This is a very short video I made for my students on dip nib pens (or as some may call them, calligraphy pens). It goes over the following:
- The parts of a nib
- How to put a nib into a pen holder
- How to hold the pen and dip it into the ink
- How to draw thick and thin lines with the dip nib pen
At the end of the video I go over briefly the care of dip nib pens. I also tell students that each of them will get their own pens to take care of. I find that this method holds students accountable and, in the long run, reduces the amount of broken and neglected nibs. I simply stick a piece of masking tape with their name on it on each pen and collect them at the end of class. When a student breaks a nib, they must come see me to replace it.
Once they have seen the demonstration, students are given a practice activity where they have to create four different patterns using dip nib pens and one of those patterns must feature a gradient. This activity is marked as a technical activity and the marking scheme is included in the handout. I've left the handout as a Microsoft Word document for you to modify.
Although I gave this activity to my high school students, this is completely suitable for younger and older grades.
Hope it helps you get started! :) My students LOVE the dip nib pens in the end. The ink is luxuriously beautiful and while ink blots frustrate my students to no end, they get really into ink pretty quickly. Many students tell me that once they get the hang of it, they find creating ink drawings quite calming.