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Class Descriptions

Fall 2019 | Winter 2020
Schedule of Classes, Workshops & Events

For the maker and curious creative looking for new artistic expressions, Paper Seahorse classes are modern and fun.  All materials included.  Bring an open heart and mind.  Learn something new, make with your hands, give from the heart. Register online and visit for updates. Please make sure to read our classes policy.*

Download the current class schedule: Winter 2019

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SPECIAL EVENT: Florida Origami Group Meet-Up, FREE and open to the public

Have you always wanted to try this ancient art of paper folding? Have you been folding in solitude? Have you tried to watch a video or read a pattern only to be frustrated? Or maybe you already fold and want to learn new models with fun and interesting people? Then we have the group for you! The Tampa Bay Origami Society invites you to its inaugural meeting. Our mission it to spread the joys of folding to all ages. We will be folding two to three models.

No experience is necessary. All supplies and refreshments provided, feel free to bring anything that you would like to share (paper, books, snacks or just yourself.) Please be warned, folding paper is addictive, meditative and highly enjoyable. Please RSVP so we know how many to prepare for!

This event is FREE, but please register so we know how many to plan for.

January 18th Saturday 10:00am to 12:00pm, FREE
February 15th Saturday 10:00am to 12:00pm, FREE


SPECIAL EVENT: Tampa Bay Letter Writer's Social, FREE and open to the public
Calling anyone who loves writing and keeping in touch. This group is dedicated to those interested in letter writing, snail mail, and mail art. Our goal is to keep putting pen to paper, typing, and keeping the written word alive. This includes all forms of correspondence. We host regular letter writing socials and special events throughout Tampa Bay. We look forward to meeting everyone and bringing the joys of letter writing to as many folks as possible. Everybody brings something to share and we have a monthly theme. First time to the TBLWS? It’s FREE. If you’d like to join us throughout the year there is an annual membership fee of $35.

January 18th Saturday 2:00pm to 4:00pm, FREE
February 29th Saturday 10:00am to 12:00pm FREE


SPECIAL EVENT: For the Love of Fountain Pens
Let’s geek out about the finest writing tools on the planet. We’ll discuss nibs, inks, pen care and cleaning, learn about pen types, manufacturers, and other useful tips and tools. This event is open to both the novice, and seasoned fountain pen user. Registration includes a goody bag with paper samples and a getting started guide, and attendees will be entered in a fountain pen giveaway.

January 22nd Wednesday 6:30pm to 8:30pm, FREE


SPECIAL EVENT: TRAVELER’S Notebook & Midori Meet-Up 
Whether you want to start documenting your life, need a planner overhaul, or are looking to enhance your journaling practice, this meet-up is for you! We love the flexibility and customization of the Travelers Notebooks and Midori Notebooks. Come see how others use theirs and learn why this worldwide trend is so accessible.  These meet-ups include a sampler kit, a make-and-take, and plenty of swaps. Feel free to bring something to share with the group. Pre-registration is appreciated and guarantees a sampler kit.

February 29th Saturday 2:00pm to 4:00pm, $10



ARTS & CRAFTS         


Mindful Drawing: The Art of Zentangle I
Learn to relax your mind, develop focus, and create beautiful images with the meditative art of Zentangle. Zentangle is easy to learn and no artistic ability is needed... anyone can do it, one stroke at a time! Create gorgeous images with repetitive patterns, to give yourself artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well-being. A comprehensive drawing kit is provided. Teacher: Vicki Bassett 

January 19th Sunday 10:00am to 12:00pm, $60


Mindful Drawing: The Art of Zentangle II
Continue your Zentangle experience with Renaissance tangling! Begin with a tan tile and draw with both light and dark ink and pencils. Why is it called "Renaissance"? It is inspired by the great masters of the Renaissance who used this method of drawing. Welcome to the Zentangle Renaissance! Prerequisite: Introduction to Zentangle. Please bring your kit from your first class: black pen, pencil and tortillon (blending tool). New materials will also be provided. 

January 19th Sunday 1:00pm to 3:00pm, $60




Book Binding: Create Your Own Notebook
In this basic book making class you will learn how to make and take home a 12 page, 5x7in accordion book. No stitching required... It’s the perfect starter class! Learn how to create a book board cover using papers of your choice from Nepal, Italy and Japan. Discover tips for gluing and folding tight, smooth corners. Finish your book with your choice of ribbon and other embellishments. All materials will be provided, just bring your creativity. Teacher: Claire Formilan

February 1st Saturday 10:00am to 12:00pm, $60


Handmade Valentines
Nothing says I Love You more than a handmade Valentine’s card. We will use vintage and modern materials to create as many love notes as you wish. Make it a lovely craft morning with your friends; we provide materials, tea, cookies and savories. P.S. I love you. Teacher — Paper Seahorse Staff

February 8th Saturday 10:00am to 12:00pm, $30




Intro to Modern Calligraphy: Lowercase + Basics
If you’re interested in learning pointed pen calligraphy with a modern twist, or just want to try something new - this class is for you! This class is geared toward beginners. Even if you have never picked up a calligraphy pen before don’t be intimidated — we’ll cover the basics, including prepping your pen to take its first dip, understanding ink flow and pressure essential to pointed pen calligraphy, and the creation of basic script letterforms. Infused in this class will be the basic foundation to this centuries-old form of art, which will provide you with a solid starting place in creating modern calligraphy with your own style.  You will walk away with the ability to replicate or produce your own lowercase alphabet, and the encouragement to practice and develop your own lettering style – all without having to have perfect handwriting! Basic supplies for this class will be provided and kits will be available for purchase if you’d like to practice your calligraphy at home (which is totally encouraged!). Teacher – Risha Roa

January 26th Sunday 9:30am to 12:30pm, $75

Modern Calligraphy Intermediate: Uppercase + Play
Keep going in your calligraphy journey! This class is ideal if you’ve completed Beginners Modern Calligraphy: Lowercase + Basics or any similar beginners class in pointed pen calligraphy. We will build on the basic foundations of Beginners Modern Calligraphy and jump into learning uppercase letterforms, both traditional and capitals with a modern twist. This class is more about play, you’ll be introduced to a variety of mediums like colored inks, watercolor, and metallic inks. And we’ll work further to develop, embrace and refine your own style, and at the end we’ll learn how to digitize your calligraphy. This is an easy way to apply your lettering to images for Facebook, Instagram, or print! Basic supplies for this class will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring your own calligraphy supplies to class. Kits will also be available for purchase if you’d like to keep practicing your calligraphy at home.  Teacher: Risha Roa

January 26th Sunday 1:30pm to 4:30pm, $75

Intro to Copperplate Calligraphy
Learn the basics of Copperplate calligraphy style. Through practice and history, we will learn how this style became so popular in the eighteenth century and how it came back to life nowadays. We will cover the basics, such as how to have a proper position when we sit down, papers, inks and how the ink flows, nibs and penholders, or how to build letterforms or warm up exercises. No previous experience is needed, this class will help us to have a foundation and a technique in pointed pen calligraphy. We will be working all these aspects through the writing of a poem, which you will take at home plus the encouragement to keep practicing and exploring this ancient world and how it has influenced our way of writing till nowadays. Basic supplies for this class will be provided.  Teacher: Marta Llorens

February 2nd Sunday 10:00am to 12:00pm, $75


Intro to Brush Pen Calligraphy
Brush pen calligraphy is a great way for beginners to learn the foundations of pointed pen calligraphy without being intimidated by traditional pens, nibs, or inks! This class is a great complement to Just A Dip, which features ink and nib. In this class you will learn the fundamental techniques of pointed pen calligraphy, but use a brush pen to achieve the distinct thin and thick strokes of modern calligraphy. Brush pens are a great tool to use for on-the-go creativity. Learn how to hold a brush pen, the basic strokes to create letterforms, and work towards combining those letterforms to make words and sentences. The versatility of this type of calligraphy is endless! You will leave with two beginner-friendly brush pens, take-home guide sheets, and the know how to continue your calligraphy journey! Teacher – Risha Roa

February 9th Sunday 10:00am to 12:30pm, $70










Create Your Ideal Life: Goal-Setting and Productivity Systems with Analog Tools
Sorting out your life using the latest and greatest apps or trends is all the rage, but are you actually living out your ideal life? Live with intention by creating a system that works for you (and your love of analog tools). This class is for the person that cannot and will not part with their paper planner, but wants to streamline their system to focus on the tasks that will move you closer to accomplishing your goals and increase productivity. We’ll cover simple goal-setting techniques, organization, different methods of task management and create a productivity system that works for you. 

In this class we’ll highlight how to utilize the Traveler’s Notebook system, but what we learn can be applied to your favorite set of analog tools. Feel free to bring in your own planners or notebooks to work with. Participants will receive an extra 5% off on TRC starter kits and inserts on top of the product discount extended towards all class registrants. Complimentary notebook customization will also be offered to participants by the instructor, Risha Roa of Restless Heart Calligraphy. Teacher: Risha Roa

January 11th Saturday 10:00am to 12:00pm, $55

Unlocking the Power of Essential Oils
Do you find yourself in need of a more positive energy or help accomplishing your goals and dreams? Many of us struggle with self-imposed limitations, but there ARE tools you can use to help you move past mental roadblocks and find emotional peace. In this workshop we will utilize modern references on how to:

1) Address our negative self talk;

2) Create a helpful list of positive affirmations;

3) Learn about the aromatic and topical benefits of pure, therapeutic grade essential oils for emotional support;

4) Create a custom roller bottle blend of essential oils that address YOUR personal emotional needs.

You will learn to create blends to help you experience wellness and healing, and discover how applying them to certain areas of the body can create quick emotional shifts. This class is limited to 12 participants and includes a handout, materials for creating a list of positive affirmations, one glass roller bottle and the essential oils needed to make one custom blend that you take home. Teacher: Bailey Ryczek

February 23rd Sunday 10:00am to 12:00pm, $65



Registration required for all classes. Please register for all classes either on the phone, in the studio, or online – space is limited and some classes fill up quickly.  We need a minimum number of students to hold any class.  Payment is due in full when registering.  

To receive a refund, class cancellation requests must be received one week prior to the class date. Cancellations for store-credit can be made within the week, up to 48-hours before the class start-time. Due to the nature of planning and material prep, we cannot offer a refund or store-credit for cancellations within 48 hours of the class or for “no-shows” the day of. Pre-registration is required for classes and events.

We try very hard to host a class that you are registered for, however sometimes unexpected class cancellations do happen. In the event your class is cancelled, we will notify you immediately- we try to give a 48 hours notice. You will have the option to transfer to another class, receive a refund, or wait until the class is scheduled again.

Classes start promptly on time. Please arrive a few minutes early to get settled.  If you arrive 15+ minutes after the class starts, you will have to reschedule and there will be no refund.  Classes are appropriate for ages 13 and up, unless otherwise noted.




Private, Group Lessons And Parties Available

If you are unavailable to attend a scheduled class, we can hold any class on the schedule with a minimum of five students. Private party classes have a minimum of six students and a maximum of 12.  Want to have a girls’ night out?  A friends’ crafternoon? We offer birthday parties (adults/kids) wedding and baby showers, too.  Contact us today to set up your next class via phone: 813.251.8096, or better yet, stop in the studio, we’d love to meet you!


The Paper Seahorse is a studio for creativity and mindfulness. Helping solve the digital dilemma is our specialty.  Curating handwritten and handmade experiences, we are dedicated to celebrating the creative spirit and the makers.From stationery finds, creative classes and special events, we have the tools to help you digitally detox.Mindfulness starts here with us.


Specialty Stationery

We offer a carefully curated collection of modern and nostalgic goods for the art of writing, paper and presentation.  These include: stationery, letterpress, custom and handmade invitations, giftwrap, writing instruments and accessories.


Creative Classes

For the maker and curious creative looking for new creative expressions, Paper Seahorse classes are modern and fun. These classes are also perfect for girls’ night out, date night, parties and special events.  All materials and refreshments are included.  Bring an open heart and mind.  Learn something new, make with your hands, give from the heart.  We also offers creative classes, pop-up events, wedding and baby showers as well as birthday parties for kids little and big.


Tampa Type: Typewriter Experiences

Our signature “writing bar” consists of a curated selection of typewriters from the 20’s to the 70’s ready for creating. We also specialize in customizing typewriter rentals for photo shoots props/display and parties. Tampa Type has the largest inventory of restored vintage typewriters for sale in Florida. Tampa Type’s permanent home is The Paper Seahorse.