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Art of the Letter: Calligraphy and Lettering Styles

Course Starts

January 15, 2024

Course Time (CST)

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Course Type


Course Ends

March 4, 2024

Course Cost


This course explores a range of writing practices throughout history. Join experienced drawing instructor Jack Whisenant to learn and practice different styles of calligraphy and hand lettering. Participants will also explore and consider how a word is written might affect meaning in artistic practices. Students will also have the opportunity to cut a feather nib and embellish their lettering with gold leafing (material provided by instructor).

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These are a sampling of supplies that are used in lettering practices. 

  • Pilot Parallel Pen (orange cap size = 2.4 mm size)
  • Speedball holder with flexible pointed nib
  • Strathmore Bristol: Smooth surface (at least 8 sheets)

SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE: There is one (1) scholarship available for this course. Students of need are encouraged to apply through our Scholarship Application page.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS COURSE? Visit our FAQ page or e-mail Operations Manager Matt Rezin.

DISCOUNT FOR ACADEMY MEMBERS: Members receive a 10% discount Member Rate on this course (discount applied during registration). Not an Academy member? Choose the "Member Rate + Membership" option during registration to receive your discount rate. Academy Members receive discounts on courses, contests, and ticketed events, as well as an annual subscription to Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine.


Jack Whisenant is a scientific illustrator with a fondness for bats, beetles, and other unsung ecological heroes. After completing a course in Science Illustration at CSU-Monterey Bay, Jack is currently finishing a Master's in Entomology at UW-Madison. Always inspired by the natural world, it is a delight to get outside and investigate tiny...

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