Calligraphy for Beginners: Ronde 17th Century Script

An introduction to the Art of Calligraphy, focusing on the Ronde Script and its French origins.

Calligraphy Kit available for new students for $30 (not included in course fee)


  • Introduction to writing with a broad edge pen.
  • Introduction to the Ronde script, its style, letter construction and characteristics.
  • We will continue to study letter form and spacing
  • Study Capitals and their origins and combine them with the lower-case letters.
  • We will introduce colour, layout and design skills with the idea of combining all of the above to produce a small piece of work

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

  1. Write with a broad edge nib/pen.
  2. Construct letters and numerals of the Ronde hand.
  3. Achieve spacial awareness.
  4. Achieve analytical skills for letter form and shape.
  5. Achieve an understanding of layout and design skills.
  6. Apply colour and design techniques.
  7. Apply all learned skills to a piece of work or project.


  • A4 or A3 bond layout pad – Canson or similar brand from Art stores
  • Chisel shaped nibs such Brause, Speedball C NIBS , William Mitchell – large, medium and small size.
  • Pen holder
  • Ink- Black Sumi ink or Chinese stick ink
  • Gouache – a few different colours – black + a primary colour set.
  • Ruler, pencil HB
  • Water jar, rag.
  • Other supplies will be advised if needed throughout the course.

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
  • The Art Scene, West Ryde, Ph: 9807 6900 (incl. online shop)
  • 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.

$248 Limited / $223

An introduction to the Art of Calligraphy, focusing on the Ronde Script and its French origins.<br/><p><br/><strong>Calligraphy Kit available for new students for $30 (not included in course fee)</

05 Feb

Interested in this course but can't attend? Please the waiting list.