Flourish Seminar by Robert Bree

Flourish Seminar

Are you looking for more clarity creating flourishes and using them confidently?

If you are a calligrapher or a lettering artist who really want to dive deep into the realm of flourishing, this seminar offers 10 different flourish sessions to teach techniques, strategies and essentiell optical aspects. Finally you will have a better understanding for flourishes in general and complex artworks.    

Your possibilities to create flourishes with or without letters will gain another standard of quality to enhance your personal or professional work.


The Flourish Seminar offers 10 different sessions with these topics:


Session 1

Beyond the oval


Session 2

The ornamental letter


Session 3

Generosity & creativity


Session 4

The definition of beauty


Session 5

The magic wave


Session 6

The Acanthus leaf 1


Session 7

The Acanthus leaf 2


Session 8

Shading and flourishes


Session 9

Robert’s letter art


Session 10

Flourish composition

Flourish Guide

The new “Guide to Flourishing”

You will also get the new version of the “Guide to Flourishing”. This 36-pages handout will always be a good support for your creative actions. You get all important aspects about creating these beautiful curves in one document. Including definitions, functions, challenges, Do’s and Don’ts, typical forms and inspirations for flourishes. In this guide there are specific exercises as well to help you improve designing flourishes. Finally 14 Checkboxes with the essential rules to keep in mind along your creative journey.  

The 10 sessions

1. Beyond the oval
History, basics, classic loops, lowercase letters, oval

2. The ornamental letter
System, distances, emphasis, less is more

3. Generosity & creativity
Capital letters, negative space, ligatures, flourish construction

4. The definition of beauty
The oval and the curve, symmetry, balance, natural flow, compactness

5. The magic wave (or S-curve)
Do’s and Don’ts, relation, complexity, directions, distances

6. The Acanthus leaf (Part 1)
History of the acanthus leaf, structure, single types of leafs (Session 6 + 7 will be held in one session)

7. The Acanthus leaf (Part 1)
System of beautiful curves, complex acanthus leaf artwork

8. Shading
Shading and flourishes, where, when and how

9. Robert’s letter art
main actor, hard and soft lines, rhythm, strategy, style

10. Flourish composition
Content, emphasis, layout, styles, hierarchy 

This seminar will be on Zoom

You will get a deeper understanding about the nature of flourishes, discover many different areas where to create them and learn a variety of flourishes for more creative possibilities. You will loose your fear for more complex artworks.

You have the possibility to work with any tool you like (pencil, brushpen, nib or ipad).

+ you will get the newest version of the “Guide to Flourishing”
+ access to a recorded version of every session!

via Zoom

Flourish Seminar

Dates 2023 – No new Date set! If you don’t want to miss the next date, enter your email below to stay informed about flourishes

1. Session “Beyond the oval” Friday 17th of March – 3.30 pm – 5.00 pm (UTC+2) via Zoom
2. Session “The ornamental letter” Friday 24th of March – 3.30 pm – 5.00 pm (UTC+2) via Zoom
3. Session “Generosity & creativity” Friday 31st of March – 3.30 pm – 5.00 pm (UTC+2) via Zoom
4. Session “The definition of beauty” Friday 7th of April – 3.30 pm – 5.00 pm (UTC+2) via Zoom
5. Session “The magic wave” Friday 14th of April – 3.30 pm – 5.00 pm (UTC+2) via Zoom
6. and 7. Session “The acanthus leaf (Part 1 + Part1)” Friday 21st of April – 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm (UTC+2) via Zoom
8. Session “Shading and flourishes” Friday 28th of April – 3.30 pm – 5.00 pm (UTC+2) via Zoom
9. Session “Robert’s letter art” Friday 5th of May – 3.30 pm – 5.00 pm (UTC+2) via Zoom

10. Session “Flourish composition” Friday 12th of May – 3.30 pm – 5.00 pm (UTC+2) via Zoom

Cost: XXX Euro (incl. 19% Mwst (Tax))
Specific exercise sheets will be sent via email before each session!

If you want to be notified for the next seminar, send me an email

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Participants of Flourish Seminar & workshops

“The Flourish seminar was of great value for the number of sessions Robert has compiled together. We were provided with detailed workbooks for each session in addition to a master workbook for flourishing. This is a great combination of classes and there is something for everyone. Robert’s teaching style is very detailed and he took his time to resolve each of our queries during sessions. The feedback provided on homework was elaborated which is what I needed exactly to understand where to improve. I would definitely recommend this class for anyone who wants to seriously study flourishing to increase their knowledge or just for fun.” Apoorva Wright, Calligrapher

“Taking Robert’s “The Flourish Seminar” was the best decision. I was not new to flourishes still I found so many new things in this class. Robert’s way to look at flourishes is really unique. After studying with many other calligraphy instructors, he’s my top favourite. Initially I attended his one day workshop on Flourishes in Feb, 2022 and that was itself so enlightening that I couldn’t resist taking this 8 week long seminar. This course helped me to realise that there are endless ways to flourish and it never gets boring.

What makes Robert’s course worth purchasing? So many topics were covered like classic Flourishes, acanthus leaves, how to flourish block letters (it’s going to help me a lot to design monograms), Flourishing compositions as well. I’ve studied so many calligraphers’ Flourishing style and Robert’s stand out as most unique and beautiful and it just fits my preference. And the main thing is it doesn’t matter if you are into modern calligraphy, Brushpen calligraphy, copperplate or lettering, you can join this course and you will easily apply those flourishes to your preferred style.

I recommend every flourishing enthusiastic to take this course and here is why? He is open minded, instructions are really really easy to understand. Worksheets given before every class helped me a lot to understand every topic properly. Robert provides feedback as well after every class which is again really helpful to correct mistakes. Someone who is serious about taking their calligraphy/lettering skills to the next level, make the right investment by taking this course” Mohita – starastronaut calligraphy

“Robert Bree’s Flourish Seminar is excellent, and I highly recommend it.
I liked the Seminar format, mainly because of the weekly assignments and the possibility of rewatching the classes. Robert is a kind and dedicated teacher; his feedback was always constructive and helpful. I learned a lot.”
Maria – Calligrapher

“The opportunity to meet Robert, absorb his knowledge, watch him draw, get feedback from him and connect with like-minded classmates, is something I can’t recommend enough. His impact on my work is clear as day and I’m thankful for that.” Daniel Ribeiro – Lettering, Calligraphy and Design

“I thoroughly enjoyed learning how to flourish with Robert, the skills I learnt during our workshop has increased my confidence in my ability to now flourish my calligraphy to a standard I am happy with.” Lindsey Gribble – Calligrapher

“I can only recommend the Flourish Workshop to all flourish lovers! Robert has a lot of tips and tricks and the course was very eye-opening. For all those who love to flourish, take a course with Robert!” Gloria Wolf – Lettering Artist

“Why do his flourishes always look perfect? This question persisted and I booked the advanced course with Robert. His deep knowledge already impressed me during my brushlettering beginners course in 2018 and it was almost clear that the script and the workshop were full of well-prepared knowledge. I can only advise every beginner to start with a workshop before starting their creative work – you simply save yourself a huge amount of frustration and the exercises are goal-oriented and good results are quickly visible”. Kerstin Rackerseder – Calligrapher