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.
- Try it out: calligraphy, modern copperplateCourse start date: Sat 22 Apr 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Veiko KespersaksThis 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
- Calligraphy and brush letteringCourse start date: Sun 23 Apr 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sharon ShawTake 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
- Calligraphy and illuminationCourse start date: Tue 25 Apr 2023 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Emiko HashiguchiLearn 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
- Calligraphy: modern copperplateCourse start date: Thu 4 May 2023 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Veiko KespersaksLearn 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
- Modern calligraphyCourse start date: Sat 13 May 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Veiko KespersaksLearn 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
- Calligraphy for beginners and improversCourse start date: Fri 2 Jun 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sharon ShawLearn 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
- Calligraphy: modern copperplate variationsCourse start date: Wed 21 Jun 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Veiko KespersaksLearn 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
- Try it out: calligraphyCourse start date: Sat 8 Jul 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sharon ShawFancy 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
- Calligraphy: Spencerian scriptsCourse start date: Mon 24 Jul 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Veiko KespersaksLearn 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
- Calligraphy: decorated letterformsCourse start date: Mon 24 Jul 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sharon ShawGilded 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
- City Lit calligraphy courseCourse start date: Mon 2 Oct 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Ivo Grantins, Veiko Kespersaks, Sharon ShawStudy 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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