Pointed Pen and Calligraphy with Christina Janoszka

Seasonal Creative Course

Detailed calligraphy around a circle motif including small illustrations of reindeer and a Christmas sleigh


2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November 2021


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

Gift vouchers available

Please read our Covid-19 Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.

Who is this class suitable for?
Ages 16+
Suitable for all skill levels.

What will be covered in the class?
Join lettering, calligraphy and illumination artist Christina Janoszka in this 5week Pointed Pen and Calligraphy course designed to teach you the basic skills in pointed penmanship, supporting you to develop your own ‘hand’ and style of writing. At the end of the 5weeks you will put what you have learned into practice by writing out a word with capital and lower case letters such as ‘Merry Christmas’ and learning a few basic fun flourishes using the nib to enhance the words.

Week 1
Understanding how to use and maintain pointed pen equipment.

Fun exercises to build up muscle memory and loosen the arm using pencil.

Ruling up and understanding the pen angle, height and width of the letters.

Practicing the basic pen strokes to make sure basic shapes are understood and accurate shapes are being made.

Week 2
Continuing practicing the basic pen strokes learned and in Week 1:

  • Entrance/exit stroke
  • Overturn
  • Underturn
  • Compound Curve
  • Oval
  • Ascending Stem Loop
  • Descending Stem Loop

When confident, creating the lower case (minuscule) letters of the alphabet a–z.

Week 3
Using the lower case (minuscule) letters of the alphabet a–z learned in week 2, slowly creating short words linking the letters together using the correct shapes. Writing out an a–z list of flowers or names or countries etc. For example, angela – barbara – caroline using lower case letters.

Week 4
  • Learning uppercase basic strokes A–Z
  • Hairline Entrance Stroke
  • S Curve also known as the Universal Line of Beauty
  • Upright Compound Curve
  • C Curve
  • Entrance Stroke
  • Learning how to write upper case letters A - Z

Week 5
Bringing it all together!

Practicing writing out a word with capital and lower case letters such as ‘Merry Christmas’ and learning a few basic fun flourishes using the nib to enhance the words. Copying the words onto a card with an envelope and addressing the envelope ready for the Christmas season.

What do 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 workshop
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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