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:
Italic Calligraphy

Mondays and Wednesdays
January 7 to mid-March
Portland Community College
Rock Creek Campus, 9:00–11:50 am
OR Sylvania Campus, 2:00–4:50 pm

This in-depth class will help you pay more attention to details and immerse yourself in a meditative focus. The Italic style of writing is elegant, beautiful, and versatile. This class is appropriate for all levels of experience and there is no prerequisite.
3 credits, audit available with instructor’s permission
ART 218B Calligraphy I: Italic
ART 220B Calligraphy II: Italic


Hand Lettering with Special Tools

Tuesdays and Thursdays
11:00 am–1:50 pm
January 8 to mid-March

Using a variety of lettering tools including the pointed pen, brush pen, folded pen, and balsa wood, we will learn many different lettering styles and techniques. The final project, a spiral-bound book of printed class materials and the student’s work, will be a personal reference for years to come. Appropriate for all levels.
3 credits, audit available with instructor’s permission
ART 219B