Calligraphy: Celtic Art – Key Patterns

Course Overview

Celtic Art has five elements of design: Knots, Spirals, Step Patterns, Key Patterns & Zoomorphic design.

This course focuses solely on Celtic Key Patterns, starting with the basics, how to use them in different shapes and proportions, to designing your own layered patterns and how to colour them. Taking you step-by-step through understanding how Key Patterns are designed and drawn, you will learn to use a proven simple method that works. Starting with small designs and building into large, layered pages of pattern.

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across Northern and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Blacktown, Carlingford, Chatswood, Epping, Mt Druitt, Richmond, and Ryde. Enrol now!

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What you will learn

Course outline

In this course you will learn:

  • How to draw a small unit of pattern
  • How to draw Key Patterns in a border
  • How to draw Key Patterns in a mandala
  • How to draw repeating Key Patterns.
  • How to draw different Key Patterns within a design.
  • How to outline your designs.
  • How to transfer your designs onto quality art paper.
  • How to apply colour using your favourite media.

Course outcome

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Draw a small unit of pattern
  • Draw Key Patterns in a border
  • Draw Key Patterns in a mandala
  • Draw repeating Key Patterns.
  • Draw different Key Patterns within a design.
  • Outline your designs.
  • Transfer your designs onto quality art paper.
  • Apply colour using your favourite media.

What you need to know

Entry requirements

This course is open to beginners and continuing students.

What you need to provide

Materials list for students:
  • 2B mechanical/pacer pencil
  • Ruler, 30cm or longer
  • Eraser
  • Compass & Protractor
  • 0.4 Pigment marker, eg. Artline marker
  • A4 Sketch pad
  • Colour media, what you have or prefer to use: colour pencils; pigment markers; other felt tip markers; OR
    • Paints – water colours or watercolour gouache, acrylics.
    • Empty jar, for rinse water
    • Rag, soft & absorbent like t-shirt fabric
    • Fine pointed round brushes no.0 & no.1

Coming soon

There are currently no classes scheduled for this course.

Please check back later as classes are added regularly or get in touch for more information.

Delivery Mode

To meet the needs of our students Macquarie Community College balances delivery and engagement across permanent, regular and temporary delivery sites and offer face-to-face, remote zoom classes and self-paced learning options.

Ways to Study

  • On campus

Our college campus locations are:

    • Blacktown
    • Chatswood
    • Carlingford
    • Epping
    • Ryde
    • Mt Druitt
  • Virtual classroom
  • Complete workplace training
  • Combine ways to study


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How to Enrol

Step 1 - Choose Your Course

  • Select the non-accredited short course you are interested in.
  • Find a day and time that suits your schedule.

Note: Enrolment is open to anyone 18 years or older.

Step 2 - Enrol and Verify

  • Click ‘Enrol Now’ after selecting your course and schedule.
  • Enter your details on the enrolment page.
  • Verify your email through a secure link sent to your email address.
  • Complete the secure checkout and payment process.

Ensure you read the Terms and Conditions available at: Macquarie Community College Terms and Conditions. For assistance, call customer service at 1300 845 888.

Step 3 - Receive Your Enrolment Details

  • You will receive an immediate enrolment confirmation email upon successful enrolment. Check and read the attached Terms and Conditions.
  • The payer of the enrolment will receive a tax invoice immediately after processing.
  • You will receive a course reminder email a day before your class begins.
  • For Online Zoom classes, a Zoom link and password will be emailed the day before class. Use the same link and password for subsequent sessions if applicable.