Classes

Holiday Greetings | Online, November 14-15

Allocco Design Holiday Greetings Class

Registration opens 10/24 at 11 a.m. EDT 

Learn to create keepsake-worthy calligraphy holiday cards and mail that makes a statement.

 In this two-part online Holiday Greetings class, you’ll learn simple methods for creating 2 beautiful designs using holly, pine leaves, flourishes and more.  I’ll show you how to use speciality supplies, such as Finetec ink and powdered Pearl Ex ink for added touches to your work. The last part of class will show how to add elements like wax seals, vellum, ribbon and envelope liners to take your letters to the next level.

At the end of class, you can participate in an optional holiday envelope exchange with your classmates, a great way to put what you learned into practice.

With 4+ hours of instruction, this class is great for beginners and intermediate students who know how to use a pointed pen and want to learn new skills in illustration and flourishing. The class is held live over Google Meet–students should plan to attend during the  times below.

Saturday, November 14: 1-3 p.m. EST
Sunday, November 15: 1-3:30 p.m. EST
$95 USD

  • Basic leaf/floral strokes & cartouche flourishing techniques
  • 1 pine wreath card design and variations
  • 1 cartouche ornament card design and variations
  • Demonstration of how to spruce up your cards using wax seals, envelope liners, etc. at the end of the second day.
  • Use of specialty supplies like FineTec and Pearl Ex inks.
  • Optional holiday envelope exchange with classmates
  • 2 days (4.5 hours total) classes via Google Meet. Must have a Google account to participate in the class
  • 24/7 access to online classroom through the duration of class
  • 7 student minimum
  • Printable workbook, guide sheets and list of resources and vendors
  • Recorded video access through the end of the calendar year.

Technology requirements:  Computer with internet access and web cam, Google account (email address at gmail.com)

Classroom access: Supply list will be available on October 24, 2020. Class handouts and access to the online classroom will be available by November 4, 2020.

Intro to Copperplate Calligraphy | Online, January 2021

Intro to Copperplate Calligraphy | Allocco Design | Norfolk, VA

Registration opens 11/27 at 11 a.m. EDT 

Learn the art of creating beautiful letters in the Online Introduction to Copperplate Calligraphy course.

Taught by calligrapher Christen Turney, you’ll learn to write the basic strokes, minuscule and majuscule (or, lowercase and uppercase) alphabets and numbers in this classic pointed pen script. Copperplate calligraphy is perfect for wedding invitations, signs, cards, envelopes, framed quotes and more. You’ll become familiar with the tools and tricks of the trade, experiment with different types of ink and nibs, practice layout and stringing together words and sentences and learn terminology that will help you progress in this art.

This class is great for calligraphy beginners as well as those who have a little experience with pointed pen and want to finesse their work and learn more structured writing. 

Dates will be announced in November 2020.

  • Week 1: History, tools, lowercase alphabet
  • Week 2: Lowercase alphabet
  • Week 3: Uppercase alphabet
  • Week 4: Uppercase alphabet
  • Week 5: Numbers and layout
  • 5 weeks of 2 hour live classes via Google Meet (up to 10 hours of instruction)
  • Homework assignments with review and marked up feedback from instructor
  • 24/7 access to online classroom
  • Small class size, limit 15 students
  • Printable workbook, guide sheets and resources

NOTE: If you are left handed, it may take you a little longer to find your groove with calligraphy. This does NOT mean you cannot excel in calligraphy, it just may take you a little longer than others in the class. If you have any questions, please email me at christenallocco@gmail.com and we can talk it through!

The Intro to Copperplate course with Christen was my best choice to learn the basics of Copperplate and to get some troubleshooting solved as we are called up to our mistakes and get real tips to get better. Christen is always available to answers our questions till we get it even by private message or if the class has to be a bit longer to answer all. Our group was very cohesive we were on the same page it made the course flow very well. I loved it and recommend it to beginners in calligraphy or Copperplate.
Allocco Design Norfolk, VA Calligraphy | Testimonial
Carla D.
Intro to Copperplate Online Student