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In-Person Calligraphy Workshops

One-to-One Private Calligraphy Coaching

I provide one-to-one private calligraphy classes —week days or weekends— for a calligraphy introduction or to deepen in one of the six calligraphy styles I teach. These private calligraphy classes can be conducted in person or online via Zoom.

1 hour
Fee: AUD $110

Session 1: 1 hour
Session 2: 1 hour
Session 3: 1 hour
Fee: AUD $299



Included in each calligraphy workshop:

— Each class will provide the guidelines for each different calligraphic style;
Pens, inks and paper are supplied for 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!  

What experience do you need?

Whether or not you have any design experience, these classes are a 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!

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, automatic pen, flexible pointed pen, ruling pen, bamboo pen, pen brush, round, pointed 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!


Roman Capitals, Neuland and Carolingian calligraphy.
Blackletter, Italic and Copperplate calligraphy.

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.  

Corporate Workshops, Engagements and Mentorship Programs

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

The Design Conference Brisbane
Melbourne Columba College
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 to book a workshop, a private class, a calligraphy course or an engagement at your organisation, I’d love to hear from you.

Gift Vouchers

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

Keep in touch

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