Calligraphy for beginners and improvers

Course Dates: 05/06/20 - 10/07/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

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.


What is the course about?

This course is a chance to develop your key calligraphy skills and gain more confidence writing with broad-edged metal nibs and ink. This course is suitable for left and right handers.

What will we cover?

• Writing with different sizes of nibs
• Writing with gouache
• Writing on different paper surfaces
• Writing a longer quotation.

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

• Write a quotation or poem using a variety of nib sizes and ink
For more advanced students:
• Write a quotation or poem using a variety of nib sizes and gouache.

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

This course is suitable for the complete beginner or those who wish to refresh their calligraphy skills.
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.

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 practise between sessions.

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

You will need to purchase an A3 folder for handouts and worksheets, a pencil and notebook.
Advice will be given about tools and materials you can purchase to enable practise between sessions or when embarking on further study.

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

Other courses in calligraphy and lettering are available - please see the Calligraphy sesction of our course guide or
website for more details.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to
Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details.


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Great course to get a good grounding on the subject. Adapted to needs of individuals varying levels. Knowledgable teacher. All equipment provided so only needed for home practice. Ideal sized group.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 30/03/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Sharon Shaw Tutor Website

Sharon is a London based left-handed calligrapher, lettering artist and illustrator. She studied Calligraphy and Bookbinding at Roehampton University and was awarded a first class honours degree in 2003. In 2010 she became a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators. Sharon believes anyone can learn calligraphy if you relax, enjoy the process and allow yourself to make lots and lots and lots of mistakes. Sharon’s other courses at City Lit are: Calligraphy For Beginners, Calligraphy Handwriting: Developing your Style, Calligraphy and Brush lettering, Calligraphy class: Illuminated lettering and Calligraphy and Decorated Letterforms.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: VE285

Fri, eve, 05 Jun - 10 Jul '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £229.00
Senior fee: £229.00
Concession: £140.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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