EMAIL info(at)mariamontes(dot)net
PHONE +61 (0) 421 244 612
EMAIL info(at)mariamontes(dot)net
PHONE +61 (0) 421 244 612

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 6 different calligraphy styles over 6 classes. New calligraphy course starting in April 2017, 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 pen, flexible 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 needed;

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 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, Sumner 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.

Calligraphy Course: April – June 2017
Applications are now open for my second calligraphy workshop of 2017.

Saturday 22nd April: FINISHED
Saturday 29th April: FINISHED
Saturday 6th May: FINISHED
Saturday 13th May: FINISHED
Saturday 20th May: FINISHED
Saturday 27th May: SOLD OUT
Sunday 28th May: SOLD OUT

Saturday 3rd June: Copperplate Uppercase (A-M)* (1 spot left)
Sunday 4th June: Copperplate Uppercase (N-Z)* (1 spot left)

My workshops run from 10am to 2.30pm hosting a maximum of 12 students. Each session includes snacks, tea, coffee and a selection of tapas for lunch. Individual workshops are $90 each or you can sign up for 6 calligraphy sessions for only $450 (discount applied). *If you are enrolling for the Copperplate Uppercase Weekend, please note that Copperplate lowercase knowledge is required.

Brush Calligraphy Weekend
Saturday 17th June: SOLD OUT
Sunday 18th June: SOLD OUT

This special 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: $220

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

July 2017: Shillington College Workshop
Saturday 1st July: Copperplate

This workshops runs from 10am to 2.30pm hosting a maximum of 20 students. The session includes lunch and all materials (pen holder, nib, paper and ink) are supplied. Cost of the workshop is $90. Location: 55 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000.

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 make 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.

Keep in touch

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