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Live Online Calligraphy Classes

Online Copperplate Calligraphy Weekend

This is a 2-day online course in Copperplate calligraphy for beginners and intermediate students.

Saturday 14 November 2020
Copperplate Minuscules a – z
From 10am to 2pm, GMT+10

Saturday 21 November 2020
Copperplate Capitals A – Z
From 10am to 2pm, GMT+10


This online workshop will run in a webinar format via Zoom. We will have a 20-minute break for lunch and keep going till 2pm, followed by a Q&A session. I will record the classes and you’ll be able to review the videos later on, and for those of you living in a different time zone.

Cost: $240 AUD for both sessions.

The Fee Includes

— Two, 4-hour live classes: Lowercase and basic simpler capital letterforms;
— Downloadable exemplars sent in advance;
— Materials list supplied;
— Optional Q&A session after 2pm;
— These two classes are live, but they will be recorded. A link to the videos will be shared to review the class, and for those students living in a different time zone;
— A link will be provided after the first day of class for you to upload homework, which I will review and comment with the class anonymously;
— A link will be provided after the second day of class for you to upload homework, which I will review and send back to you 1 week after the class have finished.

Here is a video you can watch to get an idea of my style and the materials we will cover during the weekend.  


What experience do you need?

Whether or not you have any design experience, this course is a Copperplate calligraphy introduction and there is no previous knowledge required. I ran my first calligraphy workshop 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; Graphic designers with an interest in typography will take the most out of this class.


Follow the links below to secure your spot.

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 five 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.