Cora Pearl

Cora Pearl started studying calligraphy at age 11 and has been doing calligraphy and hand lettering ever since. She has a BA in Art and Art History from Oberlin College. Cora works as a full time calligrapher and teacher of lettering arts. She teaches calligraphy and hand lettering at Portland Community College and teaches independent workshops, classes and private sessions. She has taught at several calligraphy conferences including Letters of Joy, IAMPETH, Letterfest, and International Calligraphy Conference Letterworks 2017, and at Letters California Style 2018. In 2013 Cora had the honor of creating a certificate for the Dalai Lama. In 2015 Cora received a grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council to study with calligraphy master, Sheila Waters. Cora is passionate about teaching and values a holistic approach to learning based on building trust and safety in the classroom environment.

In addition to teaching, Cora also does calligraphy commissions, calligraphy for weddings and special events, wall pieces, and chalkboard lettering signage.


Services Offered:
  • Commissions

  • Wedding and special events

  • Wedding vows

  • Ketubot

  • Family trees

  • Wall pieces

  • Literary tattoos


Classes Offered:
Uncial and Carolingian Calligraphy

April 1 to mid-June
Portland Community College

Rock Creek Campus, Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00-11:50 pm

Sylvania Campus, Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00–4:50 pm

 Come join us at Portland Community College this spring term for the study of the Uncial and Carolingian styles of calligraphy. This class will go in depth into these styles of writing, will help you develop the ability to pay more attention to details, and to immerse yourself in a meditative focus. Calligraphy is a powerful way to express yourself using words. Calligraphy is a natural course of study for graphic designers, artists of all kinds, lovers of lettering and typography, and anyone who loves the art of beautiful writing and would like to know how to create it. 

This class is appropriate for all levels of experience and there is no prerequisite.
3 credits, Senior audit spaces available with instructor’s permission (no tuition for 62 and older)-contact instructor for details.
ART 218C Calligraphy I: Uncial/Carolingian
ART 220C Calligraphy II: Uncial/Carolingian

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