Learning the Art of Calligraphy

The Calligraphic Arts Guild offers courses in fall and spring featuring local, regional and international instructors at our studio facilities at Neilson Park Creative Centre. Open to youth and adults, CAGT members have registration priority and non-members pay a small additional cost.

New this year! Early bird rates and additional courses may be offered in Toronto central and east arts facilities. Save on CAGT course fees throughout the membership year (September 1st to August 31st) by signing up for NPCC and CAGT memberships.

Interested in modern or traditional calligraphy? Learning scripts using tools such as the broad edge pen, pointed pen, brush, marker? Art techniques from illumination, book and paper arts? Individual course information details will help ensure the best fit for your skill level and interest.

Reserving your spot in a course is easy! On an individual course page, fill out the required information, select your payment option then wait for the Programming Coordinator to contact you before e-Transfer payment. Cheque or cash to the Programming Coordinator before the Register By Date. Late registration in effect after that.

Prior to registering please take a moment to read our Program Policies and Information, Payment Information and Privacy Policy. Contact our Programming Coordinator, Starlee Lively Odorico with any questions. programs@calligraphicartstoronto.ca

2019 Fall Courses

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The Holly and the Ivy with Debbie Thompson Wilson

Festive Season Illumination with watercolour and gold leaf techniques
Sunday September 29, 2019 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 pm. Studio Opens 9:00 a.m.
Register by August 25, 2019
All skill levels some watercolour experience helpful

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Playing with Italics with Lee Thureson

Development of Historical Italic Letterforms and Variations
Thursday Evenings October 1 to November 5, 2019 7 p.m. to 9 p.m
Register by August 25, 2019
All skill levels – some familiarity with Italic Scripts and/or The Canadian System

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Tips & Tricks – Professional Calligraphy with Mark Lurz

How to work with tools, materials, best studio work habits plus using appropriate scripts and design layout.
Thursday Evenings October 17,24,31 November 7,21,28, 2019 7 p.m to 9 p.m.
Register by September 12, 2019
Experienced intermediate to Advanced skill level

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Enchanted Meadow with Heather Held

Fairy tale Illumination – Gilding and watercolour to create whimsical miniatures.
Saturday October 19 and Sunday October 20, 2019 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Register By September 12, 2019
Intermediate to Advanced with some experience in watercolour and guilding techniques

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Uncial in the Afternoon with Ramona Matthews

An ancient lettering style with a fresh look. Lettering for pairs. Ages 9 to 13 with a participating adult welcome! Ages 14 to 94, come and bring a friend or family member!
Sunday November 10, 2019 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. 1:00 p.m.
Register By October 6, 2019 Special two-for-one pricing
All skill levels – Beginners welcome!

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2020 Spring Courses

Information and registration opens in November 2019 – HOLD THESE DATES!

Watercolour and Masking Techniques with Michele Nidenoff Feb 2, 2020
Italic Swash Capitals with Mark Lurz February 6, 20, 27 and March 5, 2020
Spencerian with Salman Khattak March 19 and April 2,16,23,30, 2019
Wedgebrush Florals and the Embellished Envelope with Phyllis Malacuso May 2 and 3, 2020
Modern Calligraphy with Lee Thureson May 24, 2020
Print and Book Form with Liz Menard June 20 and 21, 2020