A Study in Italian Hand

Heather Victoria Held, Instructor

Italian Hand is a playful, delicate and joyful script that can drastically lighten your touch with the pointed pen as well as help you develop a stronger understanding of other script hands. 

This beautiful script hand evolved out italic and predates English Roundhand and Spencerian Script. It has a unique charming quality than can captivate the onlooker and draw them in for a closer look.

Italian Hand is meant to be written rather than drawn and is a very practical script to add your repertoire. The lower case letterforms are delicately shaded and simple to write. Capitals are varied and can take the form of a very delicate English Roundhand style capital or have more complexly shaded and flourished forms. 

This script hand is extraordinarily forgiving and recommended for all skill levels. It is a wonderful place for a beginner to start with as it encourages a very light touch with the pen.

This hand has a very gentle quality to it that makes it such a pleasure to explore. I look forward to sharing the history of this hand with you as well as the unique possibilities it can add to you script.

How it works

This is a live Zoom class over two days, September 4th & 5th, 2021.

The lessons will be appx. 2.5 hours each day.

The exact same class is being offered at 2 different times.

Please pick one OR the other. 

The Poetic Pen
Group 1


Live online class via Zoom


Each session will be 2.5 hours
with time for questions and answers.

The Poetic Pen
Group 2


Live online class via Zoom


Each session will be 2.5 hours
with time for questions and answers.

Group 1 or 2?
Choose the time that works for you


These are just a few of the things that will be covered in the class... 


  • history and evolution of Italian Hand

  • letting historic forms guide your practice

  • meditative warm up to lighten your touch

  • minuscules and majuscules from simple to complex forms

  • flourished variations

  • finding your distinctive style

  • adding a sense of play to your Italian Hand

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