Calligraphy Classes

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Calligraphy Class for Beginners

Escribiente member Beth House teaches regular classes at the Meadowlark Senior Center in Rio Rancho (must be 55 or older), and organizes the Rio Rancho Calligraphy Club (more info tot he right)

Beth is also available for private lessons. Call Beth for details: 505-717-1032

Zero Class for New Members

New members: If you are completely new to calligraphy, please tell Trish Meyer if you are interested in a Zero Class. This covers materials (nibs and holders, ink, paper), where to buy supplies, and tips and techniques that experienced calligraphers often take for granted! You'll leave with a shopping list and samples of paper, and some

Fee is $20 for 4-hour class. (New members will receive a $10 discount on any class or workshop, so cost could be only $10!)

Please see the Membership page if you’d like to join!

Our membership year is from August – June, so a Zero Classes is normally scheduled in August.

Calligraphy 101 Class

Next class: Saturday, January 26, 2019, 10am – 5pm

Instructor: Trish Meyer

This one-day class is geared to the beginning calligrapher who is interested in an introduction to the various styles of calligraphy, and offers tips and techniques that will serve you well no matter which hand you decide to study further.

We'll practice using the different tools needed to create a variety of hands, and learn the basic strokes for the exemplars provided in the handouts. These will include: (edged-pen) Foundational, Italic, and Gothic/Blackletter, as well as Copperplate (pointed pen), Drawn Versals, and the Ruling/Folded Pen.

General techniques common to learning calligraphy will be covered, such as: grouping letters into families, reading the stroke sequence in an exemplar, the importance of pen width and pen angles, using guide sheets, mixing gouache, and more.

We hope Calligraphy 101 will be a valuable introduction to calligraphy that will help you make the most of our regular programs and give you the confidence to sign up for one of our major calligraphy workshops. It will also help if you plan to self-study using online training or books/DVDs from our extensive library.

Materials list: Please bring whatever calligraphy tools, paper and ink you already own. A recommended list will be supplied to students in advance. Unusual tools (such as ruling pens) will be on hand for you to try.

Fee, includes handouts: Members: $25. Non-members: $50. Limited to 6.

Please see the Membership page if you’d like to join!

Contact your instructor: Trish Meyer email:

Pointed Pen Classes

Pointed Pen Calligraphy with Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp teaches one- and two-day pointed pen calligraphy workshops at Pen and Pad, 8236 Menual NE, Albuquerque (located in the Hoffmantown Shopping Center on the corner of Wyoming and Menual). Each class comes with a workbook, designed to break down each script for the students to take with them after the class to study from.

For more information, contact Pen and Pad at (505) 293-1144. Visit Bill's website.