• Teacher with more than 30 years of teaching experience
  • Weekly sessions @ 90 minutes
  • Online corrections / comments between sessions
  • Video available for 2 months after classes 
  • Interactive Zoom sessions.
  • Slack for in-between communication
  • Workbook provided (pdf)
  • Demonstrations, lectures, Q&A sessions
  • From basics to advanced
  • A variety of techniques
  • Variations covered
  • All levels are welcome

       Please note that I have a non-refund policy




Arches Text Wove paper
Rives BFK paper
Khadi Indian handmade paper
Daler Lay.out Pads in A3 size are good for practicing (paper)



All sizes of Brause nibs are recommended
Pencil [2H, 4H]
Pointed brush, for loading nib with ink
Coloured pencils

Ruling pen [only for some workshops]

Speedball B-series nibs


Ink / colour
Chinese stick ink
Ink stone
Colours are optional, but please use Winsor & Newton gouache


T square
Dividers and compass
Scalpel blade [#22 for scraping]
Adjustable drawing board
Old cloth
Water jar
Guard sheet or cotton gloves

Note: Ruling pens used to be used for technical drawing, but has become part of the calligrapher’s toolbox. You can use an old school vintage one, or order a new one.


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John Neal Books have most of these materials for mail order:

Quotes from Pen to Print to Pen workshop, 

June 2021 


Another wonderful class from Mr Haanes. I think this class is an absolute must especially for graphic designers interested in type and it’s origins. He reveals the influence of the pen in old style typefaces and unravels the mystery of the construction of the lettera antica while showing us the to and fro exchange of type and calligraphy in the Renaissance. But the best part is that he hand holds you step by step from Carolingian minuscule of the 8th century to Edward Johnston’s foundational hand to the stunning littera antica of the Renaissance. I personally found the class extremely informative and relevant to my workand would definitely recommend it to my friends. Parul Gupta


 This was my first online course. A great experience that motivated me to practice and continue to practice the foundational. I have appreciated both the general advices on calligraphy and the more specific advices on this ductus. The demonstrations and the availability of videos for 2 months allow a real evolution. A strong point of this course: the feedback on the posted homeworks. Anne-Françoise Bouillon

Quotes from students in the Roman Capitals Workshop, spring 2021:


‘I have thoroughly enjoyed our Romans class and have benefited greatly from it. You are such an amazing teacher, providing such wonderful demonstrations, talking through your process, and making sure we all understand your techniques.  You remind us that learning Romans is not not a quick process and that we should be happy if we see progress in just one letter.  What an amazing workshop with such helpful feedback!’ Ann Cobb, [Nashville Calligraphers Guild and IAMPETH 2nd Vice President]


‘Terrific class, and both informative and practically helpful. I especially like the emphasis on making the letters freehand, getting the proportions in your hand, rather than something that relies on the training wheels of measuring proportions. I am looking forward to the next class taking foundational to antiqua’ Seamus Cassidy


‘This was a wonderful class. I would encourage any student who seriously wants to achieve good results with Roman Capitals to take this class. Christopher presents it an a logical manner and encourages people to work at their own ability level until they are ready for the more complex subtleties of Roman. He presented us with a wealth of background information, backed up by the information in his book – Calligraphy and Lettering.’
Olive Bull


I personally loved the class. It’s detailed, informative and takes you step by step into the difficult process of constructing the Roman Capitals. I also loved all the history lessons, our detailed workbook and your feedbacks. I believe you have given me a solid foundation to continue studying this ancient but essential letter form on my own. I have fallen in love with the rhythmically swelling stroke of the Trajan letter form and would continue to practice it step by step. Thank you so much for this wonderful class. Parul Gupta

Quotes from Get Gothic workshop,
August 2021 


Thank you Christopher for your inspiring lectures and extensive comments on homework assignments. It was my first contact with Gothic letters and I`m glad that I could learn it from a master. Aga Sztark

Christopher is able to convey not only the basics — ‘foundational strokes’ for beginners — but also to motivate us to aim higher by demonstrating wonderful advanced techniques and by showcasing and commenting a lot of examples from the masters. He is able to provide a ‘sense of a school of writing’, always attentive and respectful to other colleagues and teachers. And, while interacting with us, is gives us a no-nonsense, direct feedback, being it good or bad. Sometimes is painful to read, but the ‘no-bullshit’, ‘forget-the-likes’ commentaries are very much appreciated. Being able to see how other colleagues have their work commented is also super-insightful. The online sessions and recordings are robust (and priceless) teaching methods (as they allow us to rewind and review—please maintain these in the future!). Pedro Amado


Mr Haanes, I can’t thank you enough for teaching me how to write with a broad edge pen. From not knowing what a reservoir on a broad edge nib is ( during Roman Caps ) to being able to feel confident enough to try more advanced techniques, it has been a wonderful journey with you. My eye has been sharpened so much to detect high quality (even if my hand has a long way to catch up).I thank you for your generous teaching and guidance. Parul Gupta