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Introduction to Copperplate Calligraphy – Susan Pfahl

June 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Dates: Sundays, June 2, 16, 23, & 30, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

4 sessions

Cost $80.00 members or $100.00 non-members

Class size: min 1, max 6

As the ability to refine metals grew, square ended pens were replaced with metal pointed pen nibs. A series of cursive writing styles soon developed. These are still used for formal documents and invitations. Copperplate is the predecessor of the cursive handwriting most of us learned in grade school.

In class we will work to become comfortable handling the pen, and then tackle the alphabet, small letters and large, numbers, and punctuation. We will also play with flourishing.


  • Paper: Vellum Tracing Paper. Be sure you can see the calligraphy lines placed beneath the paper.
  • A piece of clear vinyl or acetate to protect calligraphy lines.
  • Oblique Calligraphy Pen holder with pen nibs. Often sold as a set. (Some left-handed people can use a straight holder, or one designed for the left-handed, depending upon grip and writing style.)
  • Ink for dip pens.
  • Pencil or pen to take notes.
  • Other optional supplies that students may find helpful will be discussed in.


June 16
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Susan Pfahl


Village Gallery of Art
1060 NW Saltzman Road,
Portland, OR 97229 United States
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