Modern Calligraphy workshop review at New Brewery Arts

Having heard New Brewery Arts is the place to nurture our artistic side, SoGlos headed to the crafting hub to try our hand at Modern Calligraphy, quickly realising there's a lot more to it than meets the eye – and we're hooked already…

In a nutshell

Banishing a mundane Monday morning, the Modern Calligraphy course at New Brewery Arts provided the perfect artistic therapy, as we scribed ourselves into a world of relaxing writing.


The review

The venue


Tucked away in a sun-drenched courtyard in the heart of Cirencester, New Brewery Arts is the perfect spot to release your creative side.

With a haven of arty gifts, ceramics and masterpieces available to buy in the gift shop, we were met with a warm smile and mused over the gorgeous gifts and beautiful bowls we were going to buy after finishing our workshop.

Boasting an impressive 70 workshops, New Brewery Arts is offering a stellar selection of classes this summer, with craft days for kids and everything from willow workshops to a stone carving masterclass for adults.

Heading up to the sunny studio, we passed the café with its frothy coffees and tempting treats, taking our seats with an exciting bundle of materials in front of us.


Putting pen to paper

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Filled with a sense of creative curiosity, I wasn’t entirely sure how hard the calligraphy class would be, but with a warm welcome from Emma, our tutor and founder of Emerald Paper Design, we were soon settling down and putting pen to paper.

Starting things off with some drills, or rather practice sheets, Emma talked us through some handy hints, covering everything from how to hold the pen, to how to apply pressure to thicken the lines we were drawing.

Moving on to the letters of the alphabet, our pages were soon filled with our carefully-crafted creations which was instantly rewarding as we ‘oohed’ and ‘ahhed’ at our fellow calligraphers around the room.


A final word


Lost in a world of letters, I soon found myself infected by the calligraphy bug. A fantastic way to relax and enjoy some therapeutic productivity, we moved on to our final challenge of writing whole words.

It sounds like a doddle I hear you say, but even the technique for holding the pen, perfecting the pressure and applying the ink at just the right angle, soon meant that a simple word was quite a triumph.

Creating a little hanging sign and keeping our sheets and pen to practice at home, we were armed and ready to take the calligraphy world by storm, although, we think we may be a little way off yet.


SoGlos loves

New Brewery Arts has a whole host of workshops and classes for all artistic abilities. What’s more, you can combine your visit with a trip to the gift shop and on-site café where you can tuck into tempting treats and tasty snacks too!


Top tip

Make the most of a visit to Cirencester’s hidden gem and book an overnight stay at New Brewery Art’s The Barrell Store, which boasts gorgeous and affordable self-catering accommodation.


What next?

For more information, see New Brewery Arts , call (01285) 657181 or visit newbreweryarts.org.uk directly.

© SoGlos
Tuesday 03 July 2018

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