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Guest Instructor: Pointed Pen Flourishing with Nina Tran

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Berkeley City Club

2315 Durant Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94704

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Explore flourished Copperplate letters and learn how to design and layout short quotes and phrases. In this 2-day class, we will learn the key concepts and basic strokes and shapes to create simple or elaborately flourished letter forms.

On Saturday, we will examine the importance of ovals and how we can use them in creating elegant curves. Then, step-by-step, we will learn how to flourish each group of lowercase and uppercase letters, and delve into letter variations.

On Sunday, we will begin the class with simple, decorative designs to accentuate the flourished letters we practiced the day before. Then we will learn the process of designing a small flourished piece. The second half of the class is be project-oriented. You will design a personal flourished piece using a name, short quote or phrase of your choice (a default one will be provided in class).

Class begins promptly at 10:00AM and ends at 6:00PM each day. We have our first break at 12:30PM for lunch (90 minutes) and a second break at 4:00PM (15 minutes).

This workshop is open to both beginners and advanced calligraphers alike.


Supply list

  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Red or blue ballpoint pen
  • Ruler
  • Layout Marker Paper (Canson or Borden & Riley)
  • 2 of your favorite Pointed Nibs
  • Penholder (straight or oblique)
  • Black or brown ink
  • Optional: white or gold ink


Fox + Quills Shop
store time: 9.30am - 10am and during lunch
We love supplies. And we even hand-make supplies! Our Etsy Fox + Quills shop will be onsite with custom leather pen rolls, ink, nibs, and other beautiful items that can't even be found on our website! We will have our Square reader on hand for cc purchases.


Nina Tran

It all started in December 2014, when Nina picked up a pointed pen for the first time. Her intention was to learn modern calligraphy and help a friend with her wedding invitations. After a very frustrating first two months, she almost gave up… And then, she discovered Copperplate calligraphy on Instagram. It was love at first sight. She fell in love with the elegant style, the rules, the consistency, and the flourishes – what’s not to love, really! Almost 500 Instagram posts and 14k followers later (clicke here for her Instagram account) she has an amazing ability to breakdown the steps into manageable bits. She imparts a great enthusiasm to share her learning path with her audience. She is in love with learning Copperplate. She loves teaching it even more.



Refunds and Cancellations

We understand that life is unpredictable and that your schedule may unexpectedly change. As smoothly as we may make everything unfold during the workshops, organizing a workshop involves a great investment of both time and financial resources. Due to those commitments we’ve made to our students to keep these workshops flowing into the future, we have put this policy in place. Should you wish to cancel, here are the guidelines for refunds.

  • 45+ days PRIOR to event start date: 100% refund, less $50 admin fee
  • 30 to 45 days PRIOR to event start date—ticket cost will be fully refunded, less a 50% cancellation fee
  • less than 30 days before the event—100% cancellation fee, no refunds offered
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