In this one-day, beginners' workshop with artist Panna Chauhan, you will study both the italic and foundational scripts, and learn how to use these in unique and abstract ways to create a framed calligraphy artwork ready to hang at home. The foundational and italic scripts are different in the way they are written, and because of the way the pen is held, and each has a unique look and style. Under Panna's watchful eye, you will spend the morning learning and practicing letter forms in the basic foundational hand (or script): learning about the different types of nibs; correct sizing of letters; and how to hold the pen with the right tension to achieve a fluid letter. After a break for lunch, you will study the italic hand in brief before moving on to combining both these scripts to create an abstract calligraphy artwork. Panna will provide you with a calligraphy pack, including practice sheets, to use on the day which you can take home with you. We hope your calligraphy pack and framed artwork will serve as a reminder of your day, and inspire you to keep practising your new-found lettering skills at home.

What's included in the price?

All equipment is provided, and the materials you need to complete your project are included in the price of your workshop (unless stated otherwise). Light refreshments are included in the price, and a wide range of dietary requirements can be catered for. This includes a selection of individually wrapped teas from local blender Shibui Tea, coffees, and hot chocolate plus access to drinking water. On full day workshops, you are welcome to bring your own lunch to eat in, or we have a wide range of independent sit-in and takeaway cafés and delicatessens nearby, plus local shops and supermarkets.


5½ hours

Cancellation policy

Non-refundable - Refunds are not available



The Arienas Collective

with Craft Courses since 2017

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The Arienas Collective supports local artists and makers to earn a living by sharing their creative skills and passions with others through delivering workshops. The workshops are run from our mews home in the beautiful Georgian New Town of central Edinburgh. We believe in the wellbeing benefits of engaging in creative activity, and our class sizes are kept small so that you get the support you need to make the most of your time with us. We teach you creative skills you can continue at home.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Public transport
  • Weekends
  • Hen dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Corporate days out & team building
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2 Dublin Meuse, , Edinburgh, Lothian, EH3 6NW