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Modern Calligraphy Bootcamp

at CraftJam - SoHo

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SoHo, Manhattan
103 Sullivan St
Btwn Spring & Prince Streets
New York, New York 10012
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this calligraphy & hand lettering class:

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about getting started with calligraphy! Based on our popular Modern Calligraphy series, the Calligraphy Bootcamp offers an all-in-one approach to learning about the tools of the trade for calligraphy.

In 4 hours, our calligraphy JamMaster will introduce you to the basic techniques of pointed pen calligraphy and guide you through exercises to enhance your skills.

Calligraphy is a millennia-old art form, with its roots in both Eastern and Western cultures traditionally used for illuminated manuscripts and formal writing. Modern calligraphy spurs from this by using both new and traditional tools: it’s a more free form style of writing that maintains the elegance of traditional calligraphy while allowing for more self-expression.

This workshop series will focus solely on pointed pen (also called dip pen) calligraphy, in order for you to develop a strong formal introduction and understanding of the tools used in calligraphy. This workshop serves as a foundational course upon which other skills can be built.


Part 1: Basics and Lowercase Alphabet

  • What is modern calligraphy? How is it different from traditional calligraphy and hand lettering?
  • Introduction to pointed pen calligraphy
  • How to prepare a nib for first-time use and how to put the pen together
  • Practicing with a straight pen holder
  • Discussion about the importance of pressure in calligraphy
  • Practicing the 8 basic strokes, which you will use to form letters of your own
  • Practicing lowercase alphabet
  • Practice connecting letters and review tricky combinations

(Lunch break)

Part 2: Pointed Pen and Connections

  • Practicing uppercase alphabet
  • Tips and tricks for various types of ink and paper
  • Learning basic flourishing techniques
  • Making greeting cards using your preferred method
  • Learn how to make guidelines for calligraphy and how to apply these to envelopes
  • Distribution of resources list for further study

This class is beginner friendly; no experience necessary! We will have all of the supplies and materials ready for you. During in-class exercises, you will learn the basic skills for modern calligraphy, including proper pen handling and calligraphy posture, a full script alphabet in upper and lower cases, and practice your new skills with a fun project. You will receive a dip pen with two different styles of nibs and a small bottle of ink for you to continue practicing at home. Lefties are welcome to attend class too!

This class is especially good for people who love hand lettering, want to use calligraphy in their upcoming nuptials, or already know how to write letters and would like to learn the basics of traditional calligraphy.

Also, we are BYOB friendly, so bring a drink of your choice.

CraftJams are hosted in an intimate setting with a twelve attendee maximum. Make sure to purchase your ticket before the event is sold out!

Note: This is class is an updated version from our previous CraftJam Academy: Modern Calligraphy Workshop hosted in three sessions.

Please note: this class is meant to be taken instead of the 2-session class, not in addition.

School Notes:
We are BYOB friendly! Crafting is paired best with your favorite drink of choice! But, you must be 21 or over. Younger? Just have a mocktail. No one will notice ;)

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Refund Policy

Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows: 

Cancellations made 3 or more days in advance will receive a full credit for a rescheduled date with this provider   


Original cancellation policy (non-COVID-19):

One week notice for cancellation and full refund. 48 hours notice if you'd like to reschedule (depends on availability and can't be guaranteed).


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Question from James A.
Hi. I have a job that requires me to write many notes of introduction as well as thank you notes. I find my cursive handwriting to be tortuous and I am embarrassed by it. I just want to learn to write a beautiful note. Is this the right class for me? Can I really learn to do this in three hours? Thanks, James Amburn 203-249-4060 [email protected]
Answer from Diane H. Verified Student
Hi, I am not sure if this class will help you. It is worth a shot as you learn how to Form the alphabet in quite beautiful forms. With practice, your writing should improve.
Answer from James A.
Thank you, Diane. It can't hurt. I think I will go for it. Your response is very helpful. James
Answer from Kristle C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi James! In this class, you will learn the basics of modern calligraphy. You should be able to apply what you learn in the class to help improve your script! Thanks!
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Reviews of Classes at CraftJam (585)

(585 Reviews)
Modern Calligraphy Bootcamp
Reviewed by Anonymous on 1/6/2020
The instructor was very nice and nice skills to takeaway.
Modern Calligraphy Bootcamp
Reviewed by Anonymous on 1/6/2020
Jessica was very good at breaking the art of calligraphy down into easy-ish-to-follow steps. I say "ish" since it will take practice after all. She paused often in between steps to make sure the class was following and happily repeated anything that someone was stuck on.
Modern Calligraphy Bootcamp
Reviewed by Nicole F. on 12/8/2019
Good evening, this class was great. The instructor was very knowledgeable about the topic. She made me feel at ease while giving everyone encouragement about the topic. I greatly appreciated how she let all the students know that this is a process that will take time and patience. My fiancée and I loved this class.
Modern Calligraphy Bootcamp
Reviewed by Cara M. on 9/30/2019
The class was great and Jess was a great instructor! Learned a lot and have been excited to practice at home. Would love if an Advanced class could be offered in the future!
Modern Calligraphy Bootcamp
Reviewed by Kristin M. on 8/11/2019
This class was very informative and fun! Our instructor Jess was very talented and the class size made it easy for her to give us individualized help and feedback. The class gives you the tools to explore more on your own and continue independently later.

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