Calligraphy Workshops

The Portland Society for Calligraphy hosts workshops on a variety of calligraphic styles throughout the year, and all are welcome to attend. We reserve priority registration for our members, so apply today in order to secure a seat in the class of your choosing!


All members in good standing receive registration priority for all PSC workshops. To make sure you’re able to secure a seat in the workshop of your choice, become a member here!

Letters Got Rhythm

A Five Session Online Workshop with Jurgen Vercaemst

Join us for an exciting adventure with Jurgen teaching how he creates his delightful and unique array of built-up letters, utilizing a variety of tools starting with a graphite pencil and then expanding into fine liners, calligraphic nibs and other instruments.

The workshops will be held on Monday and Tuesday, February 22nd and 23rd, and continuing with three additional two hour classes on the following three Mondays, March 1st, 8th and 15th.

Location: In the comfort of your own home. A Zoom meeting ID will be sent to you after registration and shortly before the workshop. Create a free zoom account before the workshop at

REGISTRATION OPENS: Monday, January 4th, 2021.

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Lively letters
A Two day workshop with Julie Wildman

Julie Wildman Presents: 

Lively Letters

Join us on Saturday and Sunday, March 27 and 28, 2021, from 10 am to 4 pm PST, Julie Wildman, who in 2020 was extensively featured in Letter Arts Review, will teach her “Lively Letters” workshop online. The workshop will be limited to 25 students, allowing considerable interaction with Julie as she helps calligraphers free up their lettering, and tap into that playful, “dancing” part inside each person.

Using monoline tools, broad-edged nibs, pointed brushes, and unusual tools, students will be led through a series of exercises that focus not only on the lettering but on layout, composition, the negative spaces and how to apply color working with watercolors, paint and gel pens.  

Students will also have the opportunity to create a variety of unique tools to make great letters and marks.

REGISTRATION: Online registration opens on Thursday February 18, 2021. 

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Alphabet Book

A Two day workshop with Julie Wildman 

Julie Wildman Presents

Join us as Julie will teach an online workshop entitled “Alphabet Book”. This workshop will also be limited to 25 students, permitting Julie to work closely with students throughout the weekend as they create an alphabet, with the workshop culminating in the assembly of a simple but elegant accordion-fold book to display the student’s alphabet.  During the first part of the class, students will be led through a series of exercise using both traditional and non-traditional tools, with the goal of creating their own unique alphabets. For their book, students will then have the option of either utilizing the cohesive alphabet that they designed or to complete their book using a different lettering style for each letter.

REGISTRATION: Online registration opens at 9:00 am on Thursday, March 11, 2021.

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A Note From the Society’s Board of Directors and the Workshop Committee 

During this stressful time, when all of us are dealing with the challenges and disruptions to our daily lives caused by the pandemic, the Society’s Board of Directors and the Workshop Committee have been exploring how best we can proceed to provide our membership and the greater Portland calligraphy community with meaningful lettering opportunities while we are unable to attend in-person workshops. Regrettably, social distancing and location closures necessitated that we postponed three previously planned workshops through this June; and it may well be that the circumstances will not permit yet additional in-person workshops to take place during the summer months and maybe for some time thereafter. 

However, we want to take a positive step forward, and avail our calligraphic community of remote gathering technologies that are so much of how businesses and other associations are currently operating. With that in mind, we have scheduled the Society’s inaugural online full one-day workshop using Zoom technologies. 

While the Society will closely monitor whether and when we can safely resume conducting in-person workshops, the Society will be actively pursuing plans to offer additional online courses while circumstances necessitate this format. 

While we continue to explore how to adjust our plans to best address the current limitations imposed by Covid-19, you are urged to periodically check the Society’s workshop web page for announcements of both updates to the schedule of our already planned in-person workshop, and to learn about new online classes that we expect to be offering as we head into the summer months, and perhaps beyond.

 Also, we are actively looking at ways to reschedule to future dates either the several workshops which we already found necessary to postpone, or those which we may need to prospectively postpone.

See a list of upcoming 2019 – 2021 workshops »

Learn from our talented Member Teachers

Many of our incredible members teach calligraphy classes and private lessons in and around the Portland Area. You can view some of their offerings and feel free to reach out to them directly to book lessons or attend classes. All interactions and arrangements with the following individuals are between the two parties involved, and PSC does not act as a liaison for arranging or scheduling such lessons.

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Portland Society For Calligraphy 2021 Winter Classes