He was very patient and helpful and a lot of fun. We appreciated the fact that he let us experiment and do our own thing, but he would give advice when asked. He seemed very knowledgable.

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    Claire D.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    We really enjoyed our class with John-Michael! He is an excellent teacher, and was very patient with us. We took this class in hopes of addressing wedding invitations, and we are progressing well on our way, thanks to his help!

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    Gwen P.
    Introduction To Painting Basics

    John-Michael Korpal is a great teacher. He gave us space and time to paint but also provided us tips and guidance when we seemed a little confused or stuck. He answered all of our questions. I had a wonderful time! And feel inspired to continue painting!

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    Amanda C.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    great teacher. easy class to follow along with. Left with supplies to practice with. thank you!

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    Michaela P.
    Introduction To Painting Basics

    This was a great class! There were only two of us in the session, and John-Michael was patient and helpful with us both. I felt comfortable asking questions I may have otherwise felt silly asking, and I think that was due to his approachable teaching style. He did a nice job balancing instruction/feedback with giving us space to create our own unique paintings.

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    Shereene E.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    The class was great and the teacher was very patient and helpful. He had a set plan for the two hour class and it flowed well. The class is held at his home studio which is interesting because you can see his other artwork around the room.

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    Jenna M.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Such a relaxing class. John-Michael had tea and snacks ready for us, and has a great quirky, artsy apartment that provides a great atmosphere for learning calligraphy. Even if you don't really have a specific motivation for attending the class, it's still fun to learn the basics and feel competent enough to keep practicing with the take-home materials you get! You never know when the skill might come in handy!

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    Sheila N.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    The atmosphere of the studio was great and relaxing, with art pieces all around. He is a great teacher, and the time flew by! I was in the beginners calligraphy class last week, and it was amazing! I recommend the class to anyone who is interested in learning!

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    Karen C.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    A great class for beginners. Michael John was very patient, encouraging, and informative.

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    Alison H.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Attended John-Michael's class last night, and was very happy with what I was able to learn in a short 2 hour session. I feel like I walked away with the basics, and will be able to successfully address my wedding save the dates and invites, which was my goal going into it.

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    Swathi A.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Very useful, I was able to learn quite a bit in two hours. He provided us with booklet which has styles for all the alphabets along with a calligraphy pen which I think is good because you can continue to practice for a couple more days until you can go buy a new set.John is a good teacher, very patient.I would love to attend his workshop again.

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    Antoinette V.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Great class!! John-Michael was super patient with us and kept the pace moving. He definitely set us up to be successful!! 😃👍🏻

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    Lisa D.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    John-Michael was an excellent teacher!!! I was really wanting and needing to learn quickly for my upcoming wedding how to do Calligraphy for place cards. I absolutely LOVED this class, I have all the basics that I need and feel very confidant I am now able to complete my place cards in Calligraphy and be able to use it for other writings as well. The price for this class was so reasonable, you receive a pen and folder with examples to practice after the class. Only positive things to say about the teacher, the class, and the great time we had! Thanks so much!!

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    Ashley B.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    I took John's caligraphy class with a friend and we had a blast! He broke down the letters really well for us, and it was a very laid back learning environment. Would definitely recommend this class to anyone who wants to try something fun and new!

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    Lindsey T.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    This class was fantastic! I went alone looking to learn calligraphy for my upcoming wedding. John-Michael's studio was incredibly warm and inviting, he offered us coffee and tea, and other classmates even brought their own wine - he made us all feel welcome and comfortable. The space was great for learning - very intimate, a table for 4 of us. John-Michael was very good at explaining calligraphy for the extreme novice - I'm not the least bit artsy! He made it easy to understand and VERY fun! I would highly recommend this class!

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    Mathew K.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    A really enjoyable experience. I've done classes and workshops like this in the past, and this is one of the most enjoyable. John Michael is a strong and confident teacher, but gracious and incredibly helpful. You will learn all the basics and the class can really give you a foundation to do your own calligraphy.

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    Brittany L.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    A friend and I came here for the Wednesday night calligraphy class. John-Michael's studio is a truly creative place to work. He was extremely inviting and offered us water, coffee, and tea. This class was a great introduction to calligraphy and John-Michael's enthusiasm and knowledge made the experience fantastic! I'm now ready to address place cards for an upcoming shower!

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    Stacey L.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Great class. Extremely informative and a log of fun. The teacher really knew what he was doing and made the class very easy to follow. There needs to be more calligraphy classes with him and on dabble in general!

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    Anne F.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    This was a really fun intro to calligraphy! John-Michael is super-nice, very patient, and very helpful. It's amazing how much I feel like I learned in just two hours. Okay, yes, I'm not ready to illuminate any Bibles, but with a little more practice I feel like I'll be decent. Totally recommend!

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    Jeannine B.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    I really enjoyed the class! I decided to learn calligraphy for my upcoming wedding in April, and with some practice, I will be able to nail it on the invites. John-Michael is a great teacher and he is very patient. He gives a booklet of letters and a pen to practice after the class. If you are looking to learn a new skill, I definitely recommend this class.

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    Julie E.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Great class! Learned a lot in the 2 hours. Jean-Michael is a great instructor. Also really appreciated the packet and marker provided for session!

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    Lisa C.
    Intermediate Calligraphy ~

    This was a fun class! John-Michael creates a great learning enviornment for all skill levels! You walk away feeling like you have acomplished something. John-Michael also provides you with the tools to continue your practice after you leave his studio.

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    Danny B.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    No experience necessary! Instructor was patient and knowledgeable.

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    Mac Z.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    My fiancé and I really enjoyed the class. Our instructor was very knowledgable and skilled, and had a charming studio that was fun for us to learn in!

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    Christine W.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    John-Michael was a very patient and thorough instructor. His studio is comfortable and full of interesting artwork. This was my first dabble experience, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was beyond impressed. We each received a folder full of useful letters and ways to practice, which means that I can continue practicing and build up my skill at home! It was helpful to have an instructor there to give me feedback as I was practicing, and his comments were always helpful. I would definitely recommend this for anyone hoping to try calligraphy or just spend a relaxing and fun time.

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    Lea Z.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Amazing class! John was patient and insightful and inspiring! So glad I took this class.

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    Jennifer K.
    Introduction To Painting Basics

    Great class! The instructor creates a wonderfully cozy atmosphere, and guides you to create a piece that is all you and displays all your talents. Looking forward to taking more painting classes here, as well as trying out the Calligraphy class offered.

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    Carly D.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    John-Michael's calligraphy class is awesome! He truly is so knowledgeable and he is so helpful to make sure you understand the basic technique. I would HIGHLY recommend this class!

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    Sheridan M.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    John-Michael was an excellent instructor! He creates an accepting environment and allows you to do things on your own and will offers tips when needed. I LOVED this class and highly recommend others to take it. I had never previously done calligraphy and I left the class feeling like I gained a new skill!

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    Margaret C.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    I took the class with my mom. John Michael was a wonderful instructor and host. Lovely setting and great teacher. I want to attend more classes with him.

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    Cara T.
    Haiku Class

    Love classes with John-Michael. I've taken the calligraphy class and recently took the haiku class. It was super laid back, creative, and fun. We worked on this elementary school type work sheet, putting words in a grid, and then drafting haikus. It was really effective at making you think outside the box/get off a certain train of thought. I always leave Flying Dolphin feeling relaxed and confident. It's awesome.

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    Jessica H.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    My friend and I had a lovely evening learning Chancery and are looking forward to continuing to practice to improve our skills. The instructor was not only a fabulous teach but a great host too.

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    Kelly M.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Attended this class with my sister. We had a great time learning the alphabet with John-Michael. He had a great set up in his studio with 2 large tables and seats prepared with all the materials we would need. He also served tea, hot chocolate, and coffee which made us feel right at home! I would definitely recommend the class for anyone wanting to learn a new skill!

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    Bianca R.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    John-Michael's class was great. Being surrounded by his own artwork was just the inspiration we needed to learn a new skill. I attended the class with my aunt and John-Michael was very patient and understanding especially when it came to letters that proved to be more difficult for us. An added bonus was having snacks and coffee/tea around to make things more laid-back and comfortable.

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    Erin K.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    The class was great. He has such a wonderful energy and passion for it. He's very patient, positive and constructive. My only wish is that there could be a follow up class after to practice more together. 2 hours was the perfect amount of time but I could have hung around and chatted for hours. I will most likely take the same class again because I enjoy the group environment.

    From Teacher:

    Thank you so much for your kind words Erin.
    I offer an Intermediate Calligraphy class. The next one is May 22, 2016.(Sunday 1-3pm)
    I look forward to seeing you again! Have an amazing day!
    Best,
    John-Michael Korpal

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    Sarah R.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Great class for those who are beginners - believe me when I say my handwriting is typically horrible, but I still felt like I left with the calligraphy basics to fix that. I would definitely recommend the class to anyone who's a newbie like me and just looking to have fun.

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    Ashley H.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Very fun and interesting class! John-Michael is very knowledgeable and patient! Would love to do his intermediate class on calligraphy! Would totally recommend this class.

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    Angelique A.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    This class was great! The instructor was detailed and provided a fun and relaxed environment. The instructor also provides additional worksheets so you can practice what you learned at home. I will definitely attend another one of his classes.

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    Janice S.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Class format was very organized and well presented. Having NO knowledge of calligraphy learned the basics of becoming a calligrapher. Has been a goal of mine for
    awhile.

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    Alisa E.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Great class...and can't wait to go again for intermediate.

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    Caitie H.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    I had a great time at John-Michael's calligraphy for beginners class! He is a very patient teacher and broke each letter down step-by-step. He also gives you materials (tutorial worksheets, paper, calligraphy pen) to take home to continue practicing. I highly recommend this class!

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    Kelly L.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Really fun experience and really cool atmosphere. John-Michael is very talented and great at explaining things step-by-step. It's certainly A LOT harder than it looks so be patient!

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    Marcia K.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    This was my first Dabble class and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It is a great introduction to calligraphy! John-Michael is SO nice and packs a lot of information into 2 hours! Very organized and easy parking!

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    Jennifer K.
    Intermediate Calligraphy ~

    As always, wonderful class! Great instruction.

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    Kara L.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    This was a really fun class! John-Michael is incredibly warm and friendly, and his teaching style matches his personality. I was terrible at it at first, but he worked with me to figure out what my hang-up was. Plus we got to keep our calligraphy pen, so we can practice at home. Woo!

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    Déirdre N.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    I had a blast! The space was really cool and artsy, the folks in the class with me were nice, and the atmosphere made the class feel really meditative. If you're vaguely interested in learning calligraphy, totally take this class. One of the people I was with said he had terrible writing and we watched him, and all of us, progress greatly in skill just in those 2 hours.

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    Andre G.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Just great!

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    Anne F.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    I liked this class a lot. The space was pretty great, and the teacher took time to help each person individually on different letters. I recommend this class for sure.

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    Ashley F.
    Introduction To Painting Basics

    My friend and I took John-Michael's intro to painting class from Flying Dolphin Studio. He instantly made us feel comfortable and welcomed us into his studio with water and tea. After some introductions and conversation about our previous experience, he started giving us very helpful advice about where to start. As a beginner, this was extremely appreciated. With his advice, I am going to keep trying to paint and look into other classes he teaches. I would recommend this class and any class that John-Michael teaches!!!

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    Tuan P.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    The atmosphere was fun and relaxing. John, the instructor, was helpful and easy-going. He walked us through a brief history of the style of calligraphy we were learning before going through various basics. We were able to leave with materials to help us continue practicing our calligraphy. I recommend this course for those looking to get started with calligraphy or to have a meditative afternoon.

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    Constanza V.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Very nice teacher, place has a cool vibe to it, easy to learn, fun to practice

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    Kate H.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    My first attempt at calligraphy was a success! We learned the Chancery script, which taught us the art of the seriph and letting your hand take control of the paper :) Good 2-hour overview of how to take control and the basics needed for this 16th century script!

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    Megan T.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    I really enjoyed this class and left feeling comfortable with a base to build on as I work to become a calligraphy master like John-Michael. He provided a great packet to continue practicing at home and had lots of suggestions about what types of materials to invest in and how to try new font sizes.

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    Colleen K.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Great Class!

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    Lauren C.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Great class! I loved the hands-on instruction and takeaway materials. Very well organized instruction guide and a lot of fun. Highly recommended!

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    Elizabeth B.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Fantastic class! Well worth the money, experience and enjoyment! Awesome instructor!

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    Chelsea K.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    I took this class with a friend to try something new. We had a great time- the teacher was very easy to follow and was clear with instructions. It was very relaxing 2 hours and I am excited to have a new skill to practice!

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    Sharon H.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    The instructor was knowledgeable and prepared for the class. The two hours were jam packed with excellent information. Thanks for your patience and guidance!

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    Rachael J.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    This class was great! I hope to take more! You will be surprised how fast you can start to pick it up with the clear and patient direction of Jean-Michael.

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    Maura S.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    The class moves pretty quickly which was a bit hard for me. I realize there is a lot to cover in a span of 2 hours; however, it is also nice to be able to go at your pace to try and get down some of the key letters. (C is a big letter to get down) Also, I am a bit of a sensitive soul so hearing my letters were wonky like 20 min in was hard for me to hear. I have huge perfectionism triggers so learning something new is a very vulnerable activity. I'm sure my letters were wonky because I had been taking calligraphy class for all of 20 min at that point in time. I did forget my water bottle and the teacher was super cool about arranging me to get it back. My sister and I also ended up having to leave since about 45 min into the class she was having a hard time breathing. There is a cat in the studio which she is super allergic to so we couldn't stay any longer. I am still incredibly interested in doing more calligraphy so perhaps we can meet again in a cat free zone.

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    Jen L.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Enjoyed this class and it provided a good foundation to learning calligraphy! Appreciated the teacher's laid back nature and patience. Was a really relaxing experience, especially considering we were learning a new skill.

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    Tamara M.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    This class was great. John-Michael was very knowledgeable and explained every step very thoroughly. He provided plenty of materials during the class, as well as materials to take home and practice. I would highly recommend taking this class for anyone interested in learning calligraphy.

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    Taryn M.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Great class. John-Michael is a great instructor who takes the time to answer all of your questions. I can't wait to practice and continue to learn this craft. I had no calligraphy skills going in and already feel more confident. I would recommend it to anyone interested in calligraphy.

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    Laura F.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    This class was very fun! John-Michael was a great teacher and was very knowledgeable (and patient!). I absolutely recommend this class to others.

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    Rachel A.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Jean-Michael's class provided a relaxed, no-pressure environment for an introduction to calligraphy. He is very patient with beginners and took the time to guide me as a left-hander so I would get a feel for what worked best for me. Overall, a great introduction!

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    Beatriz P.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    This class was amazing! The instructor was so helpful and was able to give everyone suggestions and individual attention. The space was very warm and welcoming, it was the perfect setting for a creative afternoon. I would definitely recommend this class to all of my friends, especially those that want to explore a new creative outlet.

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    Bailey H.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    This class was great! I have wanted to learn calligraphy for a long time but the resources online were overwhelming and I didn't know where to begin. John-Michael's class was non-intimidating and I was amazed but how much I learned in just two hours!

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    Tiffany J.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    It was a great experience! John-Michael was patient and very helpful to all of us - highly recommend the class! You also receive a calligraphy marker, as well as a reference booklet so you can start a daily practice right away.

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    Helena L.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Welcoming, relaxed space was perfect to learn calligraphy. TEACHER was kind and very present. Great beginners class!

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    Hannah W.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Lovely class, relaxed, good instruction, teacher was very patient and kind, great materials to take home with you.

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    Gwen M.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Great beginner level class. The size of the class was nice and small which allowed the instructor to help with any questions.

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    Sarah B.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    John-Michael was great! He was super nice and his workspace is fun and artsy which gave the entire session such a delightful vibe! The introductory class went at a good pace and I felt like I accomplished a lot in just two hours! Also, he gives you a workbook and calligraphy pen to take home with you so that you can practice on your own. Lovely perk! Would highly recommend for a girls night or just by yourself!

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    Samantha S.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Great intro to calligraphy! My friend and I wanted to try it out, but had no idea where to begin, so John-Michael's class was very helpful. His teaching is easy to follow and he provides you with the tools you need to get started.

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    Kim G.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    The class was great to cover off on all the basics for calligraphy - highly recommend!

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    Amber D.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    This was my first time doing anything like this and it was so much fun. I had a great time and I learned a lot. I went home to continue practicing! The instructor was so patient and kind, he really has a knack for teaching.

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    Amy B.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    It was such a relaxing and enjoyable evening. John-Michael did an excellent job explaining and encouraging the group, and made things very easy to follow along with.

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    Chelsea J.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Such a great experience! I've always wanted to learn calligraphy and John-Michael made it a comfortable, fun learning experience! It was motivating to learn how he got started with calligraphy and gave me motivation to keep on learning. He gave great feedback and went over each letter with us with a visual model. I would definitely return for another one of his classes!

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    Mara T.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    I went to a class the studio was offering and I must say I was amazed. First off due to traffic, and other reasons I was almost 1 hour late for the class but John made sure I didn't miss a beat. He was so quick to help me catch up while making sure the others in the class was not slowed down by my lateness. He took his time to go over things with me, even when I didn't catch on as quickly. I was so impressed and very happy with the class and John that I'm thinking of signing up for another one. Thank you John-Michael I look forward to advancing this new technique and taking another class soon.

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    Kelly L.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Great intro class. I definitely want to take more classes to keep learning. It was nice to get materials to take home and continue practicing!

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    Ashley K.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    A fantastic class! John-Michael was patient with all of us, and provided encouragement and feedback to keep us on track. I'm a lefty, so was worried I might feel out of sorts, but he was super helpful, and even took a stab a doing some of the letters as a lefty to help show me. It was a really fun class, and definitely helped me get the calligraphy bug!

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    Kayla C.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Great introduction into calligraphy!

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    Pauline A.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    I had a great time at this class! John was set up a very calm and warm environment and was extremely patient with us. We all felt confident with our calligraphy skills by the end of the session!

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    Ab T.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    I learned a lot in 2 hours. Learned uppercase and lowercase letters along with numbers. The instructor was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout. I would highly recommend this class.

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    Michelle P.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Loved this class! I was looking for something fun and different to do so I thought I would try Calligraphy and this class was just what I was looking for. Even better I got all the materials I needed from the class to practice at home!! Would recommend this class to anyone who wants to try Calligraphy or is just looking for something different to do!!

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    Leesa A.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    The entire experience was fun. The instructor was laid back and very encouraging and helpful. I would recommend this class to anyone looking to begin the lovely art of calligraphy!

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    Nikki F.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Class was great! Teacher was very knowledgeable and was able to help everyone. I learned more than I thought I would, however I was hoping for more modern calligraphy rather than traditional. Would highly recommend for someone just starting out!

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    Alex M.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    My friend and I regrettably arrived about 10 minutes late, but John-Michael was kind and got us up to speed. It was a really relaxing way to spend 2 hours. I was surprised at how well my letter came put, due in no part to any skills of my own. John-Michael was patient and gracious and a calming presence. His instruction was very well-received. I look forward to trying the advanced course with him.

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    Sarah N.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Great intro to calligraphy! The instructor was prepared for us with paper, pens, and practice sheets. He was very patient and gave us some good tips. I look forward to taking another one of his classes!

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    Allie U.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    John-Michael does a great job of making everyone in the class feel welcome and comfortable in trying the Chancery style of calligraphy. He provided constructive and helpful feedback on an individual basis throughout the course of the 2-hour class. I really liked the format of the class-learning and then practicing 4-5 letters at a time before moving on to a new set-and felt like it made learning the entire alphabet a very manageable and enjoyable process. The materials provided were very helpful and, being a few days post-class, they have been easy to use and practice with at home. I truly enjoyed this class and the kind and constructive instruction that John-Michael provided each of us in attendance. I would definitely recommend this class to friends and family!

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    Allie U.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    John-Michael does a great job of making everyone in the class feel welcome and comfortable in trying the Chancery style of calligraphy. He provided constructive and helpful feedback on an individual basis throughout the course of the 2-hour class. I really liked the format of the class-learning and then practicing 4-5 letters at a time before moving on to a new set-and felt like it made learning the entire alphabet a very manageable and enjoyable process. The materials provided were very helpful and, being a few days post-class, they have been easy to use and practice with at home. I truly enjoyed this class and the kind and constructive instruction that John-Michael provided each of us in attendance. I would definitely recommend this class to friends and family!

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    Ab T.
    Intermediate Calligraphy ~

    Great instruction and demonstration of the script. Plenty of time to practice and you get to take home templates and a calligraphy pen :)

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    Rayna K.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    This was a great introductory class for beginners! I definitely left feeling much more confident about continuing to explore and practice calligraphy. John makes it easy.

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    Christen B.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Great class if you want to learn about calligraphy. It was easy to follow and I saw improvement immediately.

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    Toni P.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Absolutely phenomenal class. I left feeling like I really had a grasp on the basics and could go home to practice and hone the skills. John-Michael was patient and understanding when we showed up a little late due to the weather. Also a bonus that we left with extra paper, a folder with all the information, and a pen. Anyone looking to learn the basics of calligraphy should definitely start here!

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    Kirby M.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Great introductory class! John-Michael is very patient and helpful. Definitely recommend.

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    Amy C.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Awesome class :) John-Michael was patient and answered all our questions.

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    Carly G.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    I had a great experience during this Calligraphy class. Great teacher and I was able to pick up the basics in just two hours. I highly recommend.

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    Lana B.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Great time for beginners!

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    Ashley S.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    This class was very fun and relaxing. It was informative about the basics of calligraphy and you left with the tools needed to start practicing. I would highly recommend it!

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    Heidi P.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    The instructor was very patient, and truly enjoyed teaching the class. He also provided materials to practice with at home. I strongly recommend taking a class if you are interested in calligraphy!

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    Kelli M.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    This class was the perfect introduction course to calligraphy. The teacher was very informative, and was able to offer individual instruction throughout the class. He also provided materials which was a huge help! I have already been practicing what I learned, and look forward to signing up for additional classes!

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    James E.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    John-Michael is a wonderful teacher. He is very encouraging, knowledgeable, and has a great sense of humor. I would highly recommend this class to anyone looking to learn calligraphy or just to try something different.

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    Acacia T.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Teacher put a lot of thought into ensuring students have the resources to succeed in calligraphy even after the course was over, like a letter guides, vocabulary sheets, and size charts to take home in a nice folder. He walks you through the basics of the text style then you spend the two hours practicing all the letters in the alphabet. He also is tea and other beverages available for students.

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    Laura E.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    This class was fantastic! Wonderful instruction from teacher John-Michael, organized and all supplies and take home supplies provided, great variety of students, cozy and inspirational studio. I would recommend for any beginner wanting to study calligraphy.

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    Sandy L.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    The class was great! The two hours flew by... there was a lot of structure through group instruction but also a good deal of one-on-one attention. I didn't know what to expect but feel like I have a great jumping off point to start a new hobby. I already bought another calligraphy marker to practice some more! John-Michael was very patient and answered every question about technique and offered tips as well. I had an awesome time!!

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    Hélène S.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Wonderful introduction to calligraphy. Using a calligraphy marker rather than a pen and ink makes this accessible to anyone. Instructor provided all the materials and a comfortable setting to pack a lot into two hours. I have everything I need to practice on my own. He was kind and patient and so helpful. Thank you!!

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    Courtney B.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    I've always wanted to try a beginners calligraphy class in person and I'm glad I finally did! John-Michael is a kind and patient teacher with a lot of calligraphy knowledge. Time really does fly when having fun, because the two hours went by like that! Studio was super easy for me to get to driving from the western suburbs and thankfully parking is too. Thanks!

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    Elizabeth K.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    I took the beginning calligraphy class with John-Michael, where he taught the Chancery style of calligraphy. There were just six of us in the studio, so he was able to provide feedback and guidance to each individual throughout the class. The studio is an eclectic space that inspires creativity, and each individual had their own station with plenty of space. I was glad that all the materials needed for the class were provided. If you're interested in getting a basic intro to calligraphy, I'd recommend you give John-Michael's class a try.

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    Sheila W.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    This was a great class. The content was presented in a manner that was easy to follow and understand. John encouraged questions and provided thorough answers. He was hands-on in teaching and corrected you when necessary. In addition to learning the art of calligraphy, he gave a brief history on it and explained his journey in calligraphy. I would recommend this class for anyone wanting to learn the basics. He was an excellent, pleasant instructor!

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    Claire H.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Calligraphy for Beginners was absolutely wonderful! John-Michael had a great structure to the beginner class and left us all feeling inspired. I would recommend this class to anyone!

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    Lindsay O.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    John-Michael was a wonderful teacher! So patient and full of great tips. This was a great class to get the basics of calligraphy and got me really excited to start practicing. Would definitely recommend this and I will be taking another class from him for sure!

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    Charlie B.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    A fun class in a great environment with an interesting instructor and great friends!

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    Shira K.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    Pleasant, low-pressure small group setting. We all would have gladly stayed there another hour or two, but the class was well-organized in such a way that in the time provided we could get through letters, numbers, putting it all together, and how to continue at home. Very helpful!

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    Sarah K.
    Calligraphy For Beginners

    John-Michael is a wonderful and patient teacher. He provided the individual support we each needed and was encouraging and funny throughout. I'd highly recommend this class!

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