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Calligraphy Workshops Melbourne

Calligraphy Workshops in Fitzroy, 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 workshops. Sign up now!

You will learn:

The difference between calligraphy, lettering and typography;

The historical context of each style;

The calligraphy pens used for each script: broad nib, flexible pointed pen, ruling pen, bamboo pen and flat brush;

Historical examples of each calligraphy 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. Learning 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 Melbourne in 2014. Everyone was a total beginner and half of the students were not designers either, but everyone 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 calligraphy workshop:

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

Thirty-minute break for lunch with a selection of tapas including walnut bread, cheese, olives and seasonal fruit;

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

Pens, 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;

Four hours of learning an analog skill, surrounded by the amazing environment of Rotson Studios, in the heart of Fitzroy, Melbourne.

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! February–April 2019

Brush Calligraphy Weekend Workshop
Sat 2nd February: SOLD OUT

Sun 3rd February: SOLD OUT

Calligraphy Course Feb–March
Saturday 9 February: Roman Capitals

Saturday 16 February: Neuland
Saturday 23 February: Carolingian
Saturday 2 March: Blackletter
Saturday 16 March: The Italic Hand
Saturday 23 March: Copperplate

Copperplate Calligraphy
Sunday 24 February: Copperplate

Copperplate Capitals Weekend April
Sat 13th April 2019: Capitals A–M
Sun 14th April 2018: Capitals N–Z

Brush Calligraphy Weekend March
Sat 30th March: Copperplate
Sun 31st March: Brush 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: $250

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


Book here specifying which calligraphy workshops you are interested in, or enrol for the entire calligraphy course.

Roman Capitals, Neuland and Carolingian calligraphy.

Fraktur, Italic and Copperplate calligraphy.

Corporate Workshops, Engagements and Mentorship

I have done many corporate calligraphy workshops/engagements for the last five years. Some of my clients are listed below:

The Design Conference Brtisbane
Rippon Lea House and Gardens
Typism Conference
Carnegie Library

Moose Toys
Shillington College
Billy Blue College
Como House
Labassa Mansion
University of Melbourne
Griffith University
University of Sunshine Coast

My workshops are hands-on where the participants get a lot more out of a practical session and they understand and acquire knowledge by doing;

I supply all materials needed for the workshop including paper, ink, brushes, calligraphy pens, paper roll and a live demo for the entire workshop;

Get in touch with me via info(at)mariamontes(dot)net to book a workshop/engagement at your organisation, I’d love to hear from you.

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’ll 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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