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.

280 reviews

  1. Shelley Barnett

    Excellent course! Love the worksheets and the short teaching help videos. Very through from supplies, to time management, to technique, and encouragement.

  2. April

    A fantastic introduction with wonderful resources and guidance. So glad to have taken it.

  3. Jennifer Legate

    I think I have officially purchased every course, supply, and worksheet available on this site. Lindsey’s teaching style is relaxed yet comprehensive and complete with tips and details necessary to fully understand pointed pen calligraphy. I had taken another beginning calligraphy course elsewhere, so I started with the intermediate course. But I quickly realized I needed to go back to basics. I got the basics kit and course and learned so much. I’m still working my way through the intermediate course, but I highly recommend both. They have helped me think more creatively about ways to use calligraphy, basic styles, and drills.

  4. robynnphoto

    As a lefty, I found this course extremely helpful with the advice for left-handed calligraphers. I have completed the Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy Course and am currently in the middle of the Intermediate and can already see such improvement in my calligraphy skills thanks to these courses. Lindsey’s style of teaching makes you feel as if you are in the same room watching her in person…and I like that you can rewatch the videos when needed. I would definitely recommend any of Lindsey’s courses to anyone wanting to start out on their calligraphy journey. Thank you Lindsey for inspiring and teaching us all to write beautifully!

  5. Dianne Penny

    I bought this course some time ago and have yet to begin it. I’m sure once I stop procrastinating I’ll enjoy the course as much as I enjoy everything from TPK.

  6. millinerd1

    I had taken a couple of in-person courses at a college. They were good, but didn’t compare to the beginner’s online calligraphy course. The practice sheets were wonderful (I still use them to warm up.). I always felt encouragement and confidence that I could succeed at calligraphy if I’d just keep working. Everything Lindsey says is spot-on. You won’t get better if you don’t keep practicing and doing calligraphy regularly. Her techniques are so helpful and every worksheet bundle I’ve ordered from her has increased my abilities as well as been a load of fun. She has some of the greatest ideas to keep it interesting. This course is the best place to start, but by all means, don’t stop there!

  7. Maggie

    I enjoyed learning from Lindsey, I could take it at my pace and she explains things well and there is close up video of how to hold the pen and draw with it. I frequently find myself doodling using faux calligraphy when I can’t use the real thing. When I mail cards to my nieces and nephews their names are done using calligraphy which I think looks extra special. When I took the course and had difficulty Lindsey was quick to reply back and help me. I know that I will continue to use what I have learned here for the rest of my life. My husband’s grandma even had me do all the place cards for Thanksgiving because she admired it.

  8. sylviariv

    This course is perfect for beginners. It walks you through the basics and then challenges you to go on and make beautiful calligraphy. Lindsey’s instructions makes calligraphy doable. I find her voice to be both relaxing and approachable. The cost is very reasonable especially since you can go back at any time to review the course online. Thank you Lindsey for all the wonderful resources you create and make accessible too anyone who wants to learn calligraphy.

  9. jkhsno

    I have loved Calligraphy ever since I started the Beginners course. I do not have impressive handwriting so if I can do it, anyone can. What really grabed me is the meditative nature of doing Calligraphy. Once you learn to slow down it becomes peaceful. Lindsey is wonderful. She helps you with all the nuances of Calligraphy. I know you will love this course.

  10. Sherry Robertson

    I loved this!! I could go at my own pace and LIndsey has always answered any question that I have. I also have the intermediate course and the flourishing course if that tells you how much I like her instruction! 🙂

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