Copperplate Script Calligraphy with Maryanne Grebenstein

Copperplate Script Calligraphy

Learn to create the Copperplate Script.

Copperplate is a beautiful style of formal script writing. It evolved during the Victorian period and is very useful for invitations and envelopes, stationery, place cards, and many other uses. Historically, it developed as a kind of business script. Its frequent use is evident around Nantucket in the many displays of ships’ logbooks and other historic documents that are commonly seen on the island.

In this class, students will be taught the script alphabet, and they will create beautiful documents using the traditional tools: a pen that is dipped in an inkwell and an oblique pen holder, which has been specially designed for this lettering style. Join in the fun!

Please let us know if you are left-handed when registering so we can order the correct supplies for you.

All materials provided. Maximum class size: 8


Maryanne Grebenstein is a professional calligrapher who studied under Sheila Waters, Jeanne Wong, Robert Boyajian, and many other notable calligraphers. She teaches calligraphy and manuscript gilding at North Bennet Street School, Boston ( and through The Abbey Studio in Hingham, MA ( She is a former adjunct professor at Massachusetts College of Art, Boston ( Maryanne is the author of Calligraphy: A Course in Hand Lettering, published by Watson-Guptill.