The ASC host a variety of workshops throughout the year, catering for all different levels and calligraphic tastes. Unless otherwise advertised, all workshops are held at: Primrose Park Art and Craft Centre Matora Lane (off Young Street) Cremorne Workshop times usually run from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays unless otherwise indicated. There may be some workshops, in the case of visiting interstate or international tutors that may run on both a Saturday and a Sunday. Most workshops try to accommodate from the beginner, to those with little experience as well as those with more experience.

What’s in a calligraphy kit?

This is a question we get asked often, particularly by beginners or new starters. If you are looking to build up your kit please feel free to download some suggestions we recommend that always seem to come in handy.


Reserve your place at a workshop

To book a place in any workshop, email the workshop coordinator to register your interest and check that there is a space available.

  • Bookings are made on a first-come-first-served basis and places are only secured upon receipt of a cheque or bank deposit transfer within seven days of making the booking.
  • Please assume you are booked into a workshop, unless you are notified that the class is full or has been cancelled or postponed.
  • Payments made for any workshop are considered non-refundable, unless a replacement participant is found up to two days prior to a workshop.
  • Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your booking form or your email address to receive notification and a materials list.

Materials list are sent to participants as soon as the workshop has been confirmed, usually 2-3 weeks prior to the class. Receipts will be given at the workshop.

Sat/Sun 28-29 July 2018: LEXIE ARLINGTON


(2 day workshop) – Lexie Arlington


This script had its origins in the 11th century when it was used by Eadvius Basan, the scribe of Christ Church, Canterbury for the Charter of King Cnut.

The version you will learn has been adapted for use in the 21st century. It is a good alternative to Foundational as it does not look as formal. It is an upright, rhythmic and legible script for use in creative and commercial applications.

During the workshop we will study an historic example to analyse letter construction as well as looking at examples of modern applications.  Once you have practised and familiarised yourself with the modern version of the charter hand script you will apply it to a practical project

This is suitable for beginners or those wishing to “fine tune” or add another script to their repertoire.

PLACE: Brush Farm House – 19 Lawson st, Eastwood (while renovations are underfoot at Primrose Park)

TIME: 10 am – 4 pm
COST: $70 members per day ($140 total) / $90 non members per day ($180 total)



(Total of 2 consecutive saturdays) – Rosemary Jeffers-Palmer

As we have a full day we can explore several different ways to format the covers plus different stitching patterns. Small samples will be made firstly to understand the basic structure of this book plus to have alternative cover and stitching formats.

A short PowerPoint presentation will show some of the amazing examples done by art students (UNSW/Art & Design} where I have been teaching Artists Books for several years. We will discuss the potential and use for such a book structure from simply binding single pages to creating an Artists Book. This booklet is easy to do at home and makes a great gift.

The afternoon will be devoted to creating an A5 notebook of the design of your choice for covers and stitching.

All necessary bookbinding tools will be supplies plus the short grain paper and decorative paper necessary for the booklet. Detailed notes will also be supplied.A list of basic tools and materials attendees need to bring to this class will be sent when bookings are made.

PLACE: Brush Farm House – 19 Lawson st, Eastwood (while renovations are underfoot at Primrose Park)

TIME: 10 am – 4 pm
COST: $70 members per day ($140 total) / $90 non members per day ($180 total)

Sat 8th Sept 2018: Jane Kent

Flourishing Finishes & Designing Flourished Capitals for COPPERPLATE

(one day) – Jane Kent’s elegant flourishing work put to practice!

Lovers of Copperplate now have an opportunity to perfect the graceful capital strokes and confidently design a set of capitals as well as practice simple flourishes

We shall study the pure elegant strokes of the Spanish pointed pen masters, who achieved the finest forms and flourishes.

Bring along your favourite pointed nibs and an oblique nib holder. An exemplar booklet and line sheets will also be provided.

A number of small projects involving layout and design will be progressively completed by the end of the day. Beginners as well as the seasoned are most welcome.

PLACE: Brush Farm House – 19 Lawson st, Eastwood (while renovations are underfoot at Primrose Park)

TIME: 10 am – 4 pm
COST: $70 members / $90 non members

Sat 22nd Sept 2018: JULIE WILLIAMS

MODERN CALLIGRAPHY #3 – Julie Williams (one day)

Back for the 3rd time this year! Julie Williams’ ever popular repeat of Modern Calligraphy. Get in quick!


This fun and intensive workshop will introduce you to the delights of modern calligraphy! A more relaxed calligraphic approach than that of formal pointed pen styles.

A modern calligraphy script style will be explored, along with variations from which you can develop your own style – perfect for personalising cards, tag labels and for gift giving! Several small projects will be completed on the day. Beginners will learn all the tips and tricks of how to use a pointed dip nib with ink but the workshop is also suitable for students with some experience with the pointed pen who want to learn a more ‘casual’ style.

Beginners kits available for $30 each. Please advise at time of booking if you would like to purchase one.

PLACE: Brush Farm House – 19 Lawson st, Eastwood (while renovations are underfoot at Primrose Park)

TIME: 10 am – 4 pm
COST: $70 members / $90 non members

Sat & Sun 20 & 21 October 2018: Gemma Black

RHYTHMIC CAPITALS – with Interstate guest Gemma Black

(2 day workshop) – HIstory in the making.. join in an all-new inspiring workshop 

In this course you will learn and enjoy these gorgeous colourful and rhythmic capital letter forms with their basis in historical spacing and placement.

They are built upon geometric majuscule and minuscule so we will look at them first, quickly moving into both ink and watercolour pen lettering.

Backgrounds may also be elaborated on if time allows.

PLACE: Brush Farm House – 19 Lawson st, Eastwood (while renovations are underfoot at Primrose Park)

TIME: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (each of the 2 days)
COST: $200 members / $240 non members (total)

Sat 3rd November 2018: Elaine Witton

17th Century Script – Elaine Witton

There were many varieties of scripts during this period and the influence of Pointed Gothic and Italic can be seen in both the lower case letters and the decorative capitals.

Come and enjoy learning this version which can be written with either a pointed or square-edged nib. We will be working with both.

A small project using the script will be included. This workshop is also suitable for beginners.

PLACE: Brush Farm House – 19 Lawson st, Eastwood (while renovations are underfoot at Primrose Park)

TIME: 10 am – 4 pm 
COST: $70 members / $90 non members 

How to pay for your workshop

To secure your spot we ask for payment to be made within 7 days of booking. Our preferred method of payment is by internet transfer: BSB: 062-246 Account: 00903540 

Please mark your payment as: Your Name-Workshop-Date and send an email to to advise us payment has been made. If you do not have access to internet transfer, you can send your cheque or money order to:

Attention: Workshop Coordinator ASC Inc. PO Box 190 WILLOUGHBY NSW 2068 Places for workshops are limited. Unless otherwise stated, our maximum workshop intake at Primrose Park is 15. Once the workshop places are filled, your name will be added to a waiting list. If there are any cancellations we will contact you and advise you of a space available.

Traveling by public transport?

Please contact the workshop coordinator for further details.

Do you have a suggestion?

We are always revising our workshops programs. If you have any suggestions on topics you would like us to cover, or maybe you’re a tutor who could possibly teach a workshop for us. Please send us an email: