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.).

2019 Calligraphy workshops, talks and meetups

Jan 31 [London]: Calligraphy (contact CityLit)

Feb 2 [Brighton]: Calligraphy Introduction with Megan (contact Ewan Clayton’s Studio)
Feb 3 [London]: Creative calligraphy: personalising lettering (contact CityLit)
Feb 3 [Brighton]: Drop-In Roman Capitals (contact Ewan Clayton’s Studio)
Feb 5 [Glasgow]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Laura Elizabeth Patrick)
Feb 9 [Sussex]: Colour Certificate of Skills 1 with Mary Noble (contact Sussex Scribes)
Feb 9 [Oxfordshire]: Italic Variations with Judith Porch (contact Oxford Scribes)
Feb 9 [West Yorkshire]: Intro to Modern Calligraphy (contact Phylecia Sutherland)
Feb 9 [Devon]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Feb 9 [Hampshire]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Glory Lettering)
Feb 9 [Bristol]: Intro to Modern Calligraphy (contact Studio Oudizo)
Feb 10 [Surrey]: Brush Lettering with Leanda Xavian (contact Surrey Arts School)
Feb 16 [Oxfordshire]: A-Z: A celebration of Calligraphy (contact Oxford Scribes)
Feb 17 [Cornwall]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Feb 18 [Dundee]: The Art of Modern Calligraphy (contact Jenni Liandu)
Feb 23 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (6 weeks)
Feb 24 [Brighton]: Ewan Clayton’s Open Studio (contact Ewan Clayton’s Studio)
Feb 26 [London]: AGM followed by a social evening (contact SLLA)
Feb 27 [London]: Calligraphy course (5 weeks) (contact Camden College)
Feb 28 [Surrey]: Modern Calligraphy with Leanda Xavian (contact Surrey Arts School)
Feb 28 [Plymouth]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)


Mar 1 [London]: Broad-Edge Calligraphy for Beginners and Improvers (6 weeks) (contact CityLit)
Mar 1-3 [Suffolk]: Calligraphy all levels (contact Gaynor Goffe)
Mar 2-3 [Brighton]: Roman Capitals in Pen with Christopher Haanes (contact Ewan Clayton’s Studio)
Mar 2 [Oxfordshire]: In the Style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (contact Oxford Scribes)
Mar 2 [North Wales]: Calligraphy workshop for Jonah Jones exhibition (contact the gallery)
Mar 2 [Herefordshire]: Caroline Minuscule - A Modern Twist on Carolingian (contact Marches Scribes)
Mar 2 [Plymouth]: Beginners’ Practise Club (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Mar 2 [Wales]: Calligraphy Workshop (contact Oakleaf Calligraphy)
Mar 2 [Manchester]: Introduction to Calligraphy (contact Love Calligraphy)
Mar 3 [Surrey]: Brush Lettering with Leanda Xavian (contact Surrey Arts School)
Mar 4-8 [London]: Calligraphy all levels, Modern Calligraphy and Copper Plate (contact Gaynor Goffe)
Mar 6 [South Shields]: Copperplate Calligraphy (5 weeks) (contact Creative Calligraphy)
Mar 8 [Corbridge]: Improvers’ Calligraphy (contact Creative Calligraphy)
Mar 9 [West Yorkshire]: Intro to Modern Calligraphy (contact Phylecia Sutherland)
Mar 9 [Northampton]: Decorative Borders and Edging with Kathy Sedar (contact Northampton Scribes)
Mar 9 [Merseyside]: Introduction to Calligraphy (contact North West Calligraphers’ Association')
Mar 9 [Gateshead]: IWD2019-Inspired Calligraphy (contact Creative Calligraphy)
Mar 12 [Manchester]: Modern Calligraphy (4 weeks) (contact Love Calligraphy)
Mar 12 [Manchester]: Gothic Fraktur Part 2 (8 weeks) (contact Love Calligraphy)
Mar 12 [Boldon]: Traditional Calligraphy (contact Creative Calligraphy)
Mar 13 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
Mar 13 [Manchester]: Traditional Copperplate (8 weeks) (contact Love Calligraphy)
Mar 14 [Plymouth]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Mar 14 [Manchester]: Traditional Copperplate (8 weeks) (contact Love Calligraphy)
Mar 14 [Manchester]: Modern Calligraphy (4 weeks) (contact Love Calligraphy)
Mar 15 [London]: Japanese Calligraphy (contact CityLit)
Mar 15 [Manchester]: Gothic Fraktur Part 2 (8 weeks) (contact Love Calligraphy)
Mar 16 [Sussex]: Modern Gothic with Julia Baxter (contact Sussex Scribes)
Mar 16 [Aberdeen]: Beginners Modern Calligraphy (contact Jenni Liandu)
Mar 16 [Glasgow]: Introduction to Modern Calligraphy Workshop (contact Studio Oudizo)
Mar 16 [Aberdeen]: Improvers’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Jenni Liandu)
Mar 16 [Gloucestershire]: Lucienne Day Inspired Lettering with Adele Dark (contact Gloucestershire Lettering)
Mar 16 [Staffordshire]: Modern Calligraphy with David Simons (contact Mercian Scribes)
Mar 21-24 [Sussex]: Calligraphy all levels (contact Gaynor Goffe)
Mar 22 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
Mar 23 [North Tyneside]: Beginners’ Copperplate Calligraphy (contact Creative Calligraphy)
Mar 23 [London]: Abstract Brush with Rachel Yallop (contact SLLA)
Mar 23 [Dundee]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Jenni Liandu)
Mar 23 [Bristol]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Mar 23 [Surrey]: Modern Calligraphy with Leanda Xavian (contact Surrey Arts School)
Mar 23 [London]: Cake and Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
Mar 23 [Newmarket]: Modern Calligraphy Workshop (contact Danielle Lummis)
Mar 23 [Manchester]: Brush Lettering Workshop (contact Love Calligraphy)
Mar 23 [Surrey]: Beginners Modern Calligraphy Workshop (contact Surrey Art School)
Mar 23 [Tyneside]: Copperplate for Beginners (contact Creative Calligraphy)
Mar 24 [West Yorkshire]: Intro to Modern Calligraphy (contact Sally Jane Calligraphy)
Mar 25 [Surrey]: Intro to Modern Calliagraphy Workshop (contact Megan Riera)
Mar 27-28 [Wiltshire]: Calligraphy all levels (contact Gaynor Goffe)
Mar 28 [Glasgow]: Modern Calligraphy Class for Beginners (contact Laura Elizabeth Patrick)
Mar 28 [West Yorkshire]: Intro to Modern Calligraphy (contact Phylecia Sutherland)
Mar 29 [Galway]: Introduction to Modern Calligraphy Workshop (contact Studio Oudizo)
Mar 30-31 [Brighton]: Roman Cursive with Ewan Clayton (contact Ewan Clayton’s Studio)
Mar 30 [London]: From Brush Strokes to Typography with Sarah Hyndman (contact Better Letters)
Mar 30 [Kent]: All About Colour with Ann Roach (contact Cinque Port Scribes)
Mar 30 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
Mar 30 [Ely]: Modern Calligraphy Workshop (contact Danielle Lummis)
Mar 30 [London]: Calligraphy all levels, Modern Pointed Pen Cursive (contact Gaynor Goffe)
Mar 30 [Dublin]: Introduction to Modern Calligraphy Workshop (contact Studio Oudizo)
Mar 20 [London]: Modern Calligraphy for Beginners' (contact LA Calligraphy)
Mar 31 [Belfast]: Introduction to Modern Calligraphy Workshop (contact Studio Oudizo)


Apr 2 [Glasgow]: Intermediate Copperplate Workshop with Francesca Valbonesi (contact Cass Art Glasgow)
Apr 5 [West Yorkshire]: Intro to Modern Calligraphy (contact Sally Jane Calligraphy)
Apr 5-7 [Surrey]: Calligraphy all levels (contact Gaynor Goffe)
Apr 6 [Sussex]: Silk to Stone with Marion McKenzie (contact Sussex Scribes)
Apr 6 [Falmouth]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Apr 6 [Cheltenham]: Introduction to Modern Calligraphy Workshop (contact Studio Oudizo)
Apr 6-7 [Brighton]: Brush Lettering with Luca Barcellona (contact Ewan Clayton’s Studio)
Apr 6-7 [Kent]: Gold with Toni Watts (contact Cinque Port Scribes)
Apr 7 [Surrey]: Brush Lettering with Leanda Xavian (contact Surrey Arts School)
Apr 9 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
Apr 12-14 [Hertfordshire]: Writing and Design with Jilly Hazeldine (contact SSI)
Apr 12 [London]: Modern Calligraphy with Veiko Kespersaks (contact CityLit)
Apr 13 [Herefordshire]: Improvers Session (contact Marches Scribes)
Apr 14 [Plymouth]: Kids’ Crayola Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Apr 15 [Cambridge]: Brush Lettering Workshop (contact Danielle Lummis)
Apr 16 [Glasgow]: Intermediate Copperplate Workshop with Francesca Valbonesi (contact Cass Art Glasgow)
Apr 17 [Suffolk]: Calligraphy all levels (contact Gaynor Goffe)
Apr 17 [Oxford]: A-Z and Everything In-between: A Celebration of Calligraphy (contact Oxford Scribes)
Apr 18 [Plymouth]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Apr 23 [Devon]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Apr 24 [London]: Calligraphy Course (5 weeks) (contact Camden College)
Apr 24-25 [Wiltshire]: Calligraphy all levels (contact Gaynor Goffe)
Apr 25 [London]: Calligraphy Course (5 weeks) (contact Camden College)
Apr 27 [Surrey]: Modern Calligraphy with Leanda Xavian (contact Surrey Arts School)
Apr 27 [Newmarket]: Flourishing Calligraphy Workshop (contact Danielle Lummis)
Apr 27 [Surrey]: Improvers Calligraphy with Leanda Xavian (contact Surrey Arts School)
Apr 27 [Staffordshire]: Art Deco with Cherry Burston (contact Mercian Scribes)
Apr 27 [Manchester]: Wedding Calligraphy Workshop (contact By Moon and Tide)
Apr 28 [Brighton]: Drop In at Ewan Clayton’s Studios
Apr 29 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (12 weeks) (contact CityLit)
Apr 30 [London]: 10 weeks Calligraphy and Illumination (contact CityLit)


May 2 [London]: Calligraphy: layout and lettering (10 weeks) (contact CityLit)
May 4 [Sussex]: The Inspiration of David Jones (contact Sussex Scribes)
May 4 [Brighton]: Calligraphy Introduction (contact Ewan Clayton’s Studio)
May 5 [Brighton]: Foundational Hand with Megan (contact Ewan Clayton’s Studio)
May 7 [Northampton]: Copperplate with Joy Daniels (5 weeks) (contact Joy)
Mar 7 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
May 11 [Oxfordshire]: Meander Book and Matching Box (contact Oxford Scribes)
May 13 [Chichester]: Traditional Manuscript Preparing (contact Weald & Downland Museum)
May 18-19 [London]: Seastones with Maria Helena Hoksch (contact Pointed Pen Collective)
May 18 [London]: Monochrome Magic with Jan Pickett (contact SLLA)
May 18 [Kent]: Journalling with Sue Smith and Ally Trelfer (contact Cinque Port Scribes)
May 18 [Hampshire]: Learn Modern Calligraphy (contact Glory Lettering)
May 19 [London]: Creative Calligraphy with Sharon Shaw (6 weeks) (contact CityLit)
May 19 [Brighton]: Ewan Clayton’s Open Studio (contact Ewan Clayton’s Studio)
May 24-26 [Brighton]: Foundational Hand with Christopher Haanes (contact Ewan Clayton’s Studio)
May 25 [Surrey]: Modern Calligraphy with Leanda Xavian (contact Surrey Arts School)

Jun 1 [Falmouth]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Jun 4 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
Jun 6 [Plymouth]: Kids’ Crayola Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Jun 8 [Sussex]: Colour Certificate of Skills 2 with Mary Noble (contact Sussex Scribes)
Jun 11 [Devon]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Jun 15 [Kent]: 21st Century Uncials with Marion McKenzie (contact Cinque Port Scribes)

Jul 6 [Sussex]: Forza Foundations with Michaela Antonello (contact Sussex Scribes)
Jul 6 [London]: Blackletter with Marion McKenzie (contact SLLA)
Jul 9 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
Jul 13 [Kent]: Lettering as Drawing with Margaret Moran (contact Cinque Port Scribes)
Jul 13-14 [London]: Calligraphy Taster (contact CityLit)
Jul 22-26 [London]: Copperplate and Spencerian (contact CityLit)
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 10 [Sussex]: A Box of Books with Helen Gibbs (contact Sussex Scribes)

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).



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.