Calligraphy: Celtic Art Miniatures – Lattice Knots and Step Patterns

Course Overview

Celtic Art Miniatures includes lattice knots & step patterns, 2 of the 5 styles of patterns that make up this decorative artform that has been used and created for millennia.

Celtic Lattice knots are an essential element of design you need to begin creating your own Celtic Art. Step patterns are most famously seen in ancient manuscripts such as The Book of Kells & The Lindisfarne Gospels.

This course will take you step-by-step through the techniques of drawing these patterns using a simple proven method that will have you creating true Celtic knots and step patterns. To complete your drawings we will explore various ways of using colour with your favourite media.

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 Celtic knots
  • How to draw step patterns
  • How to combine Celtic knots and step patterns into a layered design
  • How to outline and tidy your designs
  • How to apply colour in your favourite media

Course outcome

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Draw Celtic knot patterns in different shapes
  • Draw step patterns using 3 different units of pattern
  • Combine Celtic knots and step patterns into a layered design
  • Outline and tidy your designs
  • Apply colour to your Celtic designs
  • Create your own Celtic artworks

What is involved

Time commitment


What you need to know

Entry requirements

You will need to have the ability to trace a line image.

What you need to provide

Please bring:

  • 2B mechanical/pacer pencil
  • Ruler, 30cm or longer
  • Eraser
  • Compass & Protractor
  • 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
    • Graph paper with 5mm grid squares

Other information

Remote learning: experienced and engaging trainers will take you through the course material via interactive livestream video classes online.

Remote learning for this course includes:

  • Scheduled class times and sessions
  • Livestream video classes online
  • Interaction with your trainer and other students during livestream video sessions

Please note: You will need access to the internet and a smartphone, tablet, computer or laptop in order to participate in the livestream video classes.

What you can do next

Study pathway

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

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Step 3

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