Student Work
and Comments

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, calligrapher

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

Top: Ann Korczynski
Bottom: Waka Shinayama

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

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

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

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

Sr. Charity Kaloto


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

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