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/Sun  18 & 19 March 2017: JULIE WILLIAMS

Brush It!

Brush lettering has often been overlooked as a means of creating calligraphic scripts. Join Julie for a weekend of learning how to use both pointed and flat brushes and create some fun with modern lettering styles, with both gouache and ink. Time will also be set aside to explore the use of larger brushes for expressive backgrounds suitable for both calligraphic compositions or for craft applications. Suitable for beginners and all who want to “brush up” on their skills.

TIME: 10.00am – 4.00pm each day
COST: $140 members / $180 non members


Sat/Sun 22 & 23 April 2017: GEMMA BLACK

Retro Deco


In this workshops we will be taking a look back to the lettering samplers of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements of the late 1800s early 1900s.  From there we will create not only painted watercolour pieces and in designs such as Rennie & Margaret Mackintosh created, but also working with line drawn pen and ink Deco letterforms with a substantial 1920s modernism reflection.

This is a really great workshop for all comers, beginners and experienced alike!

TIME: 9:30am – 4:00pm each day
COST:  $200 members / $240 non members


Thurs/Fri 18 & 19 May 2017: DENIS BROWN

Dynamic Composition

This two-day workshop is an exploration of how compositionally active spaces can be created within a calligraphic layout by dividing the picture plane with lines of writing.  Exercises in rhythmic repetition and restating of calligraphic elements will lead to the development of works from thumbnail sketches to Dynamic Compositions.

This workshop is suitable for intermediate to advanced students

TIME: 9:30am – 4:30pm each day
COST: $300 members / $360 non members (which includes membership to the ASC)


Sat/Sun 20 & 21 May 2017: DENIS BROWN

Understanding Italics

This two-day workshop introduces students to a clear and acute analysis of Italic and its many variations.  Focus will be on structure, fluency, refinement of form using pen angle and pressure manipulations.  This workshop is suitable for all levels from beginners to those more experienced who want to brush up on their skills.

TIME: 9:30am – 4:30pm each day
COST: $300 members / $360 non members (which includes membership to the ASC)


Sat/Sun 17 & 18 June 2017: TBA



TIME: 10:00am – 4:00pm each day
COST: $140 members / $180 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: