Calligraphy Classes

In addition to our major workshops, Escribiente members also offer local classes in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho areas. We have three classes scheduled for Spring 2019.

Please notes that some classes are small and often sell out.
See the Membership page if you’d like to join and receive advance notice of upcoming classes!

Calligraphy 101 Class

Next class: Saturday, January 26, 2019, 10am – 5pm

Instructor: Trish Meyer

This one-day class is geared to the beginning calligrapher who is interested in an introduction to the various styles of calligraphy, and offers tips and techniques that will serve you well no matter which hand you decide to study further.

We'll practice using the different tools needed to create a variety of hands, and learn the basic strokes for the exemplars provided in the handouts. These will include: (edged-pen) Foundational, Italic, and Gothic/Blackletter, as well as Copperplate (pointed pen), Drawn Versals, and the Ruling/Folded Pen.

General techniques common to learning calligraphy will be covered, such as: grouping letters into families, reading the stroke sequence in an exemplar, the importance of pen width and pen angles, using guide sheets, mixing gouache, and more.

We hope Calligraphy 101 will be a valuable introduction to calligraphy that will help you make the most of our regular programs and give you the confidence to sign up for one of our major calligraphy workshops. It will also help if you plan to self-study using online training or books/DVDs from our extensive library.

Materials list: Please bring whatever calligraphy tools, paper and ink you already own. A recommended list will be supplied to students in advance. Unusual tools (such as ruling pens) will be on hand for you to try.

Fee, includes handouts: Members: $25. Limited to 6.
Non-members: $40 (includes one-year membership and $10 coupon applied).

Please see the Membership page if you’d like to join!

Contact your instructor: Trish Meyer email:


Engrosser’s Script Class

(Pointed Pen)

Instructor: Bill Kemp

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019

Time: 10am – 5pm

Price: $45.00 (this includes your workbook, paper, cost of the facility and a great time)

Class limit: 14 students

To register: Email Bill Kemp:

This class is for both beginners and students who wish to refresh themselves with the basics.   Known as both Roundhand and/or Engrossing Script, this will be a class to provide the basics and true fundaments of this beautiful script. Learning how to manipulate the pointed pen to make the down strokes thick and hairline upward strokes, is the focus of this grateful script. Using the Zanerian Manual and its practices will be referenced to as we learn and write this script.  The morning will focus on the basic strokes for the lower case and learning those letters.  The afternoon will shift to the capital letters and combining them with the lower case letters for appropriate spacing.  Skill level: All  

Supply list:  An oblique pen holder; suggest a Nikko G nib or Gillott 1068A (experienced individuals can use their favorite nib); McCaffery ink (any color) or your favorite ink used with the pointed pen (other suggested inks would be Palace Moon, Sumi or Old World Ink); since there will be a limited amount of guide sheets in your handouts, an alternative paper would be the grid-square paper (5 squares per inch) pads from Rhodia or Clairefontaine tablets.  All of the supplies here could be used in other classes.

BILL KEMP, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a lettering artist and Engrosser, and has been practicing his craft with the pointed pen for over 30 years. He has studied with such instructors as Dick Jackson, Gwen Weaver, Mike Kesceg and his mentor, William Lilly. Bill is a Past President of IAMPETH, and teaches regularly at IAMPETH Conventions and across the country

Email Bill for more information:

Visit Bill's website.

Note: Bill is also teaching “Learning and Using the Pointed Pen” at Ghost Ranch, June 2–8, 2019.


Introduction to Romans Class

Instructor: Elizabeth McKee

Dates: Four sessions: February 23, March 30, April 27, and June 1

Time: 1–4pm

Price: $100 + $5 supply fee

Class limit: 5 students

To register: email Elizabeth,

The classes will cover monoline Romans, pen drawn Romans, built up Capitals and Neuland. Participants will create a book of sample pages for future reference. Homework will be expected! Challenges will be offered to all levels of competency.

This is an opportunity for beginners to learn the nuances of these ubiquitous letter forms and for more advanced participants to hone their skills with support from fellow letter lovers.