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Classes are taught by Debby Reelitz in her North Granby studio
with a maximum of 8 students, a minimum of 5 students.


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A NOTE ABOUT WINTER CLASSES: Please, don't let the winter weather intimidate you! It's the best time of year to take a class since schedules aren't as full. There's more time to be still and enjoy the process of learning calligraphy. If there's snow, we reschedule the class, so when you sign up, pencil in a couple of more weeks after the class officially ends incase we need to make up a snow day.

Saturday mornings, 6 weeks, 10 a.m. to noon
February 10, 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24  Snow days: April 7 & 14

Sample of Illumination

Come learn the art of illumination! Students will learn how to make beautiful, decorated letters and borders, even fanciful creatures like dragons and medieval characters. Proper tools, materials, paper and equipment will be discussed and used. Skills needed for illumination will be broken into small steps that build on each other. Each class introduces critical concepts. Homework is designed to practice these skills leading students to be able to look at historical examples of manuscripts and create their own interpretation of an historical design. There will also be instruction on how to correct mistakes. 

Cost: $150. Materials fee to the instructor: $40. The materials fee will include a high quality materials including: paint brush, gouache (opaque watercolor paints), palettes, nibs, nib holder sumi ink and paper. Feel free to bring any calligraphy equipment you already have, though none are required. Previous calligraphic experience is not required.


COPPERPLATE: An Introduction to Script Lettering
6 weeks, Tuesday evenings 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
February 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27; Snow dates: April 3, 10
Instruction from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Students are welcome to stay & continue working until 10:00 pm.

Copperplate Sample

The course will introduce script lettering in the copperplate style.   We'll use an oblique nib holder, pointed nibs, ink and gouache.   Previous calligraphy experience is not required for this course.   We will also create a handmade book featuring the lettering learned in the course.

Cost: $120. Materials fee of $30 includes all the supplies necessary for class (collected during first class).

BLACKLETTER: Introducing a Classic, Decorative Calligraphic Hand
6 Classes, Monday evenings
April 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14
Instruction from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Students are welcome to stay & continue working until 10:00 pm.

Blackletter Sample

Come learn Blackletter which is also known as the Gothic style! It is a classic, dramatic, lettering style and a great way to introduce yourself to the broad edge nib. Students will write with a metal nib, work with goauche (opaque watercolor) & more. We will complete a project with the skills we learn.

This class is beneficial for beginners as well as continuing students.
Class fee: $120. Materials fee to the instructor: $15. Supply list will be provided during the first class.

GILDING: How to use gold leaf and metal foils
3 classes, Saturday mornings
April 28, May 5, 12
Instruction from 10 a.m. to noon.

Gilding Class

Over the course of three mornings, we will learn about gold leaf, its role in illuminated manuscripts, both historical and contemporary, and of course, learn how to use it ourselves. We will be using a modern gilding base, not the traditional gesso. We will work on both flat and dimensional bases. We'll also briefly touch on metal leaf and its possibilities. Calligraphy experience is not required. The techniques taught would be valuable for any artist looking to incorporate genuine gold into their artworks.

Cost: $80; materials fee of $30 includes, gilding base, 6 sheets of 23K patent gold, paper and additional art supplies. A book of 23K patent gold (25 sheets) is available for $65 (cost subject to change based on current price of gold).

Registration required by April 14th to ensure adequate supplies.


INTRODUCTION TO CALLIGRAPHY--Early Summer Intensive-2 weeks of study
6 classes, June 11th through 23rd
Monday, June 11; evening 7 to 9 pm
Wednesday, June 13; evening 7 to 9 pm
Saturday, June 16; morning 10 to noon
Monday, June 18; evening 7 to 9 pm
Wednesday, June 20;evening 7 to 9 pm
Saturday, June 23; morning 10 to noon

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

Foundational Calligraphy

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 young students, adults and teenagers.

There will be homework assigned for non-class days. Please carve out time to complete the homework assignments. Time spent lettering on non-class days will greatly enhance what you get out of the class.

Cost: $120. Materials fee to the instructor: $35. Materials will include your nibs, ink, nib holders, paper, erasers, ets. Please do not purchase any supplies ahead of time. Feel free to bring any calligraphy supplies you already have (if you have any) to the first class to add to our discussion. Though bring a notebook for your notes.



To reserve a spot in a class, please call 860-413-9041 to make sure space is still available and mail a $20 deposit to Debby Reelitz; 24 Silkey Road; North Granby CT 06060. The remaining amount is due the first day of class.


If you are left-handed and interested in doing calligraphy, you CAN do it. There are left-handed professional calligraphers out there.

Yes, there are challenges to being left-handed and using the broad edged tool, but there are many tricks to get around them. To be honest, it does mean extra time and experimentation to learn what works best for you. So, what I like to do for lefties is send them a small booklet to read before coming to class so you can get a preview on some of the tricks of the trade. When you register, just let me know you are left-handed so I can send you the book. I do ask that it be returned for future lefties taking classes. Here's some basic ideas to start: