This self-paced Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy Online Course is every bit as effective as my in-person calligraphy workshops. There are no time or demonstration constraints, so I was able to include absolutely everything that you need to know! On film, I am able to communicate concepts from different shooting angles, and you can pause and re-watch videos as needed. If you don’t quite understand how to do something, there’s a “Discussion” portion under each lesson where you can ask questions. Lessons include a short quiz and homework assignments. Here’s the course layout, including video durations (minutes/seconds):

Lesson 1: Preparing to Create Pointed Pen Calligraphy

  • Video: Creating Faux Calligraphy (20:03)

Lesson 2: Pointed Pen Calligraphy Supplies

  • Video 1: Supplies (9:57)
  • Video 2: Prepping New Nibs (8:39)
  • Video 3: Setting Up Your Workspace (2:58)

Lesson 3: The Straight Pen Holder

  • Video 1: Straight Pen Overview (19:57)
  • Video 2: For the Lefties – Tips for Using the Straight Pen (5:47)
  • Video 3: Beginner Problems (7:00)
  • Video 4: Straight Calligraphy Drills (12:50)
  • Video 5: Writing Uppercase Letters (18:05)
  • Video 6: Writing Lowercase Letters (15:45)
  • Video 7: Writing Words (16:53)

Lesson 4: The Oblique Calligraphy Pen

  • Video 1: Oblique Calligraphy Pen Overview (16:58)
  • Video 2: Should You Use an Oblique Pen? – A Video for Lefties (6:07)
  • Video 3: Writing Letters With the Oblique Calligraphy Pen (24:12)
  • Video 4: Writing Words With the Oblique Calligraphy Pen (17:14)
  • Video 5: Writing Words Without Guidelines (3:56)

Lesson 5 (Optional): Creating Copperplate Calligraphy

Note that this lesson includes a 10-page printable workbook that is separate from the course workbook. If you choose to complete this lesson, you will need a printer.

  • Video 1: Writing Uppercase Copperplate Calligraphy Letters (19:08)
  • Video 2: Writing Lowercase Copperplate Calligraphy Letters (12:08)
  • Video 3: Writing Copperplate Words (20:45)

Lesson 6: Guidelines and Practice

  • Video 1: How to Draw Pencil Guidelines (4:24)
  • Video 2: Effective Practice Suggestions (4:29)

The course ends with a short video explaining your post-course homework. The total viewing time for this course is approximately 4.5 hours, but I’d recommend allocating two months to do everything that you’re asked to do in the course.

Once you purchase this listing, you will be given full access to the course videos and worksheet set! Please note that you must have or create an account on TPK to take the course. If you do not have an account, you can easily create one during the checkout process (or create one now). Once you checkout, you will receive an email with a link to the course, or you can find the course in your account.

281 reviews

  1. Damree Khadijah

    Hello, I am new to calligraphy and i have been searching everywhere to learn as much as i can and found TPK. I got hooked immediately!! Can’t wait to learn from you Lindsey!

  2. Maria Carlstrom

    Just finished this e-course and LOVED IT! It was the perfect way for me to get comfortable with what I’ve learned through the TPK tutorials, my personal learning style (self-taught “trial and error method”) and at my own pace and schedule. After completing this course and, as a beginner, I feel I have a head start on my learning curve to improve this new skill. I love creating mail art and following the tutorials; Lindsey does such a good job of explaining tips and techniques that help you create beautiful calligraphy and in a way that is “down to earth” and organic; like having a face-to-face, private lesson with her. Yet, her style is not intimidating or “dictatorial”; she merely shares her personal experiences, makes recommendations which allow you to make personal choices about nibs and holders that fit your personal preference. Additionally, it is not too basic. For me, the lesson on using the oblique pen was so helpful! I tried using the oblique pen on my own with “meh” results that left me disappointed. But after watching that lesson and doing the practice sheets, I feel encouraged by what I can accomplish now that I have the basics. I highly recommend this very reasonably priced, and super convenient way of learning calligraphy TPK’s way. And, because I’ve downloaded the course, I can always go back and watch those sections I want to reinforce…how convenient is that!!!

  3. KerryBridges

    I’ve done the first two lessons and I’m loving it. Thanks Lindsey

  4. Giselle Deane

    This course is amazing. I would certainly recommend it for anyone who wants to learn more at their own pace. I have really enjoyed watching the videos and being able to print the practice sheets off as many times as you want. I start my practice sessions off by doing some of the letters on the alphabet sheet. Brilliant course which is really engaging. Thank you

  5. Dash

    I’m no novice but I’m eager to learn more, I look forward to receiving your emails!

    I haven’t purchased the course yet but I’ve been waiting for this day!!! Thank you so much for sharing your gift of calligraphy and resources. I look forward to the course and enhancing my skills.

  6. Candice Bierley

    I’m new to the art of calligraphy and I’m trying to learn and practice as much as I can. I love TPK!

  7. ladybrambleton

    Delightful presentation and well organized course! Lindsey’s style of teaching is calming and detailed, and calligraphers of any experience level will benefit from her instructions, helpful hints, and observations.

  8. vikas varma

    Excellent work for every calligraphy learner.

  9. Elizabeth A. Rios

    This is something that I dream of a way back. I have taken courses as a student and were not able to understand due to the lack of interpreter service as I am deaf (hard of hearing). What a surprise to see that the courses has captions on it. Im ready to go and learn. Gotta tell my pen pal friends in the Fountain Pens Friends about this courses, Im sure they will love it. Congratulations on this excellent ideas of yours and I hope more people enroll in this courses.

  10. Claudia Burgin

    Congratulations, Lindsey, on this wonderful course and the new baby that is coming!

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