Copperplate Calligraphy

The Course

Copperplate is an elegant, flourishing script and lovely to use on greetings cards, invitations and scrolls. Also known as English Round Hand, Copperplate developed from Italic in the 17th century and is written with a pointed nib relying on the slant of the letterform, pressure and release of the pen to create its graceful shapes.

During the workshop, you will learn the basic shapes of Copperplate, and have a chance to practice the constant angle, pressure and release techniques needed to write it.

The Tutor

Jan Mehigan first studied calligraphy and Illumination at Art College. She is a Fellow of both the Society of Scribes and Illuminators and The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society.

She has BA (Hons) in Education and in 2014 gained the Diploma of the Society of Botanical Art (DipSBA). She has taught drawing, watercolour painting and calligraphy in adult education for over 28 years delivering workshops for several organisations including the Society of all Artists. She has written several calligraphy books, some co-authored with Mary Noble, and contributed to other books and publications. Jan’s work has been in many calligraphic exhibitions and she has demonstrated at Art in Action.

Participant Information

Materials to bring:

  • A calligraphy pen
  • A pencil
  • A ruler
  • An eraser
  • Calligraphy ink
  • Layout paper and paper for practicing
  • There will be some pens available to borrow on the day

Fee & Refreshments

£70 per person, this includes tuition, tea and coffee. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance. The Museum cafe will be open or you may wish to bring a packed lunch.

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Sat 10 September 2022






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