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

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!

Calligraphy workshop Location Date Click for details
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Calligraphy workshop success!

Last weekend I taught two modern calligraphy workshops at The Little Paper Shop in Nantwich, Cheshire. They were so much fun!

In the morning we made cards with owls and lovely quotes to give to mothers, daughters, friends and new granddaughters! And we wrote some fantastic framed motivational quotes.

The afternoon was filled with rainbow calligraphy, making friends and learning a lot about babies and toddlers (they wee in flower pots in banks! So funny!)

Huge thanks to everyone who came and made it such a fun day. You were all FANTASTIC!! And of course thank you lovely Cara, Aga and Camilla from The Little Paper Shop. Your little world is just wonderful.

I can’t wait to come back in September for more. Join me on 7th September for modern calligraphy in the morning and brush lettering in the afternoon!

Tickets via The Little Paper Shop here 🙂 Workshops: The Little Paper Shop

Places left for my calligraphy workshop in Coniston on 21st of March

I’m really looking forward to another modern calligraphy workshop at Swallows & Artisans next week – there are just a handful of places still available, for both the morning and afternoon sessions (or the full day).

We’re calling it “Beginners to Winners” modern calligraphy – if you’ve never tried your hand at calligraphy before it’s the perfect opportunity to learn a new craft. I’ll show you how to use a modern calligraphy pen, and we’ll learn a simple alphabet first of all. The morning session includes a little quote / greeting card for you to take home.

The afternoon session will be a chance to explore what you can achieve with your new found calligraphy skills! We’ll write our names in 22 carat gold leaf; we’ll have a go at beautiful flourishing, writing with colourful inks and more.

Image credit: Zehra Photography

Morning session tickets (& info) – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beginners-to-winners-modern-calligraphy-am-session-tickets-55649287517

Afternoon session tickets (& info) – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beginners-to-winners-modern-calligraphy-pm-session-tickets-55649511186

Full day tickets (& info) – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beginners-to-winners-modern-calligraphy-full-day-tickets-55650086908

Images by lovely Zehra Photography

NEW! Beginners to Winners modern calligraphy workshops!

I’m happy to announce a brand new modern calligraphy experience to take you from absolute beginner to star-in-the-making! In just one day!

If you’ve never tried modern calligraphy before, join us in the morning to learn how to use a dip pen and nib to make beautiful flowing letters. We’ll learn how to hold the pen, how to join letters and make a pretty bookmark with a motivational quote for you to take home.

You get to keep your calligraphy kit – a pen holder and nib and a set of worksheets covering all the basic modern calligraphy techniques.

To really get ahead of the game, stick around for the afternoon to learn some trade secrets and develop your style with flourishing techniques and colour calligraphy.

I’ll even show you how to write your initials in 22 carat gold.

This workshop is in two parts, which naturally flow into one another. However if you only wish to learn the basics you can book the morning session only.

If you’re already confident with pointed pen calligraphy and the modern lettering style (perhaps you’ve been to one of our modern calligraphy classes before) then you’re welcome to join us for the afternoon session only.

This calligraphy workshop will be at Swallows & Artisans in Coniston, Cumbria on the 21st of March. For details visit http://www.swallowsandartisans.co.uk

Calligraphy workshops SALE extended!! Save on my Manchester classes if you book by Friday!

What a week it’s been! So many lovely things to make and plan; so little time! As a thank you for all of your wonderful comments and for supporting my little calligraphy business, I am extending the sale of my 2019 calligraphy workshops until Friday!

SAVE 10% on any of these Manchester calligraphy workshops if you book BY FRIDAY*

Click on the links below to find out more and book your places!

 

Friday 22nd February 2019
Click for details – Absolute beginners’ introduction to modern calligraphy
Book your places

Saturday 27th April
Click for details – Wedding calligraphy workshop
Book your places

Friday 21st June
Brush lettering workshop
Book your places

Saturday 17th August
Intermediate modern calligraphy workshop
Book your places

*offer ends 30th November 2018 and is subject to availability – only 16 students per class in February and June, and 12 per class in April and August.

Gift vouchers are now available – if your order is a gift for someone, just let me know by including a note with their name when you order!

How to buy a calligraphy workshop as a GIFT EXPERIENCE!

Do you know someone who would love to do a modern calligraphy class? Have you been searching high and low for the perfect present for that creative person you love? Maybe they’ve already got a calligraphy set, but they’re not quite confident enough yet to really start writing….

A modern calligraphy experience makes the most wonderful gift. Spending a couple of hours in a lovely environment with likeminded people will be a treat – and I’m happy to say you can now book a modern calligraphy workshop with a GIFT VOUCHER so you actually have something to give on Christmas day.

It’s so easy to order a calligraphy workshop as a gift this Christmas.

  1. First of all, browse my list of calligraphy workshops for a date which suits you best.
  2. Then follow the link (or click from the list below) to find all the details for the workshop you’ve chosen.
  3. Please include a note when ordering to let me know the name of the person attending the workshop, as kits on the day will be personalised (I write everyone’s names by hand on their kits, so they have a little ‘present’ to open when they arrive!)
  4. Please also include the attendee’s name as a note when you order, and just ask me for a gift voucher in the post!
  5. Rather than sending you an e-ticket, I’ll print out a little information pack and gift voucher, pop them in a handwritten envelope and send your little package in the post to you! 

Click on the links below to find out more and book your places!

 

Friday 22nd February 2019
Click for details – Absolute beginners’ introduction to modern calligraphy
Book tickets

Saturday 27th April
Click for details – Wedding calligraphy workshop
Book tickets

Friday 21st June
Brush lettering workshop
Book tickets

Saturday 17th August
Intermediate modern calligraphy workshop
Book tickets

Friday 11th October
Modern calligraphy workshop
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Saturday 30th November
Christmas calligraphy workshop
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