Beginners' signwriting workshop
The lettering workshops are informal introductions to hand-lettering and signwriting.
I offer day, weekend and week-long sessions where you can learn a variety of practical skills. The courses are designed to suit all ability levels, and group sizes are kept small.
Workshops include beginners’ introductions to signwriting, chalkboard lettering and home-made letterpress. While the focus of most of the workshops is on lettering in one form or another, I occasionally offer sessions on skills such as graining and marbling, glass painting, building your own printing press and more.
The signwriting workshops aim to introduce the craft of signwriting, from handling the equipment properly to learning how to draw and paint letters, in a friendly, fun and creative atmosphere. They concentrate on developing freehand brush skills, based on my own experience as a traditional signwriter in the west of Ireland for over thirty years. We will learn how to choose the right brush, the use of the mahl stick and how to write block and script styles. Longer sessions will explore other letterforms, layout, and more complicated techniques such as stippling, shading and writing on glass.
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“Great workshop and excellent insight into the skills and craft of this venerable trade under the guidance of a real signwriter”
I will be running a handlettering workshop in the Westport Family Resource Centre on Saturday 10th September, from 10am -1pm. We will cover the basic anatomy of letters, looking at different styles and techniques, and the workshop is suitable for all levels of skill. The three hour long workshop will be totally hands-on, and all […]
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