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Local calligraphy resources, including places to purchase supplies, classes, and tips and tricks.

Do you need a calligrapher?

Guidelines when hiring a calligrapher

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Local Stores

Rochester Art Supply, West Main Street

Barnes & Noble at Rochester Institute of Technology

Michael's; stores in Greece, Pittsford, Henrietta

JoAnn's; stores

The Art Stop, Penfield Rd at 441, Penfield

Calligraphy Classes in the Rochester Area:

  • Greece C.S.D. Community Education
    Adult Classes September - June, Kids classes in the summer
  • OASIS (Seniors Programs for those 50 years of age and older)
    435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, (Monroe Community Hospital) 585-760-5440
  • Rush Henrietta C.S.D. Continuing Education
  • Town of Perinton, Recreation and Parks, Turk Hill Road, Perinton
    Adult Classes September - June, Kids classes in the summer
  • Town of Pittsford, Recreation Department, 35 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsford
    Adult classes September - June, Kids classes in the summer

In addition many Monroe County libraries hold a single, introductory, hands on program, for adults or teens. These include Irondequoit Public Library, Henrietta Public Library, Fairport Public Library, Gates Public Library, Charlotte Branch of the Monroe County Library System. Check their websites.

Many area school districts offer introductory programs. Contact your school district's Community Education office.


You do not need to be a registered student at R.I.T. to take a calligraphy class. Each quarter a different hand is taught: fall is Italic, winter is Roman caps, and spring is Foundational/Uncial. Tuition is reduced for non-credit courses. Guild member Lorrie Frear teaches the classes. Contact R.I.T.

The Genesee Valley Calligraphy Guild does not endorse any particular resource. We provide this list as a reference tool only.

Tips & Tricks


Practice Sheet for Roman Capitals

Roman Capital Practice Sheet with Dots

Analyzing a Calligraphic Hand

Linex Liner Instructions

Aluminum Can Pen

Paper Crafts

A Triangle Box made out of a circle

A Treat Box