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
Molly Chidsey



Join me for a fun and relaxing workshop about mindfulness and modern calligraphy practice. All supplies are included: Two types of brush pens, workbook and practice sheets to take home with you.

What we’ll cover:

  • How to get grounded for calligraphy with mindfulness practice
  • How to properly use a brush pen
  • The basic calligraphy strokes/shapes that make up the calligraphy alphabet
  • An overview of how to assemble letters and words
  • Resources for further learning

Hope to see you there!

  • May 20, 2023 from 10-11:30 AM at Cup of Tea, Clackamas


  • June 3, 1:00 PM  Cully Community Arts, NE Portland Family-friendly event! Youth over 12 welcome with adult

Angelina Cox



I teach Calligraphy on campus at Mt Hood Community College.

Calligraphy – Historical and Decorative Styles (ART219) Art department

Students have the opportunity to learn Uncial & Carolingian calligraphy 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 book. (Bookbinding instructions included.)

The class is every Friday Morning 9-11:50 am, starting April 7- June 16th on campus at MHCC

Penelope Culbertson


(503) 997-7474

A variety of small, ongoing online Zoom classes at $10 each
I’m presenting a script at class, then working one on one with each student to help them achieve it.
Also, some students are attempting to complete a finished piece during class with suggestions on layout, etc…


  • Italic
  • Italic Handwriting
  • Pointed Italic
  • Uncials
  • Carolingian
  • Versals
  • Gothics
  • Bookhand
  • Akim
  • Layout
Class hours starting on January 3, 2023

Sunday – 3:00pm PST

Tuesday – 3:00pm PST

Saturday – 2:30 PST – Beginning Italic





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



Check back in Fall 2023 for more classes.
MaryEllen Hartman



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


Exploring traditional calligraphy styles w/dip pen & ink plus other writing tool options

Calligraphy workshops
(vary term to term – see PCC listing)

1. Holiday Card workshop = working w/mixed media designing from examples I provide & learning to use basic watercolor techniques,printmaking techniques & collage w/ calligraphy

2. Experimental styles of calligraphy using Speedball B nibs & Pilot Parallel pens

3. Decorated letters based on drawn versals from manuscripts

Most of my classes are Saturday morning & afternoons (refer to PCC listings). I teach every term.
Sally Penley
Please see www.sallypenley.com for details about each class.
The Fabulous Foam Brush

In this 2.5-hour workshop, you will come to appreciate the versatility of this fun, inexpensive tool for creating vibrant works of art and images for cards and books. You will learn how to load and manipulate the brush with water-based media, and learn several fun techniques that are unique to this tool. You will receive a packet of materials in the mail—folder to decorate, viewfinder, walnut ink and black accordion book to hold your samples. The Zoom class will be recorded and available for viewing for 30 days after the class. $60

Saturday, May 13, 10:00 – 12:30 PDT
Piano Hinge Books

Piano Hinge Books
In this 2.5-hour workshop, you will learn to create two “piano hinge” books—one with bamboo skewers for an external binding, and a reverse piano hinge book with the binding inside the book. These books require no stitching! We will explore various approaches and design ideas for creating these charming keepsake books. No art experience required.

Shortly before the class, you will receive a kit in the mail with all the makings for the books and an email with the Zoom link for entering the class. Class will be limited to 20. $65 (including kit materials)

Saturday, August 19, 2023, 10:00 – 12:30 PDT
Sumi Marks!

In this 2.5-hour workshop, you will experience the joy of “Sumi mark-making” with the unique Sumi brush and various other tools, both commercial and makeshift or handmade. You will explore how the gestural marks are made using a variety of techniques and paper textures. We will focus on creating broadsides that can be cut up and used for many other purposes, such as cards, calligraphy, books and mobiles.
No art experience necessary. $55

Saturday, September 9, 2023, 10:00 – 12:30 PDT
Holiday Mini Masterpieces

In this 2.5-hour workshop, you’ll learn to create beautiful little art masterpieces, perfect for holiday cards and oversized gift tags, using acrylic paint, layering techniques, and several forms of metallic “bling.” Class will create 24 (or more!) sparkling, 2” x 2” “mini masterpieces to place on greeting cards or oversized gift tags (card templates provided). No art experience necessary. $55

Saturday, October 7, 2023, 10:00 – 12:30 PDT
Pastel Dusting Technique

In this 2.5-hour workshop, you will learn the pastel dusting technique for adding quick, effective color to your black-and-white art or calligraphy. This magic technique, which includes using stencil patterning, is good for cards and bookmaking, as well as creating standalone art masterpieces. You will receive instructions for making a book to hold your sample pieces. $55


Saturday, December 2, 2023, 10:00 – 12:30 PST