July 14 @ 10:00 am
- July 19 @ 5:00 pm

On this course we will present scripts based on Spanish & English historical sources, including Jose Casanovas and Elizabethan era English scribes, along with modern variants and interpretations.  We will also make our own pens and enhance our writing with beautiful flourishes and decorative techniques. Everyone will finish the six days with a personal project, and we will have a mini-exhibition of our work.

Enhance your texts with beautiful and amusing initial letters and border decorations.  We will look at out-of-the-ordinary scripts, full of possibilities.  Meet the challenge to bring them into the modern day, in your own creative way, or keep them mysteriously historical.

Every day there will be six hours of instruction, plus some evening presentations (slides/keynote).  Hopefully we’ll be grinding pigments to make our own paint.  No previous experience is necessary!  Experienced calligraphers will receive more advanced instruction.

Bring words you want to write and projects you'd like to embark on or develop!  Also, bring backyard bamboo, ordinary reed/cane stems, bullrushes (dry), and if you live near swan-frequented ponds go round and pick up dropped feathers…the bigger the better, but they needn’t be glamorous.  Recycling beer and soda cans can make interesting pens, too.

The course cost includes all tools and materials (pens, paper, inks and paints) and a delicious wholefood lunch each day.  Comfortable cottage accommodation is available.  There is a 3-day weekend option from 14nd -16th July.

About the Tutors:

Keith Adams (M.A., Oxon), has lived and worked in Catalonia since 1976. He has been professor of calligraphy at Eina, School of Art and Design, a faculty of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, since 1985, among many other Catalan design institutions.  

Amanda is a past president of the (Seattle) Society for Calligraphy & Handwriting; and was awarded the First Prize for italic handwriting by the Society for Italic Handwriting (London) in 1993, 1996 and 2001.  

Together they have taught intensive summer courses in the Communities of the Arche (of Lanza del Vasto) in France for over thirty years along with over a hundred other monographic courses in Brittany, Flanders, Catalonia, Spain, France, &c., and have had over twenty exhibitions of their lettering as well as participating in many collective exhibitions.

Keith and Amanda’s webpage
See photos and read about Calligraphy Cumbria courses in 2015 & 2016
Keith and Amanda’s YouTube channel


Should you require accommodation, there are a number of options:

  • Rooms are available in a comfortable and homely farmhouse cottage with spectacular views of the valley and a large well appointed kitchen for self-catering. Single and double options available.  £35 per person per night.
  • For the wild at heart camping is available with showers and hot water available on site. Pitch your tent in this glacial valley of England’s Lake District and enjoy 360˚ of panoramic spectacular views. Camping – £10 per tent per night.
  • Visit Staying with Us for more details and accommodation options.

For more information or to book on the course,  please contact us at info@calligraphycumbria.co.uk.