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Pointed Dip Pen • 1-Day Calligraphy Workshop

Pointed Dip Pen • 1-Day Calligraphy Workshop

Enjoy learning the timeless craft of calligraphy with this exclusive 1-day workshop and optional materials set. With guided instruction from Artist Shop owner and calligrapher Kristen MacCarthy, you'll learn to use flexible dip pens and inks to create purposeful strokes, creating beautiful letterforms in a calm and supportive environment.

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Age and Experience

This workshop is for adults, ages 18+.

This workshop is designed for those without dip pen calligraphy experience--beginners are very welcome. This workshop is also great for those who have experience with calligraphy but would like to deepen their understanding of fundamental skills and traditional materials.

Come experience for yourself why we are regularly voted Athens' favorite place to take an adult creative class!


Calligraphy, Drawing, and Painting Teacher

Kristen spends most of her time running the K. A. Artist Shop and considers it to be her perennial work of art. If you’ve ordered calligraphy, painting, photography, or printing services through us, you’ve likely seen her work.

A graduate of UGA with a degree in Studio Art and a minor in Philosophy, Kristen is a perpetual learner and a lover of color and aesthetics. Favorite mediums include graphite, oil paint, gouache, and ink. Kristen has taught classes at the Artist Shop since its opening, has led workshops at the GA Museum of Art, been a juror at the ATHFest Artist Market, and has participated in various gallery shows and creativity summits around town.

Check out some of Kristen's work here:

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This class is held at the K. A. Artist Shop.

127 N Jackson St. Athens, GA

We are located on the second floor of a charming historic building near the Jittery Joe's Coffee at the corner of Jackson and Broad Streets in downtown Athens, Georgia. We're right across the street from the UGA campus, and our front entrance is between Pita Pit and Dynamite Clothing.


We provide all the materials you need, so all you need to bring is yourself!

Each student will receive a bundle of dip pen supplies to use during class, and those who choose the "Materials Included" option will get to take their materials home for continued practice.


To register and reserve your spot, simply use the "Add to Cart" button above and proceed to checkout. You'll get a confirmation email once your order has been received. Then all you need to do is show up! You don't need to bring anything but yourself.

If you need any assistance at all, don't hesitate to reach out. You can reach us via email, call, or text. Or just swing by the shop!


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Do not let the antiquated appearance of the pen and ink fool you... pointed pen calligraphy is surprisingly easy and relaxing, too!

In this informative and enjoyable workshop, Artist Shop owner and calligrapher Kristen MacCarthy provides ample inspiration for you to begin forming your own signature lettering style while you practice the calming art of calligraphy.

We'll start this workshop by prepping our pen, learning the function of our nibs, inks, and papers. Then we'll move on to forming basic shapes. Using our basic shapes like overturns and ovals, we'll piece together the lowercase alphabet in our own cursive style.

This workshop will provide knowledge and enjoyment to both beginner and intermediate calligraphers.

As time allows, Kristen is happy to answer any questions about alternative inks and nibs, capital letters, flourishes, addressing envelopes, and developing a signature style.


Spring 2024 Offerings:

Thursday 03/21 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday 03/23 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Classroom FAQ

Where is your classroom located?

Unless otherwise noted, our classes are hosted inside the K. A. Artist Shop, located at 127 N Jackson Street in downtown Athens, GA.

Please note: We are located on the second floor of a historic building without elevator access. If you are unable to attend a class due to accessibility concerns, we encourage you to reach out! We'd love to accommodate you with a private or virtual class.

Can I attend I have zero experience?

Many of our classes are perfect for those just starting out, and some are even designed for absolute beginners. Other classes are geared toward those with more experience, but everyone is welcome.

The description above will let you know the general experience levels that this class is designed for.

What do I need to bring to class?

We typically provide all the materials you'll need for our classes, and we typically break out the good stuff!

Once in a while we'll need you to provide some materials, tools, or a high-res digital image (for instance in an "Effortless House Portraits" class you'll need to email us your photo in advance).

The description above will let you know if you need to bring anything, but most often, all you need to bring is yourself.

My child is 9 but very mature; may they enroll?

We're sorry! Our classes are designed for older students, yet we do allow for 10-12 year olds to join in our camps and clubs for pre-teens. We hope they'll join us next year when they are 10 years old.

Is there a multi-class discount?

For multi-class registrations, we recommend you take advantage of our rewards program. You're welcome to register in multiple transactions, using the rewards points earned to redeem discounts on additional classes.

Do you offer class scholarships?

Yes! If a discount will help you attend one of our classes, camps, or workshops, we invite you to use this coupon code as many times as you’d like:


What is your classroom cancellation policy?

We understand that things happen and you may not be able to attend the class you purchased. If your plans change, please let us know at least 7 days before your scheduled class begins. If you let us know with at least 7 days notice, we can issue a full monetary refund to your original form of payment or switch you to another class at no charge.

We cannot offer refunds after the 7-day-mark, but we are happy to offer make-up sessions in other classes as space allows or a credit toward a birthday party to any student who needs to miss their scheduled class.

Regretfully, we cannot issue refunds or make-ups for no-shows. Please reach out to us prior to class if you need to cancel or reschedule.

On occasion, a class might not reach the minimum number of students needed. If this is the case and we need to cancel a class ourselves, we will let registrants know at least three days prior to the scheduled event. You'll of course receive a full refund or re-scheduling, and we will also provide a small gift card as a token of our appreciation.

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