Online Calligraphy Courses

Classes will be held live on Zoom

With 15 years of teaching experience, I have found that three lettering styles: blackletter, uncial and foundational are ideal places to start learning calligraphy with the broad edge nib. These styles are an entry into this beautiful art form. In each of these classes, I’ve broken down the process of learning broad edge calligraphy into manageable steps. I hope you’ll join us!

Introduction to Broad Edge Calligraphy:
The Foundational Hand

5 mornings, Monday through Friday: 10 am to noon
July 27th through 31st, 2020
(supplies must be picked from my North Granby, CT studio by Sunday July 26 at 7 pm)
Live online course via Zoom

TO REGISTER: Since it is so close to class time, please call 860-413-9041 

The course will introduce the fundamentals of the foundational lettering style, writing with a metal nib, working with goauche & more.

While the italic hand is very popular & most often identified with calligraphy, many, including the world-renowned Sheila Waters, are firm believers that calligraphers that start with the foundational hand will have greater control & experience faster development of their lettering skills. We will also create a Japanese-style book that highlights the techniques learned in class. This is an excellent class for adults, teens and young students. 

Cost: $120 for the class

Materials: $70
If you are local and can pick up materials, cost of materials is: $50.

To enroll for the class use the secure checkout at my Etsy Shop

Learning Irish Calligraphy (aka Uncial)

An introduction to broad edge calligraphy
6 evenings: Tuesdays
September 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20
Instruction from 7 to 9 pm EST
Live online course via Zoom

registration ends Sept 9

This course will introduce the fundamentals of writing with a broad edge calligraphy pen. Uncial calligraphy is from Ireland and found in many historical manuscripts, including the Book of Kells and Lindisfarne Gospels. This beautiful, circular lettering is an excellent opportunity to develop basic lettering skills and gain control over the broad edge pen.  Students will write with a metal nib, create a finished calligraphy piece and create a book that highlights the techniques learned in class.  This is an excellent class for adults and youth who wish to learn calligraphy. Advanced projects are available for continuing students.

Cost: $120.

Materials: $70 
If you are local and can pick up materials, cost of materials is: $50

To enroll for the class use the secure checkout at my Etsy shop

Online Information

MATERIALS: I feel very strongly that high quality materials are critical to success when learning calligraphy. Calligraphy is a challenging skill to learn and requires patience, persistence and of course, practice. The last thing a person new to calligraphy needs is inferior equipment that impedes the learning curve. That is why we will all be working with a standard set of quality equipment.

Supplies include: 2 nibs, ink, nib holder, specialty ink holder, handouts for each class (guidelines, practice sheets, practice papers, exemplars, etc), 5 sheets of high quality paper and folder, white eraser, writing board, 1″ pen, 3 samplers of gouache (opaque watercolor), 2 mixing brushes, eyedropper, book parts.

This materials fee includes all the basic supplies we will use during the class and the cost to ship them to you. Registration must be received a week in advance. Packages with supplies will be shipped the Monday prior to the start of class. Shipping is approximately $20 of the materials fee due to the 16×20″ writing board and paper.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Please contact me before registering to determine shipping logistics, cost, timing, etc.

ZOOM: The class will be held on Zoom, please be sure to have the application up and running prior to class. If you need to do a test run with me, please connect prior to class.

TIME: Each 2-hour class is a diverse combination of learning about the art of calligraphy, seeing samples, student lettering and creating projects. There will also be a small assignment given after each class. Later in the day, each student is asked to come back to the calligraphy for 15-60 minutes and practice the skill that was introduced. This return to lettering after a break is a great way to create the muscle memory that is so important to calligraphy.

Each class also builds on the class before and does not repeat the same information. 



Happy to answer:

Comments by Debby’s Students

“Super informative & fun experience–even for someone with little “artist”/creative background. So well-organized, well-spaced out, great practical tips!” -DK

“Debby is extremely knowledgeable and patient. She is quick to provide positive feedback. She has a keen eye for figuring out the best way to correct lettering to follow the style being taught.” -AM

“Very good instructor!” -RQ

“Debby, you are a delight to know. Your patience, your energy, your knowledge and experience are amazing. I learned a lot.” -IK

“The course was great! Well-constructed and executed. For such a short time, knowledge of lettering was improved and a great start to this practice. You’re a great teacher and artist. I look forward to the next class and practicing my new hobby!” -MS

“Your enthusiasm is infectious!” -GM

“You are a fine teacher, Debby and have a lovely gift in both your art and your ability to teach, and your kind, generous spirit makes the sessions an extraordinary experience. See you again soon!” -KD

“Thank you – it was a great introduction class – I am very excited about learning more.” -ME

“Thank you so much. You have truly opened my eyes to the artistic aspects of calligraphy. I really appreciate your teaching style.” -JM

“Debby is a well-organized, practiced teacher of calligraphy. She gives clear instructions and helpful tips throughout the course and demonstrates practical and creative uses for her art. She’s enthusiastic but also learned in her craft.” -PS


What did you like most about the course?

  • “The sequence of learning step by step.” -JL
  • “I felt the pacing was perfect. I also liked the amount of time spent on modeling and then practicing.” -CL
  • “The amazing things you can do with calligraphy. I never knew–also my understanding of how difficult it is–I like how much I have learned in such a short time and it was not overwhelming–very relaxed and comfortable.” -AW
  • “Everything” -GJ
  • “Relaxed atmosphere-great way to forget about stresses. Loved that we end up with a  booklet.” -MK