Introduction to Calligraphy

A course by Giorgio Gaetani , Calligraphy Artist

Calligraphy Artist. Munich, Germany.
Joined October 2020

Explore the rules of calligraphy writing by learning to compose words and phrases in an elegant and timeless style

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  • 2008 students
  • Audio: Italian
  • Italian, Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Polish, Dutch

Explore the rules of calligraphy writing by learning to compose words and phrases in an elegant and timeless style

A course by Giorgio Gaetani

Relaxing, abstractive, and meditative; these are the words Italian calligrapher and copperplate script expert Giorgio Gaetani uses to describe the effects that calligraphy has on him. Giorgio is left-handed and has expressed the belief that things which might appear to be a obstacles, are in fact opportunities to add personality and originality to your work.

Discover the very precise technique and set of rules behind this magical and elegant art form alongside Giorgio. Now you have the secrets for composing letters, words, and phrases and adding the finishing touches using special effects. With a little patience and tenacity, you can master one of the most recognized and admired calligraphy styles in the world.

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What will you learn in this online course?

24 lessons & 19 downloads

14 minutes, 8 seconds
Posture and movement
18 minutes, 5 seconds
Prepare the nib
9 minutes, 53 seconds
Trace the guides on paper
11 minutes, 53 seconds
Lowercase Baseline 1
10 minutes, 4 seconds
Lowercase baselines 2
10 minutes, 34 seconds
  • 100% positive reviews (71)
  • 2008 students
  • 24 lessons (5h 18m)
  • 19 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Italian
  • Italian, Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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What is this course's project?

For the final project, write a phrase containing at least ten words using copperplate script.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to learn to draw uniquely elegant strokes in copperplate script, whether just starting out or already a calligraphy afficionado.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience in necessary for this course as your teacher will walk you through everything step by step. In terms of materials, you need some paper, a straight or slanted nib holder, a nib, some ink, a protractor, a ruler, and a pencil.


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Giorgio Gaetani

A course by Giorgio Gaetani

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Calligraphy Artist

Giorgio Gaetani is an Italian calligrapher who grew up with a passion for letters and writing. As a trained engineer and classical musician, he finds the pilars for his study of the basic lines and shapes of copperplate in mathematics and geometry. While he was still a student, he made his Instagram account @bad_calligraphy where he began to share his creations with his followers.

In time, he started collaborative projects that led him to work with names like Max Mara and Tiffany&Co, as well as exhibit one of his pieces at Expo Calligrafia at the Grigore Antip museum in Bucharest. Giorgio is a left-handed calligrapher, a characteristic that has pushed him to find a signature style that makes his creations even more distinctive.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Inspirations
  • U2

    To begin

    • Material
    • Posture and movement
    • Prepare the nib
    • Trace the guides on paper
  • U3

    From lines to the alphabet

    • Lowercase Baseline 1
    • Lowercase baselines 2
    • Alphabet: lowercase letters 1
    • Alphabet: lowercase letters 2
    • Alphabet: lowercase letters 3
    • Capital lines for uppercase
    • Alphabet: capital letters 1
    • Alphabet: capital letters 2
    • Alphabet: capital letters 3
    • Alphabet: capital letters 4
    • Numbers and special characters
  • U4

    Words and sentences

    • Ligatures 1
    • Ligatures 2
    • Write a word
    • How to write an entire sentence
  • U5

    The final touch

    • Special effects with ink and paper
    • Decorative elements: flourishing
    • Prepare an envelope for an invitation
  • FP

    Final project

    • Fundamentals and Techniques of Calligraphy

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Introduction to Calligraphy. Calligraphy, and Typography course by Giorgio Gaetani

Introduction to Calligraphy

A course by Giorgio Gaetani
Calligraphy Artist. Munich, Germany.
Joined October 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (71)
  • 2008 students