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, formal and modernCourse start date: Fri 22 Sep 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sharon ShawWould 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
- Calligraphy and illuminationCourse start date: Tue 26 Sep 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.
- City Lit calligraphy courseCourse start date: Mon 2 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Emiko Hashiguchi, Veiko Kespersaks, Sharon ShawStudy calligraphy with this in-depth, three term programme that will equip you 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.
Please note this course runs on Monday evenings from 6 - 8.30pm for 32 weeks, plus one Saturday day from 10:30 - 16:30 per term. Term 1
Mondays 02/10/23 - 11/12/23 6 – 8.30pm (11 weeks)
Saturday 09/12/22 10:30 – 16:30
Mondays 08/01/24 - 25/03/24 6 – 8.30pm (12 weeks)
Saturday 17/02/24 10:30 – 16:30
05/04/24 - 29/04/24 6 – 8.30pm (3 weeks)
13/05/24 - 20/05/24 6 – 8.30pm (2 weeks)
03/06/24 - 17/06/24 6 – 8.30pm (3 weeks)
08/07/2024 (1 week)
Saturday 15/06/24 10:30 – 16:30.Full fee £1,119.00 Senior fee £895.00 Concession £727.00
- Calligraphy evening courseCourse start date: Thu 5 Oct 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Ivo GrantinsLearn the basics of calligraphy whilst studying Italic hand. Learn how to form lowercase and capital letters and experiment with layouts to produce a finished piece. This course will also help to develop your creativity and will give you a lot of ideas for future personal projects.Suitable for beginners, but improvers with a special interest in Italic are welcome.Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
- Calligraphy for beginnersCourse start date: Fri 13 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sharon ShawLearn how to write formal calligraphy scripts using a 3.8mm Pilot parallel calligraphy pen. The parallel calligraphy pen is versatile, transportable broad-edged cartridge pen which allows you to write thick and thin strokes. Advice will be given on other tools and materials you can use for calligraphy. This course is suitable for left and right-handers.
- Modern calligraphyCourse start date: Sat 4 Nov 2023 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Veiko KespersaksLearn how to write elegant and stylish letterforms using a flexible pointed nib with ink. Once you’ve 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.
- Calligraphy: Christmas cards and gift tagsCourse start date: Sun 5 Nov 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sharon ShawIf you are looking for alternatives to the usual cards this Christmas, why not send something handmade. This course will show you how to create cards and gift tags to add a personal touch to your season’s greetings.Full fee £419.00 Senior fee £335.00 Concession £272.00
- Calligraphy: brush letteringCourse start date: Sat 13 Jan 2024
Location on this date: OnlineLearn 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.
This course is perfect for all abilities and left and right-handers who have never used a brush pen or calligraphy pen, or those who have just started to dabble in lettering. We’ll begin by laying down a foundation of strokes and develop a strategy for practising time-effectively and mindfully with intention.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
- Calligraphy: modern copperplateCourse start date: Mon 15 Jan 2024 (and 4 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.
- Calligraphy for beginners and improversCourse start date: Fri 16 Feb 2024 (and 1 other date)
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.
- Modern copperplate calligraphy for improversCourse start date: Sat 24 Feb 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Veiko KespersaksExpand 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 £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £227.00
- Try it out: calligraphy, modern copperplateCourse start date: Sat 13 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)
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 21 Apr 2024
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.
- Calligraphy: modern copperplate variationsCourse start date: Wed 12 Jun 2024
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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
- Try it out: calligraphyCourse start date: Sat 6 Jul 2024
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.
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