Kirsten Burke

Modern Calligraphy & Hand Lettering

Calligraphy Workshop Overview

Calligraphy is growing in popularity by the day! We all love the sense of piece that working with our hands gives us. Add to that the stunning results you achieve with Kirsten Burke's friendly, clear and creative tuition, it is no wonder her workshops sell out so quickly! With groups limited to below 14 per workshop, Kirsten (Kirri) is able to spend lots of 'one on one' time with everyone, as well as inspiring and enlightening the group with her calligraphic demonstations, tips and expert knowledge. Having worked as a proffessional calligrapher for 20 years, she loves passing on everything she knows so that her students go away ready to embark on their own calligraphic journey. So many people who attend a workshop come back again, and Kirsten is working on new workshops all the time. This year she introduced an introduction to brush calligraphy & an intermediate pen calligraphy workshop.

The Studio Space

Welcome to Kirsten Burke's studio, a converted Victorian Substation. Light and bright, the perfect place to get creative with lettering. 

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Brush or Pen Calligraphy?

If you aren't sure the difference between modern dip pen and brush pen calligraphy, and so not sure which workshop to choose, then here is a summary. Dip pen calligraphy is done with a pointed nib, it is perfect for creating fine, delicate work.

Brush pen is much quicker to pick up, and is better if you like free, larger sized hand lettering. It can be more expressive and it gives a more casual style.

I loved the evening class and it was wonderful to be able to have a taster session that fitted around working hours. I was a bit anxious being a left hander, and not having used ink much in the past. The various steps you took us through, together with your tuition made it a really enjoyable experience. I admit to being rather proud of the results! I felt that the class, and the starter pack that I subsequently purchased were both excellent value for money. The venue was great, it had a lovely aura and your warm welcome with wine and nibbles was a really lovely touch.
— DP

Demonstrations & guided exercises

Throughout the workshops, Kirsten demonstrates to the group, making sure everyone understands how to create beautiful lettering. The class is structured, with exercises to help you gradually gain pen or brush control. It will finish with you designing your own piece of calligraphy, to take away and impress your friends.

Left Handed or complete beginner?

There is no need to worry about whether you will be able to do calligraphy. Even left-handers who have never tried it before come away from the workshops amazed at what they achieved. So there are no excuses!!

I attended Kirsten’s course for beginners today and it was brilliant! I can’t believe how much I learnt in just one day and the amount of progress I made! Quality of teaching, resources, delicious lunch, the quirky substation venue and the uber cool playlist all contributed to the best money I’ve spent in a long time!
— JL
After a busy month at work, this was just what I needed...time to breathe, focus, and relax whilst learning a new skill. Jill and Kirri are wonderful hosts, welcoming everyone with an array of tempting goodies and beginning with a demonstration by the oh-so-talented Kirri. Most of the evening was spent practising our own lettering, getting used to using coloured inks and making some pretty cards to take away. Throughout, Jill and Kirri were encouraging and attentive, and brought this old art alive with a modern twist. For anyone interested in trying this skill, I would say ‘go for it’. Kirri is an ideal teacher, and the workshop has been put together thoughtfully and is accessible to anyone who wants to give it ago. It also offers great value for money and is a very affordable treat. Thank you for a wonderful evening ladies. I’ll be back!
— VP