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Calligraphy Beginner

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Discover the art of calligraphy and hand lettering in this comprehensive course. Learn about different styles, tools, and techniques to create stunning designs for gift enclosures, envelopes, and more. Develop your unique style as a calligrapher and unlock your creativity in this immersive class.

(1068) Beginner 18 and older
$295

7 sessions

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Brush Marker Lettering

Brooklyn Craft Company @ 165 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Unlock the art of creating intricate and eye-catching lettering designs with a unique tool. Learn the techniques and skills needed to elevate your creativity and craft personalized messages with precision.

(559) All levels 18 and older

Calligraphy Basics for Wedding Invitations

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Getting married? Professional calligrapher Elizabeth White-Pultz guides you through the basics of invitations, envelope-addressing etiquette, place cards and more.   Supply List: To view the list please

(1068) All levels 18 and older
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$355

6 sessions

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Calligraphy II

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Building on the alphabets covered in Calligraphy for Beginners, we explore color, composition and design while working on a short poem or quote. Q&A Q: Can I make up a class if I miss one?  A: No, make-up classes are not allowed since other classes may be full. Further, instructors are paid based on the number of students within their own classes, so attending a class outside your own is not allowed. Q: Are materials provided and included...

(1068) Intermediate 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$272

7 sessions

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Brush Lettering Workshop

Craftsman Ave @ 117B 11th St, Brooklyn, NY

We are thrilled to host a 2 day pop-up workshop with the amazing lettering artists Carla and Barbara from LearnBrushLettering. This beginners workshop is for anyone and everyone who has an interest in lettering! What you will learn You’ll learn the basic strokes needed to gain control of the brushes to create various letter widths as well as working with the paint consistency and flow. Learn about brush types: round, square and pointed; and...

(525) Beginner 18 and older
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$400

2 sessions

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Sign Painting & Lettering- Level 2

Los Angeles City College @ 855 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Students will learn the basics of hand-painted lettering techniques. This course is recommended for beginners in lettering who want to develop hands-on techniques into their artistic skills rather than relying on computerized methods. Level 2 students will carry on with more freehand sign painting & lettering techniques, including design layout and allow a chance for students to work on personal project ideas. Level 2 students bring One Shot...

(784) All levels 18 and older
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$85

5 sessions

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Intro to Copperplate Calligraphy

Design KOUS @ 40 Mills Pl, Pasadena, CA

In this 4 hrs class you will practice the alphabets (upper and lower case) of casual script calligraphy, which we have called Malibu Breeze Alphabet. You'll practice different exercises to have a better understanding of the technique, the correct lines, shapes and proportions of the letters, control of the tools, etc. The class format is open and relaxed from the comfort of your home with the materials you have on hand. As tools you can use, from...

(3) Beginner 16 and older
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$155
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Beginners Calligraphy at Craft

Threeologie @ 49 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, CA

Spend a fun afternoon learning the basics of Calligraphy with Natalie of Threeologie! This time the venue is provided by the amazing Craft Sierra Madre! In this 2 hour workshop you will learn all about the basic tools and proper techniques of Calligraphy. You’ll start with basic strokes to get your hand prepped for letters!!  Each student will receive their own calligraphy kit to take home and practice! The kit includes:  2 Pen holders...

(5) All levels 12 and older
No upcoming schedules
$100
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Japanese Calligraphy in Multi-Art Forms

Santa Monica College @ 1900 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA

Unlock the beauty of Japanese calligraphy through the incorporation of Japanese poetry, dance movements, and music. Join us at Santa Monica College to explore the historical background of this art form and develop your artistic skills with traditional tools and unique teaching methods.

(513) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$128

5 sessions

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Modern Calligraphy for Beginners

The Makery Craft Co @ 501 Benchmark, Irvine, CA

Everything you need to know to get the basics of calligraphy started! You will learn about the the anatomy of a calligraphy pen, how to hold and write with the pen properly, and care for your tools. You will learn the basic strokes and we will practice various exercises to help you gain control. You will understand and create the formation of letters, words, and finally phrases. Skill requirements: This workshop is geared towards beginners. Material...

(67) Beginner 14 and older
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Joy Of Calligraphy (Ages 16+)

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Explore the tools of calligraphy with emphasis on the broad-nib dip pen in this interactive class. Learn how to render beautiful letterforms in the Foundational, Italic, and Uncial hands, for starters, and follow your curiosity and pleasure in experimenting with new materials and ideas. Instruction on slant, spacing, and the importance of negative space, plus an overview of design elements and tools, the historical context of hand lettering and...

(83) All levels 16 and older
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$190

5 sessions

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Contemplative Calligraphy

Evanston Art Center

Explore the tools of calligraphy with emphasis on the broad-nib pen. Starting with Pilot Parallel pens, we will introduce the dip pen and other materials. Learn to render beautiful letters in the Foundational and Italic hands, and follow your curiosity in experimenting with new materials and ideas. Instruction on spacing and negative space, design elements, and historical context for hand lettering will be discussed. Click here for the instructor's...

(83) Beginner 16 and older
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Introduction to Calligraphy Mini

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Embark on a journey into the timeless art of calligraphy with an introductory mini-course. Discover the fundamentals of creating elegant strokes and mastering chancery cursive, a versatile italic hand. Whether you're a novice or refining your skills, immerse yourself in the beauty of lettering as you learn layout techniques for envelopes and decorative quotes.

(126) All levels 18 and older
$124

2 sessions

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Calligraphy & Peaceful Contemplation

Infinity Foundation

Capture the beauty of doing calligraphy along with the contemplative nature of it. Bring yourself into the present moment with the movement of the pen to make conscious strokes using a Parallel Pen, a modern instrument with a broad edge. View historical examples of beautiful writing. Gain an appreciation of the continuing contribution of modern and ancient scribes. Acquire the basics in strokes and techniques and begin to experience the contemplative,...

(33) Beginner 16 and older
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Brush Calligraphy Workshop

One Strange Bird @ 2124 W Division St, Chicago, IL

This introduction to brush calligraphy course will teach you about the tools of modern brush calligraphy, basics in brushstrokes and technique, as well as cover a full alphabet. You'll leave class with all of your materials including a beautiful handwritten card to send to someone you love! If you are brand new to brush calligraphy or just looking for more hands-on tips and techniques, this class is for you! The workshop is designed for both left...

(5) Beginner 18 and older
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Introduction to Calligraphy Mini

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Embark on a journey into the timeless art of calligraphy with an introductory mini-course. Discover the fundamentals of creating elegant strokes and mastering chancery cursive, a versatile italic hand. Whether you're a novice or refining your skills, immerse yourself in the beauty of lettering as you learn layout techniques for envelopes and decorative quotes.

(126) All levels 18 and older
$124

2 sessions

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Calligraphy Beginner

92nd Street Y @ Live Interactive Online Classroom

Learn and master the beautiful art of calligraphy and hand lettering in this class for adults. Understand the structure of letters and explore three basic styles based on classic forms that you can adapt for gift enclosures, envelopes and more. Learn about pens, brushes, inks, papers and the tools of the trade and how to use them, and begin to develop your own personal style as a calligrapher. Please note, this course requires the purchase of...

(1068) Beginner 18 and older
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$250

6 sessions

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Hand Lettering Basics

92nd Street Y @ Live Interactive Online Classroom

Learn the basics of hand-lettering in this course! Using simple materials you will discover how to transform your handwriting into art that can be used in illustrations, cartoons, posters, t-shirts and more. Begin with letter anatomy and lettering styles, and progress into compositions, patterns, and more illustrative uses lettering. At the end of the course you will contribute to and take home a collaborative zine! Supply List: Pencil Eraser...

(1068) Beginner 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$190

6 sessions

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Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy

Jade Scarlett

This is a three part Brush Lettering Calligraphy Workshop Series consisting of: Beginner's Calligraphy Intermediate Brush Lettering Advanced Brush Lettering This Calligraphy workshop series is beginner-friendly and no previous experience is required!  Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy Modern calligraphy is a more free form style of writing that maintains the elegance of traditional calligraphy while allowing for more self-expression. In...

(686) Beginner 16 and older
No upcoming schedules
$75

2 sessions

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Continuing Contemplative Calligraphy (Ages 16+)

Evanston Art Center

For those already acquainted with basic calligraphic letterforms and materials, don't miss an opportunity to use the tools of your choice (dip pen, cartridge pen, Pilot Parallel Pen, or a quill pen) and continue practicing the contemplative aspects of calligraphy in the process. Gather your favorite materials and meet once a week for calligraphy practice with guided meditation to enhance their contemplative experience. Instruction on technique and...

(83) Intermediate 16 and older
No upcoming schedules
$335

10 sessions

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Calligraphy at Trident Books

Sip & Script™ @ 338 Newbury St, Boston, MA

Come learn the basics of modern calligraphy with a pointed dip pen and ink. We will cover all the basics while you sip whatever beverage you choose and get you ready to add those special lettered details to all your holiday needs: snail mail, stationary, home decor, DIY gifts and beyond! Class includes 2 hours of instruction and demonstration, our beginner’s calligraphy kit, which includes all writing materials (2 nibs, black ink, straight pen...

Beginner 21 and older

Modern Calligraphy Workshop

Arlington Center for the Arts @ 41 Foster Street, Boston, MA

In this fun, approachable class, students will learn about the tools, preparations and materials of pointed pen calligraphy. Instruction starts with core strokes, basic letter-forms and flourishes using straight pens and black ink, then moves on to the use of oblique pens, alternative inks, and decorative alphabet styles. Students will develop their own calligraphy fonts, address envelopes, create a piece of wall art, and learn about digitizing...

All levels 18 and older
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$210

7 sessions

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Modern Calligraphy 101

Mint & Maple

Learn the basics of pointed pen calligraphy Learn to create various letter widths, as well as working with the ink consistency and flow Through lots of practice painting and completing set exercises, you'll put your strokes into practice connecting letters and writing phrases Classes are no more than 12 people in order to get more one-on-one instruction Who is this for? Anyone and everyone who has an interest in calligraphy! We’ll be starting...

All levels 18 and older
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Calligraphy Classes Coming Up in Washington, D.C.

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Hand Lettering

Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing @ 1776 E Jefferson St, Rockville, MD

What is “Brush Lettering?” Brush lettering is beautiful hand lettering that looks like calligraphy, but is created with a brush pen rather than a dip pen and ink. Brush pens provide a great way to get started with brush/hand lettering without the messy cleanup of traditional calligraphy.  Heather will teach you how to create beautiful and elegant brush lettering that’s perfect for bullet journaling, invitations, stationery and more. You...

(8) All levels 18 and older
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Modern Illumination Capitals

Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing @ 1776 E Jefferson St, Rockville, MD

Explore memories and ideas for making pictures and symbol imagery that can be fitted together, forming a playful composition by drawing and painting inside, outside, or perhaps all around the Alphabet Letter(s) that you invent. This class is an adventure for individuals to invent, taking from within themselves a story to be told through fanciful, colorful and imaginative letter form drawings. Like a game of Clue, these “modern illuminated letters”...

(8) All levels 18 and older
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Uncial Script Calligraphy

Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing @ 1776 E Jefferson St, Rockville, MD

Learn two European Manuscript Hands: Unical of Late Antiquity and Half-Unical of the Early Middle Ages. All supplies provided.

(8) All levels 18 and older
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Calligraphy Classes Coming Up in Seattle

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Fun & Fancy Calligraphy: The Pointed Pen

One Heart Studio

Take an in depth journey into the art of modern calligraphy with this 3-week session of calligraphy classes in Seattle. Learn how to create beautiful letterforms using pointed pens which are the style used to create Copperplate and Spencerian calligraphy and are being used today by many calligraphers particularly for modern calligraphy hands. Have fun putting your new skills to use by practicing addressing envelopes, making greeting cards, place...

All levels 18 and older
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Reviews for Calligraphy Classes

Calligraphy Classes are rated 4.5 stars based on 4,465 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy

    Reviewed by Ruth T. on 7/1/2020
    I had so much fun learning caligraphy with Jade! She is very warm and welcoming and makes sure she leaves time for questions! She has so much experience that shines through when following along her lettering program.
  • Calligraphy Beginner

    Reviewed by Jade S. on 6/2/2020
    Really good beginner's class, lots of useful handouts, very thorough explanations, and an experienced and patient teacher. Highly recommend this class for anyone who wants the basics of broad pen calligraphy.
  • Calligraphy Beginner

    Anonymous review on 5/28/2020
    kind, sensitive, encouraging teacher. Great introduction to calligraphy
  • Intro to Copperplate Calligraphy

    Reviewed by Sharon L. on 4/6/2020
    Due to the Governor's Stay at Home order, Design KOUS held this workshop through FaceTime and Zoom. I may have been the only person that didn't want to reschedule the workshop, and I'm glad I didn't. Design KOUS provided me with the materials days before our remote workshop. My instructor, Aspacia, was informative on the history of copperplate and provided good instruction. We were able to go at my pace and Aspacia took the time to see my work and my progress, and to provide me with feedback. I highly recommend the workshop by Design KOUS and, if they teach other calligraphy workshops, I will take another workshop with them again in the future.
  • Calligraphy Beginner

    Anonymous review on 3/12/2020
    Elizabeth is a great teacher, I’ve enjoyed the class so much , that I’ve been back for the second course. If you would like to learn calligraphy, it’s the best way to start!
  • Calligraphy Beginner

    Reviewed by Grace C. on 12/13/2019
    Great class, great teacher. Very patient and helpful.
  • Calligraphy Beginner

    Anonymous review on 7/19/2019
    I learned Roman and italic foundational calligraphy which is good for beginners. The instructor tough us carefully. I’m really happy taking this class.
  • Calligraphy Beginner

    Reviewed by Marianna K. on 7/19/2019
    This is really a course of wide nib (classical Roman and italic) for beginners. Elizabeth did give a lot of useful info - including further reading and materials. Time and money well spent. The only thing I would like more of - "how to's". Though - it is mostly practice. It was very convenient to have a the class in the morning (12:30- 2:30 pm). Thanks a lot for the class! I wish there was a Copperplate class the same time.
  • Intro to Copperplate Calligraphy

    Reviewed by Emmanuel S. on 7/15/2019
    Excellent course. This workshop really answered my technical questions and gave me a solid foundation to continue practicing copperplate. Aspacia and Rodolfo created a really great atmosphere and provided us with incredible learning materials, demos, and exercises.
  • Beginners Calligraphy at Craft

    Reviewed by Nirupama B. on 3/24/2019
    Well-organized, personalized, and delicious snacks! Very knowledgeable instructor. Thanks!

Best Calligraphy Classes Near Me

Calligraphy is a visual art form that uses a paintbrush, pen, or other writing instrument to create memorable messages on a variety of mediums. The art of calligraphy can be a cherished hobby, one that results in handmade gifts for loved ones, or it can be transformed into a profitable business developing signs and other marketing materials as part of brand design. 

An ancient practice, calligraphy has been around for over 3,000 years and first appeared in English between 1590 and 1610. It then experienced a revival throughout Europe in the 19th century, thanks to British calligrapher Edward Johnston, who started teaching writing, illuminating, and lettering at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London in 1899. 

Coming from the Greek “kallos” which means “beauty” and “graphein” which translates to “to write,” calligraphy uses artistic expression to transform individual letters, whole words, and entire phrases into bespoke masterpieces. From eye-catching signs to intricately-designed wedding invitations, the art of calligraphy can open so many new doors for those artisans dedicated to mastering the craft.

Whether your intention is to begin a new hobby, create intentionally-made gifts for those you love, or start a potentially lucrative side hustle or business, you’ll enjoy the feeling that comes from mastering a new skill and creating something that is all your own. 

Why You Should Learn Calligraphy

Forcing practitioners to slow down, focus, and breathe, calligraphy can be an excellent stress-relieving hobby. It can also be cost-effective; all you really need to get started is a pen, nib, paper, and ink. Calligraphy can be a worthwhile hobby for those who love to make homemade gifts. With a little time and minimal supplies, calligraphers can create unique presents to suit any loved one or occasion.

Looking to make new friendships through a mutual interest? Calligraphy as a hobby offers so many outlets for forming a community. From the Society of Scribes & Illuminators in the UK to the Society of Calligraphers in Southern California, there are endless groups and forums just waiting for passionate new calligraphers to join!

For those looking to add to their list of employable skills, calligraphy can lead to the creation of a small business that designs invitations, name cards, and signs for weddings. It can also lead to a side hustle making greeting card designs. From thank-you notes to birthday cards, there is no limit to what can be created. Experts can even launch a small business teaching others calligraphy, broadening their community and encouraging others to follow their passions. 

5 Ways to Learn Calligraphy

While learning calligraphy doesn’t require a ton of tools, having an experienced instructor can make the entire process more efficient and enjoyable. Give one of the methods below a try to learn calligraphy:

  1. Sign up for an in-person class offered in your area. You’ll be paired with an expert instructor and can learn alongside other students. Typically, all supplies are provided by the instructor and a class or learning space will be set up for you.
  2. Live online classes offer slightly more flexibility. While you’re still guided by a knowledgeable instructor, you also get the added benefit of taking the class from the comfort of your own home. You will, however, be responsible for your supplies and workspace.
  3. Self-paced or on-demand virtual classes offer students even more flexibility. You can choose when and where you attend class, giving yourself extra time to master a technique when needed. 
  4. Of course, there’s always the option to learn via free video tutorials. While a cost-effective option, you will lack the interaction with a trained expert and, typically, the depth of knowledge available from formal classes.
  5. Thousands of blogs are dedicated to learning the art of calligraphy, so you could also self-teach through the tips and tricks available on these sites. These blogs often offer extensive archives detailing different scripts, the best pens, nibs, and ink, and what types of paper are best. 

With so many options to choose from, it may seem difficult to decide which path is right for you. As you learn more about each option, keep in mind you can explore the history, techniques, tips, and tricks of calligraphy through any of these forms. Formal classes will offer a more in-depth study of the craft and typically help students develop their skills quickly, so either online or in-person courses may be the best fit for you.

In-Person Calligraphy Classes

In-person calligraphy classes are an ideal option for those looking for hands-on experience with an expert. They’re also a great way to gain skills quickly while making friends at the same time. Are you looking to gain new skills so that you can make handcrafted gifts for your loved ones? Or, maybe you’re looking for structured guidance on turning your passion into a career. 

Whether you’re starting from scratch or building upon a previously existing talent, an in-person calligraphy class is a great way to explore your passion for the craft.

Modern Calligraphy from the Brooklyn Craft Company in Brooklyn, NYC is designed for beginners, guiding you through the basics of modern calligraphy with a focus on developing your own lettering style. You’ll start with practicing the alphabet, words, and phrases, and end the class with your own finished piece. 

Also in New York, Jade Scarlet Art in Manhattan offers a course called Modern Calligraphy: Brush Lettering. This class will teach all the techniques needed for creating the thick and thin lines that are the foundation for creating beautiful brush lettering forms. Also great for beginners, students can practice the basic strokes of lettering, master both upper and lower case, and learn how to connect letters to form words and phrases.

For those located on the sunny coast, Los Angeles also tends to have several classes available. Santa Monica College hosts a course titled Japanese Calligraphy in Multi-Art Forms that teaches the art of Japanese calligraphy with traditional tools. Students will also get to explore the historical context of this beautiful art form through the exploration of Japanese poetry, dance movements, and music. (This class is meant for those with existing knowledge in calligraphy and requires students to complete Introduction to Japanese Calligraphy first.)

Makers Mess in Silver Lake typically offers a beginner-friendly course called Modern Calligraphy. Described as “frustration-free,” this two-hour workshop explores fundamental techniques on pen pressure, lettering, and how to connect letters. Students can expect to use dip pens during this class while they learn all the basics.

Live in the Windy City? The Evanston Art Center offers Contemplative Calligraphy, a class designed for those new to the craft that will explore the tools of calligraphy with an emphasis on using broad-nib pens. Students will learn to render letters in both the Foundational and Italic hands, with additional instruction on topics like spacing, negative space, design elements, and the historical context of hand lettering.

The Art of Calligraphy is offered by the Infinity Foundation in Highland Park. Suitable for all levels, this class invites students to experience the meditative and contemplative nature of the practice. The class will include a variety of examples, as well as a discussion of the historical context of calligraphy while students practice brush lettering with a dip pen. (This course requires students to bring their supplies such as a dip pen holder, size zero nib, ½ inch flat brush, and ink.)

Live in a different area than those listed above? Coursehorse offers a variety of calligraphy classes in locations across the United States. From Chicago to Boston, Atlanta to Denver, available classes span from coast to coast. And, if you happen to reside in an area without any in-person classes, take a look at the virtual offerings to see if they could be the right fit.

Virtual Calligraphy Classes

Having trouble deciding between an online course and one that is in person? There are pros and cons to both. In-person classes offer the obvious benefit of face-to-face time with an instructor, but they also offer other perks like meeting other people with the same interests, having your questions answered in real-time, and (typically) having the space and materials provided for you.

Online calligraphy courses, whether live or on-demand, offer more flexibility for students with difficult schedules or long commutes. Gone are the days of worrying about traffic and the cost of gas. Students simply log into their courses from the comfort of their own homes with access to expert instructors and a virtual community of fellow artisans. Generally, online courses require students to purchase their supplies, and the responsibility of creating or finding an appropriate workspace belongs to the students as well.

Virtual Beginner’s Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2) teaches students the more freeform style of modern calligraphy. A combination of traditional calligraphy and self-expression, students will learn the techniques needed to make the thick and thin lines required with a brush, pen, or even a marker. 

Intro to Copperplate Calligraphy is hosted by Design KOUS and is a four-hour course where you will practice the alphabets of casual script calligraphy. Students will gain a better understanding of the correct lines, shapes, and proportions of the letters, as well as develop better control over their calligraphy tools of choice. 

Continuing Contemplative Calligraphy is a course available for those who are slightly more experienced with the art of calligraphy. Hosted via Zoom, this class meets once per week for calligraphy practice and guided meditation. The class also includes an interactive Q&A for things like design, layout, and how to develop an artistic eye. 

Private Group Calligraphy Classes

Looking to bring a private group calligraphy class to your organization or business? A great team-building exercise, private group classes boast benefits like face-to-face time with an expert instructor, hands-on experience, and the opportunity to cater a class to your group’s specific needs. 

You and the group of your choosing can learn to make all the thick and thin lines needed to create beautiful letterforms, with no prior experience necessary! This Virtual Calligraphy Workshop provides two hours of instruction by a professional artist and calligraphy expert. You’ll learn the eight basic strokes of modern brush lettering, tips and tricks for perfecting your lettering practice, and the fundamentals for bouncing and flourishing. 

There’s no need to run to the craft shop prior since all supplies are shipped to participants. Before your class, you’ll receive calligraphy pens and markers, stationary for practicing, and worksheets for developing your skills. 

The minimum group size for this course is 10, and it’s only an additional $65 for each person thereafter. You can even opt to customize your event, for a $150 customization fee, with things like combining different games, requesting specific questions or a themed game, or adding something to an event with materials included. 

With no booking fees and confirmation sent within 24 hours, scheduling a private group class has never been easier. You can even adjust your headcount after booking and can cancel your event for free with a two-week notice. 

Interested in learning more before you commit? You can request a 20-minute demo of this event for $100 to ensure it’s the right fit for your organization or business, or you can reach out through the contact form on Coursehorse’s site. 

CourseHorse recommends Zoom for virtual group classes, but they can easily accommodate Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx. It’s even possible to have courses come to your office or home space, as well.

What Will I Need to Learn Calligraphy?

Worried about what supplies you need to pick up from your local craft store? There are really just four things anyone needs to begin learning calligraphy: paper, a pen, nibs, and ink. While the supplies are minimal, it is important that you pick the ones that will best fit your personal preferences and, eventually, your individual calligraphy style.

Pens

There are two styles of calligraphy pens (also known as nib holders: a straight pen and an oblique pen. Which pen you’ll need is entirely up to your preference. The main difference between the two is that, with straight pens, the nib attaches to the holder in a straight line and, with the oblique, the nib is inserted into a metal flange that is attached to the holder. Essentially, an oblique pen allows you to write at a specific angle while the straight pen does not.

Nibs

A nib is a metal tip that inserts into the pen. There are several different kinds, like cursive italic nibs, flex nibs, oblique nibs, and stub nibs. These pint-sized pieces are interchangeable, meaning you can swap them out depending on the style of your current project. 

Paper

While using calligraphy paper isn’t a must, it is advised to practice on either quality printer paper or a paper pad. The key is that the paper be smooth; any sort of texture to the paper could interrupt flowing, effortless brushstrokes.

Ink

Quality ink, however, is very important. You’ll want ink that flows smoothly, like Sumi ink or India ink. It’s best to avoid fountain pen inks as they are very different from your standard calligraphy inks. 

Over time, you’ll learn which supplies and tools fit your style best. And, no matter what you choose, you’ll be able to create intentionally-made items that are as unique as you.

Is it Difficult to Learn Calligraphy?

Learning calligraphy can take a lot of practice, especially when you’re starting from the ground up as a beginner. There may be a lot of repetition at the start, with new practitioners filling out worksheets to help refine their lettering skills. Because it takes a lot of practice, it also takes a substantial amount of time and patience; calligraphy isn’t something you’ll learn overnight. 

It’s often recommended that new students practice two to three times per week, for a total of about five hours each week. Other tips for beginners include picking one singular lettering style to learn first before you move on to any others. While learning calligraphy requires dedication and determination, it is, ultimately, a skill that anyone can learn if they are devoted to the pursuit.

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