Calligraphy – Pointed Pen Copperplate Calligraphy


Saturday 2 September


10.00am - 4.00pm


$250.00 - Early bird pay before midnight Wednesday 26th July

Bring a Friend $400.00 for two people

$275.00 - Regular full fee


A day spent learning Copperplate Calligraphy at OSNS is a unique experience, and you won't find greater attention paid to the detail of your calligraphic education anywhere else. Back in 2012, OSNS  brought a new standard to the learning of hand lettering in Australia that many imitators have since tried to follow.

What's included

Price includes the specialised ink and nibs and paper that will ensure your success and  save you the frustration of producing bleeding letterforms and ink splodges.  You really need the right gear !

Because we are really serious about your learning)  we stick around for you!  - Meaning we follow through with your learning! the price of the ticket also includes free membership to join our exclusive and FUN  Type and Lettering Support Group where you get to hang out once a month and build your skills amidst a vibrant bunch of like-minded fun Copperplate aficionados who want to take their copper plate somewhere. This next generation of calligraphers work on exercises to build their skill and develop exciting projects and partnerships. They also run some inspirational exhibitions such as the recent "One Day is Now" exhibition in November 2014 !


Old School New School
Abbotsford Convent, (Studio 1 A Mercator Building), 1 St Hellier St


Materials included


Please Note, unfortunately we are UNABLE to refund or transfer your fees, so we ask that you please choose carefully. We are happy for you to transfer your ticket to a friend though.

In depth

This special Copperplate class is devised by typographer and highly qualified and experienced educator Veronica Grow. Veronica understands and caters for individual learning needs, and is sought by mainstream media such as The ABC, the Age, the National Gallery of Victoria, London’s The Future Lab, and Parson’s School of Design New York for her skill and knowledge of Slow Typography. Her extensive study in the United States with the world’s best Calligraphers and Type Designers such as John Stevens and Ken Barber has deepened her knowledge.Old School New School pedagogy is about more than learning a style, it is very much about understanding the mechanics of how each letterform is constructed, its relationship to how other groups of letters are constructed, and from there, how words and phrases are constructed. This understanding equips the student to trouble shoot his/her calligraphic technique, enabling constant revision and improvement of calligraphy to the highest standard possible.This inquiry-based learning model empowers each student to become independent and continue to learn and improve when the class is over. We get results!

You don’t need to be a graphic designer to attend this class, but it’s important to know that this is the only class that provides a unique starting point for graphic designers and design students to learn to draw correct letterforms. This will enable you to better discriminate between sound and unsound type and lettering through a new understanding of shape and spatial awareness. As digital natives, students of design do not learn the calligraphic roots of our western typographic system. This class helps to provide some of this essential knowledge when working with tools helps you to grasp the essentials of space rhythm and contrast of lettering and modern type. If you are not a graphic designer, who wants to learn penmanship skills,  knowing how to build quality beautiful letterforms and word marks by hand is a useful skill, which you will have for life and can adapt for your own creative pursuits. It’s so empowering and fun!


The Value of Learning Calligraphy

Too often, lettering is not considered of sufficient importance to justify study and is often treated in a careless manner. But now the status of the letter crafter has exploded with the demand for good lettering and beautiful calligraphy having made a huge comeback.  With the correct care and guidance, anyone can learn to craft letterforms properly and do it well because it is very logical.

Various techniques and materials will be explored, practiced and developed focussing on the very beautiful and romantic Copperplate calligraphy. This is an in depth, hands-on day of learning copperplate calligraphy. It is carefully devised for dedicated learners who see the relevance of understanding the ABC of typographic knowledge through quality penmanship and for those serious about understanding the origins of type and letterform construction. This is essential knowledge when much of the hand generated lettering in the public domain is unsound (affectionately referred to as slopperplate). As digital natives, we must learn to understand the difference between quality well-constructed lettering and unsound lettering. Calligraphy is the essential ingredient that shows you how. But be warned. It is highly addictive.



About Veronica Grow

OSNS is led by Veronica Grow who has taught Slow Typography using Calligraphic technique in New York at the leading School for Design – Parsons. She  has also studied lettering at the Cooper Union in New York with Ken Barber of the famous House Industries. She is often interviewed about Typography by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  She is Melbourne’s most experienced teacher of typographic arts and understands how people learn best. She has run classes at Old School New School since 2012 and  has been running Copperplate Calligraphy classes since 2013. She enjoys continually refining her own technique and improving the course content and its delivery. Veronica believes that Copperplate can be contemporary and edgy, it doesn’t need to be stuffy and old-fashioned, and it doesn’t need to be cliched.   For this reason, this learning intensive enjoys its well-deserved reputation as Melbourne’s most comprehensive – and it attracts and connects Australias finest.

If you take your learning seriously and are keen to learn brush lettering, or signpainting this class is the perfect foundation because it teaches the fundamental lettershapes and rhythm to make brush script skill easier. So that when it comes time to learn how to control the brush, you are not struggling with correct letter shapes.

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