Online Calligraphy Courses

Classes will be held live on Zoom

With 15 years of teaching experience, I have focused on lettering styles and activities which build a strong understanding of the basic principles of calligraphy. In each of these classes, I’ve broken down the learning process  into manageable steps. I hope you’ll join us!

ITALIC: Learning the Classic Calligraphic Hand

6 Mondays
Sep 13, 20, 27; Oct 4, 18, 25
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST

This six-week course will introduce the fundamentals of the italic lettering style, branching, pen angle, letter height, capitals, etc, all those elements that make Italic the hallmark style of calligraphy. Each class will include a small project and culminate in a signature-style book.

Intro to Illumination

6 Thursday evenings
Sep 30; Oct 7, 14, 22, 28; Nov 4
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST

This is a nuts-and-bolts class on illumination. We will focus on the tools of the trade, building understanding and proficiency, moving through a series of exercises gaining in complexity over the six classes. Students are taught the ‘how’ so they can apply these skills to whatever style of illumination they want to create. 

Making Gouache Your Friend

4 Saturdays mornings
November 6, 13, 20;
December 4

Making Gouache your friend: a 4-class adventure into the wonderful opaque watercolor called gouache and how gouache can enliven and improve your calligraphy.

Details will be posted by September 30th.

Modern Calligraphy

6 Tuesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 pm EST
Nov 2, 9, 16, 30; Dec 7, 14 

Come learn the popular and playful Modern Calligraphy! We will go through a series of exercises to develop the skills necessary for using a pointed brush when writing letters. We will cover lower case, capitals, dancing letters, decorative techniques and each week includes a project that uses this playful style.

Comments by Debby’s Students

“Honestly I was a little surprised at how much I was able to learn by just two hours…the class could’ve been 8 hours and I wouldn’t have minded.” Online student, 13 yo

“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


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