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Here you'll find links to:

Calligraphy & lettering tutorial sites • Calligraphy forums • Calligraphy correspondence courses • In-person calligraphy schools • Recommended blogs & articles • Tools for lefties


Learn Calligraphy Online

Acorn Arts
Master Penwoman Harvest Crittenden offers six week online courses in subjects such as Spencerian Script and illumination. She provides personal feedback to each student, and there is an active student forum.

Amanda Arneill
By signing up for her free e-newsletter, you gain access to a number of free, downloadable tools

The Art of Calligraphy
Full PDF version of David Harris's book The Art of Calligraphy; 128 full-color pages

Brit + Co.
Video classes in calligraphy and hand lettering.

Brush Lettering Bootcamp
8 hours of video lessons in brush pen lettering taught by twins Jillian & Jordan of Loveleigh Loops. — Highly recommended
Calligrapher Melissa Esplin has created this beautiful site to teach modern calligraphy online. Take classes, get personal feedback, buy calligraphy kits, and more.

Calligraphy Masters on YouTube
Short videos by different calligraphers worldwide

Learn hand lettering with Crayola markers with these free written and video tutorials by Colin Tierney

ElisaAnne Calligraphy
YouTube channel with specific left-hand, modern calligraphy techniques

Every Tuesday
A new tutorial posted every Tuesday, many about calligraphy and digital lettering

The Friends of Calligraphy
An international guild based in San Francisco, California, but open to members worldwide

IAMPETH — Highly, highly recommended
The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting, offering written and video tutorials

iPad Lettering by Karin
Video tutorials and downloadable brushes for iPad lettering using the Procreate app

Jet Pens Blog
Tutorials and product comparisons of calligraphy and lettering products

Learn Copperplate Calligraphy — Highly recommended
An extensive online course in 6 Modules with additional bonus lessons taught by Calligrafile Contributor Younghae Chung

Modern Calligraphy Summit — Highly recommended
Online courses taught by top calligraphers and lettering pros

Modern Thrive Workshops
Online video workshops on a variety of creative subjects including calligraphy, graphic design, and blogging

Molly Jacques Workshops
E-courses in calligraphy and lettering

Learn Lettering with Sean Wes
Online lettering lessons in various topics

Palmer Method — Highly recommended
An absolute treasure trove of free lessons and drills for learning the Palmer Method of handwriting; also has very fun history lessons about handwriting and beautiful vintage images

Postman's Knock — Highly recommended
A blog maintained by Lindsey Bugbee with lettering tips, tutorials, practice sheets, and inspiration Brush Lettering Beginner Tips
A basic overview of brush lettering with free upper and lowercase exemplars

Skillshare — Highly recommended
Dozens of video classes in calligraphy, hand lettering, the digitization process, and font design.

Tutorials by Antiquaria
Quick and easy letterform tips from Antiquaria

Zanerian College
Free online worksheets in ornamental penmanship; worksheets are scanned from the Zanerian Manual by the famous calligrapher E.A. Lupfer

Forums & Q&A Sites for Calligraphers

Calligraphy Qalam Arabic Forum
A forum focused on calligraphy in Arabic, Ottoman, and Persian

The Curious Calligrapher
A great site and forum dedicated to all things calligraphy

Flourish Forum — Highly recommended
An online, global calligraphy community for getting and giving advice

The Fountain Pen Network
A forum about pens and penmanship, with a section on calligraphy

Free Q&A with Calligraphy Professionals via Scribblers
A team of professional calligraphers on call to answer your questions for free!

Stylo Plume
Forum en français

Wet Canvas
A forum about all kinds of art, including a sizable calligraphy section

Art & Design Tutorial Sites

Lettering classes (and more) from a long roster of artists
Video courses include paper crafts, drawing, and photography

Creative Bug — Highly recommended
Video crafting and DIY classes

Video classes in the arts, technical skills, and business tips for creative entrepreneurs

CreativeMarket — Highly recommended
Photoshop tutorials for bloggers

Humble Pied
Short video interviews with designers and makers around the world, sharing bite-sized pieces of advice

Illustration Age
A compilation of links to online tutorials in illustration from some industry greats — Highly recommended
Video tutorials in design software, photography, business, and more

A site dedicated to upcoming meet-ups (including for arts and crafts) all over the globe

Mohawk Paper & Printing Tutorials
Video and written tutorials about the best practices of printing and stationery design

Sketch Book Skool
Video courses in art and design

Skillshare — Highly recommended
In addition to the offerings about calligraphy, find video classes here about design software, photography, crafts, business, and more.

Square Design Guild
Purchase video tutorials about designing for Squarespace

Video tutorials in design software, photography, business, and more

Video classes in design software, photography, business, and more

2,000+ Free Art Classes
Presented by Jerry's Artarama

Calligraphy Correspondence Courses
Correspondence classes with Monica Dengo in calligraphy and handwriting, offered in Italian and English

Gaynor Goffe Calligraphy Correspondence Courses
Learn various calligraphic hands through these correspondence courses. Styles offered include: Uncial, Roman Capitals, Foundational, Versals, Italic, Joined Cursive Italic. Based in U.K. but students from around the world can participate.

The Society of Scribes & Illuminators
Correspondence courses each with 24 lessons in four units. Based in U.K. but students from around the world can participate.

Further Online Reading, Listening & Inspiration

AIGA Eye on Design — Highly recommended
Great type and design-centric articles and interviews — Highly recommended
An amazing archive of old calligraphy specimens and complete books!

Besotted Blog
A creative repository which has done some wonderful and inspiring interviews with hand lettering artists. Visit Calligrafile's Besotted Archive of the blog's calligraphy posts!

Better Letters Blog
A blog devoted to all things sign painting!

Calligraphy on Dribble
A wonderful source of inspiration!

CurveCast with Ryan Hamrick
The lettering-themed podcast of lettering artist and lecturer Ryan Hamrick

“The Dark Art of Pricing” by Jessica Hische — Highly recommended
A wonderful essay about setting pricing

Europeana Archives
An archive of old calligraphy specimens, among other things

High on Type
A Dutch website about lettering resources in Holland

IAMPETH Archive — Highly recommended
Over 50 old texts and exemplars uploaded to by IAMPETH; endlessly inspiring

Letter Locking
Fascinating research and videos about the long-lost art of folding and wax sealing letters and documents

Lettering Daily
A blog of interviews and inspiration; also has an online shop

Lettering Tutorial
Interviews, tutorials, and beginner tips, curated by Tam Love

Just for Lefties

In-Person Learning

Castle In The Air — Highly recommended
Calligraphy and crafting classes out of Berkeley, California

CourseHorse Calligraphy Class Finder
Find in-person calligraphy workshops in most major U.S. cities

Design Kous
Calligraphy studio in Mexico City, Mexico offering in-person workshops in modern calligraphy

European Lettering Institute
One of the world's preeminent calligraphy and typography schools with English classes located in Bruges, Belgium.

Postgraduate certificate programs in typeface design; public workshops; weekly classes in typography, lettering, calligraphy & font production. New York City and San Francisco.


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