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Jr Calligraphy

A combination history, handwriting and art class that introduces students to the waning art of beautiful writing.

  Jr. Calligraphy - $12/class  minimum suggested donation   Teacher: Teresa Hemphill                                                          

Jr. Calligraphy - $12/class  minimum suggested donation

Teacher: Teresa Hemphill                                                          

However, if you would like some extra credit, you can practice the alphabet and write out a nice copy of each letter (in alphabetical order) on either plain or lined paper. See WEEK 7 slides for details.

Paint letters O and P however you'd like. See photos for reference. 20 pts. each.  DUE anytime between now and the end of the year. 


  • Use your black pen to outline the letter S for 5 points.
  • Outline the letter U for 5 points.
  • Outline the letter E for 5 points. See Week 21 slides for reference.

September 13, 2017

September 20, 2017

1. Practice Group 1 and 2 of the Foundational alphabet. Use lined paper like we discussed in class, and copy each letter at least 8 times. Use 30 degrees for your angle and 4 nib widths for your pen height. 

2. When you are comfortable, write the letters 1 time each on your piece of calligraphy paper. 

Both these are DUE SEPT. 27

September 27, 2017

For Homework this week, practice Group 3 and Group 4 letters until you are comfortable with them. You don’t need to do the punctuation.

✾Then, on a sheet of lined practice paper, mark your ascender, midline, baseline, descender and space. Do this twice, so that you have two lines. 

✾Put Group 3 letters on the first line.

✾Put Group 4 letters on the second line.

✾Use the correct pen angle and nib width for the marker you are using.

✾Don’t forget to write your name on the paper (with a regular pen or pencil).

✾Once you are comfortable, add these letters to your sheet of calligraphy paper that has Group 1 and 2 on them. 

Any questions, please feel free to email me. 


October 4, 2017


Finish painting your letters in gouache. Letters G and J should be done in white vine style, letters H and I should be done in modern revival style. Paint any areas desired with your gold pen first before using the gouache. See slides for reference. DUE October 11.

October 11, 2017

Finish drawing your border. Use whichever flower and leaf styles you like.

Outline it with your black marker.

Add any gold accents you would like with the gold paint pen.

We will paint it next week.


October 18, 2017


  • Finish painting your border.
  • Decide on a quote to fill in the blank space inside it. The quote, verse, poem, or saying should be at least 6-8 words.
  • Lightly mark lines for ascenders, main line, descenders, and a space in between.
  • Lightly pencil your letters in to make sure they fit.
  • Write your quote in foundational hand. You may use either your blue or your black pen. It will be all lowercase letters. 
  • Let it dry, then erase all lines and pencil marks.
  • See slides for more how-to info. 



October 25, 2017

We learned Roman Script today. We did worksheets that focused on proper proportions of the letters with bullet nib pens. Then we switched to brush nibs and practiced writing words to learn spacing. Last, we practiced the actual alphabet with our calligraphy pens and learned to change our pen angles as necessary. THERE IS NO HOMEWORK THIS WEEK. Try to work on your project from last week a little if you haven't finished. 

  • Week #7 Power Point

November 1, 2017

Today we learned Serif Roman and some simple borders using our calligraphy markers. If you didn't finish in class, please finish making your 2 gift tags. 


*Don't forget to bring your gouache paints next week so that we can work on our alphabet books!

November 8, 2017

Finish painting the red background of your letter R. Color the R and the border around it with your gold paint marker. We will continue to work on our alphabet book next week. 

See slides for reference if needed.


November 15, 2017

Finish painting the letter Q. See photo for reference. DUE NOVEMBER 28

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November 29, 2017

Today we learned the Gothic alphabet, and practiced writing words and phrases. For next week, think about what kind of greeting card and envelope you would like to make. They can each be made for a separate occasion or created to go together. What kind of saying would you like to write in/on the card or envelope? See slides for more info on Gothic and for some card ideas. 

December 6, 2017


December 13, 2017

Paint letters A and B in the Gothic style. See slides for step-by-step photos. DUE IN JANUARY. 


Use your gold paint marker to fill in the backgrounds of letters K and L. See WEEK 13 slides for reference.


January 10, 2017

Color the gold backgrounds on letters K and L. See photo for reference. 


January 17, 2017

Finish your Gothic Batarda worksheet. DUE JANUARY 24

Don't forget to bring your paints next week!


January 24, 2017

Use brushwork techniques discussed in class to decorate the front of your bookmark. On the back, write your initial in Gothic Batarda capitals. We will laminate them next week. See slides for ideas. 

January 31, 2017

Finish up your Formal Italic Miniscule worksheet if you didn't in class. Due February 7. Net week we well learn capitals and swashes. 


February 7, 2018

Finish the Italic Capitals worksheet. 

Go over the slides for next week and start to think about what you might want your fancy invitation to look like. You may come with a thumbnail sketch to class next week if you'd like, but it's not necessary. Any questions, please ask. 


February 14, 2018

Finish writing out the written portion of your formal invitation. Make sure you use italic script for at least part of it. Refer to your
worksheets- your italic should be slanted and at the proper pen angle. DRAW your letters out on your paper first to make sure nothing is crooked or uncentered, then write over it with calligraphy pen. We will finish decorating and putting the invitations together when class resumes February 28. See slides for more details.


February 28, 2018

We worked on finishing our fancy invitations and R.S.V.P. cards this week. There is no homework. Don't forget to bring your paints so that we can work on our alphabooks next week!


March 7, 2018

Use your gold pen to color in the main part of the letter U and the gold circle on the letter E. See the slides for reference. DUE MARCH 14


March 14, 2018

Finish the gold decorations on your letter V (and U, if you haven't finished) for your alpha book. See the photo for reference. DUE March 21. Don't forget to bring your paints and calligraphy pens next week for our Uncial project!


March 21, 2018


Finish painting your Celtic Uncial project. You can decorate it with your metallic gold pen if you'd like. See slides for details. DUE MARCH 28


March 28, 2018

Finish the gold on letters F, M, and V. See slides for reference. 


April 4, 2018

If you didn't in class, finish the hand lettering worksheets. These can be done with a round brush and watercolors, or markers if you don't have a brush pen. Think of 1-3 words you would like to write in hand lettering for your inspirational sign we will make next week. If you have a lot of unfinished letters for your alphabook (minus the ones we haven't worked on at all yet), now is a good time to start finishing them up, even if only for 5 minutes at a time. 


April 11, 2018

Finish your inspirational sign in hand lettering. See slides or look online for inspiration. DUE APRIL 18. Don't forget to bring your paints and your alphabooks the next two weeks!

Bring in any projects that you still have at home- this is for a grade!


April 18, 2018

Finish the gold decorations on letters Z, X, D, and C. Follow the directions on the slides to paint letter C and Y, (you may not finish if you are very far behind) and try to finish up other letters you may not have completed throughout the year. Try to have at least some decoration on every letter (except W), even if they aren't complete. The slides have instructions and a list of all your alphabet pages. On Wednesday we will assemble our book. DUE APRIL 25


April 25, 2018

May 2, 2018