- Anyone looking to learn calligraphy
- Anyone looking for a new hobby
- Those wishing to practice their handwriting
- Anyone who wants to create their own art
About the Class
For this calligraphy class, I will be providing everyone with a Starter’s Kit that has all the materials (lettering pack, coloring pack, brush pens, envelopes… etc) you will need as a calligraphy beginner.
The class will start with an introduction to the basic strokes in modern calligraphy and some warm-up exercises to familiarize ourselves. Then, I will teach everyone how to write both uppercase and lowercase letters in the elegant modern script, putting an emphasis on the spacing and connection between words and letters.
As we progress further, I will teach everyone how to create your own personal style in modern calligraphy by using my own work as an example. Changes in the thickness of letters and angles will create a different effect, so remember to pay attention to details when writing.
I will be guiding everyone and answering questions throughout the class so do not worry about falling behind. I hope many of you will sign up and learn more about calligraphy!
Nice to meet you, I am Alice, a calligrapher based in Hong Kong.
“When I write calligraphy, I end up creating something I can feel, see, and touch; the fact that it is handwritten just makes it so much more special.”
How I Self-Taught Calligraphy
I was first exposed to calligraphy through Instagram, where I saw pictures of people posting their own writing. Inspired, I started teaching myself how to write.
That was about 4 years ago. I mostly taught myself through reading calligraphy books and self-studying, occasionally joining workshops taught by overseas calligraphers as well. The script I started with is called Copperplate.
A Career Change
Originally working in real estate, I quit my job in 2016 and decided to take a break, eventually spending most of my time writing calligraphy instead. By then, I was posting my artwork on Instagram, and people started reaching out to me for small services.
I was asked to write names for wedding gifts, company logos, and even to show up at brand events to write on souvenirs or cards. It was such a new thing for me. I didn’t know how the industry worked then, but I was super eager to give it a try.
Later on, I started teaching. I was a little hesitant at first because I didn’t know if I had the right qualifications, but my business grew pretty quickly as I taught more students. I even opened my studio last year.
What Draws Me to Calligraphy
I think there are two main reasons. Firstly, writing calligraphy well requires a lot of patience as there are many rules; it teaches you the need to be consistent. I think the repetition in practice is therapeutic and really helps me relax.
Secondly, I personally find calligraphy very aesthetically pleasing to look at. Handwriting in daily life doesn’t really require beauty, but the proportions and details to every letter in calligraphy, when done right, is very satisfying.
More About Teaching
All my students come to me for a different purpose. Some want to learn nice handwriting, others want to write on their wedding envelopes, and some are just bored.
I teach calligraphy because I want everyone to be able to enjoy the process of using their own hands to create and write something beautiful. Calligraphy is an art form that doesn’t require much of an art background — I wasn’t an art student myself and I didn’t know much about art. It’s easy to start with and fun to learn.
People nowadays don’t really write, but being able to feel the ink on paper is what makes the experience so special. By the end of the day, I hope everyone can enjoy the process of creating something on their own, and perhaps to preserve the tradition of writing.