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Calligraphy for Christmas
Course Date: Friday 24th November 2017
Category: Calligraphy & Lettering Arts
Tutor: Mary Noble
Price: £80


Pen your own personalised cards, labels, place cards and small boxes and make this Christmas particularly special. Calligraphy and festive pen patterns can be combined to great decorative effect. The calligraphy skills you learn for Christmas will continue to be useful for occasions throughout the year. Tutor and professional calligrapher, Mary Noble, has many books to her name and has taught for more than 20 years.

Further Detail

We will begin by studying the Uncial script. This is a useful quick-to-acquire first script because it doesn’t have separate capitals and lower case. It is based on a script from the 6th century, when lower case hadn’t yet been invented! This leaves plenty of time to apply your calligraphy and festive pen patterns to name labels or table cards, messages on little boxes and tree decorations or novelties. Take home lots of small items individually personalised as gifts for your friends or family. Ideal for beginners or those with ‘rusty’ skills.

Skills/Techniques Covered

  • using broad-edged calligraphy dip pens of different sizes
  • understanding the need for a constant pen angle
  • writing the Uncial hand, learned in shape groups so as to maintain & appreciate the ‘matching set’ principle
  • using pen patterns as festive decorative effects and as a means to developing a rhythm in writing
  • applying the Uncial hand and pen patterns to small card and paper items 
  • folding and cutting card safely and with regard to grain direction


Beginner and intermediate 


Materials are not included in your course fee. Some materials will be provided by the tutor. The maximum cost of these will be £7 per person. The items you will need to bring with you are listed below. 

We do not have the facilities to take card payments in the workshops. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book if your course involves buying materials from the tutor.

Please bring with you:

  • small scraps of festive ribbon/ string (anything sparkly!)
  • scissors that can cut card
  • scraps of tissue paper in Christmas colours (optional)
  • craft knife with sharp blade (but don’t buy one specially, the school has some for loan)

What students have said about this course/tutor:

"Great! Lots of good info and advice throughout the day." - G Corney

"Excellent lesson and teaching method." - Anon

Tutor Profile

Mary Noble has been an enthusiastic teacher of calligraphy for 25 years, and has many calligraphy books to her name. She is a Fellow of both the Society of Scribes and Illuminators (SSI) and the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society (CLAS) of which she has been chairman. Mary works to commission from her home in Hampshire, exhibits widely and has also taught in Finland, Norway and Japan.

Timings & Refreshments

Coffee is available from 9.45am. The course starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. Fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with biscuits in the morning, a sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. SPECIAL DIETS: If you are vegetarian, please tell us when you book. If you have other special dietary needs/preferences, please see our terms and conditions for detailed information on the food provided.