Calligraphy Lessons

I believe the best way to learn calligraphy is in person from a good instructor.  Find the nearest calligraphy guild in your area and inquire about which of their members teach. See my "USA Calligraphy Guilds" page for a guild near you.

Local Instruction
For calligraphy instruction in the Indianapolis area, I highly recommend:

Ellen Simon

Ellen teaches at the Jewish Community Center.
You do not need to be Jewish or a member of the JCC to take classes. Either enter "calligraphy" in the search box, or go to the "Adults" or "Classes" pages to learn more about Ellen's current or upcoming calligraphy classes.

Erika Woods
Erika offers both private, one-on-one instruction, as well as calligraphy demonstrations for schools and groups.

Erika's website:
Erika is also a member of ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel:

Online Instruction
I realize that in-person instruction is not always an option.  Following are some resources for online instruction for both pointed pen scripts as well as traditional broad edge pen (clickable links):

*Dr. Joe Vitolo's FREE  iBook "Script in the Copperplate Style." This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iPad, and with iTunes on your computer. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iPad. Books with interactive features may work best on an iPad. iBooks on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later. To learn more, click here: Dr. Joseph M. Vitolo's "Script in the Copperplate Style" iBook.  Many of Joe's videos and handouts are also available via the "Lessons" page at the IAMPETH website for free to all.  (See link below)

Master Penman Harvest Crittenden's Website.  See her "Classes" page for online courses. Courses run periodically and range from Photoshop for Calligraphers to Spencerian. Harvest is also the director of the Spencerian Saga.

*James Fazz Farrell offers one-on-one instruction on Spencerian and English Roundhand via Skype.  Contact James via his WEBSITE.

* Jay Hughes offers online, one-on-one instruction to those experienced in both Engrosser's Script and/or Spencerian Script.  Jay was a student of Del Tysdal's for many years.  Contact Jay directly for more details at:  

*Calligrapher Erica McPhee's "The Flourish Forum" is a community of calligraphy enthusiasts. The Forum is free and offers advice, tutorials, videos and the opportunity to asks questions.

Creative Workshops offers online classes by calligraphers Martha Lever, Lori Vliegen, and Kerr Pelto. You can search by category; choose "calligraphy" to see all your options.

Denis Brown's online educational video Calligraphy.TV

* Scribbler's Calligraphy School

Although it hasn't been updated in some time, there is still good information here. Start with the oldest post first.

Some wonderful step-by-step instruction for various calligraphic techniques here at the Calligraphy Pen

For additional penmanship, script, and pointed pen lessons, visit the "Lessons" section of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH) by clicking the link below:

Lessons at IAMPETH

The IAMPETH site is a treasure trove. Although the lessons are free,  it is only $35 to join IAMPETH - a bargain. Please consider supporting IAMPETH by joining this wonderful organization.

Instruction Books

I have found the following books very useful.  You can find most of these books at Paper & Ink Arts online store: CLICK HERE

Title: Foundations of Calligraphy
Author: Sheila Waters
ISBN: 0966530519

Title: The Speedball Textbook (23rd Edition)
Authors: Joanne Fink and Judy Kastin
ISBN: 0963153250

Title: The Art & Craft of Hand Lettering
Author: Annie Cicale
ISBN: 1579908098

Title: Written Letters: 33 Alphabets for Calligraphers
Author: Jacqueline Svaren
ISBN: 0800887352

Title: Flourishing (A New Approach to an Ancient Art)
Author: Bill Hildebrandt
ISBN: 1567920284
Although this book is out of print, many calligraphy guilds have it in their libraries and available for loan to their guild members.  (Another good reason to join a guild!)

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