Nina Tran - Intro to Spencerian - April 3, 10, 17, 24 and May 1

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John Neal Books is not hosting this class.

Spencerian is a handwriting system developed by Platt R. Spencer in the mid 1800s from which other scripts, such as Ornamental Penmanship and Business Penmanship, are derived.

In this class, we will closely examine this timeless script in its standard form.  We will carefully study the characteristics of this hand and what sets it apart from other pointed pen hands, namely Copperplate.

Once we've established confidence in basic pointed pen skills, we will work our way through a series of exercises that will prime us for the minuscules, also known as the "short letters", and the capitals.  Stroke-by-stoke, letter-by-letter, we will learn the alphabet and all the nuances that make this hand a beautiful and practical script to learn.This class is designed for beginners and seasoned calligraphers alike.

Date : 03,10,17,24 April 2021 & 01 May 2021 (Saturday)

Time : 19:00 PM - 21:00 PM (PDT)

Fees : HKD 1,560.00 or USD 200.00


  • Mechanical pencil (PL21)
  • Eraser (E09)
  • 30 cm ruler (S798)
  • 2-3 pointed, flexible nibs of your choice (N113, N118, N77)
  • Penholder (H129)
  • Dark coloured ink (I70, I54, I145)
  • 3-4 different coloured extra fine point markers of ball point pens (M17, M134, M136 )
  • Small container for water and cloth/paper towel for cleaning nibs
  • Paper (two options):                                                                                                                                                        
    (1) You may print guide sheets directly onto your paper, or                                                                                                           
    (2) Print 1 copy of each guide sheet to slip under your choice of marker/layout paper (Example : Canson Marker Paper, Borden & Riley Marker Layout Paper) You'll need 2 paper clips to fasten the guide sheet to your marker paper. (P32, P09)