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

Sep 2-6 [London]: Calligraphy all levels (contact Gaynor Goffe)
Sep 7 [Kent]: Embossing with Els Van Den Steen (contact Cinque Port Scribes)
Sep 7 [Sussex]: Introduction to Pointed Pen (contact Ewan Clayton’s Studio)
Sep 7 [Tyne & Wear]: Roald Dahl Day Calligraphy (contact Creative Calligraphy)
Sep 6-8 [Derbyshire]: Writing and Design with Jilly Hazeldine (contact SSI)
Sep 8 [Surrey]: Modern Calligraphy for Beginners (contact Paint and Ink Studio)
Sep 8 [Surrey]: Brush Lettering (contact Surrey Arts School)
Sep 11 [Essex]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Danielle Lummis)
Sep 13 [Surrey]: Modern Calligraphy Workshop for Beginners (contact Paint and Ink Studio)
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 14 [Glasgow]: Cocktails & Calligraphy (contact Brahmin Lettering)
Sept 14 [Surrey]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Fluid Calligraphy)
Sep 15: [Staffordshire]: Ruling Pen with Rachel Yallop (contact Mercian Scribes)
Sep 15 [West Yorkshire]: Intro to Modern Calligraphy (contact Sally Jane Calligraphy)
Sep 15 [Tyne & Wear]: Traditional Calligraphy (contact Creative Calligraphy)
Sep 16 [Cambridge]: Calligraphy Catch Up (contact Danielle Lummis)
Sep 18-19 [Wiltshire]: Calligraphy all levels (contact Gaynor Goffe)
Sep 19 [Nottinghamshire]: Copperplate Workshop (contact Joy Daniels Calligraphy)
Sep 19 [Devon]: Improvers Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Sep 21 [Hampshire]: Learn Modern Calligraphy (contact Glory Lettering)
Sep 21 [Herefordshire): Kaliph Script (contact Marches Scribes)
Sep 21 [Oxfordshire]: Pointed Brush with Rosella Garavaglia (contact Oxford Scribes)
Sep 21 [Surrey]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Surrey Arts School)
Sep 21 [Peterborough]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Danielle Lummis)
Sep 22 [London]: Brush Lettering Beginner’s Workshop x Mind Charity (contact Calligraphy by Kiki)
Sep 24 [Devon]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Sep 26 [Surrey]: Modern Calligraphy Workshop for Beginners (contact Paint and Ink Studio)
Sep 27 [West Sussex]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Made and Making)
Sep 27 [Tyne & Wear]: Calligraphy Day (contact Creative Calligraphy)
Sep 27 [Surrey]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Surrey Arts School)
Sep 28 [London]: Mount Cutting with Joy Daniels (contact SLLA)
Sep 28 [Tyne & Wear]: Traditional Calligraphy (contact Creative Calligraphy)

Oct 2 [Essex]: Brush Pen Calligraphy (contact Danielle Lummis)
Oct 5 [Hampshire]: Learn Modern Calligraphy (contact Glory Lettering)
Oct 5 [Northamptonshire]: Sort out your Italic with Joy Daniels (contact Northampton Scribes)
Oct 5 [Cambridgeshire]: Flourishing Calligraphy (contact Danielle Lummis)
Oct 5 [Glasgow]: Watercolour Brush Lettering (contact Brahmin Lettering)
Oct 6 [London]: Brush Lettering Beginner’s Workshop x Mind Charity (contact Calligraphy by Kiki)
Oct 7 [London]: Calligraphy all levels (contact Gaynor Goffe)
Oct 11 [Manchester]: Absolute Beginners Modern Calligraphy (contact By Moon and Tide)
Oct 12 [Surrey]: Modern Calligraphy for Beginners (contact Fluid Calligraphy)
Oct 12 [Hampshire]: Learn Modern Calligraphy (contact Glory Lettering)
Oct 12 [Sussex]: Colour Certificate of Skills 3 with Mary Noble (contact Sussex Scribes)
Oct 12 [Herefordshire) Creative Capitals (contact Marches Scribes)
Oct 12-13 [Kent]: Multi Text / Broad Panels (contact Cinque Port Scribes)
Oct 16-17 [Wiltshire]: Calligraphy all levels (contact Gaynor Goffe)
Oct 18 [Surrey]: Modern Calligraphy for Beginners (contact Paint and Ink Studio)
Oct 19 [Glasgow]: Watercolour Brush Lettering (contact Brahmin Lettering)
Oct 19 [North Yorkshire]: Gift Wrapping & Calligraphy (contact Creative Calligraphy)
Oct 20: [Staffordshire]: Stencilling a Christmas Card (contact Mercian Scribes)
Oct 25-27 [London]: Calligraphy all levels (contact Gaynor Goffe)
Oct 26 [County Durham]: Copperplate Calligraphy (contact Creative Calligraphy)
Oct 26 [Hampshire]: Learn Modern Calligraphy (contact Glory Lettering)

Nov 2 [Surrey]: Modern Calligraphy for Beginners (contact Fluid Calligraphy)
Nov 2 [Cambridgeshire]: Brush Lettering (contact Danielle Lummis)
Nov 4 [Northumberland]: Calligraphy & Linnels Farm (contact Creative Calligraphy)
Nov 7 [Cambridgeshire]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Danielle Lummis)
Nov 9 [Tyne & Wear]: Copperplate Calligraphy (contact Creative Calligraphy)
Nov 10 [Glasgow]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Brahmin Lettering)
Nov 13-14 [Wiltshire]: Calligraphy all levels (contact Gaynor Goffe)
Nov 16 [Sussex]: Cut Paper Lettering with Jan Pickett (contact Sussex Scribes)
Nov 16 [Cambridgeshire]: Brush Lettering (contact Danielle Lummis)
Nov 16 [Ken]: Writing on Vellum with Tina Warren (contact Cinque Port Scribes)
Nov 17 [Kinross]: Brush Calligraphy Workshop (contact Brahmin Lettering)
Nov 18 [Hampshire]: Modern Calligraphy for Christmas (contact Glory Lettering)
Nov 22-23 [London]: Calligraphy all levels (contact Gaynor Goffe)
Nov 23 [Surrey]: Modern Calligraphy for Beginners (contact Fluid Calligraphy)
Nov 24 [Stirling]: Brush Calligraphy Workshop (contact Brahmin Lettering)
Nov 24 [County Durham]: Christmas Calligraphy (contact Creative Calligraphy)
Nov 28 [Devon]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Wild Sea Calligraphy)
Nov 28 [West Sussex]: Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy (contact Made and Making)

Dec 1 [Tyne & Wear]: Christmas Calligraphy (contact Creative Calligraphy)
Dec 5-8 [Sussex]: Calligraphy - Beginners / Near Beginners (contact Gaynor Goffe)
Dec 8 [Glasgow]: Brush Calligraphy Workshop (contact Brahmin Lettering)
Dec 11-12 [Wiltshire]: Calligraphy all levels (contact Gaynor Goffe)
Dec 14 [Surrey]: Modern Calligraphy for Beginners (contact Fluid 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.