Modern Calligraphy Library Program

During the 90-minute program, I talk about the importance of handlettering in a digital world and why it is still relevant. We’ll discuss three different ways modern calligraphy can be written and of course, how to write this modern calligraphy style with the lettering tool chosen by the hosting library. I will provide several digital pdf handouts to distribute to the students in advance. We also discuss how they can use the lettering in everyday life. 

This program works very well in the online format and has been my most popular workshop. 


For a 90-minute program, starting cost is: $175
There is an additional fee if it is recorded. 

Class size:
Online, up to the library.
In-person, 20 participants. Cost for handouts and paper: $10

In-person classes do have an additional travel fee of $0.55 per mile from my studio in North Granby, Connecticut, to the class location and back.

Students will need:
*Lettering tool
*Several sheets of blank paper

The lettering tool will vary from library to library. This Modern Calligraphy class does require some sort of equipment. Following are the different ways I can teach it, I need guidance as to what format your library wants to do. I have a unique set of handouts for each lettering tool. I have taught with all three formats and they have each been successful, the primary factor is cost to the library.

1) Pencil. No cost. This is the simplest materials-wise. I focus on teaching the students how to draw the letters and then the students will learn different ways to fill in the letter. Students are encouraged to pull out highlighters, colored pencils, pens, whatever writing tools they have around to embellish their letters.
2) Flexible marker. Cost between $2-4 per marker. There are diverse brands of flexible brush markers out there–not all of them are good. Here is a source and brand I recommend.
3) Pointed brush. Cost around $8 per brush. For the increase in cost, students have a far more durable and long-lasting tool that allows them greater possibilities. Unlike the marker, this Pentel Color Brush can last for years if properly taken care of. Here is a source and product I recommend:

Come learn the popular and playful Modern Calligraphy! Taught by calligrapher, Debby Reelitz. You will learn where this style comes from, strategies on how to create this lettering style and projects to use the skills you have learned.

I’m happy to answer questions. I’ve thrown out a lot of information!