Pointed Pen Calligraphy & Flourishing Forward with Christina Janoszka

Ten week Creative Course


18, 25 January 2022
01, 08, 15 February 2022
01, 08, 15, 22, 29 March 2022

Half Term: 21–27 February 2022 (no teaching)


Gift vouchers available


We are booking up to 12 people on this course, however this is subject to change based on government guidelines concerning COVID-19.  

We are committed to working with our artists and communities in continuing to provide opportunities for creativity during these challenging times. Together, we have reconfigured our courses to ensure the safety of all concerned without compromising on quality. Find out more about our new safety measures.

Please read our Covid-19 Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.
Who is this class suitable for?
Ages 16+
The course is suitable for anyone who is interested in learning to use a pen and nib with ink and paint.

What will be covered in the class?
For those unfamiliar with pointed pen calligraphy, the first five weeks of the class will be learning to write in the copperplate style, lower and upper case.  For those who have some experience after polishing up writing skills, we will start practicing flourishing. 

Both pointed pen calligraphy and flourishing are done using the same pen and nib.  Colour is introduced through the use of gauche paint and sparkle through other craft products.

What will students leave the class with? 
Students will leave with a 20-page booklet of drills and worksheets and an envelope using pointed pen calligraphy with a small flourish. A 10-page booklet of flourishing exercises, samples and techniques and up to 5 pieces of completed work, learning to combine elegant copperplate calligraphy with beautiful ‘off hand flourishes’. 

Week 1: Refreshing pointed pen calligraphy. Introducing some flourishes as part of capital letters.

Week 2: Practicing a range of pre-prepared ‘off-hand’ flourishing exercises.

Week 3: Practicing and preparing a personal sampler of off-hand flourishes.  First completed piece of work: a sampler of off-hand flourishes. 

Week 4: Creating a quill design.

Week 5: Combing the quill design with flourishes.  Second completed piece of work: a traditional quill design combining flourishes from the sampler. 

Week 6: Preparing and designing a card and envelope combining pointed pen script and off-hand flourishes.  Third completed piece of work: an envelope and card using pointed pen calligraphy and flourishes. 

Week 7: Prepare and design the mandala.

Week 8: Finish off the completed mandala using pointed pen off-hand flourishing.  Fourth completed piece of work: a mandala of ‘off hand flourishes’ using the quill design learned in week 5.  

Week 9: Using a piece of text or poem of the students own choosing, layout and design a piece using pointed pen calligraphy and illustrated with flourishes.

Week 10: Complete the piece design made in week 9 using pointed pen calligraphy and illustrated with flourishes.  Fifth completed piece of work: a decorated pointed pen text/poem of the students own design, using traditional flourishes.

These skills and techniques can be used over and over again to produce beautiful pieces of work – illustrating poems, creating unique and lovely card designs, wedding stationery, adding a flourish to envelopes and much more.
What will I need to bring?
All materials are included.

Art Studio. The Art Studio is situated at the top of a flight of stairs. Tools are all light and accessible. Work benches are not currently height adjustable.

Christina is a graduate of Balliol College, Oxford University and was a Tutor and Manager in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University for many years.  Her passion for calligraphy and illumination led her to study at Reigate College of Art, The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and with a Master Penman in the US.

Booking Terms and Conditions
Completing your booking with Milton Keynes Arts Centre signifies your agreement to the below terms of Refunds and Cancellation. All profits support our annual programme of exhibitions, events and charitable outreach projects.

Courses may be rescheduled/cancelled by Milton Keynes Arts Centre if the minimum number of required students is not met. Notification of a possible reschedule/cancellation will be sent to students three-working days before the first workshop of the term, in this instance refunds will be issued in full if a course is rescheduled/cancelled.

In acknowledgement of these exceptional times, Milton Keynes Arts Centre has amended its refund policy on a temporary basis. Students are now entitled for refunds in the following circumstances:

  1. If you are unable to attend a class as you are showing coronavirus-like symptoms
  2. If you are unable to attend a class as someone you live with is showing coronavirus-like symptoms
  3. If Milton Keynes Arts Centre cancels or postpones classes.

Refunds shall be made on the basis of every class students have missed.

In all other instances outside of these circumstances, bookings are non-refundable and only transferable at the discretion of Milton Keynes Arts Centre.
Photographs and/or video will be taken during this course
As a registered charity, it can sometimes be necessary to share photos and videos of our community outreach in printed matter, social media, press releases and funding applications. By taking part in this event you grant Milton Keynes Arts Centre full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming to help achieve our charitable aims.

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