Calligraphy – modern pointed pen, copperplate or italic with Gaynor Goffe

Ref: SLW33230

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About this course

Learn or improve pointed pen cursive, copperplate or italic calligraphy through individual tuition and group demonstrations. Your chosen script will be applied in the layout and design of short texts.

Course Description

Learn or improve your copperplate calligraphy or the currently, very popular, contemporary pointed pen cursive and variations, or italic and variations. Tuition will be largely demonstrations on an individual basis, with feedback on work in progress, as required. Exercises and projects will be given, with direction to learn and progress your chosen script, and to use it in the layout and design of short texts. The use of colour in the pen, with designer’s gouache, will also be covered.

This course is suitable for all levels, beginners to advanced. Improve your skills and knowledge with tutor-led exercises and projects, and plenty of tutor demonstrations, both group and individual. You will gain or improve your competence with calligraphic tools and materials, and build-on your understanding of related letterforms.

As a result of the course, beginners should achieve a sound footing in calligraphic skills from which to move forward with these scripts and onto other scripts. Those with more experience will gain improvement in the quality of their calligraphy and explore a range of scripts and variations.

Course Materials


  • A3 sheets of smooth surface cartridge paper, 60-70lb

What students need to bring

  • Any calligraphy tools, penholders, nibs and reservoirs, W&N designer’s gouache paint you have, including those on the list below, plus some tissues
  • Apron to protect your clothes (optional)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Penholder and 2 slippon reservoirs for all scripts, plus a range of nibs are usually in stock (subject to availability) For Italic - Mitchell square-cut roundhand nibs (left-oblique for left-handers), size 2, plus any smaller sizes e.g. 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4
  • For copperplate or contemporary pointed pen cursive – a Zebra G pointed nib
  • Pelikan 4001 black ink or black Winsor & Newton designer’s gouache
  • Ruler, HB pencil, Pritt gluestick, scissors, eraser
  • A small mixing palette with compartments
  • A cheap mixing brush
  • If you wish to write in colour: a tube of Winsor & Newton designer’s gouache paint (series 1 or 2 are suitable) and the following colours flow well: turquoise, ultramarine, spectrum red, lemon yellow, alizarin crimson, lamp black and permanent white
  • Available from tutor:
  • Nibs, reservoirs, penholder (if you are unable to bring them)

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


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


Gaynor Goffe

Gaynor Goffe has been a professional calligrapher and teacher for 35 years. She trained in Calligraphy,
Illumination & Heraldry in the mid 1970's at Reigate School of Art & Design, then spent three years as assistant to Donald Jackson. She taught calligraphy at the Roehampton Institute and on many short courses in Britain and abroad. Publications include 'Calligraphy Made Easy 'published by Paragon/Robinson, and 'Calligraphy Step By Step' by Harper Collins. Gaynor is a fellow of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society, the Society of Scribes & Illuminators and a full member of Letter Exchange.


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

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