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The Calligraphic Arts Guild of Toronto (CAGT) is a not-for-profit organization We are dedicated to providing opportunities for the continuing study of calligraphy, its history, cultural traditions, and application for all ages. From novice and enthusiastic beginners to professional scribes, artists and instructors, everyone shares passion for hand lettering in Guild sponsored programs, exhibitions and community arts events.
As the Guild marks a 45 year milestone, calligraphy, as artistic writing, is taught from a range of traditional western scripts. Roman Capitals, Uncial, Carolingian, Gothic, Italic, Foundational, Copperplate and Spencerian along with contemporary forms such as Brush Lettering and Monoline Alphabets are practiced. Lettering, painting, illumination, flourishing, illustration, book making, printmaking and paper arts are some of the art techniques explored in our courses. Check out our current courses! Learn
A Resident Group at Neilson Park Creative Centre for over 20 years, CAGT Members enjoy the benefits of monthly meetings, library access, studio facilities, arts discounts and events that foster the interchange of ideas and techniques. In addition, a Friends membership is available for long-distance calligraphers. Please join us! Membership
Our Guild was founded in 1974 by Alf Ebsen. His love and enthusiasm for the pen led him to develop the ‘Canadian System of Handwriting’, a basic Italic script easy to teach and learn. (Alf’s Biography Alf Ebsen Italix 1979)