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.