Calligraphy Classes

In addition to our major workshops, Escribiente members also offer local classes in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho areas, as well as online via Zoom.

Please contact the individual instructor to register. Please note that some classes are small and usually sell out, but contact the instructor anyway as there are often last-minute cancellations. See the Membership page if you’d like to join and receive advance notice of upcoming classes, and be sure to Follow us on Facebook as we post new Classes there under Events.


Introduction to the Pointed Pen * New Dates!

Instructor: Bill Kemp

Date: July 11, 2020 * ONLINE VIA ZOOM

Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Location:  ONLINE

Class fee: $50 (check, or ask about Paypal option). Includes bound workbook & paper (value $20), which will be mailed to each student after payment is received.

# of Students: Minimum 6 – Maximum 12 (open to all)

To register: Email Bill Kemp:

In this one-day class, you'll learn how to use the pointed pen to create both ornament designs (above) and an elegant script (below).

In the morning session, you will first practice creating curved strokes – called “compound curves” – using either an oblique or a straight pen holder. You will then build on these basic flourishing techniques to draw a feather, cartouches and other designs. (They might look difficult, but they are easy once you know how!)

During the afternoon session you will learn a simple but graceful alphabet called Weaver Writing. This is a great script for beginners because it only has 26 letters – no capitals! All the letters use the basic strokes you learned in the morning, so you'll be writing words in no time!

Skill level: All  

Supply list:  An oblique pen holder; suggest a Nikko G nib or Gillott 1068A (experienced individuals can use their favorite nib); McCaffery ink (any color) or your favorite ink used with the pointed pen (other suggested inks would be Palace Moon, Sumi or Old World Ink); since there will be a limited amount of guide sheets in your handouts, an alternative paper would be the grid-square paper (5 squares per inch) pads from Rhodia or Clairefontaine tablets.  All of the supplies here could be used in other classes.

BILL KEMP, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a lettering artist and Engrosser, and has been practicing his craft with the pointed pen for over 30 years. He has studied with such instructors as Dick Jackson, Gwen Weaver, Mike Kesceg and his mentor, William Lilly. Bill is a Past President of IAMPETH, and teaches regularly at IAMPETH Conventions and across the country

Email Bill for more information:

Visit Bill's website.


Formal Italic Course

Instructor: Janice Gabel

The Italic script is a truly elegant, graceful hand that is excellent for encouraging rhythm in writing. Using the broad-edged nib, Janice will teach you how to control pen angle to create “thick & thins” and maintain consistency in slope and letterform. As you progress, you will focus on correct spacing between letters and words, and practice using different papers and ink.

Both Lowercase and Capitals will be covered over 5 sessions every other week, which will allow for time to practice at home between classes! 

5 Sessions, every other week on Saturday morning, beginning on January 11, 2020. 
Dates: January 11 & 25; February 8 & 22; March 7.

Time: 9:00 am – 12 noon

Location:  The Artist Studio, 8200 Menaul Blvd. Suite B,  Albuquerque, NM 87110 
[located in Hoffmantown, SW corner of Menaul/Wyoming]

Class fee: $160 (this includes your workbook, cost of the facility and a great time!)

# of Students: Minimum 4 – Maximum 8

Supplies to bring:

  • Layout bond – lightweight paper with smooth surface that does not bleed; Strathmore or Borden & Riley are good brands
  • Ink –  nonwaterproof black ink; Higgins Eternal is good
  • Nib – Speedball C-2
  • Pen holder – with standard metal nib gripper, to hold C-2 nib
  • Water container
  • Rag or paper towel

Registration:  Email Janice to register. Payment by Check or Paypal.
(Please add her email to your Contacts so her reply doesn't end up in your spam folder!):


Calligraphy 101 Class

Next dates: TBA, Spring 2020

Location: Sandia Park, NM

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.

You’ll be introduced to the different tools needed to create a variety of hands, such as: (edged-pen) Foundational, Italic, and Gothic/Blackletter, as well as Copperplate (pointed pen), and the Ruling/Folded Pen. Samples of these hands (called “examplars”) will be given in your handouts.

General techniques common to learning calligraphy will be covered, such as: grouping letters into families, reading the stroke sequence in an exemplar, pen width and pen angles, using guide sheets, recommended inks, plus 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 calligraphy classes. It will also help if you plan to self-study using online training or books/DVDs from our extensive lending library.

Materials list: Please bring whatever calligraphy tools, paper and ink you already own. Unusual tools (such as ruling pens) will be on hand for you to try. Students will receive a supply list for nibs, ink and paper with links to local and online calligraphy supply stores prior to the class.

Fee, includes handouts: Members: $26.61 ($25+tax).

Class size: 3 min – 5 max.

Non-members: Please ask about payment option for membership & class bundle via Paypal.

Membership in Escribiente is $30 (through June 30, 2020).
Allow a week or two for your Welcome packet to arrive, which includes a $10 coupon which can be applied to any Escribiente class, including this one! Basic kit of supplies may be purchased from your instructor.

Email Trish to get on wait list for next class, Spring 2020 (please add email to your Contacts so my reply doesn't end up in your spam folder!): Trish Meyer email:


Writing Romans * FULL

Making Monoline Magic – Finding Secrets

Instructor: Elizabeth McKee

Dates: SIX Saturday sessions: 2019: August 31, September 28, October 26
2020: January 25, February 29, March 28

Time: Morning 9:30 – 12:30 *OR* Afternoon 1 pm – 4 pm (please indicate preference on registration form)

Location: Nob Hill, Albuquerque (see registration form for details)

Price: $150 + $20 supply fee

Class limit: 4 minimum – max 5 students

Registration Form & Supply List: Download PDF

Contact: email Elizabeth,

Monoline Romans class is an introductory calligraphy class designed for working people, with enough challenges built in for those who have extra time to invest in exploration. Since it is monoline, being left-handed does not present a problem.

Monoline letters can be very basic but also offer opportunities for design and play. Participants will create a book of sample pages for future reference. Homework will be expected! Challenges will be offered to all levels of competency.

This is an opportunity for beginners to learn the nuances of these ubiquitous letter forms and for more advanced participants to hone their skills with support from fellow letter lovers. 

About your Instructor:

Elizabeth McKee's nomad’s life has carried her from New Guinea to Australia, Iowa, Japan, Zambia, Canada, Malaysia, Florida, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Maryland, Russia and Albuquerque. Not exactly in that order. In August 2015 she moved to Albuquerque, NM where she intends to put down deep roots. She discovered calligraphy in Japan in 1970. Was happy to rediscover it in English in 1980. She took her first bookbinding class in 1983 at the international calligraphy convention in Chicago. In 1984 she helped establish the Calligraphy Society of Ottawa and was made an honorary life member in 1990. Her books are included in the collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts; Harvard's Houghton Library; Queen's University's Douglas Library, Kingston, Ontario; the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art; Bowdoin College's Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, as well as private collections around the world. Finished books can be viewed on her website