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 to 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 5 August 2017: ELAINE WITTON

Colour – Beyond the Basics

Colour is an important part of the calligraphic process and this workshop will explore new ways you can enhance your art works.  To take part in this workshop you just need a basic knowledge of colour i.e. an understanding of a simple colour wheel.  We will build on this to explore colour in depth, in ways that you may not have tried before.  We will be working with colour relationships, looking at the creation of colour combinations that, for example, can achieve that extra ‘sparkle’ in your work.

TIME: 10:00am – 4:00pm
COST: $70 members / $90 non members


Sat & Sun 19 & 20 August 2017: DEIRDRE HASSED

Text As Texture Revisited

Two day workshop.  A follow-on workshop from the Text As Texture class, this time beginning where we left off, but with more textures and techniques to explore. We will still be working largely in monotones, but this could be sepia or indigo rather than black.  Although the workshop will be pitched to those who have attended the first Text As Texture workshop, all levels of calligraphic experience are welcome.  However, participants should have a sound working use of at least one script.

TIME: 9:30am – 4:30pm
COST: $200 members / $240 non members


Sat 16 September 2017: JANE KENT

Mastering Copperplate

This workshop is one for beginners and continuers.  It is for all those who would love to master the use of the flexible pointed nib.  The classic Copperplate is a beautiful rhythmical hand that exudes grace. The workshop aims to give you a good grounding in the stroke sequences and tips for mastering the finer points of the pointed nib.  The style is widely used for invitations, name cards and personalised gifts.  A booklet will be supplied as well as line sheets and paper for small projects.  Ink and nibs will be supplied for a small fee and an oblique pen holder if you need one.

TIME: 9:30am – 4:30pm
COST: $70 members / $90 non members


Thurs & Fri 26 & 27 October 2017: CARL ROHRS

Contemporary Rustics

Two day workshop.  How much have you ever wrestled with the least used of the classic Roman hands? It’s so eccentric and the one that’s farthest outside the Roman writing system.  But its eccentricities offer us the most exciting chance to surprise ourselves and to create something unique when it does get mixed with classic hands and contemporary techniques.  We will embrace and mine the traditional approach, but jettison the past for the new when it suits us.  New letters from the oldest ones!  Several brand-new full alphabets in Rustic style were designed for this class and are included in the bound workbooks made for each participant.

TIME: 9:30am – 4:30pm
COST: $300 members / $360 non members which includes membership

Additional cost of $25 for bound personalised work book.


Sat & Sun 28 & 29 October 2017: CARL ROHRS

Pencil – Pen – Stiletto: cut paper calligraphy and decorated letters

Two day workshop. There’s a centuries-old connection between the traditions of cut-paper and lettering art, but there are tremendous new works of contemporary art in the medium of cut paper. One of the beauties of the medium is that the basic technique is so elemental, but the intricacies and possibilities have no limits. So we will be examining the simple techniques of paper cutting that can lead to incredibly complex works of art.

We can start by turning our calligraphy into straightforwardly elegant single sheet cut-paper creations and then add to the effect with patterns, textures and photos. Comfortable with interactive layers, we then add to that the sign painter’s repertoire of drawn or painted 3-dimensional illusions, and discover how they can be cut. After that, we can head into the actual 3rd dimension itself for paper sculpture. This will all be supported by the histories and terminology of decorated letters — illuminated, inhabited, historiated, animated. We’ll look at them all, and steal ideas for our wide-open projects which will be paper-only, or drawn, or written …. or all of the above. Several quick ones or one or two elaborate beauties. Classic, modern, simple, intricate, elegant, zany, gorgeous, grotesque.

TIME: 9:30am – 4:30pm
COST: $300 members / $360 non members which includes membership

Additional cost of $25 for bound personalised work book.


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: