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13/02 Online: Formal Italic 5 week Course 7-9pm

£195 (includes your Calligraphy materials RRP £60)

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13/02 Online: Formal Italic 5 week Course 7-9pm
13/02 Online: Formal Italic 5 week Course 7-9pm

Time & Location

13 Feb 2024, 19:00 – 21:00

Via Zoom | Recorded to Re-watch | WhatsApp

About the Event

Tutor: Kirsten Burke

Get ready for an exciting new course as Kirsten goes back to her roots to teach formal Italic. In this brand new online course, discover how to create calligraphy with a broad-edged nib, where each letter is measured precisely, conforming to a set height, with an end result of beautifully elegant lettering.  Gain an unrivalled foundation of this traditional style, taught in an accessible and fun way.

Learn to create beautiful calligraphy in the traditional way, using a broad edge nib. The thick and thin variation comes from the angle of the pen, not from pressure you apply. Within the course you will try different-sized nibs to work at different scales, and discover how to form the italicised letters gracefully. Learning the rules of this formal style is a great way to improve your pen control, even if your first love is modern styles. With a rhythmic movement, this style epitomizes the dance of the pen and will promote fluency in all your calligraphy. 

No previous experience is required, nor is any special artistic talent, just the desire to learn and to practice.

Week 1 Understanding your tools, guidelines and paper position. Skeleton Italics and letter formation groups.

Week 2 Weighted Italics in pencil, serifs and spacing.

Week 3 Words, inks and scaling down with nibs. Consistency and rhythm.

Week 4 Italic Capitals and lettering groups. Using Gouache.

Week 5 Adding a Flourish and simple composition.

Every session of this course will be recorded, so if you miss a week for any reason you will able to watch the recording to catch up!


This ticket option does NOT include a kit. Worksheets and templates will be emailed. Please ensure that you have select the right option.


A3 MDF Board

Masking Tape

Small dish

Payment Option

There is now the option to split your payment into 3 monthly instalments by using Clearpay at the checkout.


Included within this ticket price is postage to the UK mainland only, no Islands or Highlands. For other UK and international locations, please email Nadine at with your name, address, and the workshop/course title and date you would like to attend and she will be able to let you know the additional postage charge and eta for your kit via Royal Mail.

PLEASE NOTE Once your kit has been posted, workshop tickets are not refundable. This does not affect your statutory rights.

System requirements

This workshop will be hosted via Zoom. Your Zoom invite will come with your booking email confirmation, and we'll send it to you in your reminder email 3 days before your workshop. Please check your Spam folder in case the emails end up in there.


  • Italic without Kit

    This ticket option does NOT include a kit. Worksheets and templates will be emailed. Please ensure that you have selected the right option.

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  • Italic with Kit

    This ticket includes a full kit which will be posted to you a week before your course is due to start.

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