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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  • 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 31, 2022 and continuing for four weeks (no class Easter week); some experience with a broad nib pen required. The six-week Copperplate class begins on May 5; no experience with pointed pen required but some familiarity with calligraphy is preferred. Gretchen will provide supplies if needed for both classes (pay by check). 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, 3/18-5/13/22. It will be listed in both the 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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