Our Member Teachers

The Portland Society for Calligraphy is very lucky to have many talented calligraphy teachers in its membership. Some are well known and respected internationally. In addition to teaching workshops hosted through PSC and other calligraphy guilds, they also provide classes independently, or through local community colleges. Many calligraphic hands, as well as a variety of techniques are covered in their courses.

You can find a list of classes currently being taught by these teachers at the link below. We invite you to take a look, and see if anything interests you.

Calligraphy classes are offered on a regular basis at Portland Community College and Mt. Hood Community College.

These classes are not sponsored by PSC. Any questions you have about the courses should be directed to the teacher.



Teacher Information
Class Description
Class Date and Time
Stephanie Byrd



Intro to Uncial
Not only is it beautiful and satisfying to write, but Uncial is one of the easiest calligraphic alphabets to learn! The script originated with the Greeks and Romans and was used throughout western Europe for five centuries. Explore basic letterforms and the use of the broad-edged pen, while completing a lasting keepsake by the end of the term. This class is geared for beginners, but all are welcome. Located at the Multnomah Arts Center.

registration information here

Thursdays, 9:30 am–12:30 pm, 4/4/24 – 6/6/24 (no class 4/25 and 5/23)
Molly Chidsey



Learn Modern Calligraphy: 3-part series

Are your curious about how you can add lettering to your artwork? Learn the art of modern calligraphy with me at Portland Art Guild this March!

Cost: $30 for PAG Members,

$60 for Non-members

register here

March 2, 9, & 16, 2024
10:00 am – Noon
Angelina Cox



I teach Calligraphy on campus at Mt Hood Community College.

Calligraphy – Historical and Decorative Styles (ART219) Art department

Each term looks at a different script:

Fall term: Foundational and Roman Capitals
Winter term: Italic Calligraphy
Spring term: Uncial and Carolingian scripts

This class is appropriate for complete beginners and also students who have previously attended a calligraphy class. We learn how to use dip-ink pens, the basics of letter construction, the class progresses to look at layout and design: how to arrange your letters in a pleasing way. The final project is to create a calligraphic artist book.

The class is every Friday morning 9-11:50 am on campus at MHCC.

  • Fall term starts September 25
  • Winter term starts January 8
  • Spring term starts April 1
Penelope Culbertson

To inquire about classes or register, Please email me at culbertson.calligraphy.com or text at 503 997-7474

A variety of small, ongoing calligraphy classes, some on zoom, and some in person in my SE Portland studio.

$10 per class for zoom

$15 per class for in person 

  • Italic
  • Italic Handwriting
  • Pointed Italic
  • Uncials
  • Carolingian
  • Gothics
  • Bookhand
  • Fraktur
  • Akim
  • Layout
  • Rustic Capitals
  • Legend
  • Fridays 4:30-5:45 in person. Beginning Italic, Italic handwriting, Pointed Italic
  • Saturdays 12:30pm-2:00pm In person class in my studio. Starting new scripts and working on a one to one basis. Trying out some finished pieces.
  • Sundays 4pm-5pm on Zoom. Exploring numerous scripts with pen and ink. Developing a style, layout, finished work.
  • Mondays 2-3pm on zoom. Exploring numerous scripts with pen and ink. Developing a style, layout, finished work.
  • Beginning Italic. Date and time to be determined by enrollment.





Carol DuBosch



Calligraphy Workshops that I’ve previously presented on Zoom are available on my website as recordings. Access to the workshop recording includes the exemplars and copies of any pages written during the class.

The Workshop Recordings available: Calligraphic Spirals, Italic Calligraphy, Stars & Orbs, Gothicized Italic, Neuland, Folded Pen, Stamp Carving, Hand Embossing, Monoline Italic, Uncial, Jubilee Script, Ben Shahn Lettering, Bone Script, and Two Pages at a Time.


Sue Greenseth



Uncial and its Variations

Have fun learning Uncial in this 9-week, in-person class. Uncial’s simple, rounded strokes make it a lovely choice for many contemporary projects. Because it is a single-case calligraphic hand (no capital letters), it is easy to learn. After we study the classic, upright version, we’ll learn monoline and italicized interpretations. The class is hosted by Catlin Gabel’s Community Art Program, and the facility (formerly OCAC) is gorgeous. All skill levels are welcome.

Register here

Every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon, April 3 – May 29

MaryEllen Hartman



I offer the following classes & workshops through Portland Community College Community Education

1. Zoom w/one in person class
Beginning & intermediate calligraphy

6:30-8 p.m. Thurs. eves, June 29 – July 27
In person on July 6 @ PCC Sylvania

2. In person class beginning & intermediate calligraphy

10 a.m.-noon, Saturday mornings, July 1-29th

3. Beginning & intermediate calligraphy through the Park & Recreation office in Lake Oswego

June 16 – July 21 , 10 am – 11:30

Most of my classes are Saturday morning & afternoons (refer to PCC listings). I teach every term.
Cora Pearl

Uncial & Carolingian Calligraphy

In this PCC college level Calligraphy course, ART 218C Calligraphy I & II Uncial & Carolingian, we will study these scripts in great depth and detail. The first half of the course is spent learning/reviewing the construction and practice of the letterforms, followed by working on several projects applying those skills. The last month of the class is spent working on the final project—a handmade book filled with the student’s calligraphy. This is a great class for students who want a strong foundation in calligraphic principles, an opportunity for in depth study of calligraphy, and for those who want to take their lettering and understanding of design to the next level. Appropriate for all levels of experience. Taught remotely on Zoom in real time. 4 college credits.

More Info: https://www.pcc.edu/schedule/spring/art/art218c/

Two class sections:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 12pm, 4/2 to 6/13
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm to 5pm, 4/2 to 6/13
    Sally Penley
    Please see www.sallypenley.com for details about each class.

    The Art of Etegami

    Etegami is a relatively recent phenomenon from Japan that is now capturing the hearts and imagination of artists worldwide. Etegami (e= image; tegami= letter) is often referred to as “Japanese postcard art,” but it is so much more. Come learn the fun and easy technique for creating these joyful postcards.

    Saturday, March 9, 2024 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PDT $50

    Mini Book Mania

    Fall in love again—with four mini book structures that will steal your heart. You can even make one of them into wearable jewelry. These little gems are always a hit with whoever receives them. You will receive a kit with all the materials to make the four books, step-by-step instructions, and a resource/tool guide. No art experience necessary.

    Saturday, April 13, 2024 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT $65

    Sumi: Make Your Mark!

    Experience the joy of “sumi mark-making”—first, learn to use the sumi brush for making a variety of gestural marks, then experiment with various other makeshift tools and textures to create lively works of Asian-inspired art. You will also learn about signature chops, including how to carve your own. You will make a bound booklet with your sumi marks. No art experience necessary.

    Saturday, May 11, 2024 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT $55

    Introduction to Calligraphy / Italic

    Learn the basic italic letterforms, both in monoline and with a broad-edged pen. This is a good foundation for learning other forms of calligraphy. You will learn about calligraphy tools, tips and techniques and you’ll receive a juicy packet of handouts and a list of resources for further study. You will also learn how to adapt the italic script to improve your everyday handwriting. No art experience necessary.

    Saturday, June 15, 2024 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST $55

    Design & Composition
    (for Calligraphers)

    Are you looking for ways to make your finished designs more successful? Do you find it hard to make all the elements work together (image, calligraphy, credit, signature) so your finished piece “snaps?” In this 3-hour workshop, you’ll learn some key design fundamentals, planning techniques and some easy ways to create a successful composition. Using a simple checklist, you’ll be amazed at the power of these basic design & composition “rules of the road!”
    (Calligraphy level: intermediate)

    Saturday, August 10. 2024 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT $50

    Heifer Hitch Book

    Learn to create a lay-flat book with hard cover and heavyweight pages, perfect for small journals, sketchbooks or photo books. You will create three finished HH books—two sizes, plus your 3” x 4” learning model. You will receive a kit of materials for making the three books.
    No art experience necessary.

    Saturday, September 21, 2024 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PDT $65

    Make a Brush / Carve a Chop

    In this 3-hour workshop, you will create your own Sumi bucktail brush with a black bamboo shaft. Your brush will be one-of-a-kind special, with its own unique mark- making attributes. You will also learn to carve a chop—your own personal signature stamp for your sumi art creations. You will receive a packet of materials in the mail—black bamboo, deer hair, carving tool, waxed thread and carving block for the chop.


    Saturday, October 19, 2024 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT $75