Olive & Reid Studio

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Find out all the goings on around the UK throughout 2019. If you're offering a workshop that I haven't listed, please get in touch to let me know. **Note** All listings are correct at the time of posting. Please contact event organiser directly to determine up to date information (space, date, location, etc.).

Before we dive in, I have a small donation request to help keep the list updated and more user friendly. If you find (or have found) this list of workshops useful either in your continued study or as a business featured on this list, I'd be grateful for your support to keep it going. I think it's important to showcase events happening all around the UK (and how it has grown so much since I started the list a few years ago), but takes a lot of work! I'd love to spend even more time on it to make it more user friendly, so all contributions are welcome!

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2019 Calligraphy Workshops, Talks and Meetups

May 28 [Manchester]: French Round Hand (4 weeks) (contact Love Calligraphy)
May 29 [Manchester]: Traditional Copperplate (8 weeks) (contact Love Calligraphy)
May 30 [Manchester]: Traditional Copperplate (8 weeks) (contact Love Calligraphy)
May 31 [Manchester]: French Round Hand (4 weeks) (contact Love Calligraphy)

Jun 1 [Falmouth]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Jun 1 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
Jun 1 [Birmingham]: Pen Museum Workshop (contact Joy Daniels Calligraphy)
Jun 1 [Surrey]: Introduction to the Pointed Pen with Modern Calligraphy (contact Alphabition)
Jun 4 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
Jun 4 [Yorkshire]: Introduction to Hand Lettering (contact Jacqueline Searle)
Jun 4 [Dundee]: The Art of Modern Calligraphy (contact Jenni Liandu)
Jun 5 [Cambridge]: Introduction to Modern Calligraphy (contact Danielle Lummis)
Jun 6 [Plymouth]: Kids’ Crayola Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Jun 6 [Hertfordshire]: Modern Calligraphy Creative Workshop (contact Edlyl Asis)
Jun 7 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
Jun 7 [Cornwall]: Beginners Modern Calligraphy Taster Session (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Jun 8 [Sussex]: Colour Certificate of Skills 2 with Mary Noble (contact Sussex Scribes)
Jun 8 [Oxfordshire]: Islimi with Sylvie Gokulsing (contact Oxford Scribes)
Jun 8 [Tyneside]: Italic Calligraphy (contact Creative Calligraphy)
Jun 8 [London]: Calligraphy all levels (contact Gaynor Goffe)
Jun 8 [Hampshire]: Traditional Calligraphy (contact Glory Lettering)
Jun 8 [Northampton]: Bird Flourishes with David Simons (contact Northampton Scribes)
Jun 8 [Hampshire]: Modern Calligraphy Workshop for Beginners (contact Paint and Ink Studio)
Jun 8 [Cornwall]: Beginners Practice Club (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Jun 11 [Devon]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Jun 12 [London]: Calligraphy all levels (contact Gaynor Goffe)
Jun 14 [Northumberland]: Traditional Calligraphy Workshop (contact Creative Calligraphy)
Jun 14 [Hampshire]: Modern Calligraphy Workshop for Beginners (contact Paint and Ink Studio)
Jun 15 [Kent]: 21st Century Uncials with Marion McKenzie (contact Cinque Port Scribes)
Jun 15 [Gloucestershire]: Looking Beyond the Literal Letter with Rachel Yallop (contact Gloucestershire Lettering Arts)
Jun 15 [Herefordshire) Italics with a Twist (contact Marches Scribes)
Jun 15 [County Durham]: Traditional Calligraphy (contact Creative Calligraphy)
Jun 16 [London]: Improvers Modern Calligraphy Workshop (contact Quill)
Jun 17 [Cambridge]: Flourishing Calligraphy Workshop (contact Danielle Lummis)
Jun 18 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
Jun 18 [Hampshire]: Learn Modern Calligraphy (contact Glory Lettering)
Jun 20 [Glasgow]: Calligraphy, Cocktails and Canapes (contact Laura Elizabeth Patrick)
Jun 21 [Manchester]: Brush Lettering Calligraphy Workshop (contact By Moon and Tide)
Jun 21 [Sussex]: Foundational Script for Beginners (contact Alphabition)
Jun 21-23 [Hertfordshire]: Gestural Capitals Using Flat Brush and Pen with Yves Leterme (contact SSI)
Jun 22 [Manchester]: Brush Lettering Workshop (contact Love Calligraphy)
Jun 22 [Staffordshire]: Bringing Together Techniques (contact Mercian Scribes)
Jun 22 [Hampshire]: Modern Calligraphy Workshop for Beginners (contact Paint and Ink Studio)
Jun 22 [London]: Fancy Envelope Masterclass (contact Alice Gabb)
Jun 23 [London]: Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy Workshop (contact Calligraphy by Kiki)
Jun 24 [Cambridge]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Danielle Lummis)
Jun 24 [West Yorkshire]: Intro to Modern Calligraphy (contact Sally Jane Calligraphy)
Jun 25 [Manchester]: Uncial Workshop (4 weeks) (contact Love Calligraphy)
Jun 25 [London]: Pearl & Groove for Intermediates (contact Alice Gabb)
Jun 27 [Cornwall]: Beginners Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Jun 27 [Hertfordshire]: Modern Calligraphy Creative Workshop (contact Edlyl Asis)
Jun 28 [Manchester]: Uncial Workshop (4 weeks) (contact Love Calligraphy)
Jun 29 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
Jun 29 [Newmarket]: Brush Lettering Workshop (contact Danielle Lummis)
Jun 29 [Cornwall]: Beginners Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Jun 30 [Surrey]: Modern Calligraphy Workshop for Beginners (contact Paint and Ink Studio)
Jun 30 [Belfast]: Introduction to Modern Calligraphy Workshop (contact Studio Oudizo)
Jun 30 [London]: Improvers Modern Calligraphy Workshop (contact Quill)

Jul 4 [Cambridge]: Modern Calligraphy Workshop (contact Danielle Lummis)
Jul 5 [Cambridge]: Brush Lettering Workshop (contact Danielle Lummis)
Jul 5 [Manchester]: Absolute Beginners Calligraphy Workshop (contact By Moon and Tide)
Jul 6 [Sussex]: Forza Foundations with Michaela Antonello (contact Sussex Scribes)
Jul 6 [London]: Blackletter with Marion McKenzie (contact SLLA)
Jul 6 [Tyneside]: Copperplate for Beginners (contact Creative Calligraphy)
Jul 6 [Cornwall]: Beginners Practice Club (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Jul 6 [Herefordshire) Textural Art - Impact and Intrigue (contact Marches Scribes)
Jul 6 [London]: Calligraphy all levels (contact Gaynor Goffe)
Jul 6 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
Jul 6 [Manchester]: Learn Calligraphy Workshop (contact Love Calligraphy)
Jul 9 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
Jul 13-14 [Kent]: Lettering as Drawing with Margaret Moran (contact Cinque Port Scribes)
Jul 13 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
Jul 13 [Hampshire]: Learn Modern Calligraphy (contact Glory Lettering)
Jul 13-14 [London]: Calligraphy Taster (contact CityLit)
Jul 13 [Surrey]: Improvers Calligraphy (contact Surrey Arts School)
Jul 13 [Tyneside]: Copperplate for Beginners (contact Creative Calligraphy)
Jul 13-14 [London]: Barbara Enright: Brush Lettering Workshop (contact Better Letters)
Jul 14 [Devon]: Beginners Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Jul 19 [West Yorkshire]: Intro to Modern Calligraphy (contact Sally Jane Calligraphy)
Jul 20 [Staffordshire]: Album Making with Kath Partington (contact Mercian Scribes)
Jul 20 [West Yorkshire]: Intro to Modern Calligraphy (contact Sally Jane Calligraphy)
Jul 22-26 [London]: Copperplate and Spencerian (contact CityLit)
Jul 26 [Cornwall]: Beginners Modern Calligraphy Taster Session (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Jul 27 [Ely]: Brush Lettering Workshop (contact Danielle Lummis)
Jul 27 [London]: Crests and Monograms (contact Alice Gabb)
Jul 27-28 [London]: Gothic Script (contact CityLit)
Jul 28 [Plymouth]: Kids’ Crayola Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Jul 29 - Aug 2 [London]: Creative Calligraphy with Sharon Shaw (5 sessions) (contact CityLit)

Aug 3 [Kent]: Large Italic in Automatic Pen (contact Cinque Port Scribes)
Aug 3 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
Aug 9 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
Aug 10 [Sussex]: A Box of Books with Helen Gibbs (contact Sussex Scribes)
Aug 10 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)

Sep 7 [Kent]: Embossing with Els Van Den Steen (contact Cinque Port Scribes)
Sep 6-8 [Derbyshire]: Writing and Design with Jilly Hazeldine (contact SSI)
Sep 14 [Sussex]: AGM with Guest Speaker Nancy Ouchida-Howells (contact Sussex Scribes)
Sep 14-15 [Brighton]: Workshop with Giovanni de Faccio (contact Ewan Clayton’s Studio)
Sep 24 [Devon]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Sep 28 [London]: Mount Cutting with Joy Daniels (contact SLLA)

Oct 12 [Sussex]: Colour Certificate of Skills 3 with Mary Noble (contact Sussex Scribes)
Oct 12-13 [Kent]: Multi Text / Broad Panels (contact Cinque Port Scribes)

Nov 16 [Sussex]: Cut Paper Lettering with Jan Pickett (contact Sussex Scribes)
Nov 16 [Ken]: Writing on Vellum with Tina Warren (contact Cinque Port Scribes)
Nov 28 [Devon]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)

Find past events (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019).



A note about learning calligraphy

Personally, I believe that there are three things to progressing well with calligraphy.

  1. Being motivated and excited about calligraphy

  2. Studying proper letterforms with reputable guidance

  3. Allowing yourself to be creative and experimenting

Being motivated and excited about calligraphy

Many people begin their calligraphy journey on their own without direct input from people in the know. In my experience, trying to find the right resources online to begin with can be difficult and overwhelming. Indecision might mean you never even get going.

For my own success at sticking with it, I knew that I would have to find a script that appealed to me. I chose Copperplate, and began my learning with Eleanor Winter's Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy, and an earlier incarnation of the online modern calligraphy course from Calligraphy.org.

Studying proper letterforms with reputable guidance

I have slowly made connections with calligraphers via local Facebook groups and the South London Lettering Association, and have been finding more and more advice that may have been helpful to begin with. Read on to hear from established calligraphers about their thoughts for beginners.

"It's best to "learn the rules" by studying the more classical scripts and then go on to manipulate letterforms by looking at the more relaxed versions. Not only will it stand you in good stead for learning with various tutors and groups, but will add to your overall repertoire of scripts." — Tina Warren, Alphabition.

"I think its good to start using broad edged pen with a qualified teacher. You can learn to write in Foundational, Italic, Uncial, Carolingian, Fraktur etc. It's important to understand spacing and pen angle and other basic calligraphy skills." — Christina Janoszka, Dream Writer.

Allowing yourself to be creative and experiment

While regular, focused study of calligraphy is essential to honing great skills and aesthetically pleasing work, there's something to be said for trying new materials, new techniques, and things that push you out of your creative comfort zone. For me, messing about in a sketchbook sits so nicely as a complement to regimented focus of a script. I get a lot of inspiration from Instagram and Pinterest, The Postman's Knock, and local SLLA courses, where I can be creative and free without fear of getting it wrong. The variation keeps me motivated and each gives me a break from the other when I need it to refresh and process what I'm learning.