Calligraphy: four-lesson correspondence and/or zoom courses with Gaynor Goffe



A four-lesson calligraphy CORRESPONDENCE course taught by a leading professional calligrapher, with mini video clips. OR tuition via 3 private one-hour ZOOM sessions with video and tutor demonstration sheets e-mailed after the session OR a mixture of scanned lessons and Zoom sessions. MOST DATES POSSIBLE PLEASE CONTACT TO ARRANGE!

These courses both ZOOM and CORRESPONDENCE are suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced. There are a variety of scripts and variations available and also material can be flexible to individual situations, especially beyond beginner level. You might like to start with the popular 'modern' pointed pen calligraphy., which is an easier but similar script to copperplate, or start with uncial, which is the easiest square-nib script for beginners, or basic italic, which is the most useful. Other scripts available include foundational hand, cursive italic variations, sharpened italic and variations, versals and variations, flourish design with italic and italic capitals, foundational hand, uncial basic and variations, Roman capitals, italic capitals. other script/topics available on request.

What you will learn:
THE ZOOM SESSIONS consist of work alongside tutor
with frequent demonstrations and feedback. In one lesson you will learn to write the script of your choice, and use it in wording , on longer courses ie £75, you will additionally learn lay-out and design of texts and introduction to more flowing versions of the script eg pointed pen or italic, and time/progress permitting flourish design . There are any other possibilities for follow-on courses,with italic variations and capitals.

The CORRESPONDENCE course material consists of tutor-written examples, with lesson notes and exercises, sent (A4 size) via e-mails and returned by the same means for correction and return. We may begin with pencil letterforms and spacing, followed by 3 lessons using the pen.

In addition to learning letterforms, short exercises writing texts are included.

Marking is detailed, with a demonstration of corrections. Time-scale is flexible to the individual, approximately one lesson a month is recommended for maximum progress. E-mail support is available at any time for questions.

Gaynor Goffe is a well-known professional calligrapher, a fellow of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society and the Society of Scribes & Illuminators.

What's included in the price?

3 one-hour private ZOOM lessons with video sent after and tutor demonstrations scanned in.
OR four CORRESPONDENCE lessons (spread as preferred), with e-mailed ( or posted) exemplars and lesson notes, and video mini demonstration .clips. Marking of lesson work scanned into the email ( or posted) with detailed correction and demonstration of corrections on paper)
Support via email OR all tuition via private work-alongside tutor ZOOM sessions with tutor feedback during the session.

Please note that, whilst dates are flexible, the first lesson must be started within three months of being accepted on a course, and the whole course completed it within 6 months.

What you will need

A list of tools and materials will be provided at the start of the course


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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Intermediate level
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


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Jane Griffith - - #39591

I attended my first session of pointed pen cursive (virtual) with Gaynor this morning. I enjoyed myself thoroughly but the hour went so quickly that I plan to have at least one subsequent session with her. Gaynor is patient and encouraging which is just what I needed. She is generous to answer questions and offer tips. She is very talented! It's so helpful to have the recording so I can review the information. It was a great experience!

Response from Gaynor Goffe:

Many thanks for your positive review!!!!!!! I am always keen to help people on their calligraphy journey, and tuition is always very flexible to individual situations, and available from beginner to advanced in a variety of scripts and their many experimental variations.

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Sandi - - #34008

Gaynor is an excellent and inspired tutor who will help you to master calligraphy from 0 to 100. I can highly recommend Gaynor to everyone wishing to have calligraphy taught by a truly professional and very attentive teacher. Thank you very much Gaynor, Sandi from Switzerland

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Sanket - - #32801

Gaynor is an excellent tutor, but she's also a wonderful human. She has a great eye for detail, she can point out and guide on your mistakes even in an online class. I enjoyed my calligraphy sessions with Gaynor. Thanks Gaynor & see you soon 🙏.

Response from Gaynor Goffe:

Many thanks Sanket, hope you can keep going with it all !!!!!!

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Janice - - #31645

I've been doing calligraphy for years and have been to a couple of Gaynor's workshops in the past, but I wanted to try something different so signed up for a 1:1 course in experimental Versals. Gaynor is an excellent tutor and doing this on a 1:1 basis is really helpful as there's no distraction. I also have the recording so I don't lose any advice and can refer to it whenever I need some guidance on letterforms.
Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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Anette Larsson - - #31304

I highly recommend Gaynor’s courses. I have taken a Copperplate course as well as a Modern Calligraphy course with Gaynor during the pandemic. Her materials are thorough and make a great reference for future use after your course. I liked that I could go at my own pace and I found. Her comments and coaching very helpful. I found doing a correspondence course to be much better than a course crammed in over a few days as you need time to practise and your muscle memory builds over time. Gaynor has a lot of experience teaching and I grew confident in my penmanship while taking her courses. I now have calligraphy skills I will use for the rest of my life thanks to her.

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Karen Williams - - #31175

I've done a few of these 4-lesson classes with Gaynor - I think the fact I keep coming back for more says it all. I really felt it was a privilege to learn from such an esteemed and expert calligrapher. The lessons were clearly explained and fun to complete. Gaynor's feedback was always to useful in pinpointing how to improve and advising on what to do next. I will definitely be back.

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Vanessa - - #31174

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Lynette Hoh - - #31159

I love doing the online calligraphy courses with Gaynor because I feel I have finally made some progress due to her expertise and depth of knowledge - actually there is nothing that she doesn't know about italics ! Over the last 2 years, Gaynor has kindled and inspired my love of calligraphy and when I finish one lesson I can't wait to get on to the next one. There is the added bonus of not being under pressure to meet deadlines as you can do it at your own pace to suit your lifestyle. It is a very exciting and enjoyable journey in the art of beautiful writing and I can't recommend the online courses with Gaynor more.

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Donna Deeks - - #31116

I've been working with Gaynor via correspondence for 2 1/2 years, both with her 4-lesson courses and on my own special projects, and it has been an excellent experience. The exercises and examples she has provided in the courses have been clear and detailed, and her spot-on feedback on the individual projects has enabled me to start developing my eye for design and layout. Gaynor provides a solid foundation for beginning students, and teaches more advanced students how to refine and realise their calligraphic ideas. Calligraphy by correspondence really does work, and I highly recommend Gaynor's courses.

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Geraldine Duffy - - #24325

I enjoyed an excellent day’s tuition from Gaynor. She is a highly skilled teacher and demonstrator which made learning calligraphy from scratch very accessible for me as a beginner.

Teresa Hammond - - #24005

Gaynor is a excellent teacher, and has the patience of a saint.Its a friendly atmosphere.
I do find that the time flies,but I enjoy every min of it.

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Rosie Huckle - - #19039

I was really keen to reignite my passion for calligraphy having had a few lessons some years ago but then not been able to find any evening classes etc near me. I’m so pleased I finally found Gaynor - I now attend the day sessions about once a month. The sessions are in small groups and Gaynor tailors her teaching to whatever script or project you want to tackle. I’ve been able to start working towards the CLAS National Diploma. Because the sessions are so bespoke (not to mention friendly and welcoming!) I think they represent excellent value for money, and Gaynor’s skill and expertise are certainly second to none. I have progressed so much over the last year under her tutelage. I would highly recommend!

Bhaveek Chohan - - #19031

Attended several times with my partner. Fantastic sessions. Always great fun. Gaynor is extremely welcoming and a fantastic host and teacher. Half a session usually gives you enough time to learn the basics of a script or go into more detail and advance on them with flourishes or perfecting spacing etc. Every session we've come out with a wealth of new knowledge and worth our 2hr return trips everytime. Fantastic price for stunning results immediately!

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Bhavisha Solanki - - #19032

We started this as a wedding project but have carried it on because we enjoy it so much. From day one we learnt the basics of calligraphy and were taught to write uncial script and produce a finished piece. Gaynor is a great teacher and extremely welcoming providing drinks and biscuits. We thoroughly enjoy our sessions and seeing our progress. We can't recommend Gaynor highly enough.

G. Warne - - #12706

I have been studying with Gaynor on and off for many years. She is an excellent and inspirational teacher who works at the pace of each individual pupil. She is happy to impart her vast knowledge of scripts and techniques. Her encouragement is the main reason that I continue.

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M.Utting - - #7353

A very reasonably priced day with an excellent calligrapher and tutor. Gaynor has a talent for moving you along at your own individual pace and most pupils achieve a piece of writing by the end of the day.

Marian Rushton - - #7185

Gaynor is an inspirational teacher . As well as giving very high quality teaching of formal scripts , she encourages experimenting with various scripts and backgrounds .She is adept at managing students of varying levels of ability and experience . Over ten years I have always found that time flies in my sessions with Gaynor as she makes them enjoyable and friendly .

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Alison - - #6149

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.

Alison - - #6148

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.

Karen Lintott-Moss - - #6013

Gaynor is a very patient and supportive teacher who has very precise attention to detail, often making the slightest adjustments to the way you work, which would have been impossible to pick up through online tutorials and are so invaluable to improving your calligraphy. The workshops have an informal and friendly atmosphere, with students of all levels attending. I always leave the sessions feeling full of inspiration and motivation!

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J Venter - - #6008

Unlike many experts, Gaynor does not have a rigid and inflexible approach to teaching her art. She manages a class of all abilities and interests, giving sufficient attention to each. It always amazes me how she manages to switch instantly between scripts for individual demonstrations. I came to her after a frustrating series of lessons elsewhere in which I was never allowed to progress beyond two pencils strapped together. Gaynor quickly had me practising with a dip pen in several different scripts and does not insist on perfection before moving on to something new. She is always happy to go with ones interests, rather than teaching to a strict order of attainment, which is very refreshing.

Ghislaine Tibbs - - #6006

Informal classes with one of the country's leading calligraphers. Students are encouraged to work on their own projects, whether it is wedding invitations or CLAS qualifications. It is possible to work on many different scripts as Gaynor is happy to tailor the workshop to your individual needs.

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