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Learn the art of calligraphy in Los Angeles and discover various styles and techniques, from traditional scripts like Copperplate and Spencerian to modern brush lettering and watercolor calligraphy.

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Introduction to Calligraphy: Mini Session

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Embark on a journey into the timeless art of calligraphy with an introductory mini-course. Discover the fundamentals of creating elegant strokes and mastering chancery cursive, a versatile italic hand. Whether you're a novice or refining your skills, immerse yourself in the beauty of lettering as you learn layout techniques for envelopes and decorative quotes.

(129) All levels 18 and older
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Sign Painting & Lettering- Level 2

Los Angeles City College

Students will learn the basics of hand-painted lettering techniques. This course is recommended for beginners in lettering who want to develop hands-on techniques into their artistic skills rather than relying on computerized methods. Level 2 students will carry on with more freehand sign painting & lettering techniques, including design layout and allow a chance for students to work on personal project ideas. Level 2 students bring One Shot...

(793) All levels 18 and older
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Intro to Copperplate Calligraphy

Design KOUS @ 40 Mills Pl, Pasadena, CA

In this 4 hrs class you will practice the alphabets (upper and lower case) of casual script calligraphy, which we have called Malibu Breeze Alphabet. You'll practice different exercises to have a better understanding of the technique, the correct lines, shapes and proportions of the letters, control of the tools, etc. The class format is open and relaxed from the comfort of your home with the materials you have on hand. As tools you can use, from...

(3) Beginner 16 and older
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$155
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Beginners Calligraphy at Craft

Threeologie @ 49 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, CA

Spend a fun afternoon learning the basics of Calligraphy with Natalie of Threeologie! This time the venue is provided by the amazing Craft Sierra Madre! In this 2 hour workshop you will learn all about the basic tools and proper techniques of Calligraphy. You’ll start with basic strokes to get your hand prepped for letters!!  Each student will receive their own calligraphy kit to take home and practice! The kit includes:  2 Pen holders...

(5) All levels 12 and older
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$100
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Modern Calligraphy for Beginners

Makers Mess @ 602 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA

Join us in hosting artist Erica Tighe at the studio for this fun-filled night of learning calligraphy! Erica is the owner and designer of Be A Heart. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from DePaul University in Chicago, moved to Brazil to work for Heart’s Home for a year and a half, lived and worked in Brooklyn before moving to Los Angeles. She has a love for calligraphy and watercolor mediums and teaches several hand-lettering...

(62) Beginner 18 and older
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Lettering Crash Course

Threeologie @ 177 E Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Spend a fun afternoon learning Lettering with Natalie. In this 3 hour workshop you will learn the following: Tips, tricks and Techniques I use for all my lettering The anatomy of Typography My Process for Lettering How I create Letters My Favorite Tools + More! Each student will receive their own lettering kit to take home and practice!  The kit includes:  8 Pack Posca Paint Markers Blackwing Pencil Eraser Ruler  a...

(5) All levels 12 and older
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$120
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Modern Calligraphy

Makers Mess @ 777 S Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA

Learn the basics of Modern Calligraphy with this 2 hours workshop taught by Maker Olivia. You will be using dip pens in this frustration-free class. This class will teach fundamental techniques on pen pressure, letters and connecting letters. Don't forget to BYOB!

(62) Beginner 18 and older
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Japanese Calligraphy in Multi-Art Forms

Santa Monica College @ 1900 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA

Unlock the beauty of Japanese calligraphy through the incorporation of Japanese poetry, dance movements, and music. Join us at Santa Monica College to explore the historical background of this art form and develop your artistic skills with traditional tools and unique teaching methods.

(513) All levels 18 and older
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$128

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Modern Calligraphy for Beginners

The Makery Craft Co @ 501 Benchmark, Irvine, CA

Everything you need to know to get the basics of calligraphy started! You will learn about the the anatomy of a calligraphy pen, how to hold and write with the pen properly, and care for your tools. You will learn the basic strokes and we will practice various exercises to help you gain control. You will understand and create the formation of letters, words, and finally phrases. Skill requirements: This workshop is geared towards beginners. Material...

(67) Beginner 14 and older
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Intro to Modern Calligraphy

Makers Mess @ 602 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA

Learn the art of Modern Calligraphy with Angi of Angelique, Ink in a three hour workshop, where you'll explore and practice the tools and proper techniques of modern pointed pen calligraphy. In this special holiday edition of the class, we'll go over everything from techniques of basic pen strokes to proper construction of letterforms, connecting letters, and tips on styling and composition, so you can walk away with everything you need...

(62) All levels 18 and older
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$150
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Hand Lettering

Makers Mess @ 602 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA

Learn the basics of hand lettering and use these skills to create your own card to give your BFF or favorite hand lettered quote. This 2 hour workshop will go over techniques for creating and connecting letters and comes with a practice booklet! Join us for this fun and engaging class and make brush lettering your newest obsession.

(62) Beginner 18 and older
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Intro to Hand Lettering

The Makery Craft Co @ 423 S Brookhurst Ave, Anaheim, CA

Join this introductory workshop where you will learn how to turn your personal handwriting into a beautiful work of art. We will practice by learning creative ways to address envelopes and we will learn which tools to use and how to use them at a beginner level. You will leave this class excited to practice your handwriting. Students will learn the basics of hand lettering including: Letter and line width & spacing Finding your own lettering...

(67) Beginner 14 and older
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Intro to Modern Calligraphy

The Makery Craft Co @ 423 S Brookhurst Ave, Anaheim, CA

Calligraphy is said to be defined as “beautiful writing” in Greek. Join this introductory workshop where you will learn the art and structure of modern calligraphy or “beautiful writing”. You will begin by learning which tools to use and how to use them at a beginner level. Warm up exercises will loosen up your greatest tools, (your hands) as well as helping you learn basic strokes. You will work through an entire alphabet (upper and lower...

(67) Beginner 14 and older
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Cursive & Calligraphy for Kids with Erica Tighe

Makers Mess @ 602 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA

In most schools, cursive lessons are replaced by typing lessons. In an attempt to save the beautiful art, Erica Tighe of Be a Heart will be in the studio teaching young people calligraphy. Not only will they learn their cursive letters if they don’t already know them, but they will also learn to do it with traditional dipping ink and nib. It is a wonderfully relaxing activity that they will be able to continue practicing at home as a...

(62) All levels 8 - 17 years old
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Beginners Hand Lettering Workshop with Krislam Chin

Makers Mess @ 602 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA

Join Krislam Chin in this 2-hour workshop to learn the basic fundamentals of hand lettering to jump start your lettering journey! This class is meant for anyone who has never picked up a marker before to someone who just wants to learn a few new tricks!

(62) Beginner 18 and older
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Intro to Illustrative Hand Lettering

The Makery Craft Co @ 423 S Brookhurst Ave, Anaheim, CA

In this beginner-level illustrative lettering class you will learn how to hand letter your favorite quote, title, or phrase. We will begin by discussing the different moods, tones and styles in typography. We will then cover the anatomy of letters and practice drawing type. As we refine our type illustration and begin the fun process of inking our phase. In this course we will cover both the fundamentals of lettering as well experimenting on fun...

(67) Beginner 14 and older
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Brush Calligraphy

Threeologie @ 177 E Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

In this workshop you will spend the afternoon learning brush calligraphy using Tombow Brush Pens. This workshop is for anyone looking to craft their own invitations, learn a new style of calligraphy, or anyone just looking for a fun way to spend their day! In this 2 hour workshop you will learn: Basic Strokes and techniques for Tombow Brush Pen Calligraphy Full Alphabet Instruction My techniques for blending colors How to fix mistakes you can’t...

(5) Beginner 12 and older
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Chinese Calligraphy Workshop

Nan Rae Art Studio @ 1111 Vía Alta, Burbank, CA

We will concentrate of the 'grass' or cursive style of Calligraphy and also study the 'walking' or semi cursive style with 'traditional' as an additional study. I am honored and delighted that Shantien 'Tom' Chow, master calligrapher and teacher will be holding this further series of workshops in my studio. Tom will lead us to powerful gestural strokes. How wonderful it will be to write our names and meaningful phrases. Please Note: The price...

(7) All levels 18 and older
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Otis School of Design

De Ann Singh Designing Letters @ 4032 Marcasel Ave, Los Angeles, CA

An eight week semester is new this year so we can learn and practice the hand thoroughly.  Modern Pointed Pen Calligraphy supplies will be sold the first few weeks of class. 

All levels 18 and older
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$120

8 sessions

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Marina Soria Workshop

De Ann Singh Designing Letters @ 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

This workshop emphasizes the design ideas of positive and negative space and using the negative space as the dominant element of the art piece Marina Soria Still a few spaces open. She’s here from Argentina, great opportunity!!!

All levels 18 and older
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Reviews for Calligraphy Classes in Los Angeles

Calligraphy Classes in Los Angeles are rated 4.3 stars based on 1,579 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Intro to Copperplate Calligraphy

    Reviewed by Sharon L. on 4/6/2020
    Due to the Governor's Stay at Home order, Design KOUS held this workshop through FaceTime and Zoom. I may have been the only person that didn't want to reschedule the workshop, and I'm glad I didn't. Design KOUS provided me with the materials days before our remote workshop. My instructor, Aspacia, was informative on the history of copperplate and provided good instruction. We were able to go at my pace and Aspacia took the time to see my work and my progress, and to provide me with feedback. I highly recommend the workshop by Design KOUS and, if they teach other calligraphy workshops, I will take another workshop with them again in the future.
  • Modern Calligraphy

    Anonymous review on 9/4/2019
    Instructor was excellent and a lot of fun. Also learned a lot in two hours. Would recommend.
  • Modern Calligraphy

    Reviewed by Dandi D. on 7/22/2019
    Wish they sell supplies! However, class was super fun and affordable. Our instructor Olivia was very nice and knowledgeable. Thank you for the opportunity!!
  • Intro to Copperplate Calligraphy

    Reviewed by Emmanuel S. on 7/15/2019
    Excellent course. This workshop really answered my technical questions and gave me a solid foundation to continue practicing copperplate. Aspacia and Rodolfo created a really great atmosphere and provided us with incredible learning materials, demos, and exercises.
  • Beginners Calligraphy at Craft

    Reviewed by Nirupama B. on 3/24/2019
    Well-organized, personalized, and delicious snacks! Very knowledgeable instructor. Thanks!
  • Brush Calligraphy

    Reviewed by Sally L. on 2/23/2019
    Natalie was very attentive to everyone in the class who have questions. I really enjoyed the class.
  • Modern Calligraphy

    Reviewed by Anita C. on 11/4/2018
    So fun. I learned basic technique that I’ve never known before so feeling very excited about getting started and exploring more.
  • Modern Calligraphy

    Reviewed by Alyssa V. on 3/15/2018
    Olivia was great! So kind and helpful!
  • Modern Calligraphy for Beginners

    Anonymous review on 5/28/2017
    Loved the instructor and the space that we were in! Had such a fun time and would definitely recommend this class to others :)
  • Modern Calligraphy for Beginners

    Reviewed by Myriam L. on 4/23/2017
    Loved the location...semi outdoors

Best Calligraphy Classes in Los Angeles

A visual art form that uses a paintbrush, pen, or other writing instrument to create memorable messages on a variety of mediums. Calligraphy can be a cherished hobby, one that results in handmade gifts for loved ones, or it can be transformed into a profitable business, developing signs and other marketing materials as part of brand design. 

An ancient practice, calligraphy has been around for over 3,000 years and first appeared in English between 1590 and 1610. It then experienced a revival throughout Europe in the 19th century, thanks to British calligrapher Edward Johnston, who started teaching writing, illuminating, and lettering at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London in 1899. 

Coming from the Greek “kallos” which means “beauty” and “graphein” which translates to “to write,” calligraphy uses artistic expression to transform individual letters, whole words, and entire phrases into bespoke masterpieces. From eye-catching signs to intricately-designed wedding invitations, the art of calligraphy can open so many new doors for those artisans dedicated to mastering the craft.

Whether you intend to begin a new hobby, create intentionally-made gifts for those you love, or start a potentially lucrative side hustle or business, you’ll enjoy the feeling that comes from mastering a new skill and creating something that is all your own.

Why You Should Learn Calligraphy in Los Angeles

Many practitioners describe calligraphy as a meditative practice, one that forces them to slow down, focus, and breathe, making it an excellent way to relieve stress. And, in a city full of go-getters like Los Angeles, de-stressing can be hard to do. Calligraphy can also be a low-cost hobby, making it ideal for creatives that want to be mindful of their spending. All you need to get started is a pen, nib, paper, and ink. 

Calligraphy as a hobby is a great way to form a community and make friends. The Society for Calligraphy of Southern California is just one example of groups and forums that are ready to welcome passionate novice calligraphers!

Do you dream of turning your new hobby into a career? Calligraphers can leverage their skills to launch a small business that designs invitations, name cards, and signs for weddings. They can also create a side hustle selling greeting card designs. From thank-you notes to birthday cards, there is no limit to what can be created. Experts can even launch their own businesses teaching others calligraphy, offering workshops that broaden their community and encourage others to follow their passions. 

In-Person Calligraphy Classes in Los Angeles

For those located on the sunny coast, Los Angeles also tends to have several classes available. Santa Monica College hosts a course titled Japanese Calligraphy in Multi-Art Forms that teaches the art of Japanese calligraphy with traditional tools. Students will also get to explore the historical context of this beautiful art form, through the exploration of Japanese poetry, dance movements, and music. (This class is meant for those with existing knowledge in calligraphy and requires students to complete Introduction to Japanese Calligraphy first.)

Makers Mess in Silver Lake typically offers a beginner-friendly course called Modern Calligraphy. Described as “frustration-free,” this two-hour workshop explores fundamental techniques on pen pressure, lettering, and how to connect letters. Students can expect to use dip pens during this class while they learn all the basics.

Located in Pasadena, Threeologie offers a two-hour workshop called Brush Calligraphy that focuses solely on Tombow brush pens. You’ll learn the basic strokes and techniques for this specific pen type, as well as how to blend colors and fix mistakes when you can’t erase them. As a bonus, you’ll receive a kit to take home featuring five brush pens, a case for your tools, and an instructional guide. 

Threeologie also offers a Lettering Crash Course three-hour workshop. Suitable for all levels, this course teaches the anatomy of typography, how to create letters, and tricks and techniques for lettering. This course also sends each student home with a lettering kit complete with eight markers, a Blackwing pencil, an eraser and ruler, and a bag for your tools.

Intro to Illustrative Hand Lettering is a beginner-level course that teaches students the anatomy of letters, how to create a concept for an illustration, how to refine the typography and transfer to a final material, and how to add the finishing touches of inking and painting to your illustration. This course does have a $12 supply fee that will be collected at the beginning of class, but all materials will then be provided for you.

Virtual Calligraphy Classes 

Is the thought of sitting in LA traffic making you second guess signing up for an in-person course? Online calligraphy courses, whether live or on-demand, offer more flexibility for students with difficult schedules or long commutes. You can log into your course from the comfort of your own home (or anywhere you choose) and have instant access to expert instructors and a virtual community of fellow artisans. Generally, online courses require you to purchase your supplies, and the responsibility of creating or finding an appropriate workspace belongs to you as well.

Virtual Beginner’s Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2) helps students learn the more freeform style of modern calligraphy. A thoughtful mixture of traditional calligraphy and self-expression, students will learn the techniques needed to make the thick and thin lines required with a brush, pen, or even a marker. 

Hosted by Design KOUS, Intro to Copperplate Calligraphy is a four-hour course where you will practice the alphabets of casual script calligraphy. Students can gain a better understanding of the correct lines, shapes, and proportions of the letters, as well as develop better control over their calligraphy tools of choice. 

Continuing Contemplative Calligraphy is available for those who are slightly more experienced with the art of calligraphy. Held over Zoom, this class meets once per week for calligraphy practice and guided meditation. The class also includes an interactive Q&A for things like design, layout, and how to develop an artistic eye.

Private Group Calligraphy Classes in Los Angeles

Think your business or organization could benefit from a private workshop? A great team-building exercise, private group classes offer you and your participants face-to-face time with an expert instructor, hands-on experience, and the opportunity to cater the class to your group’s specific needs. 

Your team can learn to make all the thick and thin lines needed to create beautiful letterforms, with no prior experience necessary! This Virtual Calligraphy Workshop is a two-hour course with instruction by a professional artist and calligraphy expert. You’ll learn the eight basic strokes of modern brush lettering, tips and tricks for perfecting your lettering practice, and the fundamentals for bouncing and flourishes. 

Forget about running to your local craft store for supplies. Before your workshop, you’ll receive calligraphy pens and markers, stationary for practicing, and worksheets for developing your skills. 

There’s a minimum group size of 10, and it’s only an additional $65 for each person thereafter. You can even customize your event, for a $150 customization fee, with things like combining different games, requesting specific questions or a themed game, or adding something to an event with materials included. 

Plus there are no booking fees and confirmation is sent within 24 hours, so scheduling a private group class has never been easier. You can even adjust your headcount after booking and can cancel your event for free with a two-week notice. 

Interested in learning more before you sign up? For $100, you can request a 20-minute demo of this event to ensure it’s the right fit for your organization or business. You can also reach out through the contact form on Coursehorse’s site. 

CourseHorse recommends Zoom for virtual group classes, but they can easily accommodate Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx. It’s even possible to have courses come to your office or home space, as well.

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