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 25th & 26th May 2019: GEMMA BLACK

HERMANN KILIAN: Let’s take a look – 2 Day Workshop

Herman Kilian (1929 – 2004) was a German calligrapher, type designer and book designer who worked as a graphic artist in a large German graphic design company.

His work epitomized the simplicity of classical forms with each form having a tension and character of it’s own. Kilian took pains to create each letter slowly and perfectly working with the tools of his trade, the ruling pen and the simple broad-edge. His work remains in the Schreibwerkstaat Klingspor in Offenbach am Main and the Berlin Calligraphy Collection for all to study.

In this workshop we will study his work, look at classical (penned) Roman capitals then modernising them by changing their inter-letter and ligatured spaces. Stacked layouts and interactive letters will be the main focus of this workshop using a gold graffito technique, the brilliance of white on black and ruling pen and broad-nib with ink.

PLACE: Primrose Park Art & Craft Centre.  Matora Lane (off Young st), Cremorne NSW

TIME: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm 
COST: $200 members / $240 non members 

Sat/Sun 15th & 16th June 2019: Julie Williams

Paper, Ink, Gouache with Julie Williams – 2 Day Workshop

This 2 day workshop will give you an intensive, informative grounding on the properties and use of papers, inks and gouache…three of the staples of calligraphic practice. Have you ever wondered which paper is best suited for your project? what GSM and grain direction is? why and when you need to stretch paper or how to deckle an edge, score and fold with precision, fix ink that bleeds on paper.. correct mistakes.. sharpen nibs or mix the right consistency for writing with gouache? All this and much more will be discovered in this workshop!

Day 1 will provide hands-on experiments and tons of info regarding paper and it’s properties, using samples of many of the most popular paper stocks used for both artistic and commercial calligraphic purposes.

Day 2 will focus on the properties and use of various types of ink and gouache. You will discover the differences and various applications for each, and also perfect sharpening chisel nibs and learn how to best correct mistakes. Our time will mostly be geared towards experimenting and creating our own reference material for future projects, but there may be an opportunity for you to work on a small project in the afternoon.

Suitable for all levels of calligraphers

PLACE: Primrose Park Art & Craft Centre.  Matora Lane (off Young st), Cremorne NSW

TIME: 10 am – 4 pm 
COST: $140 members / $180 non members 

Sat/Sun 20th & 21st July 2019: Deirdre Hassed

Carolingian Script (from historical to modern) – 2 Day Workshop

Carolingian is a surprisingly satisfying script to write.

Based on an ‘o’ shape that is wider than it is tall, with asymmetrical springing arches and wide interlinear spaces, it makes a perfect running book-hand.

One of the most notable examples of the use of a modernised Carolingian style is Sheila Waters’ rendition of ‘Under Milkwood‘ by Dylan Thomas.

We will begin with a review of historical examples of ninth century Carolingian from Charlemagne’s scriptorium based in Tours, France. Then we will glean what we can by looking at a facsimile of ‘Under Milkwood‘ before trying our own version of the script, letter by letter, in large and smaller nib sizes.

Using quotes or a text of your choice, you will have the option of setting out your Carolingian samples in a simple book format, a small broadsheet or as individual finished pieces.

PLACE: Primrose Park Art & Craft Centre.  Matora Lane (off Young st), Cremorne NSW

TIME: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm 
COST: $200 members / $240 non members 

How to pay for your workshop

To secure your spot (unless advertised differently with special events) 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: