Intro to Calligraphy with the Broad Edge Nib: The Foundational Hand

6 evenings: Thursdays
Jan 26; Feb 2, 9, 16, 23; Mar 2, 2023
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST
Live online course via Zoom
Register by January 18, 2023 to receive supplies on time

The course will introduce the fundamentals of the foundational lettering style, writing with a metal nib, an introduction to 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 tweens. Advanced projects are available for continuing students.

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 I highly recommend using the suggested materials on the supply list below:


To purchase this class and supplies there are three options. If anything is confusing, please call! 860-550-3002

Class includes packet of handouts (60+ items that I have created and will be used throughout the 6 weeks, ie: handouts, book parts, project materials, handmade pen)
Class fee of $120; Packet $35, Shipping $12
Total for Basic Class: $167
Student will acquire necessary supplies, links and resources are available on the Google doc listed above

Includes everything needed for the 6-week class, all supplies, handouts, materials.
Class fee $120, Supplies and packet $81; Shipping $20
Total Cost Class & Supplies: $221

OPTION 3: CLASS & Mixed Supply Packet
If you have some supplies, but need others, copy the order form at the supply link here, identify the items you need, email me a copy and I will invoice you for what supplies you need, either through PayPal or Venmo.

Payment options include Venmo, Paypal, check and Etsy.

PayPal: Send money to   The account will come up as Calligraphy Design Studio. Add a note that clarifies class and what hand your write with.

Credit Card: I can email you an invoice that allows you to pay with a credit card even if you don’t have a PayPal account.

Venmo: Debby-Calligraphy. Last 4 digits of cell: 3002
Add a note that clarifies class and what hand your write with. 

Check: Payable to: Debby Reelitz
Mail to: 24 Silkey Road, North Granby CT 06060
Add a note that clarifies class and what hand your write with.

Register via Etsy


INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Please contact me before registering to determine shipping logistics, cost, timing, etc. Etsy tacks on considerable fees for international purchases, so we work to avoid those.


The class will be recorded and made available to students.

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 to practice the skill that was introduced. This return to lettering later during the week is a great way to create the muscle memory and technical skills that are so important to working with gouache.

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