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Calligraphy Workshops Melbourne

Calligraphy Classes 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!

Calligraphy Introduction:

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 calligraphy introduction 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 calligraphy classes in Melbourne!

Included in each calligraphy class:

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 calligraphy class 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.

I have been teaching calligraphy courses from my studio in Melbourne since 2014, and I’m very proud of it. Special THANKS to everyone who has been part of my workshops, YOU are supporting a freelance artist and designer to keep on going, growing and becoming a better educator. 

If you have been thinking of giving calligraphy a go, you’ll find new dates for my upcoming calligraphy classes below.


Rotson Studios is a creative co-working 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! July – September 2019

Brush Calligraphy Weekend
Sat 20th July: Copperplate
Sun 21st July: Brush Lettering

This special weekend workshop with my friend Carla Hackett will cover the foundations of Copperplate writing 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: $260

Calligraphy Course July – September 2019
Sat 27th July: Roman Capitals
Sat 10th August 10: Neuland
Sat 17th August: Carolingian
Sat 24th August: Blackletter
Sat 31st August: Italic
Sat 7th September: Copperplate

Copperplate Capitals Masterclass*
Sat 14th September: Copperplate Capitals A–M
Sun 15th September: Copperplate Capitals N–Z

This special Weekend Masterclass is focused on Copperplate Capitals exclusively. You’ll learn the basic structure of the uppercase alphabet to then adding swashes and creating three variations of each letter. Cost: $250. Book your spot here.


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

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

Roman Capitals, Neuland and Carolingian calligraphy.

Fraktur, Italic and Copperplate writing.

Corporate Workshops, Engagements and Mentorship Program

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

The Design Conference Brisbane
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 classes where the participants get a lot more out of a practical session plus 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, private classes, calligraphy courseo or engagement at your organisation, I’d love to hear from you.

Gift Voucher

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

1:1 Private Calligraphy Courses

Three private calligraphy classes at my studio in Melbourne (week days or weekend) for a calligraphy introduction or to deepen in one of my the six calligraphy writing styles I teach. The cost for the three private calligraphy classes is $360.

Session 1: 1.5 hours
Session 2: 1 hour
Session 3: 1 hour

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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