Spencerian Structures Online Course (4 Lessons)


Spencerian Structures Online Course (4 Lessons)


Have you tried writing Spencerian but find that it still looks like shaded script? Do you have trouble applying your muscle memory of oval drills? Or maybe this elegant script is the next on your list to learn. 

In this course, we will learn the forms of lower and uppercase letters and the principles of spacing when combining letters to form words. After understanding the knowledge of forms, we will study the rules about shading--when and how much to shade so your Spencerian so that is light and delicate. In the final lesson, we will combine our knowledge of letterforms and control in shading to construct flourished Spencerian text.

Each week for four weeks there will be a ~40min video posted and your assignment of the week would be to put that instruction into practice. You may choose to scan or take a photo of your homework and post it on the forum, where I will make suggestions on areas that can be improved. You will have 60 days access to the course so you may truly learn at your own pace.  

After your purchase through this link, you may head over to conniechencalligraphy.com to register for your forum account. Please register with the same email that you used to check out for this course. You will be given a password to access the videos and forum boards for the class you registered for and have access to the videos and boards for 60 days.

Email me at connie@connie-chen.com if you have any questions or concerns. 

Supplies List

  • 1 Oblique Holder

  • 1 Inkwell

    • I suggested the dinky dips but if you already have an inkwell, please ignore the dinky dip suggestion.

  • Old World Iron Gall, McCaffery Ink (Any Color), or Tom Norton Walnut Ink

  • Rhodia Pad, Dot Grid 8.25"x11.75"

  • 28lb laser paper (available at Staples)

    • This is a cheaper alternative for practicing. The downside is that you have to line the paper yourself.

  • Protractor

    • Essential for drawing and checking the slant of your script.

  • Ruler

    • The S798. C-Thru 12 Inch GRAPH Ruler I recommended on the John Neal list is a very useful tool to have. The transparent graph lining allows you to check your measurements easily.

  • Nibs

    • Leonardt Principal and Gillott 303. If you have only used G nibs, please make sure to purchase each of the above. Gillott 303's quality control has been an issue so I would suggest to purchase a few to make sure that you don't have damaged nibs. Also if you choose to use Old World Iron Gall, I suggest to purchase multiple nibs as it is fairly acidic and will eat away at the nib faster even with frequent cleaning.

  • Paper Towel & Water to clean Nibs

  • Pencil

  • Eraser
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