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Calligraphy Workshops Melbourne

Calligraphy Workshop Series at Rotson Studios, Melbourne

Want to improve your writing skills? It all starts here with the history of the Latin alphabet. Learn six different calligraphy styles over eight classes. New calligraphy course starting in August 2018, sign up now!

Knowing the history of the Latin alphabet, and learning the practical knowledge of calligraphy will give you great tools to understand our Latin letterforms.

You will learn:

The difference between calligraphy, lettering and typography;

The historical context of each calligraphic style;

The tools used to write each script: broad nib, flexible pointed pen, ruling pen, bamboo pen and flat brush;

Historical examples of each calligraphic style and projections of contemporary artworks by professional calligraphers and artists;

The fundamental elements of the letter: the strokes.

You will learn that calligraphy directly reflects the movement of the hand. Practicing calligraphy is connecting your brain with your hand and your eye. It is also about having fun and learning by doing!

What experience do you need?

Whether or not you have any design experience, this course is an introduction to calligraphy and there is no previous knowledge required;

I ran my first 6 calligraphy workshops in 2014 and half of the students were not designers but had a great interest in learning and enjoying new experiences;

Experienced students with a background in calligraphy can further develop their knowledge by writing and creating a composition with each calligraphy style;

Graphic designers with an interest in typography will take the most out of this course!

Included in each session:

Morning tea and dark chocolate to kick start each Saturday session;

There will be a 30 minute break for lunch with a selection of tapas including walnut bread, cheese, grapes, olives and seasonal fruit;

Each session will provide the guidelines for each different calligraphic style;

Inks and paper are included in each session;

You will acquire some serious secret skills to write your best greeting cards to all your family and friends;

4 hours of learning an analog skill, surrounded by the amazing environment of Rotson Studios, in the heart of Fitzroy!

Some Spanglish for sure!

About Maria Montes

I learnt calligraphy for the first time in 1996. After a long break working as a full time digital Graphic Designer, I went back to study calligraphy, typography and typeface design in Barcelona and New York City under the tuition of Keith Adams, Amanda Adams, Oriol Miró, Laura Meseguer, Iñigo Jerez, Jose Manuel Urós, Cara Di EdwardoSumner Stone, Jean François Porchez and Stéphane Elbaz among others.

All my lettering projects start with my own calligraphy as a base. Writing letters teaches me how to look at letterforms and understand its rhythm and contrast.

Illustration, typography, lettering and calligraphy are my passion and the best tools for me as a designer to communicate. I feel that the more I understand how to use these tools, the better designer I will become.


Rotson Studios is a creative space in the heart of Fitzroy (Melbourne). The studio is located on level 2 of the iconic Moran & Cato building. It is a winner location just off Brunswick Street, views to the city, stacks of natural light, high ceilings, and a great vibe.

New Dates: August – October 2018
Applications are now open for my last calligraphy course of 2018.

Saturday Aug 25: Roman Capitals
Saturday Sep 1: Neuland
Saturday Sep 8: SOLD OUT
Saturday Sep 15: SOLD OUT
Saturday Sep 22: SOLD OUT
Sunday Sep 23: Italic Calligraphy
Saturday Oct 6: SOLD OUT
Sunday Oct 7: Copperplate

Copperplate Capitals Weekend Workshop
Saturday 13th October: Capitals A–M
Sunday 14th October: Capitals N–Z

Brush Calligraphy Weekend Workshop 2019
Saturday 2nd February: Copperplate Calligraphy
Sunday 3rd February: Brush Script Lettering

This special weekend workshop with my friend Carla Hackett will cover the foundations of Copperplate calligraphy and Script Brush lettering using a pointed flexible nib, a brush pen and a lettering brush for you to produce all types of fanciness! Cost for the two-day course including your personalised calligraphy + lettering kit: $240

Left image: Copperplate calligraphy by Maria Montes. Right image: Brush lettering by Carla Hackett.

Book here specifying which sessions you are interested in or enrol for the whole course:

From left to right: Roman Capitals, Neuland calligraphy and Modern Carolingian.

From left to right: Fraktur, Italic and Copperplate calligraphy.

Gift Voucher

Want to give a birthday or Christmas gift? Purchase any session or the whole course and email me the person’s details (name, surname and postal address) and I will mail a handwritten voucher for your loved one.

Terms and Conditions
Cancellations are not allowed, please choose carefully. Bookings can be transferred to a friend in case you are not able to attend. Gift vouchers must be used within twelve months.

Keep in touch
If you cannot make it this time but would like to be notified of the next calligraphy workshops, please follow the link below to subscribe to my mailing list. Expect to hear from me six times a year.

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