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 3 March 2018: JULIE WILLIAMS


(one day workshop)


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.

A modern calligraphy script style will be explored, along with variations from which you can develop your own style – perfect for personalising cards, tag labels and for gift giving! Several small projects will be completed on the day. Beginners will learn all the tips and tricks of how to use a pointed dip nib with ink but the 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 each. Please advise at time of booking if you would like to purchase one.

PLACE: Brush Farm House – 19 Lawson st, Eastwood (currently our temporary home away from home while renovations are underfoot at Primrose Park)

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

Fri-Sun 13-15 April 2018: MASSIMO POLELLO

THE MOVING LINE – with International guest Massimo Polello 

(3 day workshop)


” Calligraphy that runs along the page, in the full flow of writing, is filled with movement and life. Cursive writing breathes rhythmically like a dancer. Cursive writing is a graphic dance. ” Hans-Joachim Burgert – The Calligraphy Line Berlin 1989

This workshop will explore and consider the aspect of the moving line in our writing that dances and moves in the space of creating a harmony of signs.

The expressive potential will be studied in the horizontal line used in Latin and Arabic Calligraphy and the vertical movement of writing seen in Chinese Calligraphy.

Students will experiment with various tools starting with a pointed brush, exploring different techniques and the development of the ‘expressive’.

At the end of the course students will design and bind a small booklet exhibiting all elements discovered, exploiting the compositional and creative aspects of calligraphy!

This workshop is suitable for beginners to advanced students.

PLACE: Brush Farm House – 19 Lawson st, Eastwood (currently our temporary home away from home while renovations are underfoot at Primrose Park)

TIME: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (each of the 3 days)
COST: $400 members / $450 non members

Sat & Sun 5 & 6 May 2018: OLIVE BULL

ONE ALPHABET – with Interstate guest Olive Bull

(2 day workshop)


As Calligraphers we are often stuck for ideas for presentation of our artistic work!

In this course we will use a great variety of tools, mediums and writing surfaces, introducing techniques that can help to make our work ‘different’ – while still observing good lettering practice.

Some of the tools we will use will be familiar.. others are not usually thought of as writing tools. By using a variety of tools, wonderful contrasts in texture can be produced which in turn leads to many choices in your design process. There will be opportunity to use mediums that you may not have used in the past and some techniques you may have wanted to try, but have never got around to. But all of this experimentation helps to expand your skills and expressive capabilities.

As we make our way through the alphabet, we will be constructing a ‘keepsake book’ as a reminder of the processes. The idea will be to see where you can make use of these techniques in pieces of work in the future!

There will be a small kit fee of $5 per student to cover costs of gold and metallic leaf, glues, gums and other mediums which will be shared among participants.

This course is suited to all levels of experience.

PLACE: Brush Farm House – 19 Lawson st, Eastwood (currently our temporary home away from home while renovations are underfoot at Primrose Park)

TIME: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (each of the 2 days)
COST: $200 members / $240 non members

Additional cost of $5 for shared premium materials

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: