Creative modern nib calligraphy with Kirsten Burke

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About this course

This course will give you the skills, knowledge, and confidence to create beautiful, lettered artworks. You'll be shown how to create stunning artistic compositions using a po in ted nib and inks and how to colour blend with soild state metallics.

Course Description

The aim of this course is to learn how to create stunning artistic compositions, using a pointed nib and ink.

You will start by learning how to control your nib and ink flow and progress to forming elegant letterforms and styling your calligraphy by altering the angle and width of your letters. You will look at the basic rules that govern calligraphy. You will play with the rules and learn which ones you must follow and which ones you can bend in order to create stunning ‘modern’ compositions that dance around the page! You will look at balance and how to adjust letterforms to create ‘atmosphere’ using alphabet families.

You will acquire the skills needed to add gorgeous, hand-lettered details to all kinds of stationery, elevate your gifting and add personalised touches to the home.

Friendly and informative, you will be guided step by step, so that you are able to build up your skills quickly and easily.

Course Materials


  • All the materials required for this course, including detailed worksheets, art templates, blank greeting cards and envelopes, pencil, erasers, a selection of pointed nibs, coloured inks and metallic solid state paints.

What students need to bring

  • You do not need to bring anything, but if you would like to think of a particular phrase to put on your artwork and greeting cards, that would be great.

Available to buy

  • Available from tutor:
  • Calligraphy kits, Finetec metallic paints, ink sets and Kirsten Burke’s bestselling book on the Secrets of Modern Calligraphy will be available from the tutor, if you wish to purchase additional materials.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals, and safety boots, if specified.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

General Information


Kirsten Burke

Kirsten Burke is one of the UK's leading contemporary lettering artists. She gained a BA Hons in Graphic Design and a Postgrad in Calligraphy from Roehampton. She has had four books published and sold 10 million greeting cards. Her work is exhibited in numerous museums nationwide, including a 13 metre mural for Shakespeare's Globe.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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