Creative modern calligraphy with Maisie Minett

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About this course

This course is a short weekend with a timetable variation: 10am-5pm on Saturday and 9am-4pm on Sunday.

This course will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to create beautiful, lettered artworks. You'll be shown how to add Christmas sparkle to calligraphy compositions, using a pointed nib, inks and colour, blending with stunning 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. We will look at the basic rules that govern calligraphy. We will play with the rules and learn which ones we must follow and which ones we can bend in order to create stunning ‘modern’ compositions that dance around the page! We will look at balance and how to adjust letterforms to create ‘atmosphere’ using alphabet families.

You’ll 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 are supplied, including detailed worksheets, art templates, Christmas templates, 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 and ink sets. If you wish to purchase additional materials (you can pay the tutor by BACS).

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.


Timetable for 2 day, short weekend courses

Saturday, session one: 10am-1pm & 2-5pm. Please arrive by 9.45am.

Sunday, session two: 9am-1pm & 2-4pm.

Lunch and tea/coffee is included.

General Information


Maisie Minett

Maisie is a calligrapher at the Modern Calligraphy Co and has been mentored by Kirsten Burke and has an energy and passion for sharing her love of calligraphy with students.


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

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Further study options

Take the next step in your creative practice, with foundation level to Masters in Fine Art study. 

Depending on your experience, start with an Online Foundation Certificate in Art and Design (one year, part-time), a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design made up of 10 short courses taken over two years (part-time) or advance your learning with our BA (Hons) Art and Contemporary Craft: Materials, Making, and Place (six years part-time). All will help you develop core skills, find direction in your practice and build an impressive portfolio in preparation for artist opportunities or higher-level study. See all degree and diploma courses.