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CraftJam Academy: Modern Calligraphy Workshop


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Union Square, Manhattan
33 W 17th St
Btwn 5th & 6th Avenues
New York, New York 10011
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 30
Teacher: Danielle Rothman

What you'll learn in this calligraphy & hand lettering class:

After the huge success of our CraftJam Academy: Hand Lettering Workshop we have created a new workshop to bring you even deeper into the art of drawing letters. We present you our Modern Calligraphy Workshop.

Calligraphy is a millenia-old art form, with its roots in both Eastern and Western cultures traditionally used for illuminated manuscripts and formal writing. Modern calligraphy spurs from this by using both new and traditional tools: it’s a more free form style of writing that maintains the elegance of traditional calligraphy while allowing for more self-expression.

In three sessions, calligrapher Danielle Rothman will introduce you to the basic techniques of brush and pointed pen calligraphy and guide you through exercises to enhance your skills. This workshop series will focus on two methods: brush calligraphy and pointed pen (also called dip pen) calligraphy. By learning both, you will have a variety of tools at your disposal to create unique pieces of art.

Session 1 

  • What is modern calligraphy? How is it different from traditional calligraphy and hand lettering?
  • Introduction to brush calligraphy
  • Discussion about the importance of pressure in calligraphy
  • Practicing the 8 basic strokes, which you will use to form letters of your own
  • Writing a name card using a sample alphabet
Session 2
  • Review of brush calligraphy and additional practice
  • Introduction to pointed pen calligraphy, including how to prepare a nib for first-time use and how to put the pen together
  • Practicing with a straight pen holder
  • Making greeting cards using your preferred method
Session 3
  • Review pointed pen calligraphy and additional practice
  • Introduction to envelope art
  • Create beautiful envelopes
  • Review all lessons and materialsDistribution of resources list for further study
This class is beginner-friendly; no experience necessary! We will have all the supplies and materials ready for you. During in class exercises you will create a name card, several greeting cards for friends and family, and fun envelope art. You will also receive a brush marker and dip pen (with nib!) for you to continue practicing at home.

Also, we are BYOB friendly, so bring a drink of your choice.
This class is especially good for people who love hand lettering, want to use calligraphy in their upcoming nuptials, or already know how to write letters and would like to learn the basics of traditional calligraphy.

Please Note:
All the supplies and materials are ready for you. You will also receive a brush marker and dip pen (with nib!) for you to continue practicing at home.
School Notes: We are BYOB friendly! Crafting is paired best with your favorite drink of choice! But, you must be 21 or over. Younger? Just have a mocktail. No one will notice ;)

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One week notice for cancellation and full refund. 48 hours notice if you'd like to reschedule (depends on availability and can't be guaranteed).


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Question from Ranjeeta B.
If I cannot make one session, would I be able to make it up?
Answer from Jenn C. CourseHorse Staff
Hi! We advise that students select a series where all dates can work. The sessions must be completed in order, so if you miss the second session, you must switch the entirety of the sessions to the new group. Of course, we understand that things come up and rescheduling cannot be avoided last minute sometimes. However, with prior knowledge of other commitments, we advise students commit to what workshops that fit their availability.
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Hi this is Lorena, is this a one day class?
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Question from Karla B.
Hi, I'm interested in this class, I'm from México city and I'll will be in NY from august 7 to 12, do you have any class in that days? I will love to take it! Please let me know!
Answer from Ciarra CourseHorse Staff
Hi Karla, unfortunately there is only one available schedule for this class at the moment and it's on Aug 2, 9 and 16.

Reviews of Classes at CraftJam

(304 Reviews)

Attended: CraftJam Academy: Modern Calligraphy Workshop
I wish the instructor spent more time going around the class and watching us as we practiced so that we could get feedback. A lot of the time were just watching her write on the screen and we would get a couple minutes to copy. That being said, I did get some good tips and my writing improved!


Attended: CraftJam Academy: Modern Calligraphy Workshop
Very helpful for a beginner like me who was always interested in calligraphy but didn't know where or how to start. Instructor was very knowledgeable on the various types of tools and styles, in addition to the history and current trends of modern calligraphy. Provided practice sheets for the 8 basic strokes, additional drills, the alphabet, and sample phrases. Also gave lists of resources for the supplies we received, where to buy them, instructional books, and online communities. Lots of opportunities to request focusing on specific letters and words I was struggling with. Usually the instructor's approach would be to ask us to first watch her demonstrate writing, then practice for some period of time. While I am glad I had plenty of time to practice in-class, I would have appreciated more detailed explanations for the mechanics in using the pens (grip, alignment, pressure, etc), and more detailed feedback on my work. Still, this course was a great jumpstart introduction to modern calligraphy.


Attended: CraftJam Academy: Modern Calligraphy Workshop
The first class was good, the second was ok, and the third was bad. While I liked the idea of going around the table and introducing ourselves in the first class, I did not expect/like it to happen in the following two classes. As a result, we had to spend a lot of time talking and very limited time learning. The instructor was able to cover brush calligraphy and pen calligraphy but we didn't have much time practicing the latter. In the third class, the instructor was ~10min late and nevertheless asked us to spend the first 1.5 hours telling stories about our names and sharing thoughts -- we were left with 20min creating our envelopes (main task of Class 3) so most people were not able to finish it. If your main goal is to make friends and share your calligraphy experience, this class could be a good fit. But if you are new to calligraphy and/or actually want to learn more about it, you might not get a lot out of it.


Attended: CraftJam Academy: Modern Calligraphy Workshop
While Danielle was knowledgeable and I left knowing more than when I walked in, class time was NOT well utilized. Too much time was spent on ice breakers and other things I certainly didn't pay for. All the projects she had for class were always tacked on at the last 30 to 20 minutes of class. I never had time to complete my greeting card or address my envelope. I was looking forward to the intermediate class, but will not attend because I fear class time will be spent on ice breakers and potlucks. Just spend more time on actual practice not chit chat!


Attended: CraftJam Academy: Modern Calligraphy Workshop
I wish this class had more instruction/practice time and less icebreakers/talking time. I felt rushed at the end of classes 2 and 3 to finish what we were working on. With that said, the instructor was very nice and friendly. She shared many resources and tools to help us develop our personal calligraphy practice. I think it was a good value compared to other calligraphy classes i've seen. I think the concept of CraftJam is great!

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