with Mike Ward

Taken from the New Spencerian Compendium of 1880, Shaded Spencerian or Sign Writer’s Script is perfect for headings, signs or whenever your script needs to stand out. Modified proportions are used to enhance legibility, without sacrificing Grace.

Not to be confused with Engrosser’s Script or Copperplate, the shades maintain a continuous taper, and stay true to the Spencerian form, giving the script a truly unique, beautiful & elegant look.

Though a prior knowledge of Spencerian Script will be helpful, this workshop is beginner friendly. The material will be delivered in a manner that builds upon itself, so by the end you will have a working knowledge of what is required to execute this beautiful script.

How it works

This is a live Zoom class over four days, September 22, 25, 29 & October 2, 2021.

The lessons will be appx. 2.5 hours each day.

The exact same class is being offered at 2 different times, at Noon and at 6:00 p.m. EST.

You no longer have to choose one or the other.

You may sign in whichever class time suits you best on that particular day. 

Shaded Spencerian
Zoom Class


Live online class via Zoom

September 22, 25, 29 & October 2, 2021

Noon or 6:00 pm Eastern Time (Michigan)
You may attend either session.

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

Choose the time that works for you


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

  • Brief introduction to Spencerian Script
  • The foundational structure and form of Shaded Spencerian
  • Shading techniques to improve nib control
  • A detailed study of the full lowercase and capital alphabet
  • Letter and word spacing
  • Some basic flourishing to complete the look

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