The word calligraphy comes from the Greek kalli meaning beautiful and graphia referring to writing, and calligraphers today still emulate the beautiful letterforms of scribes throughout the centuries. Even in an age of computer-generated type, this ancient craft is flourishing, but it is also evolving. Calligraphy is now a respected visual art, the creative expression of the written word.


Artwork by Sheila Waters for her series of articles in Letter Arts Review magazineWCG members who teach calligraphy classes in the Washington area:

  • Sheila Waters’ private classes at 851 Boyle Road, Fairfield, PA 17320, two miles from Emmitsburg, MD (one hour from Baltimore or Rockville).
    Instruction and individual help is given on any broad-pen style of calligraphy and with personal projects. Sheila teaches all day on alternate Saturdays throughout the year in her large studio with all her collected resources available for study. Sheila Waters  FoundationalAs instruction is entirely individual, students of all levels can come and go, as their commitments permit, between the hours of 10:30 am and 5:30 pm. Beginners are welcome and they can learn a lot from exposure to the ongoing work of more experienced students. There is no set curriculum.
    As far as we know this is the only class of its kind on the East Coast.
    Snacks are provided but bring your lunch. Class size is very small with a maximum of ten. Fee is $50 for each visit.
    For dates contact Sheila at
    About Sheila Waters.



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Anne Lane

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