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THE 5 DAY lettering COURSE

Pro-practice • Live project
Visit BESPOKE supplier • optional gilding

 

YEARNING for EARNING? THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU

For all levels: Real signwriting fully explained

Learning with NGS Signsmiths is a great move - you will definitely be going to the next level. Clear, easy-to-learn signwriting workshops, short courses and training. 

The difference is that in the last 2 hours of the Sunday session we take the 5 Day crew into a whole new level of focus. New brush types, and moving from 100% to a new 200% focus. It’s as simple as that - next level.

The first 2 days are joined with the Weekend study. All intro, tools and materials drawing, painting techniques are honed as per the renowned Painted Letters tradition: concise mechanics, nailed.

 

Gold Leaf Techniques:

Optional add-on

Learn how to reverse glass gild. We’ll supply a glass panel and teach you to clean it (really clean!) and apply your chosen design, in reverse and in mirror gold.

This is a tremendously valuable technique and you walk away with a beautiful memento from the course.

 
On site

You Will Learn

 
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Foundations of Typography

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Kit maintanence

‘Steady-hand’ Breath Works

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About Pricing and Professional Practice

 

Key Techniques

 
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Drawing & Editing Type

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Layout & Tracing

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Ouch!! Sharp Corners

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Proper Brush Strokes

 
 
Drop Shadow

Bold Drop Shadows

Outlining

Outlining

Block Shade

Block & Blended Shades

 

Lettering Styles

 
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Imperial Roman
Serif (Trajan)

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London Classic Johnston
Sans Serif

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Variations of Dom Casuals
East End Casuals

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Copperplate & Boston Casual Scripts

 

Optional

 
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Reverse Glass Mirror Gilding

 
 

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Friday MEET-UP

VINO & CHAT

19:00 - 20:30

I’m setting up on the Friday evening and for those who can make it, it’s a nice chance to relax and ice break. Introduction & vino: sharing the start.

SaturdaY

FIRST STOKES

10:00 - 17:30

Get stuck in with the basics of lettering; sketching, tracing techniques and preparing materials.
Next we pick up the brush and get painting!

SundaY

BREAK FREE!

10:00 - 17:30

Day 2 and you can gather ideas and start really powering ahead with your lettering. It's amazing how we learn on a nights sleep!

Monday

I LOVE MONDAYS

10:00 - 17:30

The morning takes us to Dalston to meet Charlotte and the crew at A. S. Handovers took grab some gear and drool over all the amazing stuff in the signwriter’s shop of shops. Then it’s back to the studio to take on shading and outlining techniques.

Gilders will spend one evening session making a sexy glass panel design.

Tuesday

LIVE ON SITE

10:00 - 17:30

LIVE We’re out on site shadowing sign master Nick as he walks through a typical project for real. This really shows you the application of all the strategies for real. You’ll also be going live and assisting the production process.

NOTE: Live projects are subject to change - depending on the project and client. Another learning opportunity.

Gilders Second gild the panel and burnish.

Wednesday

STRENGTHENING FINALE

10:00 - 17:30

Wednesday morning and you have the whole day to work on blending and surface gilding techniques and recap on fine tuning you.

Day 5 is all about you - you feeling more freedom than ever and pulling new ideas out of the bag. We then do finish strong, celebrate and consume beer.

Gilders Finish off the panel back up and clean.

 
 

Push your new skills further and see, EXPERIENCE a real project.

You’ll leave ngs raring to set up your own signwriting practice.

 
 
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On Site Live project
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Tell us a bit about your lettering passion. What you'd like to do and when.