Absolutely no previous calligraphy experience is required. I cover all the basics of modern script calligraphy, from holding the pen to writing the complete lowercase alphabet. Whether you will be picking up a calligraphy pen for the very first time or are seeking hands-on instruction to enhance your existing, beginner-level calligraphy skills, this class is right for you!
Whether you've taught yourself or learned from a teacher, if you can hold a calligraphy pen and write full words then this class is right for you. You do not need to have years of experience. This class covers some of modern calligraphy's most fun, popular techniques with emphasis placed on letter connections, uppercase letters, and playing with your personal, modern calligraphy style.
This targeted lesson plan will push you to experiment in ways you never have before. Emphasis will be placed on playing with letterforms (upper and lowercase), mastering flourished layout designs, and creating your very own modern calligraphy style. The exercises I teach will push you out of your “calligraphy comfort zone” to break old habits you dislike and lay the foundation for new and improved ones. You will walk away with the tools you need for highly effective practice, including how to review your own work with an unbiased, trained eye. Students with a basis in Copperplate find this class extremely useful for learning about breaking rules with intention, and merging traditional with modern.
Lectures & Traveling
I can adapt my teaching to large or small groups but always emphasize giving lots of individual attention. If you're interested in having me come to your school, your conference, your shop, or anywhere else, please contact me – I love to travel!
I have also been a guest lecturer on graphic design and its intersection with hand lettering at The University of Southern California’s Roski School of Fine Arts and The University of California at Los Angeles’s Design Communication Arts department.
What my students are saying...
“I traveled halfway across the country to take a beginner workshop from Molly and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Molly was a wonderful, encouraging teacher, and offered so many materials and helpful tips."
— Syd S.
“There is absolutely no substitute for the instruction and hands-on practice in Molly's calligraphy classes. I took both the Beginner and Early Intermediate classes, which were small and set in a cozy Cambridge, MA studio. In both classes, Molly shared her calligraphy wisdom and experience, patiently watched each of us practice our lettering, and provided invaluable feedback on our technique.
“Molly is an amazing teacher. She articulates the smallest details in a clear, memorable way, and she's so patient. The personalized kits were awesome — I could keep practicing at home for a long time before restocking.”
— Anna T.