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Learn the art of beautiful writing from the comfort of your own home with online calligraphy classes, where participants can master various styles such as brush lettering, modern calligraphy, and copperplate.

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Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2)

Jade Scarlett

Modern calligraphy is a more free form style of writing that maintains the elegance of traditional calligraphy while allowing for more self-expression. In this Modern Calligraphy - Brush Lettering class you'll learn all the techniques you need to make the thick and thin lines that creates the beautiful letter forms of calligraphy with a brush pen or even a simple Crayola marker.  No prior experience is required! The skills you’ll learn...

(686) Beginner 16 and older
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$75

2 sessions

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Calligraphy Beginner

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

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...

(1083) Beginner 18 and older
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$260

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...

(1083) Beginner 18 and older
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$235

5 sessions

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Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy

Jade Scarlett @ Virtual Learning via Zoom

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
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$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...

(84) Intermediate 16 and older
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$335

10 sessions

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Virtual Watercolor Landscapes the Easy Way - Session 2

Jade Scarlett

This class is the second class in our Watercolor Landscapes the Easy Way Series. Though it can be taken on its own, we recommend you first take Virtual Watercolor Landscapes the Easy Way - Session 1 Watercolor is the perfect medium to create gorgeous landscapes. In this class, you'll create a bucolic scene with trees, water, grass, flowers, and a serene sky.  I'll walk you through every step, beginning with the essential techniques needed...

(686) Beginner 16 and older
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Contemplative Calligraphy (Ages 16+)

Evanston Art Center

Thorough instruction on calligraphy letterforms while learning the contemplative aspects of calligraphy. Moving the pen on the paper becomes a meditation, a stress-relieving resource for equanimity and harmony of body and mind. We will cover design elements working with various tools including the modern Pilot pen, the historical context of hand lettering and its influence on history and culture. Skill Level: Beginner This interactive online...

(84) Beginner 16 and older
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$180

5 sessions

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Continuing Italic Calligraphy

Evanston Art Center

Immerse yourself in the art of Italic calligraphy and refine your skills in this advanced course. Discover the elegance and tranquility of this broad-nib style as you delve into its historical context and learn decorative flourishing techniques. Prerequisite: Beginning Contemplative Calligraphy or consent of the instructor.

(84) Beginner 16 and older
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$180

5 sessions

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Hand Lettering and Brush Calligraphy for Beginners

Jade Scarlett

Add some color to your life and learn hand lettering and brush calligraphy in this art class! You'll be able to turn your writing into art after you finish this unique art class.  Even if you think your handwriting is messy, you can make incredible calligraphy writing art in no time. You will be guided by an experienced teacher, Jade, who will help you handle and master all the lettering pens in your calligraphy kit and perfect your letterforms...

(686) Beginner 16 and older
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Holiday Calligraphy Workshop

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Learn the art of holiday calligraphy and add a personal touch to your holiday cards, gift tags, and thank-you notes. Join the Chicago Botanic Garden's online class to create beautiful holiday motifs and embellishments in an enjoyable virtual experience you can take anywhere. Register now to receive login instructions and a supply list for this festive class.

(129) All levels 18 and older
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$174

3 sessions

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Pointed Brush

Society of Scribes @ 214 E 21st St, New York, NY

Brush writing is one of the most expressive forms of calligraphy in use today. Many styles can be recreated with the brush using pressure techniques, both classical and otherwise—from italic forms, to varieties of cursive, to sign painting. This workshop tackles the basics of how the round brush works, starting with a formal model initially based on the skeleton of the italic. We will primarily be using Tombow brush pens, later moving to real...

(11) Beginner 16 and older
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$100
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Mindfulness Calligraphy

Design KOUS

In this workshop we will consciously combine calligraphy with mindfulness. The end of the year is a perfect time to analyze the year that is ending and think about what we would like to achieve and improve in the next year. In this workshop we will consciously combine calligraphy with setting goals and resolutions for the year ahead. We will help ourselves with breathing exercises to focus our mind and intention in our practice; meditation to...

(3) All levels 14 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.

(129) All levels 18 and older
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$124

2 sessions

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Brushpen Calligraphy Workshop - RETRO STYLE

Design KOUS

Learn the basics of letter construction and gain a solid foundation for brush lettering (flexible tip). You will learn how to use the tools correctly, practice the basic strokes and techniques to form 2 script alphabets inspired by the 50's American lettering. Recordings available for 5 days. Suggested materials: 1 tombow dual marker 1 fudenosuke 1 crayola semi transparent 100% cotton paper pad or any marker pad like Canson or borden &...

(3) All levels 14 and older
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Cookies + Calligraphy: Intro to Modern Calligraphy

Stroman Studios @ Virtual Class

We are so very lucky to have this class sponsored by our friends at Tiff's Treat, who agree that keeping you at home and safe during these trying times are super important. We would never want you to miss out on the "cookies" portion of our "Cookies and Calligraphy | Introduction to Modern Calligraphy" class, so your seat reservation to this Virtual Calligraphy class will come with a promo code for one FREE dozen cookie delivery to you at home or...

(3) All levels 18 and older
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Calligraphy

Craft Sierra Madre @ Virtual Classroom

It’s for anyone and everyone who has done calligraphy before or who is a first timer! We will learn some basic letters and by the end of the class you will have made an art piece of your own.It will be a spring theme, and all you need is a few blank sheets of paper, a pencil and a thin black sharpie. We will have a good time and we will learn this awesome art form together. Join our guest instructor, Morgan Fox Yoshida, and have some fun, leave...

(98) All levels 16 and older
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3 Day Procreate Virtual Lettering Workshop

Threeologie @ Virtual Classroom

In this 3 day workshop you will create a beautiful lettering piece with me via Zoom! I’ll work with you and guide you through lettering on the iPad and how to make a piece come together beautifully. Each day we will have a 2 hour workshop with a 15 min Q&A at the end. So you have plenty of time to ask me questions about the workshop or process. Each workshop is spread out weekly to give you a few days to review the work, do a mini homework...

(5) All levels 12 and older
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$150

3 sessions

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Virtual Watercolor Landscapes the Easy Way - Session 1

Jade Scarlett

Watercolor is the perfect medium to create gorgeous landscapes. In this class, you'll create a bucolic scene with trees, water, grass, flowers, and a serene sky.  I'll walk you through every step, beginning with the essential techniques needed to complete a landscape and how to use household items and regular house paint brushes to create special effects in your landscape that will make painting it a breeze.  This class is beginner-friendly...

(686) Beginner 16 and older
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Reviews for Calligraphy Classes Online

Calligraphy Classes Online are rated 4.6 stars based on 2,102 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2)

    Reviewed by Holly U. on 2/6/2022
    Very informative, very well organized, instructor was wonderful and very engaging!!!
  • Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2)

    Reviewed by Nicole T. on 10/23/2021
    She was knowledgeable and encouraging . Gave more than I expected. Enjoyed the class tremendously!
  • Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2)

    Reviewed by Stephanie A. on 10/17/2021
    Jade is an excellent instructor… clear, thorough, engaging, encouraging and made the class so educational and fun. She is inspirational and will help you tap into your inner artist to start your creative journey.
  • Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2)

    Reviewed by Tish V. on 7/19/2021
    Jade Scarlett was a fantastic teacher! I learned so much in 2 classes. I highly recommend this course series.
  • Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2)

    Reviewed by Lucia A. on 7/19/2021
    I enjoyed the class very much! The instructor, Jade, is really an artist. She is very knowledgeable, explains all the steps well, and models everything. I went from not even knowing how to hold the pen, to being able to understand how to use the different markers and pens, and to write words that look similar to the ones in the calligraphy books.
  • Virtual Watercolor Landscapes the Easy Way - Session 1

    Anonymous review on 6/7/2021
    Class was very good. The instructor is excellent and provided advance information so that you could be prepared to paint early on. It is very fast paced and tough to keep up unless you have some previous experience. The instructor provided lots of information about watercolors and painting techniques. Worth taking.
  • Virtual Watercolor Landscapes the Easy Way - Session 2

    Reviewed by Barbara B. on 5/23/2021
    Jade was very patient and especially helpful in teaching us how to mix colors and create special effects with the chip brush
  • Virtual Watercolor Landscapes the Easy Way - Session 2

    Reviewed by Karen J. on 5/18/2021
    She provided a lot of technique in a short period of time but is very effective Jada takes the time to answer your questions. I would recommend her to anyone looking to learn this medium.
  • Virtual Watercolor Landscapes the Easy Way - Session 1

    Reviewed by Karen J. on 5/10/2021
    It helped to have some previous experience in using watercolor and color theory, but the instructor did an excellent job of presenting alot of information in short period of time. I will take another course with her.
  • Virtual Watercolor Landscapes the Easy Way - Session 1

    Reviewed by Kathleen G. on 4/11/2021
    I am learning so much from this artist!

Best Calligraphy Classes Online

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 is often a beloved hobby among crafters and artists. You can create handmade gifts for loved ones or you can transform your passion for design and self-expression into a profitable business.

The practice dates much further back than you may think. Calligraphy has been around for over 3,000 years and first appeared in English between 1590 and 1610. A revival of the practice then occurred 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. 

Even the word itself has ancient roots. Derived from the Greek “kallos” which means “beauty” and “graphein” which translates to “to write,” calligraphy can be found throughout most major cultures and languages throughout the world, using 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 Online

Often described as a meditative practice, calligraphy forces practitioners to slow down, focus, and breathe, making it an excellent way to relieve stress. It can also be a low-cost new endeavor; all you need to get started is a pen, nib, paper, and ink. With a little time and minimal supplies, calligraphers can create unique presents to suit any loved one or occasion.

Because of its specificity, calligraphy as a hobby offers so many outlets for forming a community and making friends. From the Society of Scribes & Illuminators in the UK to the Society of Calligraphers in Southern California, there are countless groups ready to welcome passionate new calligraphers!

Looking to level up, professionally? Learning calligraphy can be the catalyst for 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. 

Virtual Calligraphy Classes 

Unsure how to choose between an online course and one that is in person? There are definitely positives and negatives 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, learning in an interactive group environment, having your questions answered in real-time, and (typically) providing the space and materials for you.

Online calligraphy courses, whether live or on-demand, offer more flexibility for students with busy schedules or long commutes. Worried about traffic and the cost of gas? Not with virtual courses. Students simply log in from the comfort of their own homes (or wherever they choose) with access to expert instructors and a virtual community of fellow artisans. Generally, online courses require students to purchase their supplies and make sure they have an appropriate workspace. 

Virtual Beginner’s Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2) helps students learn the more freeform style of modern calligraphy. A mixture of both traditional calligraphy and self-expression, students will learn the techniques needed to make thick and thin lines with a brush, pen, or even a marker. You’ll focus on mastering the basics of lettering, making this class ideal for beginners.

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

Continuing Contemplative Calligraphy is a course available for those who are slightly more experienced with the art of calligraphy. Offered on Zoom, this class embraces the practice of calligraphy as both an art form and a stress-relieving skill. Students meet 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 Online Group Calligraphy Classes

Are you wanting to provide a private group calligraphy class for your organization or business? Private group classes can be a great team-building exercise, offering 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 your chosen group of participants can practice making all the thick and thin lines needed to create beautiful letter forms, and prior experience isn’t necessary! This Virtual Calligraphy Workshop is a two-hour course with a professional artist and calligraphy expert. Your group will master the eight basic strokes of modern brush lettering, tips and tricks for perfecting your lettering practice, and the fundamentals for bouncing and flourishes. 

Plus, you don’t need to worry about pens, paper, and ink, since all supplies are shipped to participants. Before class, each student will receive calligraphy pens and markers, stationery for practicing, and worksheets for developing their skills. 

The minimum group size for this course is 10 and you can even adjust your headcount after booking and can cancel your event for free with a two-week notice. If you decide to add more participants, it’s only an additional $65 for each additional person. 

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.

Interested in learning more before registering? 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.

Online vs. In-Person Calligraphy Classes

As previously stated, online and in-person classes each have their respective benefits. Do you find your focus waning in a virtual class setting and engage easier when you’re in the same room with your instructor? Do you value maximizing your time by eliminating unnecessary traveling? Are you a self-proclaimed homebody?

Answering these questions will help you choose which option is right for you. If you decide that online classes are the best fit, the next step is to decide between live or on-demand. Is being able to ask questions of your instructor (and have them answer immediately) important to you? Do you like to work at your own pace, pausing tutorials while you master a skill and resuming when you’re ready to move on? Do you have children that may interrupt you from time to time, requiring you to stop your course to care for their needs? 

Knowing your preferred learning method and what will fit your lifestyle will lead you to the appropriate course options. But, no matter which option you choose, you’ll be able to explore a new creative hobby and expand your artistic horizons.

Can I Learn Calligraphy for Free Online?

Of course, it is possible to learn calligraphy for free online. Online tutorials and videos can be very helpful places to start. There are also plenty of calligraphy blogs that novice hobbyists can read at their leisure for helpful tips and tricks. While these options can be extremely helpful while you’re exploring if calligraphy is the right art form for you, formal training from an expert offers a more in-depth study and will often help you learn at a faster pace.

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