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 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 

Saturday 21st Sept 2019: Elaine Witton

UNCIALS FOR EVERYONE! with Elaine Witton – one day workshop

This workshop will allow you to keep to the traditional forms of this script, but will also give you the opportunity to develop it further in the direction of your choice.

Whether you would like to use a chisel-shaped nib, a pointed nib, a different tool altogether or combine a variety of tools you will be given the opportunity to experiment.

For those very familiar with the Uncial script there will be the option to change the letter forms to develop their own personal Uncial style.

Beginners will start by learning a basic form of the script. This workshop will be tailored to the individual.

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

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

Thur/Fri 17th & 18th Oct 2019: TONI WATTS

FLAT GILDING and other Gilding techniques – 2 Day Workshop

An introduction into the wondrous world that is flat gilding!

Let Toni guide you through applying gold leaf flat on the page using a selection of age old traditional as well as modern mordants.

Students will learn easier ways of transferring complex designs. Develop a better understanding of using transfer gold with an option to use loose leaf gold.

Other Gilding Techniques include:

Making shell gold paint from gold leaf, choosing a binder and judging how much to add, when and where. Proper use of shell gold. Making gold sprinkled papers. Painting designs on gold leaf.

All your questions shall be positively answered in a gold studded 2 day intensive!

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

TIME: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm 
COST: $250 members / $300 non members 

Sat/Sun 19th & 20th Oct 2019: TONI WATTS

GILDING on Traditional Manuscript Gesso – 2 Day Workshop

Make gesso to a 15th century recipe with study on all the important health and safety issues.

Learn the proper techniques to lay gesso well (inc getting rid of air bubbles and tricks for making edges neat).

Toni will explain her many options for reshaping and reconstituting old gesso. Using loose leaf gold, care of gilding equipment. The why, how and when to burnish. Adding interest with tooling.

Tip and tricks: getting gold to stick to gesso under difficult conditions! and Rescue Remedies when nothing else works!

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

TIME: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm 
COST: $250 members / $300 non members 

Sat 16th Nov 2019: PENNY LAVER


Add to your calligraphy skills with some essential book binding. If you’ve never made your very own book binding this class is an ABSOLUTE MUST DO!

This workshop will focus on some of the unique styles of oriental stab binding.

The first style being a 5 hole binding showing decorative elements, a simple 5 hole binding and a Kangxi binding.

The second (see photos below) focuses on two other traditional bindings, Hemp Leaf and Tortoise Shell and a simple 4 hole binding.

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

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