Springing into Learning at Paper and Ink

Class Set Up for Molly Margaret of Esque Script.

Classes at Paper and Ink Arts

Of all the elements of the new location, our classroom is one of our favorites. To be able to bring in quality teachers that will help our customers learn new hands or techniques and improve their craft is an amazing opportunity. We have thoroughly enjoyed our first few classes and wanted to take a moment to share with you what’s been offered so far and what’s coming up.

Bill sharing his amazing skills and knowledge.

Our weekend workshops kicked off in March with Bill Kemp’s Spencerian Script. Bill traveled to Nashville from New Mexico to share his expertise, and students were thrilled to learn the foundations of this traditional hand. Local students joined those from as far away as Manhattan to learn together. Bill provided top-notch instruction along with an excellent resource book for students to use as they continue to study.



Jacqueline with local student and teacher, Sheryl Bracey.

Our second weekend workshop brought the lovely and talented Jacqueline Sullivan to Nashville to teach Lively and Luscious Layers. Jacqueline engrossed students in creating amazing pieces using a variety of mediums and textures. Students raved about how much they enjoyed what they learned and how well Jacqueline taught.

Along with weekend workshops, we are also offering weekday classes for those wishing to learn calligraphy. Sheryl Bracey kicked off our weekday class series with her two day Introduction to Copperplate class.  Students were introduced to upper and lowercase letters as well as helpful tools and learning resources.

In an effort to instill a love of art in the younger generation, we are offering classes for kids. Our first class was taught by local artist and calligrapher Rose Wathen. Participants created their own coat of arms. The kids enjoyed capturing their interests in frame-ready keepsakes that they created.


Local calligrapher Molly Margaret is also renting our classroom space for weekend classes. With both introductory level and intermediate options, her classes are a great way to begin your calligraphic journey or hone your skills. Check out her website for more information!


In addition to Molly Margaret’s ongoing classes, we have several exciting class options on the horizon! Starting this month, we’ll be offering a six-week course for elementary and middle school students who want to learn to draw and illustrate. Local illustrator John Haney will be offering Cartooning Club for K-4 graders on Thursday afternoons from 3:30p.m.-4:30p.m., and Young Illustrators for 5-8 graders also on Thursdays from 4:45p.m.-5:45p.m. The series kicks off on April 20 and runs to May 25. Students can opt to sign-up for all six weeks or take individual classes as their schedules allow. Sign up for Cartooning Club or Young Illustrators to secure your spot! Further, Rose Wathen  a Fortune Cookie class for K-4th graders on April 18th from 3:30p.m-4:30p.m. Students will get a touch of origami folding while creating adorable paper fortune cookies that are perfect for gifts and party favors or just to play with at home! Rose will also offer an introductory brush lettering class on April 25 for 5-8 graders from 4:30p.m-5:30p.m.

Our weekend workshops will continue with Kathy Milici’s Modern Storybook Script, Parts I and II being offered on May 5th and 6th.  Specializing in couture wedding calligraphy, Kathy is a renown calligrapher from New Jersey who shares her talent and expertise with students nationwide. This fun and exciting class remains one of her most popular. You can find more information and register here.


On August 19th, Suzanne Cunningham will be offering her Introduction to Copperplate course. Suzanne’s stunning work is well known and admired, and students will enjoy beginning their study of copperplate under her skilled guidance. You can register here for her class.



Our final weekend workshop for 2017 will be 20th Century Lettering with Randall Hasson. While co-editing the 24th edition of the Speedball Textbook, Randall became immersed in studying the historic hands created with Speedball nibs. Join him to learn how to recreate these timeless styles. Read more about the class and register here.


We hope you will consider joining us for a class soon. Whether you are local to Nashville or ready to travel and learn, we welcome you to learn with some of our favorite teachers! To recommend a class you’d like to see offered, inquire about renting classroom space, or submit a proposal for teaching at Paper and Ink, please contact Jennifer Allen by email (jennifer@paperinkarts.com) or by phone (615-770-9902).

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