Calligraphy

Calligraphy courses in London

Students on City Lit calligraphy courses can explore the art of fine handwriting, and develop skills in contemporary and traditional calligraphy. On our courses, you can choose from a range of scripts to study, including Modern calligraphy, Copperplate, Illuminated lettering, brush lettering and Gothic.

You can learn how to create layouts, analyse historical scripts, and work on specialised, individual projects. City Lit offers inspiring and creative short and term-long courses for beginners through to advanced level, and all our classes are taught by professional practitioners and industry specialists.

We offer day, evening and weekend courses in well-equipped rooms with access to a range of reference books and materials and where group and one to one teaching allows for the exchange of ideas and individual development with maximum hands-on time for projects.

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  1. Calligraphy evening course
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ivo Grantins
    Learn the principles and explore the essential steps of calligraphy work using a range of tools and techniques to create an individual piece. Suitable for beginners as well as improvers, left or right handers welcome.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  2. Calligraphy for beginners and improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sharon Shaw
    Learn and develop calligraphy skills on this beginners and improvers course. You will practice with a range of pens and papers, and create a finished example using a favourite quotation. Advice will be given on tools and materials. Suitable for left or right handers.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  3. Modern copperplate calligraphy for improvers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emiko Hashiguchi, Veiko Kespersaks
    Expand your knowledge of decorative handwriting with a flexible pointed nib, penholder, and ink. If you have previously learned the basics of traditional copperplate calligraphy but would like to understand more about the script, then this is the course for you. Suitable for both left-handers and right-handers.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
  4. Try it out: calligraphy, formal and modern
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sharon Shaw
    Would you like to find out about the difference between formal calligraphy and modern calligraphy? Come along to this session and have a go at writing both styles. Beginners and improvers welcome.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  5. Calligraphy: modern copperplate
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Veiko Kespersaks
    Learn how to write elegant letterforms using a pointed pen with ink. Once you have learnt how to write a basic copperplate alphabet, we will begin breaking the rules of traditional calligraphy to find a style that is all your own. The course is suitable for beginners as well as improvers, and both left-handers and right-handers.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
    91% of 100
  6. Try it out: calligraphy, modern copperplate
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Veiko Kespersaks
    This short workshop will guide you through the basics of Modern Copperplate Calligraphy. Once the art form of expert craftsman, calligraphy is now a popular creative outlet, flexible enough to reflect the personality, style, and creativity of every individual. Everyone can learn it and have a lot of fun while doing so! Suitable for left-handers and right-handers.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  7. Calligraphy and brush lettering
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sharon Shaw
    Take your calligraphy skills to the next level by learning the basics of brush pen lettering. Learn how to create calligraphic lettering with a pointed brush to liven up your greetings cards, make posters and more. This introduction to writing with a brush is an ideal entry into the world of calligraphy and creative handwriting.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  8. Calligraphy and illumination
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Apr 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emiko Hashiguchi
    Learn how to write beautifully with a dip pen and design and produce a piece of work with illuminated letters using colour and gold leaf. All levels.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  9. Modern calligraphy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 May 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Veiko Kespersaks
    Learn how to write elegant stylish letterforms using a flexible pointed nib with ink. Once you have learnt how to write a basic alphabet we’ll begin breaking the rules of traditional calligraphy to find a style that is all your own. The course is suitable for beginners as well as improvers.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
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  10. Calligraphy: modern copperplate variations
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Veiko Kespersaks
    Learn how to use a pointed pen for writing in copperplate hand, which is famous for its fine lines, hand-made quality and romantic overtones.This fun class is an introduction to Spencerian script and its connection to basic strokes and letterforms. You will also learn the history of Spencerian script and it will give you some new knowledge of penmanship. Suitable for both beginners and improvers, left and right handers.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  11. Try it out: calligraphy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sharon Shaw
    Fancy having a go at this beautiful art form? This short weekend course will introduce you to the fundamental principles of lettering and calligraphy. Focussing on broad edged script, you will use different pens and nibs, and leave having completed your own sample.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. Calligraphy: decorated letterforms
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sharon Shaw
    Gilded initials make perfect gifts for family and friends. You’ll learn painting techniques and how to apply a PVA mordant and use real leaf. You will be provided with a number of decorative alphabet templates and then taken



    step-by-step through the stages of drawing, painting and applying real gold to create your own illuminated decorated letterform.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
  13. Calligraphy: Spencerian scripts
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Veiko Kespersaks
    Learn how to use a pointed pen for writing in copperplate hand. Spencerian script developed from the English Cursive and stands out for its delicately shaded lowercase and prominent capitals. With very intense shadows, obtained with a pointed pen, it is famous for its fine lines, hand-made quality and romantic overtones. Suitable for both beginners and improvers, left and right handers.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  14. City Lit calligraphy course
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 2 Oct 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Veiko Kespersaks
    Study calligraphy with this in-depth, three term programme that equips students with the essential techniques required for beautiful cursive handwriting. The course will cover specialist skills-based training in Calligraphy with Design, blending traditional skills with an introduction to the latest trends in the calligraphy and design world. An exciting, challenging, and thorough introduction to the art of calligraphy.
    Full fee £1,119.00 Senior fee £895.00 Concession £727.00

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