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The most Dedicated Signwriting Training in UK

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This is really the ‘business end’ of learning to signwrite. It’s a very well structured weekend with some of the absolutes explained and sharp letters taught, from beginner up.

We teach the inner workings of type and the Italian origins. We don’t teach heavily Americanised styles like Better Letters for example because while it looks great on Insta, it isn’t focused enough and by focus at NGS we simply mean architecture and a much closer understanding of the brush delivery and mechanics of the stroke. It’s these skill sets that will accelerate your start-up practice into pro-practice.


Relevant Type Trend:  Soho Gotham, Bodoni, Dom Casual, ‘Scripts’, Johnston, Caslon and Trajan

We explore these core styles of all great timeless lettering that you can apply in any way you like. These typefaces are always ahead and on trend:

  • 75% of all premium lettering being procured across London is puritan cool sans-serif
  • we can hand you projects as you grow and are ready

Overdressing letters is to be avoided until you have the core structures and correct shapes.

NGS Nick Garrett Signwriter of New Generation Signs London Uk

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Classic Painted letters training


To teach artists the cultural styles of fine London and Italian signwritten lettering.

The main benefit of this is that it elevates the chance of creating a quality signwriting practice and obtaining the best price-point work. Hipster signwriting doesn’t pay as well as London cool classics.

Unit 1:  Finest Brush Control and Lettering. Enamels and Gold Leaf.

Drawing, Sign Design, Typographic structure, Alphabets and Gilding intro

Course Times:  

Friday 7.30pm – 9.00pm – Induction

Saturday 10.00am – 5.30pm

Sunday 10.00am – 5.30pm


Unit 2:  Painting London, Milano and NYC Sans-serif ‘Gothic’ Letters

Course Times:  

Friday 7.30pm – 9.00pm – Induction

Saturday 10.00am – 5.30pm

Sunday 10.00am – 5.30pm


Unit 3:  Painting Romans

Course Times:  

Friday 7.30pm – 9.00pm – Induction

Saturday 10.00am – 5.30pm

Sunday 10.00am – 5.30pm


Unit 4:  Painting Scripts and Cursives

Course Times:  

Friday 7.30pm – 9.00pm – Induction

Saturday 10.00am – 5.30pm

Sunday 10.00am – 5.30pm


Additional studies




NGS, Unit 205, Regent House Business Centre,

291 Kirkdale, London SE26 4QD

Contact Nick +44 (0) 7960113799


Application – email info@ngssignmiths.com

Please submit:

  • 3 examples of recent creative work pieces based on lettering interests.
  • A description and profile of your interest in signwriting and professional suitability to this art.
  • CV


3 Units


You will be required to complete 3 units. Price per unit is 380.00 including all materials except for gold leaf.

Each unit is designed to refine technique and to test the artist in real situations or scenarios.

Determination is incredibly important in this practice. So too is a clear understanding of tradition and how to bring genuine qualities to the expanding signwriting community.

Values such as sharing and co-support are valued highly in this studio.


Taster sessions



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A course designed specifically for the new master

The first question I am asked is usually about experience and suitability and forms my primary consideration.

This course is designed for new starters and all levels of lettering enthusiasts.

The course aims to develop authentic letter painting skills. It will also focus on signwriting brush control, letter structures, type design, sound design layout techniques and building all-round confidence for the new creative writer.

‘Yes it’s a course that works on every level – preparation, tools, execution and marketing.

A NEW NGS BOOK for every student


The Bones of Painted Letters NGS London – 30% discount for all Signsmiths



Special thanks to Noel Weber, Dave King, Tobias Newbigin, Kevin Roberts, for continually inspiring all.

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