Calligraphy as Visual Poetry

A course by Carol Fountain Nix , Calligrapher

Calligrapher. Raleigh, United States.
Joined October 2021

Learn the secrets of selecting and deconstructing texts and create calligraphic pieces of art.

  • 138 students
  • Audio: English
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn the secrets of selecting and deconstructing texts and create calligraphic pieces of art.

Carol Fountain Nix, calligrapher, artist, and educator, will guide you through her process of combining lettering with other painting techniques, resulting in a unique "urban aesthetic" style. She draws inspiration from nature, patterns, and contrasts, infusing her art with meaning through the combination of words and visuals.

In this online course, you'll learn to deconstruct texts, sketch dynamic layouts, and explore color, tone, size, and treatment to create visually intense pieces. Carol will share different processes for combining calligraphy with other techniques, allowing you to add layers of depth to your artwork.

By the end, you'll have the skills to transform simple letter shapes into poetry for the eyes, ready to showcase your inspiring visual experiences to the world.

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What will you learn in this online course?

12 lessons & 18 downloads

  • 138 students
  • 12 lessons ()
  • 18 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create a captivating piece of art by combining calligraphy with various techniques, such as layering and color washes. This project will allow you to apply everything you've learned throughout the course and express your unique artistic voice.

Using your preferred text, you'll explore the process of selecting and deconstructing texts to create an abstract piece infused with meaning. With Carol's guidance, you'll bring together calligraphy, abstract marks, and treatments to enhance your artwork and create a visually powerful message.

Who is this online course for?

For anyone who loves word play, enjoys working with different media, and seeks to create uniquely finished art pieces. Whether you're an advanced calligrapher looking to expand your creative horizons or a beginner with a passion for art and words, this course offers something for everyone.

Requirements and materials

No prior calligraphy experience is necessary. Carol will guide you through various lettering styles and treatments, allowing you to incorporate them into your own work.

You will also need calligraphy pens (such as pointed nibs, broad-edge nibs, or brush pens), ink or paint (both black and colored), watercolor brushes and palette, watercolor paper or mixed media paper, sketchbook, pencils, erasers, and rulers.

Carol Fountain Nix

A course by Carol Fountain Nix

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Carol Fountain Nix is a highly accomplished calligrapher, artist, and educator known for her unique approach to lettering and painting. With over 20 years of experience in the field, Carol has developed a distinctive "urban aesthetic" style that combines calligraphy with other artistic techniques.

As an artist, Carol draws inspiration from the natural world, patterns, contrasts, and the power of words. Her artworks often convey meaningful messages through the combination of lettering and visuals, creating visually intense and emotionally resonant pieces.

With her wealth of experience, Carol has become a respected figure in the calligraphy community, and her work has been exhibited in galleries and featured in various publications. She continues to inspire and mentor aspiring calligraphers around the world, fostering a vibrant and diverse artistic community.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Materials and Working with Text and Context

    • Overview of Materials and Processes
    • Letter Personalities and Calligraphic Styles
    • Content Hierarchy
  • U3

    Create Your Visual Poetry Project

    • Selecting and Deconstructing Your Text
    • Sketching to Create Mindful Compositions
    • Putting It All Together: Words, Texts, and Media 1
    • Putting It All Together: Words, Texts, and Media 2
    • Putting It All Together: Words, Texts, and Media 3
  • U4

    Taking Your Work to New Heights

    • Creating Art Envelopes
    • Creating a Personal Brand
  • FP

    Final project

    • Calligraphy as Visual Poetry

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Calligraphy as Visual Poetry. Calligraphy, and Typography course by Carol Fountain Nix

Calligraphy as Visual Poetry

A course by Carol Fountain Nix
Calligrapher. Raleigh, United States.
Joined October 2021
  • 138 students