with Meg Ahern

Calligraphy Classes in Chicago


Class Info

Whether you're using it for a wedding, to boost your business, or just for fun, join us for a chill and accessible introduction to calligraphy!

We'll start with basic techniques, practicing lettering, and finally work on your own individual projects. Feel free to bring whatever you'd like to work on!

You'll go home with:
- An understanding of key calligraphy skills
- Beginner-level mastery of the Formal Italic script, and a brief introduction to Flourished Italic
- A finished project
- A calligraphy pen with a 2.5mm nib, lettering models, and materials for further practice

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No experience necessary.

What will be provided

Calligraphy pen (2.5mm), Formal Italic & Flourished Italic alphabets, guidelines, paper, and a handout

Course Reviews (82)
99% positive

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    Jess K.

    Left 1 day ago

    I loved this class! A must-do for anyone looking to improve calligraphy, or just looking to do something fun and new!

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    T B.

    Left 9 days ago

    Enthusiastic and patient teacher with a love for the whispy handwriting course! I liked that it was held at a public place and not inside someone's home. Supplies were provided and instruction was easy to follow. For a writing class it would be nice to be in a place with brighter lighting, but overall good experience. Thanks!

    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Jennifer R.","created_at":"10 days","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":null,"review_content":"It was just alright. Teacher was good but mostly you work on calligraphy by yourself and following a handout. At least the class wasn't too expensive and you get a calligraphy pen.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Lisa T.","created_at":"14 days","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"This was a good basic class. I enjoyed the teaching style and atmosphere. It was just enough \"Dabble\" to get an understanding. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Kirstan B.","created_at":"15 days","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Great class, lots of fun! It was easy to learn the style of writing with the way it's taught & the handouts were very helpful. I would recommend this class!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Mary L.","created_at":"15 days","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"The class was great; Meg was great. :)","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Jenna G.","created_at":"16 days","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Class was in a great environment (set up in the back of lively restaurant) with a good group of people. Definitely a class geared toward exposing you to calligraphy and if this is something you want to invest your time and practice into. For me, it was something fun and different. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Ben D.","created_at":"21 days","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":". I took the class as I wanted to learn how to write using calligraphy. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Ethel S.","created_at":"23 days","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"The class was just okay. The location was fun and convenient, but the background noise level was awful. Accoustics were bad and it was fighting with the instructor","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Merissa G.","created_at":"29 days","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Meg was a great teacher. You could tell that she loves calligraphy, and is experienced both in its practice and as a teacher. Her tips and explanations helped tremendously. She's also very warm and engaging, setting a fun and friendly tone for the class. Highly recommended! ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Emily Y.","created_at":"30 days","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Had a ton of fun, learned a lot about how to get started and left feeling confident that I could try my hand at it again!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Katie A.","created_at":"30 days","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Good intro class.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Jen M.","created_at":"about 1 month","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Went to this class to learn about the basics of calligraphy to help provide a foundation for my lettering endeavors. I was very happy with the class, getting what I expected along with materials to go home with in order to practice. We all had a great night.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Jennifer Claire R.","created_at":"about 1 month","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"I have been curious about calligraphy for a while now and read so many nice reviews of this particular class that I couldn't help but try it out. I had a great time last night learning a new hobby and meeting some fun folks! Highly recommend to anyone looking for an evening of entertainment or for those serious about delving into this word/art form; Meg is accommodating to everyone.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Sarah B.","created_at":"about 1 month","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"This was my first Dabble class--I went alone, because that's why I joined Dabble in the first place. I LOVED this class. The teacher did a great job of gauging who was there to really dive into the learning aspect and who was there for more of the social aspect of the class. She offered helpful advice and was warm and personable. Everyone was friendly, the atmosphere was wonderful, I just had a great time! I'm very much looking forward to taking more classes on Dabble, especially if they are all as fun and enjoyable as this one.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Rafael H.","created_at":"about 1 month","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"The instructor was very knowledgeable and friendly. Would highly recommend.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Aditya S.","created_at":"about 1 month","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Learnt a new skill while making a new friend, extremely relaxed and casual atmosphere.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"David D.","created_at":"about 1 month","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"This a really good introduction to calligraphy. Meg gave us good resources as well for the one who wants to continue and go deeper into calligraphy! Great class, relax, fun and instructive at the same time!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Shveta G.","created_at":"about 1 month","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"The class was wonderful and a great atmosphere created by the instructor. She was thorough for a beginner's class and made it fun by knteracting with everyone. Definitely recommend this class.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Stefanie K.","created_at":"about 1 month","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"The class was fun. We were allowed to choose whether we followed the instructor or practiced on our own - it was nice to have that option. Fun class to take with friends!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Kristy I.","created_at":"about 1 month","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"The class was super fun and informative. Loved it!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Brynn H.","created_at":"about 1 month","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Meg is so awesome! She is a very encouraging and helpful teacher. I loved the references and resources she gave to aid us in practicing. I would definitely recommend this workshop!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Alyssa A.","created_at":"2 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"This class was great! Meg was very friendly and offered a great balance of practice time and instructional time. You walk in a newby to calligraphy and leave with confidence and a piqued interest. I immediately went home and looked up prices and availability of supplies, thinking that just \"dabbling\" in calligraphy has led me to a great new skill!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Marta K.","created_at":"2 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"It was great time....","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Catherine F.","created_at":"2 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Great class for beginners. Just enough information to not be overwhelmed. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Lauren D.","created_at":"2 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"This was such a great class. I went with a friend because we both have been wanting to try something like this. It was casual and fun, but we learned a lot and met new people.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Nicole K.","created_at":"2 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Went with a couple of friends, had a fun time. I liked that the class was inexpensive enough to not be taken seriously, and the the instructor was good about really helping those serious about learning and allowing those who were there as a social activity to do their own thing.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Johnny L.","created_at":"2 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"I took this class to learn the basics of calligraphy and just wanted a place to get started. This class was a great resource for helping me do just that! Meg, the instructor, was great at explaining the basics and giving us the resources to continue if we want to. The environment is super laid-back with no pressure, so you can learn at your own pace and either do calligraphy for fun or try to start doing it seriously. This was my first Dabble experience and I look forward to more thanks to this class. If you're at all interested in typography, calligraphy, writing, penmanship, etc, I would definitely recommend this class.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Kerry W.","created_at":"3 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"This was such a fun class. We all were here for different reasons and it was a great time. I had trouble with a few letters but I got the basics and I'll keep on practicing.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Molly S.","created_at":"3 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"This was a really great class for beginners. Meg went through important details\u2013angle of pen, training papers, pen size, etc. She also provides good resources for anyone who wants to continue studying and practicing on their own. You get out of it what you put in, so if you have questions, ask them. We had a pretty large class and if you made the effort to ask a question or ask for assistance, Meg was more than happy and very willing to help.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Amanda L.","created_at":"3 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Our instructor was so nice and patient while explaining everything. It was a great, laid back environment and she was always available to answer questions. I left knowing some of the basics of calligraphy and have a grasp on how to improve!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Jennifer P.","created_at":"3 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Class was very helpful! I'm happy with my results and new found skill!!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Elizabeth H.","created_at":"3 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Great class! Meg is very sweet and helpful.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Paul G.","created_at":"4 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"I had such a great time at this dabble. Meg was super fun and energetic. She was very helpful and always had a smile on. We did some interesting ice breakers which helped.. well.. break the ice haha. I would go to her class again anytime. Thanks!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Jeanne Y.","created_at":"4 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"This was a fun class! It definitely piqued my interest in calligraphy. I've never done any calligraphy before this. Meg definitely makes it approachable and doable!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Meghan H.","created_at":"5 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Fun, interactive class! Meg explained and demonstrated the basic fundamentals of calligraphy. We then had time to practice letters. She provided tools on how to continue our calligraphy practice. Great class! ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Elizabeth P.","created_at":"5 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Class was very informative for both beginners and those looking to pursue their calligraphic skills in the future. I've been recommending this class to graphic designers looking to improve their hand-drawn type skills.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Alison F.","created_at":"5 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"I loved this class! It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Caitlin L.","created_at":"6 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"This class was a perfect introduction to calligraphy! It was exactly what I was looking for--a fun class in a laid back environment. I would definitely recommend it to people who just want to \"get their feet wet\" with calligraphy while also having a good time!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Amit P.","created_at":"6 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"The bar, people and overall setting was good - the course itself, not so much. I feel like we learned nothing and basically were handed a sheet of pre-made letters and were told to copy them onto blank sheets. The the greatest piece of guidance was \"hold your pen at 45 degrees\" which to anybody holding a pen or has even written, is fairly obvious...","teacher_response":"Amit! I wish you had raised your hand in class, and I would have definitely been happy to clear up your confusion about how to orient your pen nib on the page, or help you with whatever else you were looking for. :) Is is possible you had stepped out during the different technique lessons we had? Feel free to come back for free sometime if you'd like another shot at hearing them!"}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Eric D.","created_at":"6 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"I loved the introduction to Calligraphy. We met some fun and interesting friends and learned the basics to calligraphy\u2014holding the pen, creating the letterforms and forming words","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Kathy B.","created_at":"7 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Great class! Instructor excellent, learned a lot.\r\nKathy B.\r\n","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Kelly U.","created_at":"7 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Really fun! Learned a ton! ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Matthew P.","created_at":"7 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Excellent teacher! Very positive attitude and did a great job of working with each students individual questions and needs!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Elsa B.","created_at":"7 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Fun, the location was a little loud/dysfunctional for the class.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Megan W.","created_at":"7 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"This class was really fun. I enjoyed chatting with the other members of the class as much as I did brushing up on my dusty calligraphy skills. It was perfect for a beginner or a reintroduction.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Kelley G.","created_at":"7 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"I really enjoyed Meg's calligraphy class. I got to meet some new people and I loved how laid-back the class was -- I didn't feel a lot of pressure and was able to just have fun. I'm definitely going to continue pursuing calligraphy. The class was great! This was my first Dabble experience and it definitely set the tone -- I'll be taking a lot more classes in the future!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Lisa R.","created_at":"7 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"We had a great time learning the basics of calligraphy. Our instructor was passionate about the topic and as friendly as can be. We left with a pen, guides and resources to make sure we could continue to practice on our own. A wonderful dabble class overall! ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Bernadette F.","created_at":"7 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"I really enjoyed the class. Went over all the basics and also gave further info on websites to continue to practice on your own.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Lynn Y.","created_at":"8 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Good instructor. Fun event. Well attended.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Ashley M.","created_at":"8 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"I had a great time at this class! Meg was sweet and encouraging, and gave us good guidance (but freedom to stray if we liked). Makes me want to do more calligraphy!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Ekram O.","created_at":"8 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Nice class, friendly teacher. The venue was a bit loud (background music) so it was a little difficult to hear the instructions. Otherwise a fun class. I found the sentences that we were given to practice specific letter groups to be quite helpful! As a beginner, I think having the calligraphy pen and the reference sheet (of letters) in the same size would be quite helpful. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Meaghan F.","created_at":"8 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"What a fun class! The instructor, Meg, was great and was really easy to follow. The class size wasn't too big, so she was able to help people out with individual questions they had. The location, Bar Toma, was great and provided a fun atmosphere. I took the class by myself and sat next to someone else that was there alone and had a great time! Good way to meet some new people in the city. \r\n","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Kristina M.","created_at":"8 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"It was a great experience! It was easy to follow. People and the teacher were very nice. \r\nThe place was a nice pick too. If someone is interested in learning/trying something new, I would highly recommend this class! ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Eve E.","created_at":"8 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Meg was a lovely teacher. Nice and simple lesson.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Courtney M.","created_at":"9 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"This class had a fun and enjoyable atmosphere! Even after the class, I've made use of the calligraphy pen, grid paper, and lettering guides. The teacher was interesting and provided descriptive instruction that could also be used when learning other calligraphic styles. :)","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Kristi R.","created_at":"11 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"I'm recently engaged, and of course, have been doing a lot of wedding searches about various things. In my search for paper goods and calligraphers, I ran across this Dabble course. I've always been obsessed w/ pen, paper, and handwriting, so I figured there's no better time to pick up a pen, some paper, and sharpen up my calligraphy skills so I can do my own paper goods for my wedding! It was perfect. Class was small, fun, easy, and just enough to get you started in calligraphy if you really took a liking to it. And the teacher, Meg, was so nice and sweet. Definitely impressed; this will definitely help me achieve my goals in why I went to begin with. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Sierra G.","created_at":"11 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"I was surprised how many people were there. It is a very intro class and the size of the class doesn't allow for much personal attention, but the overview of the art was fantastic and the teacher was great. The class flew by! ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Kara B.","created_at":"11 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Meg was a friendly and pleasant teacher who was able to work with an entire class at different stages of mastery. I'm excited to take another calligraphy class!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Molly A.","created_at":"11 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"The calligraphy class was a great beginner/intro level class. I really liked that the class moved along at a good pace, I was not bored but also didn't feel rushed. The instructor was really really nice and took time to talk individually with those students needing help. This was my first dabble class and I can't wait to try others!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Em M.","created_at":"12 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Meg was a really nice teacher and I enjoyed the class.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Matty P.","created_at":"12 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"It was very informative. I really had a great time. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Latoya T.","created_at":"12 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Meg our instructor was great. This was a good introduction into writing calligraphy and I am looking forward to taking another class to build upon my new skills. The class was held in a really cool restaurant and it was great meeting all of the other people in the class.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Monica D.","created_at":"12 months","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Wonderful intro to Calligraphy.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Lauren K.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":" And it was a really nice plus that the location was at a bar near our office. Only bar downside was less than ideal lighting but overall it was a really fun class and made me want to do more with dabble!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Liz D.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"The class was very enjoyable and laid back. Meg is very knowable and explains well. I really liked that she gave us plenty of time to practice and work at our own pace.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Mary Z.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"This was a fun class in a relaxing atmosphere. It was a great beginner class where I learned how to hold the pen, practiced writing letters and sentences, and got info for how to continue to learn and grow in my new hobby. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Denise H.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"I am so excited that I found Dabble. I love that I can take these 1 time workshops without the long commitment. I am a freelance illustrator, so I am always looking for opportunities to learn more. I work from home, so being able to take a class with actual physical people is necessary for my sanity. This was a fun experience to meet other people and learn how to do calligraphy. I have actually already used it in my work!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Andrew J.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Lots of info was condensed into an enjoyable hour and a half or so of learning and writing. Meg was very informative and encouraging, and through some trial and error, I came away with a (raw) new skill and new appreciation for this type of hand lettering. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Brianna S.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"The tea place was just lovely, the tea itself super yummy and the instructor was very laid back and nice. I had a great experience, looking forward to more dabble events!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Christine S.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"The calligraphy class was a great intro into a very complex skill! A great way to get started on your quest to have the best handwriting ever!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Tayler W.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Very fun class to take with friends. Good beginning to Calligraphy and the included supplies was really great.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Annan S.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Meg is a good teacher. I thought the class was really well structured and we were able to learn the basics while practicing our skills in 1.5 hours. We also got a calligraphy pen to take home and I am inspired to do some more lettering and writing with various styles of pens. It was a fun class and really great if you want to understand the basics of calligraphy.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Kelsey W.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"A creative, relaxing way to spend the evening! Meg is a great teacher, the class has a natural flow to it. Walked away with materials and knowledge to keep learning and practicing calligraphy after class. I recommend this class as a great intro!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Kerry S.","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<strong>Calligraphy </strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Instructor showed good balance between basics of how to start the process and guiding Dabblers through the practice process. Very helpful follow up sheet of how to progress outside of class.","teacher_response":null}

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      Calin D.

      Left about 1 month ago

      The location was a bit difficult to teach in and the lights were a bit low, though the atmosphere for the topic was appropriate so no serious complaints overall.

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      Susana G.

      Left about 1 month ago

      My girlfriend and I took this class last night and had a great time! Celtic Calligraphy is hard! But we are happy to start it as a hobby and practice, practice, practice. Thanks Meg!

      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Megan L.","created_at":"10 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/byob-cupcake-decorating-deluxe-with-meg-ahern'> BYOB Cupcake Decorating - Deluxe </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Meg's class was very fun and informative, and I really like that cake decorating is a hobby for her. It was encouraging to know that a regular, non-professional could learn to work with fondant and (with practice, of course) make something that looks great!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Julia S.","created_at":"10 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/the-art-of-finances-with-meg-ahern'> The Art of Finances </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"I liked the list of websites related to saving money, budgeting and places to look for additional sources of income. The material presented was good and I learned several new tips for handing my finances.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Annan S.","created_at":"10 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/calligraphy-for-wedding-invitations-and-correspondence-with-meg-ahern'> Calligraphy for Wedding Invitations and Correspondence </a>","positive":false,"review_content":"I was a bit disappointed in the class. I expected to use an actual fountain pen with an ink cartridge. I guess I just don't see the point in learning copperplate without being able to practice the nuance of copperplate (different stroke widths in the letters and such). It really was basic, and I didn't learn anything different from the actual basic/intro calligraphy class; in fact, the actual intro class more beneficial because I learned how to hold the pen properly and how to achieve different stroke widths, which is part of what makes calligraphy beautiful. I could have done everything we did in this class on my own at home as I don't really need someone to watch over me while I practice drawing letters. The food I had at the venue was awesome though and the environment was nice. The teacher was also very nice, too, and wiling to answer questions.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Diane C.","created_at":"11 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/calligraphy-for-wedding-invitations-and-correspondence-with-meg-ahern'> Calligraphy for Wedding Invitations and Correspondence </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"More basic than expected - definitely good for beginners, for those looking for more advanced technique, I don't feel this is the right class for that.","teacher_response":"Yes, you're absolutely right - this is meant to be an introductory class for beginners in Copperplate, not an advanced class for experienced calligraphers. It's just a friendly introduction for those looking to explore :)"}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Brittney L.","created_at":"11 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/the-art-of-finances-with-meg-ahern'> The Art of Finances </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Great class! This is the second class I've taken with Meg - she is very sweet, easy going instructor. This class introduced me to a number of financial resources I didn't know about which I have already started to use. ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Liz D.","created_at":"12 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/calligraphy-for-wedding-invitations-and-correspondence-with-meg-ahern'> Calligraphy for Wedding Invitations and Correspondence </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Venue was very nice, lighting was excellent. Meg did a very good job explaining the techniques.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Erin C.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/byob-cupcake-decorating-deluxe-with-meg-ahern'> BYOB Cupcake Decorating - Deluxe </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Very fun class, easy concepts to learn, and beautiful cupcakes! ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Bernadette F.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/byob-cupcake-decorating-deluxe-with-meg-ahern'> BYOB Cupcake Decorating - Deluxe </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"I learned a trick with the pastry bag that makes the whole process much much neater. I would share it but I don't want spoil the class for everyone.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Melissa S.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/byob-cupcake-decorating-deluxe-with-meg-ahern'> BYOB Cupcake Decorating - Deluxe </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"I loved was very educational and fun at the same time. Meg was a very patient teacher who showed us with great enthusiasm how to do each step. It is a definite recommendation to go to the class.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Paula M.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/byob-cupcake-decorating-deluxe-with-meg-ahern'> BYOB Cupcake Decorating - Deluxe </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Really cute class for a girl's night out. The kitchen that we worked at was fabulous with a large island that we all sat around making it easier to chit-chat with our neighbors. It was a great class! And we got to take home some pastry tools so we can do what we learned at home. ","teacher_response":"Thanks so much, Paula! So glad you could make it. :)"}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Brittney L.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/byob-cupcake-decorating-deluxe-with-meg-ahern'> BYOB Cupcake Decorating - Deluxe </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Fun class! Meg showed us how to create fondant flowers and how to make a classic icing swirl on top of cupcakes. I've never dabbled in cupcake decorating before, so as a complete beginner, this class was perfect. ","teacher_response":"Thanks so much for coming, Brittney! It was great having you. :)"}
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      Meg Ahern has been practicing calligraphy for twenty years. In her spare time, she's a postdoctoral scholar at the humanities institute at the University of Chicago. She has a joint Ph.D. in English and Women's Studies. She's taught over two thousand people since 1999, in university courses as well a prison in Vermont and primary schools in Kenya. She loves sharing her passions and empowering others through teaching.

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