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Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2)

  • Beginner
  • 16 and older
  • $75
  • Earn 750 reward points
  • Live Online
  • 4 hours over 2 sessions

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  • $75
  • 4 hours over 2 sessions
  • You will be sent a zoom link to access your class and workbooks to print after enrolling.
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Class Description


What you'll learn in this calligraphy class:

Modern calligraphy is a more free form style of writing that maintains the elegance of traditional calligraphy while allowing for more self-expression. In this Modern Calligraphy - Brush Lettering class you'll learn all the techniques you need to make the thick and thin lines that creates the beautiful letter forms of calligraphy with a brush pen or even a simple Crayola marker. 

No prior experience is required! The skills you’ll learn can be applied to cards, invitations, signs, or just to give your penmanship a little pizzazz.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • Lettering tools and how to use them
  • Basic strokes of modern brush lettering - Practicing the 8 basic strokes, which you will use to form letters of your own
  • How to compose both upper case and lower case letters
  • How to connect letters to form words and phrases
  • Tips and tricks for perfecting your lettering practice
  • Practice connecting letters and review tricky combinations
  • Introduction to bouncing and flourishes

Materials Needed to Fully Participate:

About the Instructor

Hi, I’m Jade and I’m an artist, calligrapher, and educator. It is my deepest belief that we can be happier and more fulfilled when expressing ourselves creatively and I'm intensely passionate about teaching and making art accessible to all. My desire is to share my creative journey: to teach, uplift, and encourage everyone to live their best creative lives. My motto in life is "Make art, feel happy!"

Virtual Class FAQ

What will be included in my Virtual Class package?

One ticket includes an access link to your live, online class. The class will be delivered via web conferencing software and feature a live, professional instructor who will walk you through a lesson as described above. You will have the opportunity to ask questions as well as participate from home.

How many people is my purchase good for?

Each ticket is good for one "device" (i.e. one computer, phone, tablet, etc. you'll be logging in from). This ensures we don't get more people in the class than the instructor can handle. Though we understand some people live together and will be working/learning together, the intent is that each class still allows for the same attention to attendees as if students purchased separately. Please be respectful of this!

Will I need anything from home to use in the class?

You will need a reliable Internet connection as well as a computer or device with which you can access your virtual class. We recommend you arrive to class 5-10 minutes early to ensure you're able to set up your device and connection. Additionally, if the class is more than just a lecture you will likely want any materials listed in the course description as "Materials Needed to Participate Fully", though you're welcome to purchase a seat and sit in and just watch.

Am I able to ask questions or interact with the class?

Yes, you'll both be able to ask questions using the chat function in the video hosting software as well as at certain intervals during the class via voice/audio. If the class winds up being on the smaller side, more spontaneous interaction/questions will be encouraged.

Do I have to show my video or speak during class?

While we recommend you do show your video and speak when encouraged to by the instructor, video and audio participation are never mandatory. We find classes have more fun experiences when people are engaging with one another, but understand not everyone will want to do so and that's ok!

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

Refund Policy

Students may cancel any time 72 hours or more before the class to receive a refund or credit.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Reviews of Classes at Jade Scarlett (686)

(4.7-star rating across 686 reviews)
  • Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2)

    Reviewed by Holly U. on 2/6/2022
    Very informative, very well organized, instructor was wonderful and very engaging!!!
  • Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2)

    Reviewed by Nicole T. on 10/23/2021
    She was knowledgeable and encouraging . Gave more than I expected. Enjoyed the class tremendously!
  • Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2)

    Reviewed by Stephanie A. on 10/17/2021
    Jade is an excellent instructor… clear, thorough, engaging, encouraging and made the class so educational and fun. She is inspirational and will help you tap into your inner artist to start your creative journey.
  • Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2)

    Reviewed by Tish V. on 7/19/2021
    Jade Scarlett was a fantastic teacher! I learned so much in 2 classes. I highly recommend this course series.
  • Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2)

    Reviewed by Lucia A. on 7/19/2021
    I enjoyed the class very much! The instructor, Jade, is really an artist. She is very knowledgeable, explains all the steps well, and models everything. I went from not even knowing how to hold the pen, to being able to understand how to use the different markers and pens, and to write words that look similar to the ones in the calligraphy books.
  • Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2)

    Reviewed by Mary J. on 5/3/2021
    Great class good instructor
  • Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2)

    Reviewed by Yael R. on 3/29/2021
    Loved the class, loved the teacher. Super dedicated, very professional and lovessssss what she is teaching. It was a pleasure
  • Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2)

    Reviewed by Kara F. on 3/29/2021
    Phenomenal class! Highly recommend!!!
  • Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2)

    Reviewed by Doris C. on 3/15/2021
    Jade was wonderful. Lots of resources. Was able to learn quickly. She had great rapport with the group. I want to return for the Aoril intermediate class.
  • Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2)

    Reviewed by Barbara B. on 2/20/2021
    No fault of the instructor,—because the 1st Saturday class was changed to Sunday, that stuck in my mind and I missed the 2nd class—thinking it would be Sunday as well. Although Jade made it clear it would be the following Saturday. But I was tuning in from out of town, so everything was a little thrown off for me. Anyway, I missed the second class. Will try to take the two part series again in the spring. All best, Barbara
  • Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2)

    Reviewed by Paula S. on 2/11/2021
    Fantastic class! I wish it were for three or four days, not just two! You won’t regret taking this, Jade has a calming presence and is a fantastic instructor.
  • Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2)

    Reviewed by Theresa S. on 12/26/2020
    Very nice & very knowledgeable.
  • Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2)

    Reviewed by Miranda A. on 12/21/2020
    I’ve never done calligraphy, but have been interested in starting for a while now. My husband bought me this course as a Christmas present and it was amazing! Jade did a fantastic job.
  • Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2)

    Anonymous review on 12/21/2020
    It was well paced and very informative and helpful. I really enjoyed the class and look forward to taking my calligraphy to the next step (after more practice, of course)
  • Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2)

    Reviewed by Cherryl C. on 12/20/2020
    Jade was fantastic!!!
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Review Summary by CourseHorse

Students in the Virtual Beginner's Calligraphy (Part 1 & 2) course consistently praised the instruction they received, with particular emphasis on the detailed resources and hands-on guidance provided by instructor Jade Scarlett. Many expressed that they went from not knowing calligraphy to being able to write their own words through the lessons and practice opportunities provided. Students repeatedly mentioned that they were very pleased with the comprehensive, step-by-step instruction provided both during and after the class, which aided their understanding of calligraphy techniques and their ability to recreate them. They also noted Scarlett's personable and engaging teaching style, alongside her passion for calligraphy which contributed to an enjoyable and productive learning environment. Scarlett’s emphasis on practice and developing personal styles was also highlighted. Many students expressed a desire to continue to the intermediate classes due to their positive experiences. 1) "This class is AMAZING! Jade was so nice, prepared and I loved it!" 2) "Jade was a great instructor! She is skilled in her profession. She is funny, supportive, and provides excellent resources/supportive tools." 3) "Jade Scarlett was great. She supplied a lot of worksheets for us to use while she was teaching us the basics of calligraphy. She clearly loves art and calligraphy, and her enthusiasm is infectious."

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Questions & Answers (8)

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Question from Jackie
Do I need to have any special types of writing equipment?
Answer from Jenny T. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Jackie! You can use a simple Crayola Super Tips Marker or buy a Tombow Fudenosuke Pen. You can find that on Amazon.
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Question from susan
hi, i have the markers but no special paper, just copy paper. is this sufficient? thanks.
Answer from Jenny T. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Yes! That will be sufficient.
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Question from Lorraine
Do they give a list of supplies needed pens or special paper , and where to order them ?
Answer from Jenny T. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Lorraine, All materials required to participate in this class are listed above on this page. We included links where you can buy them.
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Question from Violet D.
Can a 10 year old join the class? I see it says 16 and up but is that absolute?
Answer from Jenny T. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Sunina, Yes, a mature 10-year old can take the class :)
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Question from Eileen S.
Jade, how big is the workbook I want to be sure I can print it at home.
Answer from Jenny T. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
The workbook is a total of 16 pages. Thank you for asking!
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Question from Rachel H.
Will this class be offered after 4/28? My materials won't be arriving until after 4/28. If not is it worth watching and practicing later?
Answer from Jenny T. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Rachel! There are 10+ more dates to choose from after 4/28. Feel free to choose a date that works for you :)
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Question from Gypsygirl M.
Is the online thru Zoom or some other means?
Answer from Jenny T. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Yes, Jade hosts her classes on Zoom
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Question from Ann P.
I would like to participate but I need to purchase the writing material and am concerned it may not arrive in time for the class. Will this class be offered after 4/28 in case my materials don’t get delivered in time?
Answer from Jenny T. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Ann! There are many more classes available to take after 4/28 that you can be switched into if you don't get your materials by 4/28. Just let us know and we're happy to accommodate the shipping situation :)
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