Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner

2.5 hours Class size 7 to 15 label $110

In this fun workshop, learn the careful and calculated skill of brush lettering, and learn how to perfectly wield the pressure of a brush pen, to form artistic words, under the detailed guidance of Alena from ‘YaMogu’.

You'll cover lower and upper case letters, and deconstruct letters into individual strokes to master them. Once you're comfortable with the basics, your words and calligraphy will flow naturally and expertly.

By the end of the class, you will be confident to write in an artistic way. Apply your skills whenever and wherever - personalise your next greeting card, or just doodle more artistically!

Group sizes are kept small so that you'll get enough individual attention and feedback to ensure that you really get the most out of the session.

You'll also get a pack (yours to keep) with brush pens and a worksheet to continue your brush lettering adventures.

Looking to do a small private class with just one or two students, at a custom time? Request that at my other class page.

Knowledge Required
No knowledge required.
What you'll get
10 x Brush Markers
1 x Workshop Workbook
Paper to practice on
Personalised paper bag to take the goodies home
Morning tea: pastries, fruit and drink
What to bring
All equipment provided.
Suitable for

This class is a great indoor activity idea for a birthday, hens party, team building activity, corporate event, bucks party or Christmas party.

This is a fun indoor activity, suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 10 years old). An adult must accompany any attending kids, and must pay for a separate ticket.


Work-Shop - The Glenmore Hotel, Cumberland Street, The Rocks NSW

Your teacher

Graphic Designer with a passion for Brush Lettering

4.9 (72)

Alena (YaMogu) is a Sydney-based graphic designer and a self taught Hand Letterer/Calligrapher. Her passion for anything hand written started from younger years, when back in Russia her mother taught her cursive writing. This passion grew stronger during her studies at University whilst she was studying Bachelor of Visual Communication.

Overwhelmed by how much the digital era is taking over, Alena picked up the brush pen, the nib pen and started learning the art of brush lettering & calligraphy. Now she is eager to pass this skill on to people who are eager to learn this art, as she believes that writing with our hands is a skill that should never be replaced by a font/typeface.

Verified reviews

ClassBento student • Sep 2019

Very patience teacher. Learned so much in this class. Enjoyed it a lot. Highly recommended!

Gabriella Struben • Oct 2019

Alena was fantastic! Professional and skilled, our staff were very engaged and loved the class

Jessica Chou • Jul 2019

Alena was a great teacher who showed us the steps involved in creating brush lettering. She was very patient and encouraging and funny! After the class I feel like I have a good grasp on the basics and feel equipped to continue progressing at my own pace. I'll definitely be back for the intermediate class!

Miz Nakamura • Jun 2019

Alena is very friendly and talented! She is a great teacher and is very encouraging. The class was intimate and it was great to get personal feedback. A very relaxing yet enjoyable workshop; highly recommend!

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner review by Miz Nakamura

Jacqueline Willing • Jun 2019

Alena was a lovely teacher. Very friendly and attentive.
Venue was comfortable and accessible. Great basic materials provided and helpful recommendations if we chose to upgrade other equipment! Would recommend for all beginners!

Snowy Wang • Jun 2019

The teacher Alena is a very sweet girl and handed on practical skills on brush lettering. The materials provided are good and I enjoyed the class with my friend. The only thing I don’t like very much is the venue. It’s a table in Caroma with some construction noises at the beginning. Overall, it’s good and we like it.

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Samantha Terkalas • Jun 2019

Alena is very talented. She is an excellent teacher and I would highly recommend this class.

Kelly Chen • Jun 2019

I loved this class! Alena is a great teacher. She is incredibly skilled, kind and supportive. I'd highly recommend this class for anyone who wants to do something fun and creative with their friends on the weekend.

Andrew Hopkinson • Jun 2019

Great pens provided and lesson was really thorough. She was very helpful and a great teacher!

Ngoc Banh • Jun 2019

Very interesting class and learn lots of new stuff. Teacher is very nice. Would recommend to others for sure

Catherine Hyams • Jun 2019

Brilliant introduction to brush lettering, good post class follow up sessions for students - recommended course

Rebecca Morgan • Jun 2019

Great location and a well planned course. Alena was patient with us newbies - and so positive!

Peta Heet • Apr 2019

My 12 year old daughter loved the class. All materials were supplied and the teacher was fabulous. She came home and made her friend a birthday card using her new skills

Terry Huynh • Apr 2019

Alena was great and patient to teach with a passion. The venue was fine but location wise difficult to get to time wise as there was alot of roadwork around the Newtown area and Newtown on Saturdays on King St or Enmore Rd is a nightmare. Ultimately learnt alot with brushstroking. Will be practicing often to master this art and be creative!

Carmen Fung • Apr 2019

Alena was lovely and came around to each of us to show us how we could do better. We got to take home a set of pens home to practice. Looking forward to join Alena's online practices.

Cindy Lawlor • Apr 2019

This workshop is great and would highly recommend! Alena was great, so patient and helpful. Looking forward to practicing my brush lettering and then hopefully progressing to Alenas intermediate class!

Linda Trindall • Apr 2019

The class was really good value for the money and the teacher showed us everything we needed to know.

Manja Rhijn • Apr 2019

This class was amazing. The teacher was very patient, friendly and approachable. Throughout the lesson she walked around providing all students with quality feedback and support. The materials that she provided were easy to use and it was amazing being able to take the pens and workbook home to continue practicing the new skills we learnt.

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Tara Ebzery • Apr 2019

Alena was lovely and super helpful. She clearly explained the course. Materials and pens provided were excellent!

Kimberley Jones • Mar 2019

Alena was a great teacher. Explained the process well she was patient & very much encouraging . You got your own set of pens to take home & you had access to plenty of paper to practice with. My only point of criticism would be the venue @ The Tramsheds. It was changed to there last minute & wasn’t ideal for the student teacher environment. Little to open making it noisey and not ideal for when Alena was trying to demonstrate.

Diana Nguyen • Mar 2019

Great workshop that really broke down the steps to the art of lettering. Alena was a great teacher!

Yvette Costi • Mar 2019

Great class, fabulous teacher and a really lovely skill to have learnt. My husband and I loved it. A really relaxing and calming thing to do on a Saturday morning.

Huong Nguyen • Mar 2019

I enjoyed the class. Alena was very good; knowledge and pleasant teaching style. I think the venue was nice, but probably not appropriate for class size and demonstration purposes. Both the two long tables were full (18 people) and not much individual space to work. It was cramped and a little difficult to learn and develop your own style to get comfortable with paper on angles etc. Pace of the exercises was good. Alena tended to show more than some of the other participants could handle in one go, but I liked it because it wasn't baby steps. You can progress at own pace. Equipment was good for beginners and the cost was suitable for class and materials. Duration was appropriate. Not too short or too long. It was better that materials were included so everyone was learning from the same. I think it helped Alena teach on even ground as well. She was able to reach each student, but I think the classes should have a maximum number of 10 or 12 in future for learning environment and venue.

Anetta Rajcsany • Mar 2019

I had a great experience during this class. Though the location didn't give us a private room, Alena made sure we all understood what we needed to do, and she was walking around to give tips and encouragement. She was very professional and friendly, and she also took the time to answer questions at the end of the class individually. I'd highly recommend this class with her.

Lawrence Duong • Mar 2019

Great class that I'd highly recommend! A fun way to spend a few hours on the weekend. Alena was very attentive and offered great advice throughout the lesson.

Carly Browne • Mar 2019

Great morning learning a lost art in the digital world. We even got the brush lettering pens to take home

Rosalinda Raiti • Feb 2019

Excellent teacher, we learnt a lot and this is a class that is perfect for beginners.

Linda Pham • Feb 2019

Alena was so patient and very experienced. Great class with take home brush pens for practise! Really enjoyed this experience and looking forward to my next class with Alena =)

Azhani Amiruddin • Feb 2019

Fantastic class - Alena is very talented and spent a good amount of time with each person. She also did demonstrations on how best to approach Brush Lettering, which was helpful when practicing your own work. Would recommend as I went on my own if you're looking to learn a new skill or with friends/partner.

Peter Nguyen • Jan 2019

The session was really good and I learnt a lot. Would highly recommended to anyone.

Moyo Adesina • Feb 2019

Alina is actually such a nice and caring person! I’m sure the class could testify to this, but you can see how passionate she is when it comes to brush lettering, and passing her knowledge of it unto others. She was gentle and kind as she explained, she didn’t rush us at all. Also, her feedbacks were so useful and it created an immense difference in my work. She took out time to teach every individual. The class is very beginner friendly, I met a lady who said her handwriting was bad and she ended up being one of the best. I definitely recommend this class. Also, loved the snacks!

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Devi Bong • Feb 2019

Alena was great and helpful. She went around to see if anyone need any help or questions. The venue are quite unique too. I would definitely recommend the class.

Ella Losi • Feb 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed the class, the venue was spacious and the material was provided for us, too easy.
I would highly recommend it.

Sol Jones • Feb 2019

Great class, Alena was a wonderful teacher. She demonstrated each task in a group format and go through each student individually to make sure the correct technique is used.

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner review by Sol Jones

Emma Lamb • Feb 2019

Fantastic class with a lovely teacher. I think I have a new obsession in brush lettering. Can't wait to get practicing

Samantha Skinner • Feb 2019

Alena was fantastic at teaching, very patient whilst we were learning and very clear on how to learn lettering. Just the right amount of assistance and letting us try ourselves and correcting our techniques as needed. The venue was perfect and very comfortable and spacious. I only wish this was a two day workshop so we could continue to use our new skill and more time. I definitely recommend any of Alena’s classes. Thank you

Colum Corr • Feb 2019

Teacher was lovely, she came around to all of us many times to ensure we were on the right track. We got to learn the basics and I was surprised how much I improved in the class. We got to keep the pens which is great and I'll definately recommend it to someone starting out!

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Cathy • Dec 2018

Alena was very encouraging and friendly. Not only everyone was given plenty of time to practice during the 2.5 hours with her guidance, we also got to learn different types of brush pens as well. Overall it's an inviting and fun workshop for all beginners! Highly recommended!

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner review by Cathy

Lydia Loo • Dec 2018

Alena was very friendly and encouraging, she patiently explained and guided us through the basics of brush lettering with individual feedback as we practiced the techniques. The venue was a room just sufficient for a small group of 8 people. We were provided blank paper to practice on, and a set of Artline Stix markers and workshop booklet with a clear breakdown of the basics of brush lettering techniques including all the alphabets and practice lines. It was fantastic that Alena also demonstrated the other markers she uses/recommends which we were allowed to try out during the workshop. She also kindly offered that we may reach out to her if we need any additional feedback in the future. I highly recommend this class, it is perfect for beginners!

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner review by Lydia Loo Sydney

Rhiannon Homer • Dec 2018

Alena was really lovely and approachable, very patient in teaching and good vibes throughout the 2.5 hours! Her artwork is absolutely amazing, and absolutely suitable for everyone - even absolute beginners like me.
Venue was amazing, near the grounds of alexandria, plenty of parking.
Love the materials, brush pens and papers were provided and Alena even brought along her personal collection of pens for us to try out different brush pens.
Highly recommend this class, super fun and interactive. Thanks Alena :)

Paper Craft and Ink workshop review by Rhiannon Homer

Lais Miyasava • Dec 2018

Alena was great and explained the technique behind brush lettering. The venue was great and easy to access. The room we had was great to fit us in (we were 8 in total) and practice while Alena gave individual feedback on our progress during practice. Definitely recommend the workshop. :)

Liujing Zeng • Dec 2018

Alena is very friendly and approachable, she taught some technics for brush lettering and allow us time to practice in the class. Great handout with the 'drills' and pracice sheet too. I enjoyed this class very much and highly recommend anyone who is interested in brush lettering to go.

Michelle McLean • Nov 2018

I loved this class. Arena is a helpful and patient teacher, and I am looking forward to practicing and furthering the basics we were taught.

Brooke Thompson • Nov 2018

This was such a great workshop, after this 2.5 hour class I now feel confident to create my own style and went straight home and have been practising since. I really recommend this class to anyone interested in brush lettering/calligraphy- such a fun class! It was a bonus to get the pens + notebook included :)

Chan San • Nov 2018

Good pace and class size was conducive to sufficient hands-on approach to be given to individual students. Venue chosen was private and quiet; and there is ample space for everyone to spread their papers and elbows out to practise. Teacher has good techniques and clear explanations which were well mapped out over the course of 2.5 hours. Our practice was punctuated by live demonstrations where we have to get off our seats to observe, which was an effective was to keep us engaged! Besides the stationeries provided, she also showed us correct methods in using other brush pens, which is extremely helpful if you’re intending to experiment. Not only that, she repeatedly mentioned that she’s happy to be reached out to should you be struggling with your practice — which is encouraging. All in all, I highly recommended joining this. Thank you for an enjoyable lesson!

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner review by Chan San

Stephanie Paterson • Oct 2018

Alena was kind and approachable and took her time to really make sure each and every one of us picked up each step before moving onto the next. The venue was beautiful and all materials needed for the class were provided! Definitely recommend this workshop to anyone curious about brush lettering.

Anna Harrison • Oct 2018

Great workshop. Alena was a thorough and attentive teacher - highly skilled and a lovely person. Recommended!

Jacqueline • Oct 2018

Awesome venue, fantastic and attentive instructor, lovely and small group of people, FREE PARKING I’m looking forward to doing the intermediate course next.

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Alisa Boyd-Wells • Oct 2018

We really enjoyed the class with Alena - it was a great introduction into Brush Lettering.

Sarah Williams • Sep 2018

Loved this class, Alena was lovely and provided a great introduction to brush lettering. The venue was well suited to the class and it was a good length. I'd recommend for anyone interested, and hope there are more intermediate/advanced workshops in the future.

Gloria Jeong • Sep 2018

The class was so fun and the teacher and fellow classmates were all wonderful. Learnt so much~ Highly recommended
Thank you!

Sian Furniss • Sep 2018

Lovely class, Alena was very knowledgeable, patient and helpful. The resources are great and was amazing having something to take home to practice with.

Louisa • Sep 2018

Great class. Work at own pace, fantastic surroundings, small group. Alena made everyone feel comfortable very quickly. Materials were great too.

Melissa Kershaw • Sep 2018

awesome teacher. great location and atmosphere. very informative and interactive course. engaging and motivating skills and techniques achieved. all equipment provided - so good. additional support and advise provided after the completion of course was done from the teacher.
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