The signwriting workshops cover the basics, focusing on brush control, 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.
The chalkboard workshops explore laying out the board and the use of chalks and hard and soft pastels, as well as chalkboard markers, and how to get the best out of your lettering skills.
Letterpress printing is very immediate and exciting, and can be carried out with very basic tools and techniques. The focus is on woodtype, using a home-made press, and the workshops cover the basics of setting out, making ready and printing, as well as exploring possible ways to make your own type.
While most of the workshops concentrate 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 …
Since the late 1970s, I have been involved in art education, from running workshops with community groups, in schools, hospitals and prisons to lecturing at third level. This teaching experience, combined with my background in (pre-computer!) graphic design and years of working in the sign trade, makes for a fun and productive workshop environment.
In all these workshops, places are limited so that everybody will get personal attention on a one-to-one level. Be aware these are practical, hands-on workshops, often using oil-based paint, inks and solvents, so please wear old/protective clothing, and as you will be standing all day, comfortable footwear.
All materials will be provided, unless otherwise specified (for the occasional more specialised workshop). Tea, coffee, biscuits and chat are part of the deal!