Live Online Workshop 

Introduction to Spencerian by Nina Tran 2021

Spencerian is a handwriting system developed by Platt R. Spencer in the mid 1800s from which other scripts, such as Ornamental Penmanship and Business Penmanship, are derived.In this class, we will closely examine this timeless script in its standard form. We will carefully study the characteristics of this hand and what sets it apart from other pointed pen hands, namely Copperplate. Once we've established confidence in basic pointed pen skills, we will work our way through a series of exercises that will prime us for the minuscules, also known as the "short letters", and the capitals.  Stroke-by-stoke, letter-by-letter, we will learn the alphabet and all the nuances that make this hand a beautiful and practical script to learn. This class is designed for beginners and seasoned calligraphers alike.


 Workshop Dates

  • 03, 10, 17, 24 April & 01 May 2021 (Saturday)

Workshop Time

  • 19:00 pm - 21:00 am (PDT)​

Workshop Fee

  • USD 200.00 / HKD 1,560.00

**  Confirmation email will be sent to you upon payment receipt **

** Fees paid for the workshop is non-refundable **

** This workshop is open to all students, if you are unable to attend due to the time zone difference, recording will be available after class **

Recommended Workshop Supplies

  • Mechanical pencil

  • Eraser

  • 30 cm ruler

  • 2-3 pointed, flexible nibs of your choice (Example : Hunt 101, Zebra G, Nikko G)

  • Penholder (Straight of oblique)

  • Dark coloured ink (Example : Sumi, Walnut, Iron gall)

  • 3-4 different coloured extra fine point markers of ball point pens (Example : Microns, Stabilo, Straedtler, Sarasa Clips)

  • Small container for water and cloth/paper towel for cleaning nibs

  • Paper (two options):                                                                                                                                                       
    (1) You may print guide sheets directly onto your paper, or                                                                                                          
    (2) Print 1 copy of each guide sheet to slip under your choice of marker/layout paper (Example : Canson Marker Paper, Borden & Riley Marker Layout Paper) You'll need 2 paper clips to fasten the guide sheet to your market paper.


Workshop Handout / Zoom Link

  • Workshop handout will be send to you in pdf format via email one week before the workshop

  • Zoom link will be send to you via email one week before the workshop

Recording Access 

  • All live sessions will be recorded and you will have access to the recording after class via YouTube

  • Recording will be available for 30 days 

Other Information

  • All live sessions will be conducted via Zoom

  • You will have 10 hours of learning in total with Nina and followed by a 15-minute of Q & A for each session

  • Students who sign up successfully will be given a discount code if you decide to purchase calligraphy supplies via John Neal Books

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