We still have THREE open slots in next weekend’s workshop, in case you want to start sign painting THIS MONTH!
Sat & Sun, 15, 16 February 2014 10-5pm each day
Sat & Sun, 8, 9 March 2014 10-5pm each day FULL Sat & Sun, 22, 23 March 2014 10-5pm each day FULL
The class will include a total of 12 hours of teaching, over the course of 2 days—two 3 hour sections each day with lunch breaks in between. At class’s end, you will own a lettering quill, a small can of 1Shot Poster Paint and a small sign of your own design (or of ours, if you wish), and some greater portion of the wherewithal and gumption to launch a fulfilling career in sign painting!
The first day: After an introduction to our tools and raw materials, you will practice the basic strokes of brush lettering an alphabet, using poster paint on paper. We’ll focus on the sign painters’ favorite, “casual”, or “speed” letters, before lunch, and on single stroke sans-serif letters, after, with perhaps a brief foray into twisting serifs (if we’re goaded into it). Toward the end, I’ll explain how we prep signboards for lettering.
The second day: First, you’ll lay out designs, and make patterns for your sign, to be painted in enamel on a 10”x24” board we will have already prepared for you. For the purposes of this class, you’ll design for a single color of lettering. I encourage you, now, with whatever lead time you have, to start thinking about what you’d like your sign to say—bearing in mind the value of concise messaging, the size of the board, and the limits of both the assignment and your skill! If you’d rather not design a sign, quite alright: we’ll have some design sketches here ready for you to use or adapt. Then, you’ll paint your signs! You can take them with you at the end, or leave them here to dry.
There will be no more than 10 people in this class at a time. A space at the easel for this class runs a mere $300. Please email, nbsigns at gmail, and mention a particular date, if you wish to reserve a spot for yourself, and we’ll hold it for you for five days, pending full payment. You can call with Visa/Mastercard, mail (or hand deliver) a check to our street address (281 9th St., SF, CA 94013-3825), or Paypal tuition to the above email address. Enrollment ends one week prior to each class.