Guided Independent Study in Calligraphy (4 Sessions)



Guided independent study in calligraphy on a topic of your choice. Includes 4 sessions conducted either online or in person.

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After you have purchased your Guided Independent Study, you will be contacted by Maryanne Grebenstein from The Abbey Studio to discuss your experience level and your desired goals, and to schedule your sessions. (Please fill out our questionnaire on these topics here.) You will have a choice of meeting "virtually" online, or via in-person learning at The Abbey Studio & Shop, 84 Washington Street, Marblehead, Massachusetts.  

Purchasing this as a gift? Upon purchase, you will receive a link to download a certificate that you can provide to your gift recipient. It also contains instructions for them on how to get started with their sessions. 

Completely customized learning—this is a unique study opportunity to improve all aspects of your calligraphy. Guided by Maryanne Grebenstein, this program will provide you with one-on-one guidance and critique, and can cover the full range of calligraphic skills, including:

  • improving the consistency and beauty of your lettering
  • creating decorated capitals
  • incorporating color into your calligraphy
  • gilding
  • utilizing multiple sizes of lettering in you layout
  • creating layouts and strong compositions
  • creating a hand-lettered manuscript
  • drawing and painting medieval beasts
  • drawing and painting medieval herbs, medicines and flowers

The curriculum is open and can include nearly any aspect of calligraphy. The intention is to build on your existing skills, improve consistency in lettering, and introduce you to more advanced techniques, ultimately creating professional-looking calligraphy.

Note: Promotional discounts do not apply to this program.

Because this is completely customized learning, scheduling is flexible. Based upon your desired project or goal and your current skill level, Maryanne will make a recommendation on the frequency and number of sessions you'll need. Next, she will work with you to arrange a meeting schedule. Generally, virtual meetings will be one-hour segments and will be a combination of instruction and demo. At the end of each meeting you'll receive an assignment designed to build your skills.

Skill Level
The Calligraphy Independent Study program is geared to students with a familiarity of basic calligraphic concepts (pen angle and pen scale) and some experience using a dip pen.

A detailed discussion regarding supplies will be part of the registration conversation, but minimum requirements are:
- Multiple sizes of calligraphy dip pens and holders
- Ink
- .3 mm or .5 mm mechanical pencil
- Drafting table / light box
- Drafting vellum (or tracing vellum, not tracing paper)
- Selection of gouache
- Calligraphy paper and/or high-quality art paper
- Ordinary yellow (e.g., Dixon Ticonderoga) pencil
- White plastic eraser
- T-square
- Comfortable work area with good lighting

Initial Enrollment
Once you have purchased your first four Guided Independent Study sessions, please fill out our questionnaire regarding your experience and interests, so we can get to know you better.

I'm a beginner. Can I participate in the Independent Study Program?
Calligraphers with some experience will benefit the most from this program. For those interested in calligraphy but without experience, please consider one of the general calligraphy workshops offered through The Abbey Studio, such as Intro to Italic or Copperplate Script to start your journey, which will provide a solid foundation of calligraphic skill.

Will the sessions be recorded?
Most online sessions will be recorded and the recording will be available to you for one week.

For more information:
Contact Maryanne Grebenstein at or 781-740-9000.

Additional information

Is this a gift?

No, this is for me, Yes, this is a gift