This is your chance to learn in a fun-filled, judgement free environment (with mimosas, of course)!

The Introduction to Modern Calligraphy workshop is the perfect way to learn my favorite art – pointed pen calligraphy!

These classes are only held a few times per year, and the class sizes are limited, to allow me to spend time one-on-one with each student.

At the workshop, I’ll provide you with all of my favorite tried-and-true materials – the same ones that I use to run my calligraphy business. I’ll teach you the correct way to use each piece, the beginner strokes that will set you up for success, and a full beginner alphabet (upper and lower case) in my favorite modern calligraphy style.

No experience (or even good handwriting) required!


Introduction to Modern Calligraphy – Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the Lesner Inn – Virginia Beach, Virginia

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy – September 2019 – Location and Date TBD

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  • What’s Included?
    • Tickets include two hours of hands-on instruction and guidance by Lauren Perry, a straight or oblique pen holder, two nibs with instruction on nib care and cleaning, black calligraphy ink and ink storage block, nib cleaner, seven worksheets and feedback from Lauren in the weeks following the class on progress as you continue to practice. Plus, I’ll provide light refreshments and snacks, because no one likes learning while hangry.
  • I have bad handwriting, and I’m not artistic, can I still learn calligraphy?
    • Absolutely! My handwriting looks nothing like my calligraphy. While being naturally artistic would probably help you pick up calligraphy faster as you have more experience using brushes/pens, calligraphy is all about pressure and muscle memory! This has to be trained, so no artistic experience is needed!
  • I’m left-handed, can you teach me calligraphy?
    • While I myself am right-handed, my husband is left-handed so I am well-versed in the struggle you lefties have! Calligraphy can absolutely be done left-handed, I’ll just teach you some tricks about angling your pen correctly, and making sure you don’t get ink all over your hand. I’ve had lots of lefties in my workshops, and all have been successful!
  • Are men allowed to take the class?
    • Of course! Men and women are welcome to join in on the fun. I have had men of all ages in my workshops who have had a blast, and always end up being some of the most talented students!
  • Do you teach individual classes where I can learn from you one-on-one?
    • Yes, by request only! Please send me an e-mail at lauren{at}laurenperrystudio.com for more information. However, I find most students feel group classes give them all the individual direction they need, and are the most fun because of the camaraderie and group laughs!
  • What age groups are these workshops best for?
    • I’ve taught students of all ages! There is no age minimum or maximum, all are welcome. Because of the detailed nature of calligraphy, this workshop would be best for children who are naturally self-disciplined and detail-oriented! Every child is different, so there’s no set age. Feel free to send me an e-mail at lauren{at}laurenperrystudio.com if you’d like to chat more about children!
  • What’s the difference between pointed pen calligraphy and lettering?
    • Pointed pen calligraphy is the art of using a nib and a nib holder to create letters. Varying pressure on the nib creates thick and thin lines, giving calligraphy its gorgeous look. Lettering (sometimes known as faux calligraphy) is using any other medium (brush pens, sharpies, markers, pencils, you name it!) to create letters. Some of these pens will also create thick and thin lines in one fluid stroke, while others will require you to go back and create additional lines and fill them in to create the thicker parts of the letter. Both are beautiful art forms, but will result in a different look! Make sure to look at the type of tool used when signing up for a workshop (pointed pen calligraphy = nib, lettering = brush pen, etc.) as calligraphy and lettering are sometimes used interchangeably since most don’t know the difference!
  • Do you teach Intermediate Workshops?
    • I’ve been considering it! This workshop would cover using metallic inks, planning and centering layouts, envelope layouts and refining your signature calligraphy style. If I have enough interest, I’ll get one scheduled – send me an e-mail at lauren{at}laurenperrystudio.com to let me know if you’d like to take something like this!