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



Improve your handwriting and find your creative flow by training your hand to write in the beautiful, legible Italic script. We will study early examples of Italic and discuss its development, as well as the special importance of Portland in the story of Italic calligraphy. Students will gain familiarity with the letterforms and with the use of the broad-edged pen and will complete a simple project by the end of the term. This class is for beginners and anyone who wants to review the basics of Italic.

registration information here

  • January 18–March 17, 2024, 9:30 am–12:30 pm on Thursdays (eight weeks)
Molly Chidsey



Calligraphy means “beautiful letters,” and anyone can learn how to make them. Learn the basic building blocks of modern calligraphy with Molly Chidsey of Lady Fern Graphics in this fun and all-levels course. You’ll learn the basic shapes that make up the modern calligraphy alphabet, how to form letters and words with a brush pen. Your final project will be a phrase or quote of your choosing to present to the class in calligraphy.

Register here

  • Tuesday, September 5, 2023-Tuesday, October 3, 2023 Time 6:00 PM-8:00 PM PDT on Tue
Intro to Modern Calligraphy
at Vancouver Art Space

Join Molly Chidsey of Lady Fern Graphics for a fun and relaxing workshop introducing modern calligraphy practice.

What’s included:
• How to get grounded for calligraphy with mindfulness practice
• A super short overview of calligraphy and its history around the world
• 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

class information and registration here

  • September 30, 2023 from 2:00-4:00 pm
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
  • Every Sunday 4pm-5pm on Zoom. Writing numerous scripts with a brush. Some experience with pen and ink required.
  • Every Tuesday 3pm-4pm on Zoom. Reviewing scripts and exploring layouts. Some students working on finishing a piece in class.
  • Every Saturday 12:30pm-1:30pm In person class in my studio. Starting new scripts and working on a one to one basis. Trying out some finished pieces.
  • 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



This course will cover the basics of Italic, one of the most beautiful and versatile of calligraphic hands. Students will learn about the letter forms, both the minuscules and majuscules – proportion, pen angle, slope, stroke sequence, and spacing. Each week the class will examine different inks, pens, papers, and a variety of calligraphic tools. Throughout the course, guidance will be given for students to finish a final project.

Register here

Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm, Sept 27 – Nov 22, (1 class in October TBD)

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

Humanist Bookhand & Roman Capitals Calligraphy

In this PCC college level Calligraphy course, ART 218A Calligraphy I & II Humanist Bookhand and Roman Capitals, 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 class information here

Two class sections:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 12pm, 9/26 to 12/12
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm to 5pm, 9/26 to 12/12
    Sally Penley
    Please see www.sallypenley.com for details about each class.
    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