Beginner Copperplate Calligraphy Workshop
This accessible creative workshop will introduce you to the wonderful world of copperplate calligraphy, teaching you how to use a dip pen with a flexible nib, make basic strokes, and form letters in a distinctive copperplate style. By the end of the workshop you'll have the skills to begin writing confidently in beautiful script lettering.
Taught by resident calligraphy enthusiast and Meticulous Ink owner, Athena, these small, intimate classes include 2.5 hours of one-on-one time, guidance and dedicated attention from Athena, where she'll give lots of advice and tips to give you the best start. You'll be given the tools, techniques and attention needed to be able to begin forming your own individual style.
Each pupil will receive:
- 1 x Wooden nib holder
- 1 x Flexible copperplate nib
- 5 x Meticulous Ink calligraphy practice sheets
- 1 x Meticulous Ink Hand lettering guide sheet
- 1 x Pot of Iron Gall Meticulous Ink
You'll get to keep all of this equipment so you can continue your practice at home.
The workshops are held in our beautiful letterpress print studio and shop - 134 Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BG, where you can take a closer look at the machines used to print all of our paper goods. After the workshop you'll have the opportunity to peruse our shop and stock up on calligraphy items for your new hobby.
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What pandemic precautions are you taking?
The safety of all our humans - both the Meticulous team and our lovely customers - is our highest importance. For this reason we are requesting that attendees complete a flow test the night before and bring evidence of the result (a photo of the test on your phone or you can bring the test along with you on the day). We are also requesting that participants wear a face mask or covering for the duration of the workshop. We'll also be providing hand sanitiser for use throughout.
Please note that the space is quite small and you'll be seated closely around a table, with 8 participants plus Athena who will be teaching. There will be a widow open next to the table for ventilation, so please dress appropriately incase it is chilly.
Is there an age limit for the workshop?
Anyone can attend our workshops, though unfortunately we do not allow children under 12. Those under 16 we do request are accompanied by an adult. Please do get in touch if you'd like to discuss.
What should I bring?
You don't need anything - we provide everything you need at our workshops, including ink, nibs, paper and guide sheets - all of which you can take away with you at the end of the workshop. Though we don't anticipate any spillages, we would recommend you wear black, or dark colours.
What are my transport/parking options getting to you?
There is parking in Bath in several locations - the nearest to us would be the Podium car park or the Cattlemarket car park. Train services to Bath Spa are very regular and the walk to our shop at 134 Walcot Street takes around 20 minutes.
How do the gift vouchers work?
When ordering the gift voucher option we will create a code that can be used to book online or in store to book onto your preferred date. We’ll post you a lovely physical gold foil printed voucher with the recipient name and their code in calligraphy.
Please ensure you can attend the workshop before booking, as tickets are non-refundable. If we are notified 14 days prior to the workshop and you can no longer make it, we would be happy to transfer you to a future date. If for any reason you are unable to attend within 14 days of your workshop, I’m afraid we are unable to swap your date, though you are more than welcome to find a friend that can take your place.
In the rare circumstance we are unable to run a workshop, your ticket will be valid to book onto another available date.
Please note that our workshops take place at a tall table that is approximately 1m in height with seating on adjustable height stools, although you are of course welcome to stand if you prefer. If you require alternative seating arrangements, please notify us ahead of time.