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Singapore Annual Workshop

  • The Workroom Singapore 39D Canal Road, #05-00 Singapore 059295 Singapore (map)


The Workroom welcomes back Vietnamese calligraphy master Dao Huy Hoang this October for yet another amazing series of calligraphy workshops. Known for his dazzling drill videos, great tutorials, and calligraphy art, Hoang will be making his fifth appearance in Singapore to instruct students in four freshly put-together workshops.

Read all about our overseas guest instructor, Hoang.



Fri 12 Oct 10am-5pm : Italic for Beginners

Sat 13 Oct 10am-5pm : English Roundhand for Beginners

Sun 14 Oct 10am-5pm : Italian Roundhand 

Mon 15 Oct 10am-5pm : Roundhand Flourishing



$250/pax/class. Lunch is not included.




The Workroom, 39D North Canal Road, #05-00 Walk-up Studio, Singapore 059295



Class description:


Italic for Beginners

Formal Italic hand has so many possibilities that require much practice and research of art and letter design. The Italic hand is essential style for not only calligraphers, but any one who'd love to try calligraphy and to give it further study. It is applicable to many everyday jobs requiring a clear touch of the human hand. Italic and its infinite variations allow us to create more than a good handwriting; it is a delicate letter art.

To study Italic well, a beginner may start from the historical script — Cancellaresca, or Chancery hand, which is an early form of the Italic we know today. Variations of the basic shapes include weight, roundness/pointedness, and cursivity (forward lean/straightness). There is also the more subtle variations that can be achieved by pen manipulation and building up of serifs or stroke endings. Many interesting ligatures can be made, mimicking handwriting and creating more varied textures.

In this workshop we will study the basic letterform of Italic and move on to the more flourished, lively form. We will start from historical principles, then explore possibilities of hand tools, materials and gestures to express ourselves in the lettering. Absolute beginners and those with some experience in the broad edge nib are all welcome.


Materials provided for: 
class notes, pocket folder, broad edge nibs

Student to bring: 
straight holder, ink, brush to load ink, flat brush, ruler, pencil, eraser



English Roundhand for Beginners

Roundhand is a style of handwriting and calligraphy originated in England in the 1660s, as the result of a gradual process of adoption with the Italian Chancery. Characterized by an open flowing hand and subtle contrast of thick and thin strokes deriving from pointed-cut quill and metal pointed nibs, its popularity rapidly grew, becoming codified as a standard through the publication of printed writing manuals. English Roundhand is light, flowing and delicate. 

In this workshop, we will explore the art of English Roundhand using various tools and hand movements to create graceful calligraphic strokes. Historical approaches should be considered carefully to understand the development and elegant design of each character of the alphabet. Absolute beginners and those with some experience with the pointed nib are all welcome.


Materials provided for: 
class notes, pocket folder, pointed nibs

Student to bring: 
oblique/ straight holder, ink, ruler, pencil, eraser



Italian Roundhand

Unlike original Italian Chancery, whose writing method is still in affection of Cancellaresca’s elaborate strokes and flourishes, Italian Roundhand has been changed using such light, graceful and elegant control of pointed writing tools. The Italian cursivity and composition now merged with English Roundhand to become a handsome style, which is promoted by the finest masters such as Willington Clark, Ema Austin, and Joseph Champion in the 18th century.

Technically, Italian Roundhand is more drawing than writing, though it shares similar contour to English Roundhand. The distribution of thick and thin strokes was modified, which resembles the natural ink flow and utilitise the recognisable underturn from downstroke to upstroke. Visually it seems to have no pen lift while writing, but in fact requires thoughtful retouch on monoline letterforms. Italian Roundhand also shows the creativity of using pen manipulation, such as reversed pen position, uncommon slope angle and variations of form. Care should be taken not to fall into the trap of drawing spurious or artificial curves which are alien the spirit of the letter.

In this workshop we will learn how to write Italian Roundhand with pointed nib, either straight or oblique holders, then explore the dedicated flourished styles that possibly are built from simple letters.  This class requires prior knowledge of writing with pointed nibs using either straight or oblique pen holders.


Materials provided for: 
class notes, pocket folder, pointed nibs

Student to bring: 
oblique/ straight holder, ink, ruler, pencil, eraser



Roundhand Flourishing

One of the most fascinating aspects of calligraphy is surely the making of flourishes: an art which is often perceived as being somewhat mysterious and elusive. In countries using Latin scripts, flourishes are defined as ornamental strokes extending the stems, ascenders or descenders of a certain letters. The only function of the so-called “gratuitous” strokes is to give pleasure to the readers.

A successful flourish is constructed using just the right strokes and curves and should be in perfect harmony with the writing styles. Flourishes have a logic of their own which is expressed in the pattern of thick and thin strokes with inventiveness, parallels and overlays. Despite their busy aspect, they are not simply a chaotic and disorderly stylistic device. Likewise, not all sinuous or tangled strokes can be automatically considered flourishes. In fact many historical calligraphic hands are distractive by neither too simple or too elaborate flourishes. Finally English Roundhand works best with light, refined flourishes which embellish any composition, giving it a distinct sparkle.

In this workshop, we will explore the development of flourishes related to Roundhand in the 17th-19th century, and compare the differences of French, Dutch, English, Italian and American styles. This class requires prior knowledge of writing Roundhand using either straight or oblique pen holders.


Materials provided for: 
class notes, pocket folder, pointed nibs

Student to bring: 
oblique/ straight holder, ink, ruler, pencil, eraser


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Mobile number is required for SMS alert. Email and/or SMS is sent to all participants about 1 week before the commencement of this course.


For sake of clarity, we emphasise that in the case of the participant's no-show, late attendance or early leave, no refund, replacement or exchanges will be made.

Please email info[at] for private bookings. Thank you!

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