Intro to Pointed Pen Calligraphy Class

Get acquainted with Pointed Pen calligraphy in this 2-day class. We’ll start with a pencil to learn the basics, then practice writing letters with a pointed dip pen. After this class, you’ll be able to write with a pointed nib for cards, envelopes, and other creative projects!


CATALYST Arts & Maker Space

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Meet for Class

I’m offering the class as an in-person weekend workshop! There will be 2 four-hour sessions with a break each day for lunch. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and see plenty of demonstrations. Class size is limited to 12 students.

In this Pointed Pen Calligraphy Class:

  • Holding your pen and improving your lines
  • Basic strokes, letter and word spacing
  • Writing with a pointed calligraphy nib
  • Improving your work

Check out our page, Learning Calligraphy for Beginners, for articles and videos about getting started with calligraphy at your own pace.

What is “Pointed Pen” Calligraphy?

Watch the point of the pen open and close as the letter is written.

This term refers to any calligraphy written with a pointed flexible calligraphy nib. Pointed pen calligraphy also includes any broad edge scripts modified for pointed pen. Learn more about the differences between the 2 calligraphy styles in my article, 3 Differences Between Pointed + Broad Calligraphy Nibs.

Examples of Pointed Pen Calligraphy Scripts

A close-up of an illuminated lettering piece. There is a watercolor illustration of snowdrop flowers framed by a red box. Pointed pen Uncial calligraphy spells out the word, "snowdrop". In addition, there are golden illustrations of leaves and vines.
Pointed Uncial Calligraphy
Shiny Gold Cursive Pointed Pen Calligraphy on a Black Envelope
Copperplate Calligraphy
Spencerian Calligraphy

What’s Provided in the Class:

  • Handout with letters, numbers, and practice pages
  • Practice paper
  • A penstaff and 2 nibs
  • Walnut ink

Supply List

Please bring the items listed below with you to class:

  • A wooden pencil and sharpener
  • A few sheets of plain copy paper
  • 2 Paper towels
  • Lined paper and a separate pen for taking notes

a calligrapher's hand writing the word, "autumn" in cursive using a pointed pen and brown ink.

For future calligraphy supplies, I recommend visiting Arizona Art Supply or Sarnoff Art and Framing.

If ordering online is better for you, I love Paper and Ink Arts and John Neal Bookseller for calligraphy supplies.