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Beginning level, one-on-one art classes in various mediums.
Also available are project-based classes in bookmaking, greeting card design, basket weaving and many more.
Ladybug Art & Calligraphy Studio was established in July of 1975 by Susan Mae Hull. Ladybug Art Studio first opened a retail studio in Clairemont Square Shopping Center in 1982 and eventually moved to Kensington, an historic neighborhood of San Diego in 1985. In the 1980's, in collaboration with personality Bill Balance, Susan initiated and lettered the satirical "Arts & Sinuses Award" for KFMB radio. Ladybug Art Center displayed the work of dozens of local professional artists. In May of 2017, Hull closed the retail space and shifted to creating art and offering art classes from her home studio. She is an award-winning artist for her watercolors, pastels, plein air and portraits. She has conceived hundreds of personal projects - from birth announcements to funeral programs; love letters & house blessings - too numerous to catalogue.
Susan is the go-to calligraphist for San Diego and beyond. She has lettered projects for sports teams, corporations, films, private individuals, Universities and pre-schools. When the Old Globe Theatre suffered a devastating fire, Hull was chosen to letter the invitations for the opening of the new theatre. She also created the Memorial Plaques for the lobby and lettered two books for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Susan is the primary calligraphist for the University of San Diego creating dozens of framed presentations which hang in multiple buildings on the University campus. She is a member of the San Diego Museum of Art Artist's Association, San Diego Watercolor Society, International Society of Pastel Artists, and the Society for Calligraphy among many others.
Susan Mae Hull is a 4th generation San Diegan. Susan entered the professional art industry as a Drafting Technician for the County of San Diego from 1972 to 1974. Later, while in charge of Ladybug, she controlled all aspects of daily operations, including personnel, advertising, public relations, scheduling, management of facilities & utilities & all the “ten thousand things” entailed in running one’s own business. Her favorite projects combine the classical art of beautiful handwriting with gentle watercolor embellishments. Her priority is always to create a community for everyone from professional artists to the youngest beginner, and as always making sure your "art problems are solved".
Drafting Technician Certificate -La Salle University
Associate of Fine Art - Specialization in Painting - Graduated with Honors
Advanced Private Study with Masters in Calligraphy/Watercolor/Pastel/Plein Air, etc.
University of San Diego, California 1979 - present
Award Presentations in Old English Calligraphy with Illuminated Capitals, displayed throughout the University Campus.
Old Globe Theatre, San Diego
2 Prayer Books, inscription, for HRH Elizabeth II
Envelopes and Titles for Invitations for the Grand Reopening
Main Theatre Lobby Plaques in Old English Calligraphy
San Diego International Airport 2017 - present
Terminal 2 SkyLounge
Standing exhibit of 8 original watercolor paintings
Scripps Research Institute 2011 - present
Doctoral Graduation Certificates in Bookhand Calligraphy
Table Cards for Graduation Dinners
San Diego Chargers
Calligraphy for Recognition Awards, Name Badges, bespoke projects
San Diego Padres
Variety of Calligraphy Projects, opening days, fan appreciation days, etc.
Place Cards, Menus, Name Badges
Ladybug Art Calligraphy Studio - North Park 1975-76
Clairemont Square - Ladybug Art retail store 1979 - 85
Kensington - Ladybug Art Studio & Gallery 1986 - 2018
Pop-Up Gallery - Clairemont Mesa - 2019
Ladybug Art In-Home Studio 2019 - present
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