Calligraphy for beginners and improvers at Flatford Mill



This course is suitable for all levels, beginners to advanced, as much of the tuition is on an individual basis.

Course participants can choose to concentrate on a script of their choice from the following: Italic, Italic capitals, Foundational hand, Roman capitals, sharpened italic, uncial, Cnut charter hand, San Vito capitals, copperplate, experimental letterforms, Carolingian, Versals, flourishes, modern pointed pen cursive.

Learning or tuning up the alphabet, letter spacing and using the script at different sizes in short quotations in ink and colour. Alternatively, or in combination with scripts from above list, participants can be guided through a series of experiments using colour in the pen and background followed by exploring the creative interpretation of short texts.

Gaynor Goffe, BA Hons, London University, Surrey Diploma in Art and Design, is a freelance calligrapher. She spent three years as an assistant to calligrapher Donald Jackson, followed by 16 years teaching on the calligraphy courses at the Roehampton Institute and 3 years teaching at Reigate School of Art and Design. She is a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators and also a Fellow of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society. Her two books, Calligraphy Made Easy and Calligraphy Step-by-Step (with Anna Ravenscroft) were published in 1994.

What to Bring
A range of Rexel/Mitchell square cut ‘roundhand’ nibs (left oblique for left-handers)
Penholders and slip-on reservoirs
Non-waterproof black calligraphy ink, eg Pelikan 4001 or Sumi liquid ink in tall flat-sided plastic bottle/box.
A3 Winsor & Newton A3 smooth cartridge pad 60,70 or 100lbs weight
Several tubes of Winsor & Newton designer’s gouache (series 1 or 2, which are the cheapest, but not ones labelled ‘primary’ as they don’t flow so well in the pen)
Mixing palette and brush
Scissors, cutting knife
Tape, tissues, HB pencil, ruler, rubber
Pritt stick (or similar)
If you wish to do copperplate please bring two Brause EF 66 nibs and a bottle of Brian Walker’s copperplate ink.

For course participants wishing to experiment with colour in the background, additionally bring:
Deep-welled mixing palette
Large, flat wash brush, approximately 11/2” wide – hake brushes are inexpensive
Two or more pots of Plaka casein emulsion (from good art shops) and/or FW acrylic inks, and/or Winsor & Newton ‘Galeria’
Chalk pastels, several colours
At least one sheet of hot pressed paper, eg Fabriano HP and/or Winsor & Newton SMOOTH cartridge pad 100lbs A3 size

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Expert tuition
Free Wi-Fi
Full board accommodation
Hot and cold drinks
In course transport
Personal and travel insurance


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Flatford Mill Field Centre
East Bergholt

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Public transport
  • Residential
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users


3 days (flexible times to suit)

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Alison - - #6150

I have been studying with Gaynor for several years and long may it continue. She is both an excellent calligrapher and tutor, offering guidance and support whilst encouraging her pupils to develop their own style.
Flatford Mill is a tranquil weekend retreat. Be prepared for basic accommodation but a very warm welcome and wholesome food. A great place to get away from the madness of modern life.

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