Artwork by Sheila Waters for her series of articles in Letter Arts Review magazineThe word calligraphy comes from the Greek kalli meaning beautiful and graphia referring to writing, and calligraphers today still emulate the beautiful letterforms of scribes throughout the centuries. Even in an age of computer-generated type, this ancient craft is flourishing, but it is also evolving. Calligraphy is now a respected visual art, the creative expression of the written word.

Calligraphy Classes in the Washington area

Lubna ZahidSheila Waters  FoundationalWCG members who teach calligraphy classes:
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MANY CLASSES ARE CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19. Check out our workshops on Zoom!

  • In Washington, Smithsonian Associates offers 8-session daytime classes spring and fall. Call 202-357-3030.

  • In Washington (and occasionally elsewhere), Michele Hatty Fritz of Meant To Be Calligraphy regularly teaches.

  • In Fairfax County at the Oak Marr Rec Center, Oakton VA, Gretchen Elson teaches Thurs, 10-12:30: Carolingian beginning Mar 25, 2021 and continuing for five weeks
    Copperplate beginning Apr 29, 2021 and continuing for six weeks
    To register: click here, then Search Text: Calligraphy, Category: Fine Arts, Place: Oak Marr Rec Center, Instructor: Elson. That will bring up both classes and you can click on a class to bring up registration info.

  • In Frederick, MD at Frederick Community College (FCC) Jode Lide will teach Beginning Calligraphy: Italic on Fridays, 10-noon, June 18 - August 13, 2021 (8 weeks). It will be listed in the upcoming Summer 2021 calalogs for the Lifelong Learning/Continuing Education and the Institute For Learning In Retirement (ILR). The ILR is for ages 55 and up and includes a slight discount! In both catalogs it usually appears under the Home and Hobbies section. Browse classes and register

  • Arabic Calligraphy Workshops by Scripts 'n' Scribes

  • Boston, MA: Calligraphy and manuscript courses in Boston and Hingham, MA taught by WCG member Maryanne Grebenstein of The Abbey Studio.

John Neal Bookseller has compiled a list of online calligraphy classes by some of the best teachers worldwide.

Top "Calligraphy" by Sheila Waters. Initial R by Lubna Zahid. Foundational examples "n" and "u" by Sheila Waters.

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