YaMogu

YaMogu

YaMogu

Graphic Designer with a passion for Brush Lettering

YaMogu, calligraphy teacher
5.0   (42)
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PROFILE

Alena (YaMogu) is a Sydney-based graphic designer and a self taught Hand Letterer/Calligrapher. Her passion for anything hand written started from younger years, when back in Russia her mother taught her cursive writing. This passion grew stronger during her studies at University whilst she was studying Bachelor of Visual Communication.

Overwhelmed by how much the digital era is taking over, Alena picked up the brush pen, the nib pen and started learning the art of brush lettering & calligraphy. Now she is eager to pass this skill on to people who are eager to learn this art, as she believes that writing with our hands is a skill that should never be replaced by a font/typeface.



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5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 6 Apr 2019)


My 12 year old daughter loved the class. All materials were supplied and the teacher was fabulous. She came home and made her friend a birthday card using her new skills

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 6 Apr 2019)


Alena was great and patient to teach with a passion. The venue was fine but location wise difficult to get to time wise as there was alot of roadwork around the Newtown area and Newtown on Saturdays on King St or Enmore Rd is a nightmare. Ultimately learnt alot with brushstroking. Will be practicing often to master this art and be creative!

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 6 Apr 2019)


Alena was lovely and came around to each of us to show us how we could do better. We got to take home a set of pens home to practice. Looking forward to join Alena's online practices.

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 6 Apr 2019)


This workshop is great and would highly recommend! Alena was great, so patient and helpful. Looking forward to practicing my brush lettering and then hopefully progressing to Alenas intermediate class!

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 6 Apr 2019)


The class was really good value for the money and the teacher showed us everything we needed to know.

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 6 Apr 2019)


This class was amazing. The teacher was very patient, friendly and approachable. Throughout the lesson she walked around providing all students with quality feedback and support. The materials that she provided were easy to use and it was amazing being able to take the pens and workbook home to continue practicing the new skills we learnt.

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 6 Apr 2019)


Alena was lovely and super helpful. She clearly explained the course. Materials and pens provided were excellent!

4

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 23 Mar 2019)


Alena was a great teacher. Explained the process well she was patient & very much encouraging . You got your own set of pens to take home & you had access to plenty of paper to practice with. My only point of criticism would be the venue @ The Tramsheds. It was changed to there last minute & wasn’t ideal for the student teacher environment. Little to open making it noisey and not ideal for when Alena was trying to demonstrate.

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 23 Mar 2019)


Great workshop that really broke down the steps to the art of lettering. Alena was a great teacher!

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 23 Mar 2019)


Great class, fabulous teacher and a really lovely skill to have learnt. My husband and I loved it. A really relaxing and calming thing to do on a Saturday morning.

4

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 23 Mar 2019)


I enjoyed the class. Alena was very good; knowledge and pleasant teaching style. I think the venue was nice, but probably not appropriate for class size and demonstration purposes. Both the two long tables were full (18 people) and not much individual space to work. It was cramped and a little difficult to learn and develop your own style to get comfortable with paper on angles etc. Pace of the exercises was good. Alena tended to show more than some of the other participants could handle in one go, but I liked it because it wasn't baby steps. You can progress at own pace. Equipment was good for beginners and the cost was suitable for class and materials. Duration was appropriate. Not too short or too long. It was better that materials were included so everyone was learning from the same. I think it helped Alena teach on even ground as well. She was able to reach each student, but I think the classes should have a maximum number of 10 or 12 in future for learning environment and venue.

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 23 Mar 2019)


I had a great experience during this class. Though the location didn't give us a private room, Alena made sure we all understood what we needed to do, and she was walking around to give tips and encouragement. She was very professional and friendly, and she also took the time to answer questions at the end of the class individually. I'd highly recommend this class with her.

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 23 Mar 2019)


Great class that I'd highly recommend! A fun way to spend a few hours on the weekend. Alena was very attentive and offered great advice throughout the lesson.

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 23 Mar 2019)


Great morning learning a lost art in the digital world. We even got the brush lettering pens to take home

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 9 Feb 2019)


Excellent teacher, we learnt a lot and this is a class that is perfect for beginners.

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 9 Feb 2019)


Alena was so patient and very experienced. Great class with take home brush pens for practise! Really enjoyed this experience and looking forward to my next class with Alena =)

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 9 Feb 2019)


Fantastic class - Alena is very talented and spent a good amount of time with each person. She also did demonstrations on how best to approach Brush Lettering, which was helpful when practicing your own work. Would recommend as I went on my own if you're looking to learn a new skill or with friends/partner.

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 27 Jan 2019)


The session was really good and I learnt a lot. Would highly recommended to anyone.

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 9 Feb 2019)


Alina is actually such a nice and caring person! I’m sure the class could testify to this, but you can see how passionate she is when it comes to brush lettering, and passing her knowledge of it unto others. She was gentle and kind as she explained, she didn’t rush us at all. Also, her feedbacks were so useful and it created an immense difference in my work. She took out time to teach every individual. The class is very beginner friendly, I met a lady who said her handwriting was bad and she ended up being one of the best. I definitely recommend this class. Also, loved the snacks!

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 2 Feb 2019)


Alena was great and helpful. She went around to see if anyone need any help or questions. The venue are quite unique too. I would definitely recommend the class.

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 2 Feb 2019)


I thoroughly enjoyed the class, the venue was spacious and the material was provided for us, too easy.
I would highly recommend it.

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 2 Feb 2019)


Great class, Alena was a wonderful teacher. She demonstrated each task in a group format and go through each student individually to make sure the correct technique is used.

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 2 Feb 2019)


Fantastic class with a lovely teacher. I think I have a new obsession in brush lettering. Can't wait to get practicing

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 2 Feb 2019)


Alena was fantastic at teaching, very patient whilst we were learning and very clear on how to learn lettering. Just the right amount of assistance and letting us try ourselves and correcting our techniques as needed. The venue was perfect and very comfortable and spacious. I only wish this was a two day workshop so we could continue to use our new skill and more time. I definitely recommend any of Alena’s classes. Thank you

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 2 Feb 2019)


Teacher was lovely, she came around to all of us many times to ensure we were on the right track. We got to learn the basics and I was surprised how much I improved in the class. We got to keep the pens which is great and I'll definately recommend it to someone starting out!

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 8 Dec 2018)


Alena was very encouraging and friendly. Not only everyone was given plenty of time to practice during the 2.5 hours with her guidance, we also got to learn different types of brush pens as well. Overall it's an inviting and fun workshop for all beginners! Highly recommended!

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 8 Dec 2018)


Alena was very friendly and encouraging, she patiently explained and guided us through the basics of brush lettering with individual feedback as we practiced the techniques. The venue was a room just sufficient for a small group of 8 people. We were provided blank paper to practice on, and a set of Artline Stix markers and workshop booklet with a clear breakdown of the basics of brush lettering techniques including all the alphabets and practice lines. It was fantastic that Alena also demonstrated the other markers she uses/recommends which we were allowed to try out during the workshop. She also kindly offered that we may reach out to her if we need any additional feedback in the future. I highly recommend this class, it is perfect for beginners!

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 8 Dec 2018)


Alena was really lovely and approachable, very patient in teaching and good vibes throughout the 2.5 hours! Her artwork is absolutely amazing, and absolutely suitable for everyone - even absolute beginners like me.
Venue was amazing, near the grounds of alexandria, plenty of parking.
Love the materials, brush pens and papers were provided and Alena even brought along her personal collection of pens for us to try out different brush pens.
Highly recommend this class, super fun and interactive. Thanks Alena!! :)

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 8 Dec 2018)


Alena was great and explained the technique behind brush lettering. The venue was great and easy to access. The room we had was great to fit us in (we were 8 in total) and practice while Alena gave individual feedback on our progress during practice. Definitely recommend the workshop. :)

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 8 Dec 2018)


Alena is very friendly and approachable, she taught some technics for brush lettering and allow us time to practice in the class. Great handout with the 'drills' and pracice sheet too. I enjoyed this class very much and highly recommend anyone who is interested in brush lettering to go.

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 17 Nov 2018)


I loved this class. Arena is a helpful and patient teacher, and I am looking forward to practicing and furthering the basics we were taught.

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 17 Nov 2018)


This was such a great workshop, after this 2.5 hour class I now feel confident to create my own style and went straight home and have been practising since. I really recommend this class to anyone interested in brush lettering/calligraphy- such a fun class! It was a bonus to get the pens + notebook included :)

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 17 Nov 2018)


Good pace and class size was conducive to sufficient hands-on approach to be given to individual students. Venue chosen was private and quiet; and there is ample space for everyone to spread their papers and elbows out to practise. Teacher has good techniques and clear explanations which were well mapped out over the course of 2.5 hours. Our practice was punctuated by live demonstrations where we have to get off our seats to observe, which was an effective was to keep us engaged! Besides the stationeries provided, she also showed us correct methods in using other brush pens, which is extremely helpful if you’re intending to experiment. Not only that, she repeatedly mentioned that she’s happy to be reached out to should you be struggling with your practice — which is encouraging. All in all, I highly recommended joining this. Thank you for an enjoyable lesson!

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 27 Oct 2018)


Alena was kind and approachable and took her time to really make sure each and every one of us picked up each step before moving onto the next. The venue was beautiful and all materials needed for the class were provided! Definitely recommend this workshop to anyone curious about brush lettering.

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 27 Oct 2018)


Great workshop. Alena was a thorough and attentive teacher - highly skilled and a lovely person. Recommended!

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 27 Oct 2018)


Awesome venue, fantastic and attentive instructor, lovely and small group of people, FREE PARKING!!! I’m looking forward to doing the intermediate course next.

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 13 Oct 2018)


We really enjoyed the class with Alena - it was a great introduction into Brush Lettering.

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 22 Sep 2018)


Loved this class, Alena was lovely and provided a great introduction to brush lettering. The venue was well suited to the class and it was a good length. I'd recommend for anyone interested, and hope there are more intermediate/advanced workshops in the future.

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 22 Sep 2018)


The class was so fun and the teacher and fellow classmates were all wonderful. Learnt so much~ Highly recommended
Thank you!

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 22 Sep 2018)


Lovely class, Alena was very knowledgeable, patient and helpful. The resources are great and was amazing having something to take home to practice with.

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 22 Sep 2018)


Great class. Work at own pace, fantastic surroundings, small group. Alena made everyone feel comfortable very quickly. Materials were great too.

5

For Introduction to Brush Lettering Workshop

By (attended on 22 Sep 2018)


awesome teacher. great location and atmosphere. very informative and interactive course. engaging and motivating skills and techniques achieved. all equipment provided - so good. additional support and advise provided after the completion of course was done from the teacher.



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