Spencerian Signature Design with Michael Ward – July 04-05


This two evenings workshop will give you an introduction to the topic: Spencerian Signature Design

Duration: 2 evenings (04.+05.07.2019 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm)
Price: EUR 250,00 including most materials, coffee, snacks

For registration please send an email to: scriptoriumberlin@gmail.com

I was fortunate enough last winter to be invited to Scriptorium Berlin to teach Spencerian Script. This July I will be returning to Berlin, this time to teach Signature Design. Focusing more on the design aspects of names or words, rather than the writing of the script itself, the majority of this workshop makes the use of pen and pencil. The growth that I have been able to see in past students has been extremely rewarding and keeps me very excited to teach it whenever I get the opportunity.

– Michael Ward

Class Description:
Signature writing, or “superscription” is the joining of letter forms to create a finished signature
that flows gracefully, and maintains an overall balance. It is often considered one of the best
ways to showcase your penmanship skill and style. Through analysis of traditional signatures and
a thorough explanation of “oval theory”, students will learn the steps to creating a beautiful
balanced design.
Level of Experience
While this class is open to all skill levels, a working knowledge of Spencerian script and ovals
will be helpful. Specific alphabets/letterforms will not necessarily be covered.

Level of Experience:
While this class is open to all skill levels, a working knowledge of Spencerian script and ovals
will be helpful. Specific alphabets/letterforms will not necessarily be covered.

Michael Ward is a professional penman, located in Los Angeles, California, who specializes in
Spencerian Script and is known worldwide for his ornate signature designs. Mr. Ward has
studied under some of the very best penman, including Master Penmen Michael Sull, Harvest
Crittenden and Jake Weidmann.
In addition to his penmanship practice, he has also pioneered the technique of debossing or
foiling calligraphic designs, onto leather items.
Michael is a professional artist, dancer and dance instructor. He is passionate about teaching and
sharing his love for the process of learning.



Berlin: Mike Meyer Hand Lettering Workshop – August 23-26

This four-day workshop with the globe-trotting Mike Meyer is a crash course in the essentials of sign painting, with fun, lettering and laughs throughout. The workshop is suitable for complete beginners, and those with previous experience, with Mike providing one-to-one input throughout.

The first part of the workshop is focussed on setting out and painting Gothic (Block), Casual and Script letter forms through a hands-on process of practise, personal critique and expert guidance. It all starts with a pencil, drawing and developing an understanding of the basic letter forms. These then form the basis for building your brush skills, with input on paint, brushes and other specialist equipment used to paint letters.

With the basics under control, the final two days allow you to develop a range of techniques to add a little something extra to your painted letters. Mike will guide you through a variety of lettering effects, including: basic shadows; outlines; bevels; convex and concave lettering; masks; cut and roll fades. The aim is to accelerate your ability to create more distinctive lettering for all sorts of purposes.

The workshop fee of €660 includes tax, all equipment, and Mike’s new alphabet and lettering effects booklet. You just need to turn up in clothing that you don’t mind getting covered in paint!

If you are registered for VAT in the EU then please email info@betterletters.co with your business name, address and full VAT number to pay by invoice and have the tax removed.

Hand Lettering & Lettering Effects Workshop

Fileteado Porteño Workshop with Gustavo Ferrari – May 11-12

This two-day workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the traditional art of Fileteado Porteño. The decorative forms created by Fileteadors have become the visual identity of Buenos Aires, and were recently declared a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The workshop is led by Fileteador Gustavo Ferrari as part of his tour of Europe and participation in Letterheads events.

About the Workshop

The first day of the workshop will provide a theoretical and historical introduction, with lots of photographic documentation of old vehicles, great masters works and the actual and current use of Fileteado in Argentina and abroad. Under Gustavo’s guidance, participants will then practice drawing with pencil and paper the traditional elements of the Fileteado: Flowers; Acanthus leaves; Laces; Ribbons. The day will finish with a demonstration of the design of a complete sign.

The second day will offer a structured step-by-step approach to painting a complete sign using acrylics and the special Fileteado brushes. Working from a pounced pattern of the ornamental frame and drawing one letter of their choice, participants will first paint the flat colours, then shadows, lights and highlights to gain first-hand experience of the complete technique of Fileteado.

About Fileteado Porteño

Fileteado is a traditional art from Argentina. It began as a simple decoration on the trade carts of bread, milk or vegetable sellers in the early 20th century. In the 1920s and 1930s as it expanded to the decoration of buses and trucks its imagery grew more complex with the use of visual symbols (acanthus leaves, flowers, birds, dragons, flags) and the incorporation of short text, including popular and humorous sayings. Today it can be found all over the city of Buenos Aires, in shop windows, and on murals and signs. The vernacular style of Fileteado led to it being declared a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2015.

About Gustavo Ferrari

Gustavo Ferrari is an artist and historian from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He started to learn Fileteado with Alfredo Genovese in 2001, working as his assistant for two years. Since then he has worked on his own, painting signs, shop windows and murals. In 2009 he started to travel, showcasing the Fileteado style around the world. He has since done this at Tango festivals and Letterheads meets in the USA, Canada and Europe. In the last three years he has delivered demonstrations, lectures and workshops in London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Oslo, Saint Petersburg, Toulouse, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Lima.

Fileteado Porteño Workshop


Calligraphy Master Class with Christopher Haanes – June 22-23

This 2 day workshop will give you an introduction into the topic:

The Italic Hand

Italic might be the hand that is most varied of all the scripts. One may ask if there really is a neutral italic. There is much variation even among Renaissance scribes. And there is a multitude of modern adaptations, stretching from formal, almost typographic styles to highly individual possibilities. But to acquire the necessary skill, much practice is needed, and insights into a formal italic hand are essential for further development. There will be lectures and demonstrations concerning the history of letters, the relationship between the printed and the written word, and technical solutions.

Duration: 2 Days
Participants: 10 people
Level: Master Class
Price: EUR 500,00 including materials and snacks, coffee, etc.


Luca Barcellona – Blackletter Workshop – May 17-19

3-day workshop

Blackletter – A journey through gothic letterforms.

Gothic script is definitely the calligraphic style with the strongest appeal, thanks to its strong and sharp shapes. The workshop offers a journey through this writing style, starting from the textura, mainly used for writing manuscripts, to its Renaissance evolution. The fraktur writing, characterized by a strongly decorative component with complex and generous capital letters, offers the chance to experience endless possibilities of variations that are still widely used today. We will start by studying the historical shapes, writing with the broad edge pen, and then we will re-write the letters in a more expressive way using the twist of the brush. Finally we’ll pass to the development of other possible alphabets, more personal and modern. A course for beginners, experts and those who want to deeper the study of this writing style.

Duration: 3 Days
Participants: 10 people
Price: EUR 600,00 including materials and snacks, coffee, etc.

Every registration requires a deposit of EUR 200,00 which will be balanced with the final price.



Illumination Workshop with Grzegorz Barasiński | 30/31 March 2019 in Scriptorium Berlin

*Deutsche Beschreibung auf Anfrage

Illumination Workshop

What is it about?
The illuminated initial means a highly decorative letter as well as a gilded letter that appears as the first in the text. Actually, you often find the initials even in newspapers because a little larger letter in the beginning of the article is an initial too, even if not so adorned. Metaphorically, the illuminated initial means clarifying, throwing light on, explaining. From a technical point of view, it means using gold and other precious metal in order to enrich and to make more beautiful the letter, and it is strongly connected with brightness and glittering. This time I would like to put forward that we master the illumination skills by painting and gilding a grotesque.

What is a grotesque?
The book illumination may consist of an initial (indeed there are several types of initials, of course), line-fillers as well as borders. If on a page some amusing figures appear, we call them ‘drolleries’. They might be for exemple rabbits riding a hores or fighting snails. The hybrid forms of creature are ‘grotesque’ and I believe they will be perfectly fit to the Scriptorium Berlin, and some are just like ready-made as a tatoo pattern. We will take the exemples from the famous manuscript located in British Library. The Luttrell Psalter dates back 14th century and is still an incredible source of astonishing images. Furthermore, this awe-inspiring manuscript is not avaible solely for princes and bishops, as earlier it was, but nowadays we can enjoy it and admire page by page owing to Internet. And we will take advantage of this!

What will we do?
During the workshop the participants create a medieval style grotesque coming from the Lutrell Psalter with a gold accent. They are taught how to paint with tempera, i.e. a method of painting with pigments dispersed in an emulsion miscible with water, and how to use of gilding. If you like, you can also paint a letter and learn the Gothic letters according to the mentioned manuscript.

Fancy to prepare to the workshop?
There is no need to bring anything to the workshop or to be experienced at making illumination. You can really start from scratch! If you would like to prepare before the workshop, you can visit the page http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/Viewer.aspx?ref=add_ms_42130_fs001ar and choose something interesting for you.

About Grzegorz Barasiński
Ten years ago, he founded the Company Kaligraf. He runs the Calligrapher’s Shop (https://calligraphers.eu/ ) and the School of Calligraphy (Krakow, Warsaw) (www.kaligrafia.edu.pl) , including the Summer Schools in Hebdów and in Wigry. He writes in Latin, Cyrillic and Hebrew alphabets. He wrote two books about calligraphy. Gratuated Jagiellonian University, he is a scientist of religions.


The workshop is held in English but the artist Grzegorz Barasiński can speak German, English, and Polish.

Good to know: anyone can start with this illumination workshop without knowing calligraphy or being good at paintings.


Duration: 2 Days

Price: EUR 180,00 including materials and snacks.

Participants: 12 people


Calligraphy workshop by Rainer Wiebe | 22-23 September 2018 in Scriptorium Berlin

(workshops in German or English)


    From the parallel pen to the ruling pen.

The pilot parallel pen and his possible applications in calligraphy with introduction to the classical writing style.

Rainer Wiebe will build and take with him different models of the modified Parallel Pen: the Rulingfüller (modified as a Ruling Pen) and the Spacefüller (double stroke nibs, or with three or four strokes). Each participant will be able to buy one, also in different width – only as long as stock lasts!

The Spacefüller will also be presented with extended possibilities of use.

The Rulingfüller (the name is adapted from the well known Rulingpen) with his diverse possible applications. Each participant receives a Rulingfüller (included in the price).

Price per person: 250 €
Material, Snacks and soft drinks are included.
The lunch is not included. You can eat in one of the restaurants close to Scriptorium.
Please bring with you your calligraphy material you already have.
We kindly ask you to send us a deposit of 100€ via bank transfer or PayPal.
Basic calligraphy knowledge is required for this workshop.

For the participants who have no basic calligraphy knowledge, Rainer Wiebe offers the possibility to have a 3 hours longs introduction course for beginners on Friday evening, from 18:00 to 21:30h. The price per person would be 80€ per person. Please let us know if you’re interested in doing the introduction course!

Rainer Wiebe stays available after the Workshop official hours for the participants who have questions or simply want to continue practice.

10 Spots available.

    In 2003 he founded the Calligraphy school of Saarbrücken. Since 2008 he builds his own special Parallel Pens which enable to write and draw with a spectrum of different stroke qualities.

    Feel free the check his internet page (www.kalligrafie-wiebe.de) or Facebook

    (https://www.facebook.com/rainer.wiebe) if you’d like to know more about him.





Vom Parallelpen zum Space- und Rulingfüller


Beginnend mit dem 6mm Parallelpen werden klassische Stile wie Chancery, Textur und Fraktur geübt, anschließend auch die erweiterten Möglichkeiten des SPACEFÜLLERS gezeigt.

Rainer Wiebe wird zusätzlich zu den Pilot Parallelpen auch seine verschiedenen umgebauten Modelle SPACEFÜLLER und RULINGFÜLLER zum Verkauf mitbringen.

Wenn Teilnehmer bereits Parallelpen oder Spacefüller besitzen, bringt sie bitte zum Kurs mit.

Der Rulingfüller mit seinen vielseitigen Einsatzmöglichkeiten. Hierzu erhält jeder

Teilnehmer einen Rulingfüller, im Kurspreis inbegriffen.


Preis pro Person: 250 €

Material, Snacks und Getränke sind inbegriffen.

Das Mittagsessen ist nicht im Preis inbegriffen.

Ihr könnt in einem der Restaurants in der Nähe essen gehen.

Falls vorhanden könnt ihr
gern Euer Kalligrafiematerial mitbringen, vor allem Parallelpen, Space- und Rulingfüller.

Wir bitten Euch eine Anzahlung i.H.v. 100€ bei Buchung des Workshops zu überweisen (Banktransfer oder PayPal).

Voraussetzung für diesen Workshop sind Grundkenntnisse.

Für die Teilnehmer, die noch keine Grundkenntnisse haben, wäre ein dreistündiger Einführungskurs für Neueinsteiger am Freitagabend von 18:00 bis 21:30Uhr möglich.

Der Preis pro Person beträgt 80€. Bitte meldet Ihr Euch, falls Ihr Interesse habt.

Rainer Wiebe bleibt gern auch noch nach offizieller Kurszeit im Scriptorium, um Fragen zu beantworten und für die, die abends noch weiter üben möchten.

Insgesamt stehen 10 Plätze zur Verfügung.

Initial illumination workshops

Illuminated Initial Workshops
What is it about?
The illuminated initial means a higly decorative letter as well as a gilded letter that appears as the first for example in the text. Metaphorically, the illuminated initial means clarifying, throwing light on, explaining, from a technical point of view, it means using gold and other precious metal in order to enrich and to make more beautiful the letter, and it is strongly connected with brigtness and glittering.
During the workshops the participants are going to create a medieval style initial using Lombardic uncial letter. They”ll try to compose their own letter and to decorate it wiht gothic leaves and flowers. They’ll be taught how to paint with tempera, i.e. a method of painting with pigments dispersed in an emulsion miscible with water and how to use two methods of gilding – a matt one and a gloss one.
The two days are going to be hosted by the artist calligrapher Grzegorz Barasiński.
Price per person: 200€
Two days, includes materials and snacks.
Limited number of participants.
@: scriptoriumberlin@gmail.com
tel: +49 0()30 241 74 500


chmara.rosinke design exhibition

Facebook Event here

Ania Rosinke und Maciej Chmara haben Innenarchitektur, Raum & Designstrategien sowie Architektur in Gdansk, Linz und Wien studiert. Ihre Entwürfe zeichnen sich durch Einfachheit, ökologisches Bewusstsein sowie durch eine poetische Formensprache aus, welche die Objekte jeweils auf Archetypen zurückführt.
In ihren Überlegungen sind ganz bewusst verschiedene sensorische Aspekte Haptik, Geruch, Akustik miteinander verknüpft und es wird die Frage gestellt, wie viel Schlichtheit, Humor und Sinnlichkeit ein Objekt braucht.
chmara.rosinke gehören zu den bekanntesten jungen Designern Europas. Die Projekte des Duos sind nicht auf klassische Innenarchitektur oder Produktdesign beschränkt, viele der Arbeiten entstehen im konzeptuellen Bereich in Kooperation mit Museen oder Kunstgalerien.
Im Scriptorium Berlin, vom 18. November bis zum 6. Dezember, wird eine Kunstwerke-Auswahl aus den letzten Jahre gezeigt, welche den grafischen Ansatz bei der Gestaltung räumlicher Objekte zeigen.


Ania Rosinke und Maciej Chmara were both born in Gdynia, Poland and studied interior design, architecture and design strategy in Gdansk, Linz and Vienna. interior architecture, interior and design strategies and architecture in Gdansk, Linz and Vienna. Their designs are remarkable for their simplicity, ecological awareness and a poetic language of forms that traces the objects back to their archetypes.

Different sensory aspects are quite consciously linked together in their ideas – haptics, sense of smell, acoustics – and pose the question as to how much simplicity, humour and sensuousness an object needs. It is often only after interaction that their “still” creations become utility objects and thus a dynamic experience. The studio projects are always embedded in the differentiated context of design, art and architecture and are formed on the basis of functional as well as socio-cultural aspects.

chmara.rosinke belong to the well known young designers in Europe.
Their projects are not only inspired by classical interior and product design, but a lot of their creations emerge in conceptual spaces in cooperation with museum and art galleries.

In Scriptorium Berlin, from November 18th until December 6th, a selection of design pieces will be exhibited, showing the graphic approach in the design of spatial objects.