Modern Calligraphy Day Course

Samples of Modern Calligraphy


In this workshop you will learn the basics of how to use a pointed nib, learn about different paper and inks (and their pitfalls!) then progress onto writing letters. You will be given lots of help and advice to enable you to carry on practicing at home and be able to complete your own projects. By the end of the day you should be able to write out a short quote or greeting in colour.

We will start with warm-up exercises to get used to the nib, followed by the practical session. The day is made up of demonstrations and practice, learning the lower-case alphabet first. We then progress onto capital letters which in turn will lead us to writing words and short sentences.

Alphabet copy sheets and other handouts are included.

Your tutor, Janice McClelland, is a member of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society (CLAS) and the Society of Scribes and Illuminators. She is a CLAS Accredited Tutor. She is also a member of the North West Calligraphers Association. She regularly teaches workshops in a variety of scripts, and enjoys all aspects of calligraphy from historical scripts and Modern Calligraphy to pencil-drawn letters. As well as teaching, Janice enjoys continuing to learn about new tools and materials.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

If you do not have your own pens, ink etc, kits will be available to purchase direct from your Tutor on the day. The kit will include: 1 nib, pen holder, bottle of ink and a selection of practice papers. Please have cash available to pay Janice at a cost of £7 per kit.

If you wish to buy your own you will need to bring the following items:
A Nikko G or Zebra G pointed nib and pen holder.
Ink – either Sumi ink or a non-waterproof ink such as Higgins Eternal. Please do not bring acrylic inks.
Paper for practice – any of the following: Bleedproof marker paper, Conqueror paper, smooth cartridge paper or Rhodia paper.
Smooth cartridge is also useful for writing out your quote.
These may be bought online from a variety of Calligraphy suppliers or in art and craft shops.
Janice will also have some items available for purchase on the day.

Other materials will be provided for your use during the day including boards, pencils, rulers, coloured ink or paint and water pots.

A two course lunch and refreshments throughout the day will be provided.

Due to Covid19 we can only have small groups. There is plenty of room in the Barn to remain socially distanced but please bring a mask with you and follow instructions regarding safeguarding.


Vanda Lambton at Hare Hill Barn
Hare Hill Barn
Cartmel Fell
Grange over Sands
LA11 6NZ

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users

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