Online Class: Western Calligraphy

This course provides you with the expert guidance, HD Video tutorials, step-by-step directions, and hands-on activities with feedback so you can learn how to create a wide variety of calligraphy to suit any need or occasion.

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Course Description

"The Timeless Elegance of Western Calligraphy: Crafting Words into Art"

From the ancient scrolls to the elegant wedding invitations of today, the art of Western calligraphy has been an embodiment of beauty, elegance, and profound emotions. More than just a skill, it's a dance of the hand, a meditation, and a way to breathe life into letters. As each stroke unfolds, it tells a story; of traditions, of history, and of personal journeys. Are you ready to embark on this enchanting voyage of crafting words into art?

Delve Deep into the Heart of Western Calligraphy:

In this course, we shall traverse through the intricate alleys of Western calligraphy, which is not merely a hobby but a soulful pursuit. In an era where digital text dominates, calligraphy offers an intimate, tactile experience of words, bringing back the nostalgia of handwritten notes and personal touches.

Unravel the Magic, One Letter at a Time:

From the foundational hand to the Gothic script, from Italic to Copperplate, this course will introduce you to the vast spectrum of Western calligraphy. Each script has its own history, its rhythm, and its spirit. We'll meticulously dissect each letterform, allowing you to understand the flow and finesse behind it.

For Everyone and Anyone:

Artistic background or not, age no bar; calligraphy is universal. Whether you are an artist yearning to add another skill to your portfolio, a retiree seeking a meditative hobby, or a student wanting to create hand-lettered projects, this course has treasures for everyone. Young, old, or somewhere in between, the magic of calligraphy awaits.

Expand Your Canvas:

While paper is the traditional choice, calligraphy is limitless. Imagine crafting elegant script on ceramic plates, delicate glassware, rustic wooden boards, or soft fabric. The potential applications are endless, and by the end of this course, you'll be equipped to turn any surface into a piece of art.

Build and Flourish:

With the skills acquired, you could explore numerous avenues. Personalize gifts, offer custom-made calligraphic services, or launch your own line of hand-lettered products. Whether it's selling at local fairs, collaborating with stationery brands, or starting an online store, the world is your oyster.

Journey with an Expert:

Guided by Nancy, a seasoned calligrapher, you'll be mentored with care, patience, and passion. Her insights, drawn from years of experience, will ensure that every question you have is answered, every challenge you face is surmounted.

Community and Beyond:

As you delve deeper, you'll become a part of a thriving community of calligraphers. Share your work, seek feedback, collaborate on projects, and immerse yourself in the sea of inspiration that surrounds this art form.


  • Historical Perspectives: Dive into the fascinating history of calligraphy, understanding its evolution and significance through eras.
  • Materials Mastery: Navigate the vast array of calligraphy tools, from quills and nibs to a myriad of inks and papers.

Words as Legacy:

In a world fleeting by, calligraphy offers a moment of stillness, a connection to our roots. The letters you craft today could be treasures for generations tomorrow, heirlooms that carry the weight of your emotions and the beauty of your artistry.

So, why wait? Embark on this transformative journey, where words transcend their meanings, where every letter you pen is a reflection of your soul, and where art and language converge to create magic. Dive deep, let the rhythm of calligraphy engulf you, and discover the artist within. Sign up today and let your journey into the world of Western Calligraphy unfold! 🖋📜🎨

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: History of Calligraphy

Calligraphy is the art of producing decorative handwriting or lettering with a pen or brush. Additional lesson topics: Staedtler Calligraphy Pen Set, Several Pieces; Learn Calligraphy: The Complete Book of Lettering and Design; Creative Lettering and Beyond: Inspiring tips, techniques, and ideas for hand lettering your way to beautiful works of art 115 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Assignment 1A
  • Complete: Assignment 1B
  • Assessment: Exam 1

Lesson 2: Materials and Supplies

Let's take a look at how writing and writing instruments evolved over time, beginning with the cave men and their chiseled stones, to the calligraphy pen we know today. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 2A
  • Complete: Assignment 2B
  • Assessment: Exam 2

Lesson 3: Getting Started

It is important to remember to pull the pen and not push it. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 3
  • Assessment: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Uncial Calligraphy

There are many varieties and ways of doing calligraphy. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 4
  • Assessment: Exam 4

Lesson 5: Foundational Hand Calligraphy

Sometimes calligraphy fonts can be so fancy, they are difficult to read. But foundational is clear and precise. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 5A
  • Complete: Assignment 5B
  • Assessment: Exam 5

Lesson 6: Roman Rustic Calligraphy

Roman Rustic capitals is an ancient Roman calligraphic script. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 6
  • Assessment: Exam 6

Lesson 7: Versals Calligraphy

Versals lettering is a serif style, which means it has detailed flemishes on the capital letters and "feet" -- or what we call slab serifs -- on the base of letterforms. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 7
  • Assessment: Exam 7

Lesson 8: Batarde Calligraphy

Batarde was a Gothic script used in France, the Burgundian Netherlands, and Germany during the 14th and 15th centuries. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 8A
  • Complete: Assignment 8B
  • Assessment: Exam 8

Lesson 9: Italic Calligraphy

Italic script is one of the most popular styles used in contemporary Western calligraphy, and is often one of the first scripts learned by beginning calligraphers. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 9A
  • Complete: Assignment 9B
  • Assessment: Exam 9

Lesson 10: Copperplate Calligraphy

Copperplate is a style of calligraphic writing that uses a pointed steel nib or quill to produce a style of lettering characterized by both thick and thin strokes. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 10A
  • Complete: Assignment 10B
  • Assessment: Exam 10

Lesson 11: Gothic Calligraphy

Gothic can be simple or quite elaborate. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 11A
  • Complete: Assignment 11B
  • Assessment: Exam 11

Lesson 12: More and More Calligraphy

In this lesson, you will learn how to write a paragraph. 26 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 12
  • Assessment: Exam 12

Lesson 13: Beyond the Alphabet and Chinese Calligraphy

In this lesson, you will learn how to use your pen to draw animals and things in nature. 49 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 13A
  • Complete: Assignment 13B
  • Assessment: Exam 13

Lesson 14: Flourishes and Decoratives

There is nothing more enjoyable than opening a card or invitation that has been handwritten with calligraphic letters and beautiful flourishes. 47 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 14A
  • Complete: Assignment 14B
  • Assessment: Exam 14

Lesson 15: Final Fonts and Calligraphy From Around the World

In this lesson, we will touch on some other forms of calligraphy from a few more countries. 26 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 15
  • Assessment: Exam 15

Lesson 16: Onward and Upward

There are hundreds of ways to use calligraphy, and here are some other ideas. Additional lesson topics: Sheaffer Calligraphy Maxi Kit, Several Viewpoint Fountain Pens with Several Nib Grades, Assortment of Ink Cartridges, Tracing Pad 89 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Assignment 16A
  • Complete: Assignment 16B
  • Assessment: Exam 16
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the history of calligraphy.
  • Determine materials and supplies needed.
  • Describe and demonstrate uncial calligraphy.
  • Describe and demonstrate foundational hand calligraphy.
  • Describe and demonstrate Roman Rustic Calligraphy.
  • Describe and demonstrate Versals Calligraphy.
  • Describe and demonstrate Batarde Calligraphy.
  • Describe and demonstrate Italic Calligraphy.
  • Describe and demonstrate Copperplate Calligraphy.
  • Describe and demonstrate Gothic Calligraphy.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Additional Course Information

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Course Title: Western Calligraphy
Course Number: 9770438
Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (1,303 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: February 2024
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Nancy Fillip
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "It was a great class. I did learn a lot. Everything I write now is calligraphy. Thank you for the great course." -- Sonia M.
  • "I really didn't have an expectation of the material, I only had previously associated calligraphy with beautiful writing. But the course opened my eyes to the history and it was very interesting and presented very clearly." -- Meiissa P.
  • "Its been amazing. The exams are quite intense but have enjoyed the practical elements most." -- Billie-rose D.
  • "It was fun! The homework was hard." -- Dh H.
  • "Enjoyed the class and feel I learned a lot!" -- Theresa S.