Bringing you the finest in

ONLINE ART AND CALLIGRAPHY CLASSES

since 2009

 


We have classes in traditional broad edge calligraphy, pointed pen calligraphy, modern calligraphy & gestural calligraphy. We offer pointed brush & flat brush lettering studies. We have classes in drawing, painting, illumination, layout & design, cursive handwriting and so much more, all with the highest caliber of instructors worldwide. You have come to the right place for learning!

 

      

Classic Gems, our self-paced classes

We offer self-paced video classes with life time access, with more coming soon (like very soon!) We are in the process of converting all our videos to closed captioning in 8 languages, wherever possible, to make viewing easier for our students worldwide.

Pointed Brush Adventures

Yves Leterme, Instructor

In this class we won’t rely on fancy materials or special techniques, but instead we’ll discover how exciting calligraphy can be when our desk contains only the bare necessities: a writing surface, a medium and one tool: the pointed brush.

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Built-Up Capitals

Yves Leterme, Instructor

This class focuses on the wealth of capitals that are at our disposal when we decide to draw or build up our letters. Starting with a basic skeleton alphabet in pencil, Yves will guide you step-by-step as you blow life into your letters, making them more dynamic.

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Unlocking the CMYK Formula

Harvest Crittenden, Instructor

How much money have you wasted on paint? How many hours have you spent trying to mix the perfect matching ink? Learn the secret to using only 5 tubes of paint to mix any color for a perfect match!

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Modern Pen Techniques: Losing Contact

Carl Rohrs, Instructor

In this course, Carl will take you through the full realm of taking a classic Italic into modern variations, especially the richness of the marks made when the pen loses full contact with the paper.

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Thoughtful Gestures

Yves Leterme, Instructor

In this comprehensive course, students are guided from formal Italic letterforms to a dynamic, personal style. Yves will take you on an exciting journey to explore the many variations in gestural writing. 

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Drawing for Calligraphers: 3-course package

Kevin Coffey, Instructor

This is a special 3-course package, combining Kevin's previous classes: "Basic Drawing for Calligraphers," "Intermediate Drawing for Calligraphers," and "Holiday Drawing Fun!" 

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wedge brush holiday designs with pointed pen flourishes

Flourished Holiday Envelopes

F. Phyllis Macaluso, Instructor

In this very detailed pre-recorded course, Phyllis leads students through a step by step process to create decorative envelopes, beautiful for the holidays and beyond. With a private forum for students to share with each other.

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handwriting in cursive style for beginners

Classic Cursive

Marie Hornback, Instructor

Marie will take you through the steps you need to improve your handwriting and make it uniquely yours. Based on the handwriting of Mary Champion and H.P. Behrensmeyer. With a private forum for students to share with each other.

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egg tempera online class with small project and step  by step instructions all levels

Egg Tempera, the Luminous Medium

Koo Schadler, Instructor

In this comprehensive course, Koo leads students through a step by step process to create a small yet exquisite still life painting using pigments & egg yolk. With a private forum for students to share with each other.

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foundational lettering calligraphy online class

Foundational Hand

Gemma Black, Instructor

Students will be taken step-by-step through the process of using a broad nib, ink, guidelines, slope, using a ductus and lettering this beautiful contemporary hand based on Edward Johnston's teaching. With a private forum for students to share with each other.

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cursive handwriting online class for any age student with Spanish subtitles

How our self-paced classes work

  • Each class is prerecorded for viewing. You will have unlimited, lifetime access.
  • You get an up-close, direct view, much better than you could see in person. You can clearly see every detail. You have the ability to turn on closed captioning while you watch.
  • You can come back a year later, or two years later, after you've made progress to check your work again. Really, none of us learn everything the first time we see it and practice. (At least I don't!)
  • Classes are filmed in HD whenever possible. We are working to add closed captioning in 18 languages. Most, but not all, have closed captioning available in English already.¬†
  • Everything¬†you need can be found in the online classroom, including handouts, the supply list, the videos, and access to a private forum to share your work with other students.¬†
  • We all learn best when are comfortable in our own setting. So come as you are and take it at your own pace. A day, a week, a year, no hurry!

 


The Business of Calligraphy

Kestrel Montes, Instructor

Kestrel Montes of INKMETHIS shares all her experience building a thriving business: determining the focus, finding clients, licenses, marketing, social media, offering services, selling products, resources, and more! Launch your dreams!

With videos available through Jan. 21, check it out!
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Harvest Crittenden Acorn Arts founder and director

A Note From Harvest


Thank you for the opportunity to enter your homes and pass along our love of letters and illumination. We are delighted to share our online classes with you. We began offering online classes in 2009, and the outreach has grown ever since. We now have thousands of students from more than 75 countries participating. We are honored to be a small part of bringing calligraphers and artists together world wide. There are a variety of online classes now offered through Acorn Arts, by IAMPETH Master Penman Harvest Crittenden, founder & director of Acorn Arts, along with an outstanding group of international artists specializing in their fields. We do not take this opportunity lightly and strive to give you the highest level of instruction possible. We appreciate your warm welcome.

A Few of our Past Class Offerings...

gestural calligraphy online class with broad edge pen

Holiday Charmers

Heather Victoria Held, Instructor

gestural calligraphy online class with broad edge pen
Celtic Knotwork: The Next Step

Joy Daniels, Instructor

draw scroll and acanthus leaves in pencil with decorative designs

Acanthus Scrolls

Skyler Chubak
Instructor

pointed pen flourishes with birds and feathers and words

Advanced Spencerian

Master Penman
Harvest Crittenden, Instructor

basic drawing online class for beginners and those who can't draw

Basic Drawing

Kevin Coffey, Instructor

modern style of layout and design from greeting card designer

Layout and Design

Mike Gold, Instructor

pointed pen Italian Hand tcalligraphy writing online class

A Study in Italian Hand

Heather Held, Instructor

celtic knots beginning designs and diagrams online class

Celtic Knotwork

Joy Daniels, Instructor

monogram designs showing how to join different letter styles instruction
Mystery of Monograms

Bailey Rivera, Instructor

borders in white vine style and how to wrap them through initials

Decorated Borders

Master Penman
Harvest Crittenden, Instructor

layout tips from simple to complex with tips on painting and gold

Conquering Layouts

Harvest Crittenden, Suzanne Cunningham, Kestrel Montes

Roman calligraphy capitals in Trajan calligraphy capitals and structure

Trajan Capitals

Yves Leterme, Instructor

pointed pen flourishes for holiday design

Holiday Festive Flourish

Heather Held, Instructor

drawing script letters using acanthus letters for monograms and designs

Acanthus Leaf Letters

Skyler Chubak, Instructor

victorian drawn and decorated initials with shadows and leaves

Ornamental Initials

Skyler Chubak, Instructor

pointed pen script for beginners using a dip pen for brides and calligraphers

Copperplate Script

Kestrel Montes, Instructor

modern lettering with a pointed brush in gestural style calligraphy

Pointed Brush Adventures

Yves Leterme, Instructor

interweaving lettering designs from old manuscripts for calligraphers

Cadels

Master Penman
Vivian Mungall, Instructor

illuminated renaissance manuscript borders with gold and paint

Renaissance Vines

Master Penman
Harvest Crittenden, Instructor

wedge brush class in envelope decorating

Florals, Foliates & Flourished Envelopes

F. Phyllis Macaluso, Instructor

script lettering style calligraphy from 1900s using pencil or pointed pen

Spencerian Structures

Master Penman
Harvest Crittenden, Instructor

illuminated manuscript borders with white vines to draw

White Vine Borders

Master Penman
Harvest Crittenden, Instructor

pointed pen calligraphy flowers and border designs using ink and colored pencils

Nature Sings

Heather Held, Instructor

1900's lettering with pointed pen used in letters and calling cards

Shaded Spencerian

Michael Ward, Instructor

pointed pen calligraphy flourishing with spring designs

Spring Symphony

Heather Held, Instructor

learn the structure of script calligraphy with oval shapes and flourishes

Unlocking the Oval

Mike Ward, Instructor

pointed pen calligraphy numbers in many styles

Calligraphy Numbers 

Kestrel Montes, Instructor

pointed pen calligraphy script capitals with delicate designs

Ornamental Capitals

Belinda Chim, Instructor

pointed pen calligraphy flourhing for borders with flowers and birds

Time to Refine

Heather Held, Instructor

pointed pen calligraphy flourhing for borders with flowers and birds

Illuminated Initials

Harvest Crittenden, Instructor

We have even more excellent learning opportunities coming very soon!
Sign up for our newsletter so you don't miss out.

We won't bug you, we don't sell your info, in fact, we are pretty nice people just trying to share our skills.