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

Apr 2 [Glasgow]: Intermediate Copperplate Workshop with Francesca Valbonesi (contact Cass Art Glasgow)
Apr 2 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
Apr 5 [West Yorkshire]: Intro to Modern Calligraphy (contact Sally Jane Calligraphy)
Apr 5 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
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 [Manchester]: Introduction to Calligraphy (contact Love Calligraphy)
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 7 [Reading]: Introduction to Modern Calligraphy Workshop (contact Studio Oudizo)
Apr 9 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
Apr 11 [London]: Beginners Modern Calligraphy (contact LA Calligraphy)
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 13 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
Apr 13 [North Yorkshire]: Calligraphy & Afternoon Tea (contact Creative Calligraphy)
Apr 13 [Glasgow]: Introduction to Modern Calligraphy (contact Brahmin Lettering)
Apr 14 [Plymouth]: Kids’ Crayola Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Apr 15 [Cambridge]: Brush Lettering Workshop (contact Danielle Lummis)
Apr 15 [Fife]: The Art of Modern Calligraphy (contact Jenni Liandu)
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 17-22 [London]: Mike Meyer: Lettering & Gilding Workshops (contact Better Letters)
Apr 18 [Plymouth]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Apr 20 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
Apr 21 [Yorkshire]: Intro to Modern Calligraphy (contact Sally Jane Calligraphy)
Apr 23 [Devon]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Apr 23 [Manchester]: Modern Calligraphy (4 weeks) (contact Love Calligraphy)
Apr 24 [London]: Calligraphy Course (5 weeks) (contact Camden College)
Apr 24-25 [Wiltshire]: Calligraphy all levels (contact Gaynor Goffe)
Apr 25 [Manchester]: Modern Calligraphy (4 weeks) (contact Love Calligraphy)
Apr 25 [London]: Calligraphy Course (5 weeks) (contact Camden College)
Apr 25-28 [Bristol]: Mike Meyer: Hand Lettering Effects Workshops (contact Better Letters)
Apr 26 [London}: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
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 27 [Kent]: Diploma 4 of 4 - Selection of Pieces and Final Thoughts (contact Cinque Port Scribes)
Apr 28 [Brighton]: Drop In at Ewan Clayton’s Studios
Apr 28 [North Yorkshire]: Copperplate for Beginners (contact Creative Calligraphy)
Apr 29 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (12 weeks) (contact CityLit)
Apr 30 [London]: 10 weeks Calligraphy and Illumination (contact CityLit)
Apr 30 [London]: Practice Makes Perfect Calligraphy Club - Intermediates (contact Alice Gabb)
Apr 30 [North Yorkshire]: Traditional Calligraphy (contact Creative Calligraphy)


May 2 [London]: Calligraphy: layout and lettering (10 weeks) (contact CityLit)
May 3 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
May 4 [Sussex]: The Inspiration of David Jones (contact Sussex Scribes)
May 4 [Skye]: Beginners Calligraphy Class (contact Jenni Liandu)
May 4 [Brighton]: Calligraphy Introduction (contact Ewan Clayton’s Studio)
May 4 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
May 4 [Northampton]: 9th Century Carolingian with Gaynor Goffe (contact Northampton Scribes)
May 4 [Wales]: Calligraphy Workshop (contact Oakleaf Calligraphy)
May 4 [Yorkshire]: Intro to Modern Calligraphy (contact Sally Jane Calligraphy)
May 4-5 [London]: Gustavo Ferrari: Fileteado Porteno Workshop (contact Better Letters)
May 5 [Brighton]: Foundational Hand with Megan (contact Ewan Clayton’s Studio)
May 5 [Southampton]: Modern Calligraphy Workshop (contact Glory Lettering Studio)
May 7 [Northampton]: Copperplate with Joy Daniels (5 weeks) (contact Joy)
May 7 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
May 8-9 [Wiltshire]: Calligraphy all levels (contact Gaynor Goffe)
May 10 [Hampshire]: Modern Calligraphy Workshop for Beginners (contact Paint and Ink Studio)
May 11 [Oxfordshire]: Meander Book and Matching Box (contact Oxford Scribes)
May 11 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
May 11 [London]: Calligraphy all levels (contact Gaynor Goffe)
May 11 [Herefordshire]: Surface Textures in Calligraphy (contact Marches Scribes)
May 11 [North Yorkshire]: Intro to Modern Calligraphy (contact Sally Jane Calligraphy)
May 12 [Cornwall]: Beginners Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
May 13 [Chichester]: Traditional Manuscript Preparing (contact Weald & Downland Museum)
May 15 [Suffolk]: Calligraphy all levels (contact Gaynor Goffe)
May 18-19 [London]: Seastones with Maria Helena Hoksch (contact Pointed Pen Collective)
May 18 [Staffordshire]: Art Nouveau with Cherry Burston (contact Mercian Scribes)
May 18 [Wales]: Calligraphy Workshop (contact Oakleaf Calligraphy)
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 [North Yorkshire]: Calligraphy & Afternoon Tea (contact Creative Calligraphy)
May 18 [Hampshire]: Learn Modern Calligraphy (contact Glory Lettering)
May 18 [Cambridge]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Danielle Lummis)
May 18-19 [Brighton]: Foundational Hand with Christopher Haanes (contact Ewan Clayton’s Studio)
May 18 [Birmingham]: Introduction to Modern Calligraphy Workshop (contact Studio Oudizo)
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 21 [London]: Practice Makes Perfect Calligraphy Club - Intermediates (contact Alice Gabb)
May 23-24 [Cumbria]: Calligraphy all levels (contact Gaynor Goffe)
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)
May 25 [London]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Alice Gabb)
May 26 [Brighton]: Open Studio (contact Ewan Clayton’s Studios)

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, 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.