Whether you’re just beginning your hand lettering journey, want some new tips and tricks, or are an experienced artist looking to fine tune your skills, Amy Latta Hand Lettering Academy can help! Choose from the following classes, and you’ll be lettering like a pro in no time.
Classes are held via Zoom, and are limited to 10 students, so that we can interact, ask questions, and share progress.
Unlimited interaction with me and with your classmates
90 minutes of direct instruction, practice, and sharing
Printable handouts and practice pages
A supply list of the materials you’ll need (you probably already have most of them!)
A completion certificate
Access to a private Facebook group for “alumni”
A personal referral code (earn $ off your next class when someone uses your code to sign up)
Hand Lettering 101 – Learning the Basics
Skills covered: Knowing your supplies, Faux Calligraphy, Basic embellishments
This course is designed for beginners and will help you begin to explore the art of hand lettering. You’ll learn about the different supplies required, along with basic terminology about the parts of letters and types of strokes used to create them. Then, you’ll practice the faux calligraphy technique and pair it with some simple doodles to create a monogram project.
Hand Lettering 102 – Brush Technique
Prerequisites: 101 or proficient in Faux Calligraphy
Skills covered: Brush technique, Brush script, X-Height Print
Once you’ve gotten the hang of faux calligraphy, it’s time to explore the actual technique of brush lettering so that you can create the same effect by letting your brush pen do the work for you. Learn to apply and remove pressure to your pen and practice a series of drills that will become the building blocks of your brush script alphabet. Then, practice creating those letters and connecting them to each other. Finally, learn a quick whimsical print font that’s perfect to pair with your brush script.
Hand Lettering 103 – Doodles & Watercolor Effects
Prerequisites: 101 or proficient in Faux Calligraphy
Skills Covered: Marker/aqua pen watercoloring, Embellishments and doodles
Want to add more color to your lettered designs? This is the course for you! We’re going to learn a series of fun doodles and embellishments that will take your artwork to the next level, then we’ll look at how to watercolor them without using paint!
Hand Lettering 201 – Flourishes & Fills
Prerequisites: 101 & 102 or proficient in both faux calligraphy and brush technique
Skills Covered: Flourishing letters, Pattern Fill letters, Botanical doodles
Now that you’ve learned to form your brush script (and/or faux calligraphy) letters, we’re going to elevate them by learning to embellish the ascenders, descenders, and ligatures with beautiful flourishes. We’ll also look at taking your faux calligraphy to the next level with pattern fills, and we will finish up with some gorgeous botanical doodles that pair with any design.
Hand Lettering 202 – Adding Dimension
Prerequisites: 101, 102, 201 or proficient in the skills covered therein
Skills Covered: Shadowing, Highlights, Blending
Give your lettering dimension by learning the techniques for shadowing and highlights. We’ll look at how to apply these techniques to both brush script and a bold print. Finally, we’ll add depth to our letters by learning several ways to blend colors within our letters.
Hand Lettering 203 – Digital Lettering – NEW!
Prerequisites: 101, 102
Must have an iPad, the Procreate app and an Apple Pencil
Skills Covered: Using and creating lettering in Procreate
Learn to take your lettering off the page and into the digital world using the app Procreate. Requirements for this class include an iPad, an Apple Pencil, and the Procreate app.
Hand Lettering 301 – Intro to Design
Prerequisites: 101, 102, 201, 202 or proficient in the skills covered therein
Skills Covered: Pairing Fonts, Basic Design Principles, Shaped/Round designs
Now that you have the building blocks for creating beautiful hand lettered designs, it’s time to learn how to piece those designs together in an aesthetically pleasing way. This class covers basic design principles, gives tips for pairing and choosing fonts, and focuses on creating shaped designs.
Hand Lettering 302 – Using and Creating Design Grids
Prerequisites: 101, 102, 201, 202, 301 or proficient in the skills covered therein
Skills Covered: Intro to Design Grids and Grid Shapes, Overlapping Letters & Words
In this course, we will look at the pieces that make up the puzzle of a completed piece of lettered art. Learn about the variety of grid shapes you can use and how to arrange them in ways that are pleasing to the eye. Practice fitting quotes into pre-made templates, then create some grids of your own to fill with your favorite phrases.
Here’s what real students had to say about these classes:
“Amy is great at making everyone in the class feel confident and comfortable in trying something new. You get one on one attention from Amy and fun, friendly interaction with the classmates from around the world!” – Meg Feroli
“I have learned so much in Amy’s classes. She makes everyone feel like they can do this. She has a way of helping you learn while having fun. Amy explains everything so well and is always willing to show us how she would letter things. Her patience and guidance is so reassuring. Students come away with skills and confidence to create beautiful works they are proud of. You will love her classes.” – Sherl Davidson
“I have been hand lettering for years, but struggle with visualizing my words on a blank page. Amy’s class has taught me how to create a balanced piece using embellishments, different fonts and word shapes, and I feel much more confident creating my own pieces from scratch.” – Ashley Richelderfer
“Lettering has always looked so hard, Thanx for breaking it down for us! I never realized just how much you could embellish faux calligraphy.” – Pam Proctor