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(Tokyo) Pointed Pen Calligraphy - Lowercase (9:30-12:30pm)


In recent years, Copperplate calligraphy has been adopted as an umbrella term that is used to describe a range of pointed pen calligraphy styles that is very similar. The key differences between the scripts stem from reasons like origin, key historical events and more. This style is often favoured when legibility for the art piece/project is important. As such, we often see calligraphy (in Copperplate style) being adopted in wedding invites, envelope addressing or in formal correspondence - A large portion of calligraphy works we are being engaged to write for formal invitations/events, requires proficiency in this script.

Our Basics of Classical Calligraphy workshop will walk you through a few selected pointed pen styles and understand some basic fundamental differences between the different hands. This will help you be more aware of what to look out for. Subsequently, you will learn how to form basic strokes, form letters and words in a chosen Copperplate style.


15, 000 JPY/ 3 hours - Max participants (8 students)
- Light refreshments will be provided


9:30am - 12:30pm
Omotesando (Detailed address to be revealed nearer to date)


  • Theory study on tools, different types of inks, pens, paper available in the market that you can switch around

  • Calligraphy writing warm ups to train basic muscle memory

  • Learn basic strokes

  • Complete practice with guidance from us (Minuscules letter a-z)


  • Vellum Pocket tags will be specially made for our students in this workshop. Play with different inks we have in-house and decorate the vellum tags with your new skills. Several floral foilages will be brought in (based on availability) for our students to decorate your pocket tags with.

  • Alternatively, spend all the time during the workshop with your calligraphy practice and bring your vellum pocket tags and foilages home and complete this mini side-project during your free time.

MATERIALS (Take-home materials)

  • G nib (1)

  • Calligraphy Holder (Oblique & straight holder) (1)

  • 30 ml of Calligraphy ink - Higgins Eternal (1)

  • Class Notes - Includes Nic's personal notes on the analysis of Copperplate Basic Strokes (1 set)

  • Class Practice Sheets (1 set)

  • Handwritten Copperplate Exemplar (1)


  • We will bring along a few different types of Calligraphy inks that we have on hand for you to try out. Perfect if you’re unsure which inks you’d like to get before making your purchases at the art-stores

  • Selected books that we love to study for Copperplate and some penmen’s works that I study from will be brought for our students to view.


*Minuscules (lowercase) only*