The Graphic Quill

The Graphic Quill

Hampton East, VIC

Calligraphy For Beginners

What to Bring

  • Your enthusiasm to learn!
  • A note book, folder and sleeves for course exemplars & notes. If experienced bring your fav broad edged pens & materials

What to Wear

  • Casual (This might get messy)

Appropriate For

  • Enthusiastic lovers of letters either or both in type or drawn, graphic designers, tattooists, graffitti artists & martians.

Calligraphy For Beginners

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • Duration: 6 Hours per session.
  • 10am- 4pm
  • $100 per session incl materials at $30 value
  • All 6 weekly workshops $495

What You Will Learn

  • Thorough in-depth instruction on creating every letter of each featured alphabet.
  • Learn simple layout techniques & how create small designs to impress.
  • Learn more by seeing loads of demonstration. And with the small group numbers, get plenty of individual attention.

What You Get

  • Booklet containing a comprehensive set of notes & instructions
  • Many extra materials are supplied for use in class including a range different inks, gouache and watercolours,
  • Inspiration & shared enthusiasm from your like minded fellow students
  • Each one-day workshop is themed, each lesson covering a specific topic aimed to build your skills
  • Full course students all receive a starter kit PLUS extra nib to keep. PLUS colours & tools & much more to use during the course. Value $60.00
  • Expert tuition from an experienced teacher and professional calligrapher!
  • Access to a vast library of calligraphy, art, and design reference books
  • Light refreshments - drinks, tea and chai and snacks
  • One-Day students receive starter kit with all the supplies you'll need for the day, this is to keep. Value $30.00


The Foundations of Calligraphy for Beginners

Historical alphabets modernized using the broad pen

Foundation Hand, Uncial, Gothic, Roman Capitals and Decorated Capitals and Ornamental flourishes.

Learn Composition & layout techniques. An introduction to many materials & tools how to use them all.

Step-by-step projects are included offering an exciting range of challenges drawing on all the skills learned.

Overview of Weekly Workshops:

  • Sun 13 August: Foundational – Establishing the Fundamental basics
  • Sun 20 August: Foundational – Minuscules, serifs & variations to highly versatile roman minuscules
  • Sun 27 August: Uncial – A modern variation of an early historical beauty.
  • Sun 10 September: Capitals – Roman Proportions & principles of structure
  • Sun 24 September: Black Letter – Gothic Minuscules - Looking at the differences
  • Sun 01 October: Gothic Capitals and Decorated Capitals – Historical & modern

Each Session is a stand alone class and is an introduction to the style of the day and a mini project.


  • $100.00 per day inc starter kit valued at $30
  • $495 for entire 6-week course

Sundays from 13 August to 01 October 2017 10 am – 4.00pm      6 hours per session    

Foundations of Calligraphy.

Learn historical alphabets using the broad pen.

Styles included are:

Sun 13 August: Foundational – Establishing the Fundamentals

Sun 20 August: Foundational – Minuscules, additional serifs & variations to the highly versatile roman minuscules

A Roman minuscule, highly versatile. Based on Edward Johnstons teachings. Beginning with an informal running bookhand and then add more formal serifs to expand this style repertoire through historical and contemporary hybrids.

Sun 27 August: Uncial – A modern variation of an early historical beauty

A modern variation of an early historical beauty. Uncials ample rotundity makes for a majestic, contrasting and elaborate hand easy to modernized style.

Sun 10 September: Capitals – Based on Imperial Roman Capitals – Proportions & principles of structure

Arguably the most important hand for any calligrapher to learn. Begin with skeleton letters drawn with pencil then pen & ink. These Roman capital proportions and characteristics are the bedrock for letter variations.

Sun 24 September: Black Letter – Gothic Minuscules

Textural and strikingly graphic. Learn a compressed and simple version of minuscule. Then experiment with wider styles & more ornamental variations. Take brief look at a few of the many historical styles.

Sun 01 October: Gothic Capitals and Ornate Decorated Capitals – Historical & modern

Elaborate and ornate decorative letters with vast possibilities. Learn how decorate with modern ornaments and flourishes. Related to BUT distinctly different from the Roman form.

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Apr 2017
Calligraphy For Beginners - 09 Apr 2017 10:00 AM

A wonderful teacher who is passionate about the craft of calligraphy and very motivational, encouraging and kind. The basics are taught at your pace, with no judgement, just helpful guidance. A relaxed environment with like-minded people. Very good value for money with all the basic tools provided to you, and an exceptional teacher who is not only wonderful at her craft but excellent at teaching. Perfect for anyone interested in learning the foundations of calligraphy, whether a complete beginner or looking to improve their current lettering practise.

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