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Calligraphy Class

Calligraphy Class with Iain Howie

Calligraphy – the art of beautiful writing. Calligraphy writing

The class runs in block in line with the Stirling school terms and is suitable for total beginners to experienced calligraphers. See dates under  course calendar – calligraphy class.


It covers:

  • the basic rules of formal lettering, working with classic calligraphy hands including foundational, italic and gothic
  • layout and the design process
  • learning to use the calligarpher’s toolkits

The tutor is Iain Howie who studied calligarphy at Glasgow School of Art and is a member of The Glasgow Scribes affiliated to The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society.

Druing the calligraphy class Iain follows the same goals as The Glasgow Scribes:

  • improve calligraphy skills
  • share calligraphy ideas and expertise
  • promote the art of calligraphy

For cost, dates and to book please check course calendar – calligraphy class. Follow the booking link or call Iain on 07840 963 770.

calligraphy class

Calligraphy is the design and execution of lettering with a broad tip instrument, brush, or other writing instruments. A contemporary calligraphic practice can be defined as, “the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious, and skillful manner”.

Modern calligraphy ranges from functional inscriptions and designs to fine-art pieces where the letters may or may not be readable. 

Here are some ideas for the use of calligraphy:

Wedding invitations, event invitations, original hand-lettered logo design, announcements, commissioned calligraphic art, cut stone inscriptions, poems and memorial documents.

The principal tools for a calligrapher are the pen, the brush and good quality paper. Calligraphy pens write with nibs that may be flat, round, or pointed.]For some decorative purposes, multi-nibbed pens—steel brushes—can be used. Felt-tip and ballpoint pens can be used as well but these works do not employ angled lines. There are some styles of calligraphy, like Gothic script, which require a stub nib pen.

Writing ink is usually water-based and is much less viscous than the oil-based inks used in printing. High quality paper, which has good consistency of absorption enables cleaner lines.

All these facts and many more tips will be discussed and transfered to our students

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