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Beginning Calligraphy: LIVE Online with Aspacia Kusulas

Occasionally, circumstances call for you to pick up a pen and write beautiful letters to fully capture the elegance and expression of the hand-written word. No matter what your penmanship looks like, you’ll learn everything from basic strokes to full alphabets, connecting letters, and create letterforms in classical or modern freestyle calligraphy to enhance your skill set and expand your fundamental knowledge of script letterforms.

Copperplate script calligraphy, also known as English Round Hand, was originated in England in the 1660s and is one of the most popular styles of handwriting. Aspacia will teach the history and techniques of pointed pen calligraphy, demonstrate calligraphic techniques, and lead you through best practices for grip, posture and more. 

This is a special LIVE ONLINE version of our beginning calligraphy course, conducted via live video webcast.

Join in live and interact with Aspacia in real time, ask questions along the way, and enjoy lifetime access to the recording for further practice.

If you cannot join live during this time or only for a partial part of the session, do not worry, you’ll always have access to the recording.

About This Session

  • Typography Skill Level: Beginning
  • Students will learn how to practice letterforms and then move onto style differentiations


  • No previous design experience necessary, although a background in basic letterform is helpful.

Cancellations & Rescheduling

No refunds will be granted for cancellations, unless there is a last-minute reschedule from the instructor. Contact rachel (at) if you would like to transfer your registration to another person.

Tentative Agenda

11:00 am PST Introductions & History of Calligraphy
11:45 am PST Warm up, practice, and begin lowercase characters
1:00 pm PST Break

1:30 pm PST Finish lowercase characters, begin uppercase characters
3:00 pm PST Begin words, review student work
3:30 pm PST Wrap up, end


$95 per person
$50 per person for previous TypeEd Calligraphy students of Aspacia’s (email Rachel (at) to for info)

Supply List

Find these items at your local calligraphy supply store (not all art stores will carry these items), borrow from a friend, or add to cart from Paper & Ink Arts online. Be sure you have these materials in hand prior to the class date. Printable worksheets and guides will be sent via email before the class date.

  • A Nikko G Pointed Nib
  • Speedball Oblique Holder
  • Speedball Holder (straight, for left-handed calligraphers)
  • Borden and Riley Cotton Comp Sheets 9" x 12"
  • Large Dinky Dip Jar
  • Moon Palace Sumi Ink (or any sumi ink) 
  • LIghter or match

These items can be purchased at Paper & Ink Arts online, except the lighter or match. Contact rachel (at) if you have questions about the supplies.

About the Instructor

Aspacia Kusulas is a letterer, letterpress printer, and calligrapher specializing in brand identity, packaging & stationery, all with a strong emphasis in typography. She also sells her design work on Minted.



Earlier Event: January 14
Type 1: The Basics
Later Event: March 24
Type 1: The Basics