Chicago Calligraphy Workshops.

hannah-hoggatt-photoraphy_0001 We had such luck to have an amazing photographer at our classes in Chicago. Hannah is a long time friend of mine and not only did she lend us her cute apartment, but she photographed all three classes! (AND if you are in Chicago or can get to Chicago easily, she is offering all of our followers $50 off a photo session - this could be for your own portraits (she is one of the only people who takes photos of me that I actually like myself) or family sessions for holiday cards. You can email her from her site and tell her that you're a friend of Be A Heart for your discount!


I so loved being able to relive those days that were so full of joy. It's one of my favorite things about teaching - not only do I get to pass on something that I love, but I get to experience the joy of my students. It's a moment of friendship - some making new friends and some spending time with old friends. It is a time away from our phones and computers and a time to learn something new.





It's not often as adults that we get to learn brand new things. Most of our days are spent doing the dishes, cleaning the floor, folding laundry, sitting at our desks doing the work we are good at. So I think my favorite part of the three hour class is seeing everyone in the first five minutes of using the calligraphy nib and ink. It is so different than using a regular pen so it takes us back to our first years of school in learning how to write.







You can check out the rest of the gallery here!

We have a Modern Calligraphy class in Los Angeles at Makers Mess on November 3rd, Calligraphy and Brush Lettering in Phoenix on the 10th and 11th and then a Calligraphy class in Tucson on the 12th. And if we haven't come to your city yet, comment below with where you want us to go! We are in the process of creating a winter Calligraphy Tour. Or you can buy the kit that is used in the class here!

Fall Classes.

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Be A Heart classes are finally coming to Los Angeles!!! I couldn't be more excited to have been invited by the new studio in my own neighborhood, Makers Mess, to teach four classes over the next two months.

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I am totally humbled and honored to be amongst so many amazing makers in the LA area. Check them all out here. And then sign up for classes via these links:

Beginner Modern Calligraphy

October 21st

November 14th

Beginner Brush Lettering

October 27th

November 17th


Full Calendar









I cannot wait to meet all of you!

xx, Erica

Be A Heart Workshops - NYC

I am so so so excited to announce the dates of the workshops that I will be teaching while in New York in the next couple of weeks. calligraphy-styled-hand-lettering

Cultivate NYC Calligraphy Styled Hand Lettering

Wednesday, July 22nd 7pm to 10pm in Manhattan - tickets

Saturday, July 25th 11am to 2pm in Brooklyn  - tickets

My dear friend Kelsea of East Olivia asked me months ago if I would be interested in traveling to New York to teach some classes. Of course I jumped on the opportunity--I still have a deep love for the city. She let me come up with my own final project--a tree slice wall hanging. I keep seeing them EVERYWHERE and wanted to create my own. The workshop will cover hand lettering basics, layout, we'll get to play with all sorts of markers and brushes and then finally transfer everything over to a a cool piece of wood that you can hang in your house with whatever quote you want!


I have found that lettering is SO much about experimentation and it gets really expensive when you have to buy all the pens for yourself, only to find that you like using one of the thirty-five you purchased. There will be lessons and time for practice, not to mention, they are in super rad locations around the city and you'll meet lots of new friends. (After all, Kelsea and I met years ago at a workshop ourselves!)

Cultivate NYC was born out of the desire for more spaces for creatives to connect with one another and to create beautiful things in the world that have purpose. As bloggers, designers and creatives we yearn to not only host events that give us the opportunity to learn a new craft or skill, but ultimately we are driven by the passion for fostering community and connection. We want you to leave our workshops with a new set of friends and something beautiful that you can add to your home or give as a gift to someone that you love.


Brooklyn Craft Company Beginner Brush Lettering

Sunday, July 26th in Greenpoint - tickets will be released shortly, keep checking here

When I lived in Brooklyn myself, I spent many weekends over at BkCraftCo. I offered my calligraphy skills to the sweet owner, Brett Bara and picked up so many new skills from the array of classes that they offer. I told her I would be back in town and we decided to offer a beginners class using brushes and watercolor. It will be a very basic class, two hours of learning and practicing.

I SO hope that you'll join me on one of the dates. They are going to be a great time.

XO, Erica