About Barbara Calzolari

A graduate of ENALC in Bologna, Barbara Calzolari began a career in the fashion industry. She worked with large firms in the garment and accessories trade, creating projects in Italy and monitoring production in Asia for more than fifteen years.

Meanwhile, she cultivated her greatest passion, calligraphy, studying in Italy and in the United States, under the guidance of Michael Sull. In 2008 she was selected to collaborate on the masterwork Deus Caritas Est. In 2009, for the G8 summit, she created a national anthems manuscript for a host gift presented to assembled leaders by the prime minister of Italy.

She later made three copies of a manuscript book of letters of Catherine de’ Medici; one is held in the Library of Congress and another is at the Vittoriano museum complex in Rome. As both a teacher and as a student, she has attended many conferences, conventions, and courses.


In 2015, she was awarded the title of Master Penman by the International Association of Master Penman, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting. She teaches calligraphy in Italy, other parts of Europe, and the United States.


American Cursive is an easy calligraphic style, pleasant to learn, quick to execute and very rewarding.It is also called Business Writing and like the most famous English Round Script and the Spencerian have been successfully used in the field of business writing. American Cursive developed in the late 1800s to teach in corporate colleges and eventually elementary schools. This is a monoline cursive style of writing. American Cursive is essentially an unshaded form of cursive writing style that evolved after the development of Spencerian writing. Since the style did not require shading, a flexible pen was not required. Modern hand professionals can easily use a fountain pen or ballpoint pen with equal effectiveness. In the United States, many calligraphers have learned a version of simple calligraphy in school such as the Palmer method or the Zaner-Bloser writing method. I like American Cursive since it is very joyful to write it and easy to understand and I find it beautiful when mixed with other styles mostly for Lettering and mixed styles calligraphic combinations. International students are welcome!

Date : 4, 11 & 18 December 2020 (Friday)


Time : 19:30 pm - 22:30 pm (Hong Kong Time)

Fees : HKD 1,400.00 / USD 180.00

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