Calligraphy and lettercutting

Modern pointed pen or copperplate calligraphy with Gaynor Goffe

Ref: SLW09539

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About this course

Learn or improve pointed pen or copperplate calligraphy through individual tuition and group demonstrations. Your chosen script will be applied in the layout and design of short texts.

Course Description

Learn a pointed pen script, either copperplate and/or modern pointed pen cursive, gain or improve your competence with calligraphic tools and materials and build-on your understanding of related letterforms.

This course is suitable for all levels, beginners to advanced. Improve your skills and knowledge with tutor-led exercises and projects and plenty of tutor demonstrations both group and individual.

As a result of the course beginners should achieve a sound footing in calligraphic skills from which to move forward with these scripts and onto other scripts. Those with more experience will gain improvement in the quality of their calligraphy and explore a range of pointed pen script variations.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Any items on the list below if you have them at home, plus:
  • Tissues
  • Apron to protect your clothes - optional

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Cartridge paper - A3 smooth surface, Winsor & Newton 60, 70 or 100lbs
  • Mitchell roundhand nibs, sizes 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5 or 4 (including left oblique for left handers)
  • 2 slippon reservoirs
  • 1 or 2 penholders
  • Pelikan 4001 black ink or liquid Sumi ink
  • Winsor & Newton designer's gouache paint
  • Small mixing palette and brush
  • Pritt glue stick
  • Ruler, HB pencil, eraser
  • Masking tape and scissors

Student review

"Fantastic course content and teacher. Totally dedicated to her passion and ensuring we all gained the most we could. Great people on the course who wanted to be there as well as thoroughly enjoying it. 

Wonderful college and extremely friendly, helpful and very professional staff throughout total engagement when enquiring and booking the course to everyone who works there. You are a total credit to the reason why West Dean College was created and you raise hospitality to new levels."

Virginia, 2019


Gaynor Goffe

Gaynor Goffe has been a professional calligrapher and teacher for 35 years. She trained in Calligraphy,
Illumination & Heraldry in the mid 1970's at Reigate School of Art & Design, then spent three years as assistant to Donald Jackson. She taught calligraphy at the Roehampton Institute and on many short courses in Britain and abroad. Publications include 'Calligraphy Made Easy 'published by Paragon/Robinson, and 'Calligraphy Step By Step' by Harper Collins. Gaynor is a fellow of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society, the Society of Scribes & Illuminators and a full member of Letter Exchange.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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