Class Descriptions

Fall 2018 | Winter 2019
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 class policies.*

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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/Florida Origami Group invites you to its inaugural meeting. Our mission it to spread the joys of folding to all ages. No experience necessary. All supplies and refreshments provided, feel free to bring anything that you would like to share (paper, books, snacks, donations, etc.) Please be warned, folding paper is addictive, meditative and highly enjoyable. Please RSVP so we know how many to prepare for!

November 17th – Holiday theme Saturday 10am to 12pm, FREE
January 19th Saturday 10am to 12pm, FREE
February 16th Saturday 10am to 12pm, 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 anyone who is interested in letter writing, snail mail and mail art. Our goal is to keep putting pen to paper, typing and the written word alive. This includes all forms of correspondence. We have 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, check Facebook and for deets.

November 24th Saturday 10am to 12pm, FREE
January 25th Friday 6:30pm to 8:30pm, FREE
February 23rd Saturday 10am to 12pm, FREE


SPECIAL EVENT: Small Business Saturday at The Paper Seahorse
Kick off the holiday season with giveaways and a fundraiser for one of our favorite local nonprofits. Have you seen a little blue bus around town? The Bluebird Books Bus is a bus after our own heart! It roams the Tampa Bay area, teaching youth about typewriters and zine-making, presents poetry readings, and shares books. Its goal is to encourage visitors to slow down and connect with tangible stories in a way that inspires thoughtfulness, empathy, and creativity. Sound familiar?! Join us as we team up with the bus for Small Business Saturday. Our Zine Making class at 1pm (in the Arts & Crafts Class descriptions below) will be taught by Bluebird founder Mitzi Gordon and proceeds from the class will benefit the bus’s literacy and creativity projects. 

November 24th Saturday, all day


American Cursive Handwriting with Michael Sull
Handwriting is and will always be important--for the purpose of personal communication, artistic expression, and as a human vehicle to retain information. Handwriting develops the skill of cognitive thought and promotes knowledge retention far more than keyboarding. Unfortunately, many of the current “styles” of handwriting are inefficient and promote the poor use of hand and wrist muscles that can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. Traditional Penmanship- American Cursive Handwriting- has been, and remains, the most attractive, muscle-friendly, and efficient method of turning thought into the visible language of handwriting. In this brief workshop, noted Master Penman Michael Sull will share the fundamental techniques and practice exercises of this style that was taught in American education for over 75 years. Copies of his new book, “The Art of Cursive Penmanship”, featuring a handwriting program of self-study for adults, will be available, in addition to the workshop handouts.

If you wish to improve your own handwriting, or be better prepared to help others with their handwriting, this workshop is for you! No prior experience is required. Includes writing instruments and handouts. Students are welcome to bring their favorite writing tool.

November 30th Friday 9am to 12 pm, $150
December 2nd Sunday 2pm to 5pm, $150

Creating Your Artistic Signature with Michael Sull
Your signature is like your thumbprint, it is unique to you and only you. It is the most intimate self-expression you have. Shouldn’t it be fabulous? And did you know you can have several? Who knew? In this in-depth class you will learn about your signature, why it is important and have plenty of time to create your very own. Master Penman Michael Sull will work with you one-on-one to develop a suite of your signatures that can be used in various settings. This is a rare opportunity to work with Michael in an intimate setting as class size is limited.  

November 30th Friday 1:30pm to 5pm, $195


Intro to Spencerian Script with Michael Sull
Welcome to the beauty of America’s 19th century Spencerian Script! In this workshop, students will be introduced to the foundations of Spencerian writing: Movement, Curvature, Variability, and Contrast. Master Penman Michael Sull will explain the fundamentals of paper movement, paper position, posture, muscular movement, the oblique penholder, appropriate ink, pen points, and paper. Following this will be the lowercase and capital letters, the capital stem, cross-drill exercises, and techniques for making delicate shaded strokes. Join us in learning America’s signature writing style that gave handwriting a national identity, and became a legend!

No prior experience necessary. Includes all materials needed for class: a handmade wooden oblique penholder, three pen points, one bottle of McCaffery Penman’s Ink, a book of matches, a small container for water, a paper towel, and a set of handouts (includes writing paper for the workshop).

December 1st Saturday 10am to 5pm, $375


Decorative Flourishing with Michael Sull
Learn how to embellish your lettering, calligraphy and more. This is a beginner’s class and no prior experience is necessary. Put the finishing touches on your handwritten projects. Without understanding the rules, your flourishes can look untamed and messy, like spaghetti. Learn the techniques and guidelines so your flourishing looks polished and elegant. Adding an artistic flair to your work takes it to the next level. We will use colored pencils and an assortment of markers to discover your flourished style. This class is taught by legendary penman Michael Sull. He has been a master penman for over 30 years. His Spencerian and engrossing work is known all over the world. Come learn from one of the world’s finest!

December 2nd Sunday 9am to 12:30pm, $195




ARTS & CRAFTS        

Zine-Making for Kids and Adults
Join artist Mitzi Gordon for a hands-on zine-making experience! Zines are a super cool, tangible way to get your thoughts out there without a crazy amount of supplies or know how. It's kind of like making a mini book in just an afternoon. It's the perfect way of sharing something that you love with the world!

***This class is a fundraiser for the Bluebird Books Bus! All proceeds from this class will be donated to the organization’s literacy and creativity programs in the Tampa Bay Area.***

November 24th Saturday 1:00pm to 3:00pm, $35




Holiday Handmade Happiness
Make a holiday themed card and a lovely garland to begin your holiday season. Simple, relaxing and useful, handmade happiness to enjoy all season long. Appropriate for all ages. Space is limited; sign up today.

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


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 — Amanda Doyle

February 2nd Saturday 11:00am to 1:00pm, $30




Just A Dip – Introduction to Modern Calligraphy (Beginners)
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

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


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 technique to pointed pen calligraphy but use a brush pen to achieve the distinct thin and thick strokes characteristic of modern calligraphy. Brush pens are a great tool to use for on-the-go creativity. In this class you will learn how to hold a brush pen along with the basic strokes to create letterforms, and we’ll work towards combining those letterforms to make words and sentences. The versatility of this type of calligraphy is endless! At the end of class you’ll leave with two beginner-friendly brush pens, take-home guide sheets, and the know-how to continue your calligraphy journey. Teacher – Risha Roa.

January 20th Sunday 1:30pm - 4:30pm, $65


Tombow Brush Pen Lettering 101
Are you interested in hand lettering but not sure where to begin? Have you seen the pretty lettering all over social media and in the stores and want to try to do it yourself? Do you have bad handwriting and are afraid to try to learn hand lettering? Then this class is for you! In this basics class, you will learn how to hold a Tombow brush pen along with the basic strokes needed to create letters. You will also learn how to letter the alphabet and then connect those letters to make words. This is a great introduction to get your feet wet with the Tombow brush markers. At the end of the class, you’ll leave with your own brush pens, practice sheets and the confidence to continue lettering!  Note: this is different than the Brush Pen Calligraphy technique class.                        

February 9th Saturday 10am to 12:30pm, $60


Hand Lettering 101
Learn the basics of hand lettering.  Whether you’re just getting started or looking for tips to take your typographic work to the next level, this class is for you. In this class, you’ll learn lettering fundamentals, including basic terminology and how to use basic lettering tools. Getting inspiration from typefaces, you’ll learn how to draw several different lettering styles and use specimen sheets to help you reproduce the details and characteristics of different typefaces.  We’ll look at how to intentionally combine different lettering styles and create solid compositions as well as discover how to sketch lettering guides. You’ll walk away with your very own hand lettered piece and the understanding of how to apply your new skills to keep creating. Teacher: Leo Gomez

February 9th Saturday 1:30pm - 4:30pm, $65


Creative Lettering
News Flash! Great hand lettering does NOT require good handwriting - lettering is for everyone! What a fun, easy way to bring a creative flair to your letters, gifts, journals, home, and more. The spirit of this class is all about relaxing and enjoying yourself creatively - no pressure, no perfection! It’s the perfect after work class - a chance to unplug and give your brain some playtime. We’ll talk about what defines hand lettering, different lettering styles, and some of the ways we can use our newfound skills. Then we’ll practice different styles, and learn how to create our very own! Hand lettering has endless applications and you’ll leave this class thinking, “I could write on that!” Teacher: Emily Wagner

January 19th Saturday 2pm to 4:30pm, $55


Let's Write on Stuff: Learn Faux Calligraphy
Disclaimer: faux calligraphy or hand-lettered calligraphy can be very addicting! Learn the basic concept of pressure application to mimic the “look” essential to calligraphy. Once you’ve grasped the fundamentals of hand-lettered calligraphy you can apply it to a multitude of surfaces, not just paper. Each class will apply their new faux calligraphy skills to different surfaces such as mirrors, glass, or wood — you’ll see that you can hand-letter on just about anything! You will get to take home a few projects so be sure to think of a short quote or mantra to hand-letter. Teacher: Risha Roa

February 10th Sunday 1:30pm to 3:30pm, $65


Watercolor Lettering
Take your lettering up a notch by using watercolors! In this class, you will learn how to letter with a water brush and watercolors. You’ll learn the basic strokes and get comfortable lettering the alphabet. We will connect letters to form words and learn color blending techniques. At the end of the class, you’ll leave with a waterbrush, watercolors, practice sheets and a colorful piece to display.

February 23rd Saturday 2:00pm to 5:00pm, $65




Gratitude Journaling
“When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.” This quote by Anthony Robbins reminds us that we can be happy, we just need to recognize what we do have. Did you know that it is a scientific fact when you are appreciative, you cannot be down or sad? It is impossible for the brain to be both at the same time! Starting a regular gratitude journaling practice is a game changer. It will help you be more mindful and allow you to receive. In this class, your kit will have everything to start and design your very own journal. You will also learn techniques to begin the positive habit of journaling. Gratefulness starts here. Teacher: Tona Bell

January 5th Saturday 10am - 12pm, $55


Improve Your Handwriting
Do you avoid writing because you don’t like your handwriting? Do you want to write more but your hand gets tired? Could your cursive use a refresh? This could be the class for you. We will cover the basics of handwriting: print, cursive, and anything in between. You will learn hints and tips to help you fall in love with your writing. Your penmanship and signature are as personal as your fingerprint. It is unique to you and only you. Learn to love your handwritten self. Includes all kit materials: practice sheets, pencil and pen. Suitable for everyone, ages 10 and up. Teacher — Tona Bell and Risha Roa

Please note: This class does not teach cursive to beginners. It is designed to help improve students' existing cursive handwriting.

January 12th Saturday 10:00am to 12:00pm, $45


Typewriter 101
Welcome to the Typosphere. In this interactive, hands-on class you will learn about the typewriter renaissance, type-ins, zines, street poets, typewriter rodeos, typewriter art and typewriter symphonies. All participants will experience typing on restored, vintage machines from the 1920s to the 1970s.  Each one is different and some have unusual fonts like cursive and techno. Ever think about buying a typewriter? Learn how to use a typewriter, how to maintain one, and what to look for in buying a typewriter. Each participant will receive a copy of the Typewriter 101 ‘zine filled with resources, references and inspiration. Teacher — Randy Rosenthal

February 16th — Saturday 2:00pm to 4:00pm, $25




Goal Setting: Manifest Your Dreams
Make this your best year yet! It all starts with asking for what you want. You can create your own reality! Setting goals and intentions through words and images can create profound personal change. Creative visualization helps manifest your dreams and

make them real. Visual affirmations are so powerful you will be inspired immediately. Make time for yourself and your new truth. #selfdiscovery #bestyearyet #ikigai

Teacher — Tona Bell

January 9th Wednesday 6:30pm to 9:00pm, $45


Finding Your Ikigai Workshop
What truly moves you? What do you love so much that you would do it even if you did not get paid? How would you describe what makes you get out of bed in the morning? The answer to these questions is your Ikigai. Finding the core of who you are and what moves your soul can change your outlook on life. It can give you more satisfaction personally and professionally. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? In this day-long workshop we will explore and discover what really makes you tick. Your ikigai will help you live a more authentic rewarding life. Start living out loud now. All materials included. Bring a bag lunch or visit a nearby restaurant during the lunch break. Teachers: Tona Bell and Randy Rosenthal

February 17th Sunday 10am to 5pm, $175



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.  

You may cancel a class for a full refund 7 days in advance of class/workshop start date. Cancellations made within 6 days of the class can be applied as a credit towards another class. Cancellations made within 2 days of the class are non-refundable. Paper Seahorse reserves the right to cancel a class at any time.  If this happens you will be refunded or can sign up for the next class available.  

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, email: or better yet, stop in the studio, we’d love to meet you!


The Paper Seahorse is a paperie + a makerie.  Creativity and mindfulness 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.


Paperie: 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.


Makerie: 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.