Calligraphy for Beginners: Gothic Blackletter

This beginners’ course introduces the Art of Calligraphy, its rich history and an understanding of the development of our modern alphabet. We will focus on Gothic Blackletter. We will start with gaining an understanding of working with a broad edge nib and to refine our calligraphic technique by focusing on letter construction and spacial awareness. A Calligraphy kit will be available for purchase from the tutor for $35 so that correct materials can be purchased. Please note that this is not included in course fees nor is the purchase of this kit compulsory.


  • Face-to-Face


  • Introduction to writing with a broad edge pen and ink.
  • Introduction to Gothic Blackletter, its style, letter construction and characteristics.
  • Continued study of letter form and spacing.
  • Experiment with white script on black paper as well as black on white to discover the strong contrast within this heavy letter form.


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Write with a broad edge nib.
  2. Construct letters of Gothic Blackletter.
  3. Achieve spacial awareness.
  4. Achieve analytical skills for letter form and shape.
  5. Achieve a basic understanding of design skills.


  • A4 or A3 BOND layout pad
  • Calli Duo texta- double ended -2mm & 3.5mm for complete beginners.
  • Pen holder – SPEEDBALL or any brand for Broad edge nibs.
  • Broad edge nibs 3mm & 2mm brands such as BRAUSE OR SPEEDBALL sizes 1 & 3
  • Ink - Black Sumi or Chinese ink
  • White Gouache
  • Ruler, pencil HB
  • Water jar, rag.

IMPORTANT: Please arrive to the first class with all the relevant materials. A lack of materials is not just a handicap to you but to the ability to teach. Materials cost is not included in a course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any course materials. We therefore suggest you purchase your materials closer to the time of the course commencing.


  • The Art Scene, UNSW Art & Design Campus, Greens Rd Paddington NSW. Ph: 8815 1569
  • Eckersley’s Art and Craft Store 223-225 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Ph: 02 9331 2166.
  • Bondi Road Art Supplies 179 Bondi Road Bondi. Ph: 9387 3746. (Closed Fridays and Sundays)
  • Eckersley’s Art and Craft Store 93 York Street Sydney, Ph: 02 9299 4151. Also at North Sydney, St Leonards, Chatswood, Caringbah, Parramatta & more.

Enquire at your art shop for a Student’s Discount with your WEA course receipt.

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