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Elegant Italic For Beginners 5-Wednesday Class

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ITALIC is always one of the most versatile styles to learn with a pen - very useful and beautiful too. For students who have not tried the Italic style before (or are absolute beginners), you will find this the most beautiful and useful of all calligraphic styles.

This is a 5 weeks of 2-hour class (10 hours in total). This class is an in-depth study of the lowercase and uppercase alphabets (minuscules and majuscules) in the Italic script. No prior calligraphy or lettering experience is necessary, just lots of patience and enthusiasm! This class is suitable for those with no experience as well as those who want to refine their existing skills. 



  • FIVE weeks of 2-hour classes commencing
  • 15th March 2023 (Wednesday)
  • 22nd March 2023 (Wednesday)
  • 29th March 2023 (Wednesday)
  • 12th April 2023 (Wednesday)
  • 19th April 2023 (Wednesday)
  • Please note there is NO CLASS on Wed, 5th April, Ching Ming Festival.




  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm


Face to face workshop


Absolute Beginner​ or for those who want to refine their existing skills


Not Just A Card Studio Shop at Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong.
1 minute walk from Cheung Sha Wan MTR, C1 Exit.
(Map & Location)


4-6 people


Mainly in Cantonese, supplemented with English handouts. Your instructor Cyrus Pang can also speak English and Chinese Mandarin.
(About the calligrapher)



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  • An introduction to the materials, tools and how to set them up.
  • How to load the nib with ink.
  • Execution and ink flow problems.
  • Writing posture and pen grip.
  • Fundamental strokes of lowercase and uppercase letters (Minuscules and Majuscules) and thoroughly understanding the shapes of the letters.
  • How to combine the letters to make words and sentences.
  • How to turn the fundamentals into variations.
  • Apart from pen and nib, assorted calligraphy tools will also be demonstrated throughout the class, you are welcomed to try them out according to the teacher's instruction.


Day 1

  • History and development of Italic
  • Foundational structure and form of the Italic script
  • Tools and table set up
  • Pen grip and sitting posture
  • Warm up stroke exercise
  • Lowercase letters (Minuscules)


Day 2

  • Exercises geared toward gaining consistency and uniformity in form
  • Lowercase letters (Minuscules)
  • How to combine the letters to make words.
  • Intro and proper use of calligraphy tools - pen/ink/nib/paper


Day 3

  • Lowercase DOUBLE letters (rr, bb, ff, ll, pp, etc.)
  • Uppercase letters (Majuscules)
  • How to combine the letters to make words or sentences.
  • Intro and proper use of calligraphy tools - pen/ink/nib/paper


Day 4

  • Uppercase letters (Majuscules)
  • Spacing
  • How to combine the letters to make words or sentences.
  • Intro and proper use of calligraphy tools - pen/ink/nib/paper


Day 5

  • Uppercase letters (Majuscules)
  • Numerals
  • How to turn the fundamentals into variations.
  • Intro and proper use of calligraphy tools - pen/ink/nib/paper


(Optional) Materials included for you to use in class and take home

  • Calligraphy writing paper 
  • Handouts
  • Guideline sheets
  • One 2-in-1 penholder
  • 2 broad nibs with reservoirs
  • Calligraphy ink


You will need to bring:

  • HB or 2B Pencil/mechanical pencil to take notes
  • Coloured pen/gel pen to take notes
  • Eraser
  • Ruler


Please note:

  • Participants must be aged 16 years or above.
  • Workshop fees are strictly non-refundable.
  • No exchange of date upon registration.
  • If the minimum number does not meet, the class maybe cancelled and students will be notified via email 2 days prior to the beginning of the first class. Students can choose to receive a full refund or change to another workshop date.




    Student Review:

    "I enjoyed the class so much!!! Cyrus has his own way of teaching that is so easy to understand and practice. Very well paced, he is not rushing through the session at all. Very well worth your time!" - by Linh N. (Facebook - July 2019)

    "Cyrus thankyou so much for a truly wonderful experience, my journey in copperplate has begun all thanks to you, I can't believe how passionate and professional you are about calligraphy, but it shows as soon as I walked into your shop "NOT JUST A CARD". People need to go and try one of Cyrus' classes you will not be sorry and the information you receive is given in a humble but highly skilled format. I never picked up a dip pen before last w/end but have been practicing since then due to Cyrus teaching and encouragement, his shop is like Willy Wonkas but Cyrus Calligraphy, lastly Cyrus is a genuine gentleman thanks again, so grateful." - by Gavin R. (Google Review - Feb 2020)

    "This store is truly amazing! So much to choose from and Cyrus has everything a calligrapher could want. It’s so hard to find a shop that has the range and it’s great to be able to view products before you buy. Cyrus is so fantastic too, so helpful and accommodating any needs or concerns you have with calligraphy. He offers first class workshops that is certainly worth checking out. Once you visit his shop you just want to keep returning." by Carole M. (Google Review - Jan 2020)