Calligraphy and brush lettering

Course Dates: 08/03/25 - 12/04/25
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
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.
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Calligraphy and brush lettering
  • Course Code: VE279
  • Dates: 08/03/25 - 12/04/25
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Taught: Sat, Daytime
  • Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street

Course Code: VE279

Sat, day, 08 Mar - 12 Apr '25

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The pointed brush is a great tool for any calligrapher or graphic designer because it can be used to create lettering on a wide range of hand-lettered projects such as posters, greetings cards, ceramic decorations and fabric designs. You will be taken step-by-step through the techniques of using a pointed brush and there will be advice about tools and materials. This class is suitable for the complete beginner and those wishing to improve on their calligraphy skills.

What will we cover?

- How to write an alphabet based on calligraphy handwriting
- How to write capital letterforms and numerals¿
- How draw and touch up your letterforms by hand.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- write a basic script with a pointed brush
- draw letterforms and numerals
- Select and use appropriate materials effectively
- Go on to further study in calligraphy
More advanced students:
- will create their own style of pointed brush lettering.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for the complete beginner. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

During the class there will be group and individual demonstrations. You will be given examples and worksheets which enable you to develop at your own pace. It will be beneficial if you can do some practice between sessions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No equipment is needed for the first session. However, you will need to purchase an A3 folder for handouts and worksheets. Advice will be given about tools and materials you can purchase to enable practice between sessions or if you progress to further study.

Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencils to printing services, at 15% off.
To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may be interested in the following:
- VE285 Calligraphy for beginners and improvers
- VE210 Calligraphy: decorated letterforms
- VE211 Calligraphy: Spencerian scripts
- VE300 City Lit Calligraphy course
- VE227 Calligraphy evening course.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.