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Learn the art of elegant handwriting with Calligraphy classes in NYC, where participants can master the technique of brush lettering, create beautiful compositions, and develop their own unique style.

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Modern Calligraphy

Brooklyn Craft Company @ 165 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the art of modern calligraphy in this beginner-friendly workshop. Under the guidance of Margaret Fu from Wispy Letters, you'll learn the basics of hand lettering, practice writing the alphabet, and develop your unique style. By the end, you'll create personalized hand-lettered art pieces or greeting cards. All tools and materials are provided for a seamless creative experience.

(563) Beginner 18 and older
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Brush Marker Lettering

Brooklyn Craft Company @ 165 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Unlock the art of creating intricate and eye-catching lettering designs with a unique tool. Learn the techniques and skills needed to elevate your creativity and craft personalized messages with precision.

(563) All levels 18 and older
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Calligraphy Beginner

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Discover the art of calligraphy and hand lettering in this comprehensive course. Learn about different styles, tools, and techniques to create stunning designs for gift enclosures, envelopes, and more. Develop your unique style as a calligrapher and unlock your creativity in this immersive class.

(1083) Beginner 18 and older
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$295

6 sessions

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Calligraphy Basics for Wedding Invitations

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Getting married? Professional calligrapher Elizabeth White-Pultz guides you through the basics of invitations, envelope-addressing etiquette, place cards and more.   Supply List: To view the list please

(1083) All levels 18 and older
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$355

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Brush Lettering Workshop

Craftsman Ave @ 117B 11th St, Brooklyn, NY

We are thrilled to host a 2 day pop-up workshop with the amazing lettering artists Carla and Barbara from LearnBrushLettering. This beginners workshop is for anyone and everyone who has an interest in lettering! What you will learn You’ll learn the basic strokes needed to gain control of the brushes to create various letter widths as well as working with the paint consistency and flow. Learn about brush types: round, square and pointed; and...

(530) Beginner 18 and older
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$400

2 sessions

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Calligraphy II

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Building on the alphabets covered in Calligraphy for Beginners, we explore color, composition and design while working on a short poem or quote. Q&A Q: Can I make up a class if I miss one?  A: No, make-up classes are not allowed since other classes may be full. Further, instructors are paid based on the number of students within their own classes, so attending a class outside your own is not allowed. Q: Are materials provided and included...

(1083) Intermediate 18 and older
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$228

6 sessions

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Intro to Modern Calligraphy

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

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. We'll cover everything from basic pen strokes, to constructing and connecting letters, to styling and composition, so you can walk away with everything you need for developing your skill and style! All supplies provided:  Each student will receive a complete...

(1083) Beginner 18 and older
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$150
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Introduction to Copperplate

Society of Scribes @ 214 E 21st St, New York, NY

In this intensive weekend calligraphy workshop, we will examine and practice letterforms in Copperplate, a pointed-pen script hand that was developed in 16th century England. We will work with an oblique pen holder, pointed pen nib, ink, practice pads with grid and slant lines and creating our own guidelines. Our main focus will be on practicing varying amounts of pressure to apply to our pens to produce thick (shaded) and thin (hairline) strokes,...

(11) Beginner 16 and older
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$160

2 sessions

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Watercolor Calligraphy Brush Lettering

Jade Scarlett Art @ 857 Broadway, New York, NY

Introduction to Watercolor Calligraphy Brush Lettering Calligraphy isn’t a lost art, it’s just an art that you haven’t learned yet. Our Watercolor Calligraphy Brush Lettering class teaches you the techniques you need to create with watercolors and a waterbrush, the thick and thin lines that create the beautiful letter forms of modern brush calligraphy. No prior experience is required! The skills you’ll learn can be applied to cards, invitations,...

(121) Beginner 18 and older
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Modern Copperplate Calligraphy

Jade Scarlett Art @ 24 W 23rd St, New York, NY

Calligraphy isn’t a lost art, it’s just an art that you haven’t learned yet! So, you've taken the Modern Calligraphy Brush Lettering class, but now you want more! This is the class to add to your toolbox. You will learn the techniques you need to create the thick and thin lines of modern calligraphy but this time using a flexible steel nib and ink. Even though this class is a continuation of the brush lettering class, it is still beginner...

(121) Intermediate 18 and older
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Introduction to Lettering

Craftsman Ave @ 117B 11th St, Brooklyn, NY

Handmade design is booming in popularity, and with good reason. These designs carry their own sense of creativity and personality while maintaining and a clean design. Jen will show you how to guide your steady hand across the page as you learn the basics of hand lettering. With a little bit of guidance, you’ll be able to apply the basic principles of lettering to your own designs, and you’ll walk away from the class with your own inked lettering....

(530) Beginner 18 and older
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Modern Storybook Script

Society of Scribes @ 214 E 21st St, New York, NY

This playful alphabet has fun written all over it! This charming, casual script gives a fresh, modern twist to the traditional alphabet. In this one-day workshop, you'll first learn some of the tools of calligraphy and how to use them. Then you'll learn a series of simple strokes that form this whimsical yet elegant alphabet; first lower case letters, then upper case capitals. We'll also examine letter endings, connectors, numbers and punctuation....

(11) All levels 16 and older
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$105
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Curvaceous Copperplate

Society of Scribes @ 214 E 21st St, New York, NY

Copperplate is an elegant hand developed during the age of the great writing masters in the 18th century. A luscious, curvaceous hand, this script is used extensively for invitations and formal events in addition to artistic work. We will introduce the use of the flexible pointed nib and learn the basic minuscule and majuscule letterforms with emphasis on seeing the underlying basic forms of this hand. With practice this course can be used as a...

(11) Beginner 16 and older
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$290

4 sessions

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Pointed Brush Alphabets

Society of Scribes @ 214 E 21st St, New York, NY

Pointed brush script styles cover quite a broad range, from very rough to semi formal, and even flourished. The workshop will begin with a brief intro presentation, for insight into the evolution of western brush styles, and some significant work down to the present day. Four brush alphabets will then be studied, breaking down techniques for mastering the strokes that constitute the letterforms. Each style will then begin with appropriate warm-up...

(11) All levels 16 and older
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$200

2 sessions

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Art of Chalkboard Lettering

Society of Scribes @ 214 E 21st St, New York, NY

Chalkboard lettering has become very popular in recent years. In this workshop, students will learn several different styles of hand drawn lettering as well as other design elements (such as flourishes, borders, and ribbons) and we will combine these components to create chalkboard style pieces of artwork. We will explore the essential elements of chalkboard design and layout and will work in both black on white and white on black....

(11) All levels 16 and older
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$200

2 sessions

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Working with Color

Society of Scribes @ 214 E 21st St, New York, NY

Invaluable for those using color to enhance calligraphic work, this hands-on workshop, taught by a student of Josef Albers at Yale, will include a concise overview of his classic Color Interaction course. You will discover and apply such effects as making one color appear as two completely different colors, creating the illusion of transparency with opaque colors, and making a color glow with electric vibration in one environment, yet melt away...

(11) All levels 16 and older
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$225

2 sessions

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The Calligrapher's Process

Society of Scribes

The challenges of placing text on a page in a meaningful way can be a daunting leap for one who has never attempted to do so. This comprehensive studio workshop is designed to introduce beginner and intermediate calligraphers to the process of creating a finished piece.  Through a series of independent assignments, Rick will gently guide you through the process of taking your work from concept to completion, using easily acquired meth- ods...

(11) Beginner 16 and older
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Designing Flourishes

Society of Scribes

Good flourishing is not the result of “happy accidents.” Flourishing is most effectively employed in a systematic way, instead of relying on spontaneity. In this class, we will go over the basic rules and principles of designing the flourished line. We will examine high quality flourished work, learn how to identify basic elements of well-executed flourishes, dissect what makes good flourishing pleasing to the eye, and combine the elements...

(11) All levels 16 and older
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Intro to Brush Calligraphy

Craftsman Ave @ 117B 11th St, Brooklyn, NY

Join Kelly Klapstein, author of The Art of Brush Lettering, for a technique-based workshop to learn calligraphy using brush pens. Breathe. Write. Relax. The founder of KellyCreates online, Kelly is passionate about sharing her love of letters and travels the world teaching others how to find joy in the calming art form of brush calligraphy.  Using large and small brush pens, you will receive clear, guided instruction on the skills of brush...

(530) Beginner 18 and older
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$180
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Italian Roundhand

Society of Scribes @ 214 E 21st St, New York, NY

Roundhand (also Round Hand) is a style of handwriting and calligraphy originated in England in the 1660s, as the result of a gradual process of adoption with Italian Chancery. Characterized by an open flowing hand and subtle contrast of thick and thin strokes deriving from pointed-cut quill and metal pointed nibs, its popularity rapidly grew, becoming codified as a standard through the publication of printed writing manuals. Later in the 17th...

(11) Intermediate 16 and older
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$200

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Reviews for Calligraphy Classes in NYC

Calligraphy Classes in NYC are rated 4.6 stars based on 2,308 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Modern Calligraphy

    Anonymous review on 12/10/2023
    Really fun, laid back class.
  • Modern Calligraphy

    Reviewed by Desta M. on 1/22/2023
    I enjoyed the class. I would like to take it again. In the meanwhile, I will practice my calligraphy. I learned the basics and would like to continue.
  • Modern Calligraphy

    Reviewed by Julianne K. on 12/5/2021
    Really fantastic hands on class with a super knowledgeable instructor who was very patient and had wonderful tips! Loved it.
  • Introduction to Copperplate

    Anonymous review on 6/3/2020
    I loved this class! It was just marvelous. And I loved hearing about some of the history of copperplate as well. Laura Di Piazza is an absolutely terrific teacher and calligrapher. She really couldn't have been better--she was super professional, but very kind and funny. I left the class feeling so encouraged and incredibly excited about the art of calligraphy and where it might lead.
  • Calligraphy Beginner

    Reviewed by Jade S. on 6/2/2020
    Really good beginner's class, lots of useful handouts, very thorough explanations, and an experienced and patient teacher. Highly recommend this class for anyone who wants the basics of broad pen calligraphy.
  • Calligraphy Beginner

    Anonymous review on 5/28/2020
    kind, sensitive, encouraging teacher. Great introduction to calligraphy
  • Calligraphy Beginner

    Anonymous review on 3/12/2020
    Elizabeth is a great teacher, I’ve enjoyed the class so much , that I’ve been back for the second course. If you would like to learn calligraphy, it’s the best way to start!
  • Modern Calligraphy

    Anonymous review on 2/16/2020
    I had a great time in this Modern Calligraphy course. Margaret Fu was patient and informative, giving everyone individual attention and assistance. The class was easy-going and went by fast. We left with practice materials, useful tips, ink, a nib, and a nib holder. I would definitely recommend this class to others.
  • Modern Calligraphy

    Reviewed by Lizzette C. on 1/12/2020
    I appreciated the intimate size of the group and how relaxing it was to practice this beautiful way to write.
  • Calligraphy Beginner

    Reviewed by Grace C. on 12/13/2019
    Great class, great teacher. Very patient and helpful.

Best Calligraphy Classes in NYC

Calligraphy is a visual art form. Using a paintbrush, pen, or other writing instrument, calligraphers create memorable messages on a variety of mediums. The art of 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. 

Perhaps an older practice than you may think, calligraphy has been around for over 3,000 years and first appeared in English between 1590 and 1610. A revival occurred 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. 

Derived 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 personal notes 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 wish 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 NYC

Often described as a meditative practice, calligraphy forces practitioners to slow down, focus, and breathe, making it an excellent way to relieve stress. And, in a city like New York, de-stressing can be hard to do. Calligraphy can also be a low-cost hobby; all you need to get started is a pen, nib, paper, and ink. With a little time and minimal supplies, calligraphers can create unique gifts to suit any loved one or occasion.

Calligraphy as a hobby offers so many outlets for forming a community and making friends. The Society of Scribes, based in New York City, is just one example of groups and forums that are ready to welcome passionate new calligraphers!

Want to turn your new hobby into a career? Calligraphers can use 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 & Schools in NYC

Vibrant and bustling, New York is known as a haven for artists and the creative. So it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of calligraphy courses in NYC. Inspired by your local neighborhood, your favorite park, or the bodega you visit daily? An in-person calligraphy class is a great place to explore your self-expression and let loose your creative spirit.

Modern Calligraphy from the Brooklyn Craft Company in Brooklyn, NYC is the perfect course for beginners, guiding you through the basics of modern calligraphy with a focus on developing your own lettering style. You’ll start with practicing the alphabet, words, and phrases, and end the class with your own finished piece. 

The Brooklyn Craft Company also offers Modern Calligraphy Bootcamp, a four-hour workshop with an all-in-one approach to learning about the tools for calligraphy. This class focuses solely on pointed pens (also called dip pens) calligraphy, serving as a foundational course upon which other techniques can be built. Students will learn basics like how to assemble a pen, the importance of pressure, and the eight basic strokes of lettering.

Also in New York, Jade Scarlet Art in Manhattan offers a course called Modern Calligraphy: Brush Lettering. This class will teach all the techniques needed for creating the thick and thin lines that are the foundation for creating beautiful brush lettering forms. Also great for beginners, students can practice the basic strokes of lettering, master both upper and lower case, and learn how to connect letters to form words and phrases.

Offered by Craftsman Ave, Introduction to Lettering is hosted in Brooklyn. Students will learn to draw a grid, set a baseline, determine lettering angles, and work through their own curves and ligatures. The goal is that, by the end of class, students have created a handmade piece and gained the knowledge needed to develop their own designs.

For those who have mastered calligraphy with a pen, perhaps now it’s time to try a new medium. Watercolor Brush Lettering is a course offered by CraftJam in SoHo. Students will learn how to work with a water brush and watercolor paints, how to mix shades, and how to paint the eight basic strokes. This class is beginner-friendly, so those entirely new to the art of calligraphy are welcome!

Virtual Calligraphy Classes & Schools

Do you lack the ability to attend an in-person class or simply wish to work from wherever you choose? Online calligraphy courses, whether live or on-demand, offer more flexibility for students with difficult schedules or long commutes.No need to worry about traffic and the cost of gas; students simply log into their courses from the comfort of their own homes and instantly have access to expert instructors and a virtual community of fellow artisans. 

It’s important to note that online courses require students to purchase their supplies, and the responsibility of creating or finding an appropriate workspace belongs to the students as well.

Virtual Beginner’s Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2) teaches students the more freeform style of modern calligraphy. A combination 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. 

Intro to Copperplate Calligraphy is hosted by Design KOUS and is a four-hour course where you will practice the alphabets of casual script calligraphy. Students will 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 a course available for those who are slightly more experienced with the art of calligraphy. Hosted via 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 NYC

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

Jade Scarlet Art offers Modern Calligraphy in Flatiron. This two-hour brush lettering course requires no prior experience and will teach you all the techniques you need to know for brush lettering. This course can accommodate a group of up to 50 people and will provide all the necessary materials to get you started. 

If you’re looking for something online, this Virtual Calligraphy Workshop is a two-hour course led by a professional artist and calligraphy expert. Each student will learn the eight basic strokes of modern brush lettering, tips and tricks for perfecting their lettering practice, and the fundamentals for bouncing and flourishes. 

No need to worry about class supplies, either. Before your class, you’ll receive calligraphy pens and markers, stationary for practicing, and worksheets for developing your skills. 

The minimum group size for this course is 10, and it’s only an additional $65 for each person thereafter. You can even choose to 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. 

With zero booking fees and confirmation sent within 24 hours, scheduling a private group calligraphy class has never been easier. You can even modify your headcount after booking and can cancel your workshop for free with a two-week notice. 

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

CourseHorse recommends Zoom for virtual group classes, but can also 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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