Introduction to Copperplate Calligraphy

August 19 – August 20, 2023
9 am to 5 pm


In this introductory weekend workshop we will focus on the elegant pointed-pen Copperplate hand (also known as English Roundhand.) Copperplate is the calligraphic script that the body of the United States Declaration of Independence was inscribed in. Copperplate was developed in 16th century Europe and became widely used in the 19th century. Calligraphy, like many other no/low tech crafts, is making a comeback, as can be seen by the nearly 20M tags of #calligraphy on Instagram. Copperplate is a beautiful and slowly inscribed hand that’s constructed stroke by connecting stroke and by applying varying pressure to the nib.

Skills and Techniques:

● Letter with varying amounts of pressure to produce hairline and bold strokes
● Practice traditional copperplate letterform
● Learn how to letter using a pointed pen nib, oblique pen holder and ink and watercolor or gouache paints
● Construct a copperplate guide sheet to assist in keeping your lettering uniform

Materials Fee:
$25 Paid at the time of workshop.

Special Tools or Equipment: Students can bring a favorite proverb, quote or any other short copy to inscribe for their special take home project.

Instructors COVID preference: Your instructor reserves the right to require safety requirements depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop.

Workshop Policies

Please be sure to read our policies before you register for a workshop.

Age Requirements

The minimum age to attend a regularly scheduled workshop is 16 years. We have set this age to ensure a safe, productive, and community-building experience for all of our students. There are no exceptions.

Accessibility & Accommodations

If you have questions about accessibility or would like to request reasonable accommodations, please contact our main office at 603-435-7314.

Student Cancellations

Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund.
Registration and material costs will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee.
A full refund will be made for any amount paid for overnight housing.

Sanborn Mills Farm Cancellations

Each workshop must have a minimum number of students to be held. If Sanborn Mills Farm finds it necessary to cancel a workshop, we will notify students two weeks prior to the scheduled workshop start date.
A full refund will be provided to registered students. Refunds for a workshop purchased as a gift will be made to the purchaser only. Sanborn Mills Farm cannot be held responsible for any refunds for travel expenses or for off-site housing expenses incurred as the result of a cancellation of any kind.

Housing & Meals

Please refer to our housing page for more information.


Each workshop has its own safety procedures. Your instructor will review the specific safety requirements at the start of your workshop and throughout your class. Sanborn Mills Farm is a rural setting. If you are allergic to insect bites, please alert your instructor of your allergy and bring an epipen with you. For draft animal workshops or courses requiring time in the woods, be sure to review tick safety procedures from Tick Free NH. We advise students to wear comfortable clothing, comfortable and secure shoes, and consider your personal needs for a day or extended stay.