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 16 & 17 July 2016: MARTA LETT

Draw and Colour Celtic Miniatures: EXTENDED CLASS WITH NEW DATES

This workshop is an introduction to Celtic Art miniatures. You will be guided step by step, using simple proven methods, to create your own designs. These will include diamind dot foundation, lattice knots, key patterns, spirial designs and step patterns. Day one will include lattice knots and step patterns used alone and combined. Day two we move on to key patterns and spiral designs used in a similar way and all contained in a miniature format. No drawing or art experience necessary.

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


Sat 6 August 2016: JANE KENT

Flourishing Your Spencerian Script

This workshop follows on from the Spencerian cursive workshop in May.  You will learn the method for designing flourished words, mastering Spencerian capitals and writing with a ‘decro’ nib with metallic inks on various coloured papers. Useful for numerous projects; nameplates, designing greeting cards, completing invitations and certificates as well as flourished addresses. Just bring along a standard nib holder and the fine ‘decro’ nib, a variety of gold Pearl-Ex inks as well as black and coloured card will be supplied.

TIME: 10.00am – 4.00pm each day
COST: $70 members / $90 non members


Sat/Sun  20 & 21 August 2016: GYOUNGHEE LEE


There are many different bookbinding styles. By using different materials and a few variations on the binding style, the design possibilities are almost limitless.
Day one: Making a punching cradle.  Examples will also be shown of button hole stitched books. In the afternoon, stitches will be done using the punching cradle. Before the end of the day, we will make up our book covers ready for the following day. Day two: The morning will be dedicated to making the book block for Coptic binding as well as sewing. We will also learn how to hand the leather and practise some essential stitching techniques.

TIME: 9.30am – 4.00pm each day
COST: $200 members / $240 non members


Sat/Sun  17 & 18 September 2016: LEXIE ARLINGTON

Pointed Pen Gothic

If you like using a pointed pen nib, this script will add to your repertoire! Join us for an enjoyable learning weekend. This script is based on and has similar characteristics to the Medieval Batarade, but will be given a modern twist through using a pointed nib. Attention will be on correct pen technique, letterforms and spacing. We will combine this script with other techniques using various media to produce a small contemporary work. Some pointed pen experience is preferred, but the workshop is tailored for students of all levels.

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

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Sat/Sun  15 & 16 October 2016: 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, a bit of gouache and some ink. Time will also be set aside to explore the use of larger brushes for expressive backgrounds. This workshop is 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

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Sat 19 November 2016: JULIE WILLIAMS

Modern Calligraphy

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. Beginners will learn all the tips and tricks of how to use a pointed dip nib with ink. A modern calligraphy script style will be explored, along with variations from which you can develop your own style – perfect for personalizing cards, tags, labels and for gift giving! Several small projects will be completed on the day. This 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, please pre-order by contacting Julie at

TIME: 10.00am – 4.00pm each day
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?

We know it can be difficult to get to Primrose Park by public transport. If this is the case – don’t be put off! We will try to organise a pick up and drop off from St. Leonard’s station or at a suitable bus stop. Please let the workshop coordinator know if you require a pickup service from St. Leonard’s Station to Primrose Park when you book.

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: