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Brush Lettering with Ivan Castro

  • Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography 950 South Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA, 91105 (map)

In this special hands-on immersive workshop, you will practice brush-written calligraphy, a technique that has varied expressive possibilities. You’ll understand the logic and basic technique of the fude brush (a.k.a. brush pen) as well as the basic alphabet. Then we’ll experiment on variations on the formal shapes to make them expressive to develop a personal project.

About this Workshop

This workshop is ideal for beginners because the starting point is “how to hold a pen.” No worries if you’re never done calligraphy before. It's also great for intermediate and advanced calligraphers, given that we’ll get to explore the endless possibilities of the brush pen. You’ll learn brush skills you can use in your calligraphy, lettering and design projects, such as greeting cards, signs, wedding invitations, punk rock gig posters, you name it.

This workshop will be held at the HMCT at the South Campus @ ArtCenter College of Design.


Enroll now!

Register by May 18 and receive a free copy of Ivan’s book, The ABC of Custom Lettering with a forward by Ken Barber (valued at $30). 


$300 (20% off for educators and students with an .edu email; use code "eduletters")


Materials and light refreshments are provided.


Participants must have taken Type 1, Calligraphy Covered Day 1, OR have a basic understanding of type.

Cancellation & Rescheduling

If you can’t make it, email us at least 24 hours in advance to move your registration to another class date of your choice. Full refunds will be honored only if a cancellation is requested seven (7) days or more prior to the originally scheduled event.

About the Instructor


Ivan Castro is a graphic designer based in Barcelona who specializes in calligraphy, lettering, and typography. His work involves everything from advertising to editorial, from packaging to logo design and gig posters. He has been working in the field for 20 years, and teaching calligraphy and lettering for about 15 years in the main design schools in Barcelona, such as Elisava or BAU. He holds workshops and gives lectures at design festivals and conferences. He is the author of The ABC of Custom Lettering, Lettering a Tope (in Spanish), and two lettering online courses in the Spanish platform Domestika.


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