Intermediate Calligraphy: Foundational Script

We will start with the more traditional Foundational script and then, using the same underlying structure, experiment with ways of developing different forms, not only by using traditional calligraphic pens, but also a variety of other tools. Small projects combining these skills will be created throughout the course. To join this course, you just need to have learnt one script using a chisel-shaped calligraphy nib.

This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


  • Introduction to the Foundational script and its historical background.
  • Learn to write a Foundational alphabet.
  • Explore nib and line relationship
  • Experiment with a variety of letter shapes
  • Use decoration in conjunction with the letter forms
  • Discover ways of combining the upper and lower case alphabet.
  • Apply basic layout and design principles to a practical project
  • Revision and fine-tuning suitable to the individual's needs.


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

  1. Write a traditional Foundational script.
  2. Develop new forms from a traditional script
  3. Understand how to develop decorated shapes
  4. Produce basic projects incorporating these skills


  • Usual calligraphic equipment

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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