Contemporary Variations

Class 2 in the Pointed Pen Possibilities series. Take your pointed pen script beyond the formal with lively contemporary variations.

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Contemporary Variations – Class Summary

Whether you’re a new or seasoned calligrapher, take your pointed pen copperplate script beyond the formal with Barbara Close’s lively variations. This is the second class in her Pointed Pen Possibilities series, produced by Sandia Workshops (note that each class in the series is sold separately so you can jump in at whatever level you are at!).

In this class, you’ll learn a variety of alternate characters for every letter of the alphabet, explore myriad options for capitals, then combine these variations with traditional forms as you practice words from ornate to contemporary to funky. Barbara also shares valuable tips and techniques for improving your layout and design in an extensive gallery section of her calligraphic art and handmade books.

You only need a few supplies to get started; see the Materials List below. 

Barbara Close is an internationally renowned calligrapher, designer and instructor with a passion for creativity and a love of lettering. She encourages her students to create appealing calligraphic art using a wide variety of mixed-media techniques.

Barbara’s studio is located in La Mirada, California, where she teaches regularly to a loyal group of students. She has taught at several national and international lettering conferences, including IAMPETH and Lettering CA Style.
Barbara Close

Barbara loves the exhilaration of discovery in playful experimentation along with skillful execution: “Finding one’s own path is a true quest of mine – and I love sharing this with others.”

To learn more about this series, please visit the Pointed Pen Possibilities page on our main site.

Sandia Workshops partners with leading art instructors to produce prerecorded professionally edited video lessons. You can sign up for a class at any time. Once you purchase a class, you can watch it immediately after you check out, as often as you like, as long as you like.

If the class is part of a series, each class is sold separately so you can choose the right level for you. We believe you will love the quality of our classes, but if for some reason you find a class is not for you, we offer a full refund within 30 days. Full details on how our classes work can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page on our main website.

Course Curriculum

Julie Gray

“Great course! Not only for beginners, but as a good refresher for experienced copperplate calligraphers. Barbara makes everything clear, concise and professional. A nicely produced online class for everyone interested in pointed pen.”

How It Works

As soon as you enroll in the Contemporary Variations class, you will have immediate access to all the videos in this class. You can watch the lessons at your own pace as your schedule allows. Because everything is captured on video, you can go back and replay a particular stroke or letter as many times as you like – even at different speeds! There’s no need to worry about being left behind, or missing something. You will also be invited to a Closed Facebook Group where you can meet your fellow students.

We believe this class is a great value, but if you don’t agree (for whatever reason), we offer a 100% money-back guarantee.
  • Contemporary Variations
  • $100 USD

    Take your pointed pen script beyond the formal with Barbara’s lively variations

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