Pat Blair - Intro to Spencerian - Calligraphy Guild of Pittsburgh - March 2

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John Neal Books is not hosting this class.

Announcing the Calligraphy Guild of Pittsburgh's next program: A four-week class ONLINE via Zoom with Pat Blair, An Introduction to Spencerian Script on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. EST, beginning March 2, 2021.

An Introduction to Spencerian Script, or Ornamental Penmanship, is the beautiful, flourished style of writing that was developed in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Almost a lost art, it is characterized by gracefully written lowercase letters, and dramatic and expressive capitals.

This introductory course will begin with an explanation of the tools used, the basic characteristics of the alphabet, and the finger and muscle movements needed to achieve the delicate hairlines. A study of the fundamentals of shading, and the beautiful forms and flourishes of the capital letters will follow.

Members: $110 class fee. Watch your email for registration information.

Non-members: $130 class fee.

Participants should have some calligraphy experience, preferably copperplate or modern pointed pen calligraphy.



  • Oblique pen holder  (H133) (H115)
  • Favorite pointed pen nibs, such as Hunt 22, 56 or Gillott 303 or 404, any G Nib or Leonardt Principal (N113) (N93) (N86) (N72) (N120) (N74)
  • Good quality layout bond paper, such as 9” x 12” Canson Pro Layout Marker (P32)
  • Higgins Eternal, Moon Palace sumi or McCaffreys Penmans Ink  (I08) (I70) (I37)
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