Modern Calligraphy Classes at LEAF on Portland Street

Is it too early to start making New Year’s resolutions now?

Perhaps you won’t read this blog post until 2020 – either way, if you’d love to learn modern calligraphy then I have the PERFECT workshop for you on the 1st of March 2020.

I’ll be teaching modern calligraphy at a brand new venue, and one which I know is a fond favourite in Manchester City centre.

LEAF on Portland Street is an amazing space. As the name suggests, they specialise in tea and I’ve seen on their instagram that that tea comes with some pretty spectacular cakes which I can’t wait to try.

Our calligraphy workshop will be in a quiet room at LEAF where we can relax and chat over tea and cake as we learn the art of beautiful modern calligraphy.

More than a simple calligraphy lesson, you’ll learn how to make magic with a pot of ink and a dippy pen.

You’ll learn swirls and letters, alphabets and joining up – and by the end of the session you’ll have written your very own motivational calligraphy quote, which we’ll pop in a frame for you to take home!

There’ll be calligraphy demonstrations for you to watch and follow, and I’ll help you learn with tips and tricks along the way.

At the end of your modern calligraphy workshop you’ll have an opportunity to buy colourful inks, alternative nibs and fancy penholders to make your future calligraphy adventures even more exciting!

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Reviews for previous calligraphy workshops:

“Spent a lovely couple of hours discovering modern calligraphy skills with Claire in a welcoming and comfortable environment. Would recommend to anyone wanting to try their hand at a uniquely personal art form.” – Ara, April 2018

“This is a great workshop. Claire is very organised and friendly, explaining how to do the calligraphy and making it all sound very easy! She was there if we needed a helping hand but ready to let us work independently, which made me feel I was actually getting somewhere! Definitely a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. My only suggestion would be to have an organised break half way through as all the concentration required is quite tiring, and it would be a good opportunity to chat to other people.” – February 2018

How to book:

Either email me directly at calligrapherclaire@gmail.com to book your place(s), or book online at www.bymoonandtide.com

NEW! Brush pen beginners workshop in Cheshire!

Brush lettering is the playful, super trendy little sister of modern calligraphy – and I’ll be teaching a brush pen calligraphy workshop in Cheshire on the afternoon of Saturday 2nd November. Come and join me!

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The brush pen calligraphy workshop is for absolute beginners – so if you want to get started with a really fun and creative hobby, it’s perfect!

We’ll look at how brush pen lettering works; how to make beautiful letters without damaging the fragile tips of the calligraphy brush pens, and learn a pretty alphabet. Plus, we’ll play with colours – writing in sunrise and sunset colours to produce pretty quotes and wall hangings.

The workshop will be relaxed and friendly – it’s a cosy, creative space at The Little Paper Shop and I love teaching there!

We’re there all day – if you’d like to make a day of it why not come along for my introduction to modern calligraphy in the morning?

Book your places here –

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Back in Cheshire for a modern calligraphy workshop!

Hey lovelies! I’m happy to be heading back to Cheshire at the beginning of November for a modern calligraphy workshop at The Little Paper Shop in Nantwich. Come and join me! There’ll be tea and coffee, cakes and lots of lovely calligraphy for you to enjoy!

Modern calligraphy workshop Nantwich 2nd November
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We begin with exploring modern calligraphy pens: how do they work? How do you create lovely flowing thick and thin strokes to form letters? We’ll write swirls and shapes, then practice a modern calligraphy alphabet.

By the end of the morning you’ll have learned everything you need to know about modern calligraphy to practice and perfect your art at home! You’ll also have a framed quote of your very own to take home and display – and to keep as a reminder of that very first day you tried modern calligraphy!

The modern calligraphy workshop is on the 2nd of November from 10am until 12:30. You can book your places here!

Christmas Calligraphy Workshop in Manchester!

It’s fair to say I’ve had some an interesting year with venues for my calligraphy workshops in 2019.

If you’ve been following my blog you will know this was my last year teaching at Manchester Craft and Design Centre.

I found a wonderful new venue for calligraphy classes at Ziferblat in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. I love how friendly and informal this place is! The lounge is huge and full of armchairs and little coffee tables so visitors to the café can chill and help themselves to cakes and drinks as if they were at home with friends.

The workshop space is The Dining Room at Ziferblat, and this is where I will be teaching another Christmas calligraphy workshop on the 30th of November.

Come and join me for an afternoon of ridiculously festive, sparkly and fun modern calligraphy.

The class is suitable as always for absolute beginners. We’ll learn how to do a basic modern calligraphy alphabet and then between us – and with my help if you need it – we will make our very own modern calligraphy glitter bauble (using eco-friendly biodegradable glitter of course)!

I LOVE the friendliness and quirky vibe of Ziferblat in Manchester – this is a co-working and chill out kind of space where food and drink is FREE: you just pay a few pence per minute to hang out on their comfy armchairs. What’s not to love? Tucked away in a corner is The Dining Room at Ziferblat – a 6 metre long table (I think!) with chintzy lampshades and floral wallpaper… the perfect, relaxing space for a spot of Christmas calligraphy! Join me here on the 30th of November for festive calligraphy fun!

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“A great workshop to start you off on your calligraphy journey! I really enjoyed it and Claire was so lovely and is an amazing calligrapher! Would highly recommend!!” – Leanne, June 2019

At the end of your modern calligraphy workshop you’ll have an opportunity to buy colourful inks, alternative nibs and fancy penholders to make your future calligraphy adventures even more exciting!

What’s included in the price?

You get to keep your calligraphy pen and nib, pot of ink and full set of worksheets based on my ‘Introduction to Modern Calligraphy’ exercise book.

You’ll take home your very own personalised bauble, card and gift tag!

There’ll be a little pop-up shop at the end so you can buy colourful inks, spare nibs and penholders, books and more worksheets if you like.

Class sizes are limited so everyone has some personal tuition – and no matter what your skill level (we all learn at different speeds) I will help you along the way!

How to book:

Either email me directly at calligrapherclaire@gmail.com to book your place(s), or book online at www.bymoonandtide.com

Beginners Modern Calligraphy – new venue in Cumbria

It’s funny how I’ve ended up teaching so many modern calligraphy workshops in Manchester, when I moved back home to Cumbria quite a few years ago now.

So I love it when I am asked to teach calligraphy workshop is closer to home. I often get asked – but workshops don’t generally sell out up here the way they do in the big city.

However – happy news!!!

On the 19th of October I will be teaching a calligraphy workshop in Arnside for the very first time.

Lovely Leanne at Waddington Home Interiors got in touch with me over the summer to ask if I would come and host a workshop for her. I was really excited to say yes!

Time has flown so much and it’s only four weeks away now so I will be packing up my little calligraphy kits once again on the 19th of October and heading down the road to beautiful Arnside to teach another fun relaxed and friendly modern calligraphy workshop.

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Call Leanne at Waddington Home Interiors to book on 07921 575 930

This is a great workshop. Claire is very organised and friendly, explaining how to do the calligraphy and making it all sound very easy! She was there if we needed a helping hand but ready to let us work independently, which made me feel I was actually getting somewhere! Definitely a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. My only suggestion would be to have an organised break half way through as all the concentration required is quite tiring, and it would be a good opportunity to chat to other people. – Fiona, February 2018

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How to book:

Please contact Leanne who owns https://waddingtonhomeinteriors.com to book places on this workshop!

You can call on 07921 575 930

Christmas Calligraphy Workshop in Coniston, Cumbria!

My favourite things in life and in the world are my boyfriend, my cat, my family and the Lake District – in fact the whole of Cumbria, which is where I am so lucky to say I live.

I grew up here – I remember being dragged out onto the fells with my parents when I was little and moaning all the way up and all the way down, pretty much every time.

Turns out my folks were right after all! Now I spend every weekend I possibly can with Steve exploring the Lake District mountains. We’ve set ourselves the challenge of completing all of the 214 Wainwright fells in the Lake District – as I write this we’ve walked up 155 mountains with 59 left to go.

So it’s safe to say I really do love the Lake District. It feels like home. And being able to teach my modern calligraphy workshops in this beautiful part of the world is more of a treat than I even have words for.

I started teaching at Swallows & Artisans in 2018. It’s the most wonderful craft venue, set on a quiet lane above Coniston Water.

There is plenty of space for teaching and learning calligraphy – every student has their own desk space, and there is a little kitchen and a chill out area. Lovely owner Karen puts on the loveliest home-made cakes with tea and coffee available for us all day long.

I’m THRILLED to be coming back to Swallows & Artisans this November for a full day Christmas calligraphy workshop. We’ll be making lots of lovely things – gift tags, Christmas cards and beautiful personalised calligraphy baubles!

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In this relaxed and friendly modern calligraphy workshop you’ll learn how to use a calligraphy pen and dippy ink pot.

We’ll practice alphabets then write some festive treats:-

  • gift tags
  • christmas cards
  • glitter baubles
  • gorgeous festive gift boxes

You’ll also take home your calligraphy pen and nib to practice at home. A warming soup, Christmas nibbles and refreshments will be provided.

“Spent a lovely couple of hours discovering modern calligraphy skills with Claire in a welcoming and comfortable environment. Would recommend to anyone wanting to try their hand at a uniquely personal art form.” – Ara, April 2018

How to book:

Book online at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beginners-modern-calligraphy-with-a-christmas-twist

Calligraphy workshop at Manchester Craft and Design Centre – ONE LAST TIME!

I’m actually a little bit sad to say that October’s modern calligraphy workshop at Manchester Craft & Design centre is going to be my last one for the forseeable future at this venue.

In 2020 almost all of my calligraphy workshops are going to be at weekends. This is to make them available to more people – so those of you who work all week can attend without having to book time off work. (And it means I get to play out on random Tuesdays, especially when it’s sunny.)

Unfortunately this means that I wasn’t able to book our lovely little classroom at the Craft & Design centre – so this October workshop is going to be my last one in one of my favourite little craft spaces.

Having said that, we might well come back in 2021 so watch this space!

For now though join me one last time at Manchester Craft & Design Centre for a beginners modern calligraphy workshop on Friday, the 11th of October. The class is half full already so please be quick if you’d like to come along.

 

“A super super experience, with a fab and patient teacher. I booked this as a gift for a friend and myself, which we thoroughly enjoyed. The personalised letter, the beautifully presented personalised calligraphy kit, right down to the presentation of the table, and the teaching, I wish it was a weekly workshop for me to escape to!! Thank you again Claire. x” – Zehra, October 2017

How to book:

Either email me directly at calligrapherclaire@gmail.com to book your place(s), or book online at www.bymoonandtide.com/listing/631828304

Calligraphy workshop at Smithills Hall, Bolton

Hi there! I’ve decided to start blogging a little more often, especially as this autumn I have so many events happening and I don’t want you to miss any of them!

I’m starting off with a workshop at a brand new venue: Smithills Hall, just outside of Bolton. I’ve seen it signposted from the motorway so I’m guessing it’s super easy to get to. I’ve also been told by the folks at Bolton Museums that it’s a gorgeous setting with a café and tons of history so I really can’t wait to teach there.

This brand new calligraphy workshop – which is suitable for absolute beginners – will be happening on the 6th of October. You can find all the details below. I really hope I’ll see you there!

If you’re a Most Haunted fan you might like to check out Smithills ghosts  – I told you this was a fascinating venue!

This is going to be a relaxed and enjoyable workshop in a unique setting – and I’m really looking forward to it!

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