Learning never exhausts the mind.

Leonardo da Vinci

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I always teach from the point of view of imparting excellence and confidence. From the start the focus is on quality, methodology and creative development.

It doesn’t get much better than that… but I’ll strive for it.

Nick Garrett, Signmaster


A course designed realistically and specifically for the new beginner

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 fun… but it is a course that also flags up to the student, common problems and how to solve them. Getting to the end of a challenging project in great shape is where it is really at. The satisfaction of acheiving that, for a new writer, is often overwhelming, immeasurable. Then the fun can really begin!’


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Training the new, truly modern traditional signpainter

You will be shown the correct methods of how to:

  • Create designs and layout patterns
  • Set up tools and projects on site
  • Create beautiful, sharp lettering
  • Create correct letter-spacing
  • Peripheral Pro-Practices that count

Attention to detail from the very first, makes an enormous difference.

The cross-section of our students


The beginner: ‘I love letters… I have a houseboat, I have a new house, I work in a pub…’

The chalk artist & set painter: merging skill sets into a clean brush technique

The new signwriter: refining precision, shape and typographic history

The student or creative pro: invaluable crossover skill sets for a wider pro practice


 

Old-School, New-School…

Origins fit for today and tomorrow! 

Signwriting practice usually starts with learning the correct structure of block letters. Understanding sign writing also benefits from a close, permanent study of classical forms of lettering: Roman lettering (Trajan) if you are aiming to be the complete writer.

While I hold true to authentic lettering origins I also seek out new methodology and tools to roll projects through more easily… without losing the truly hand made process.

Here you are learning ‘couture; approach to the cutting of letter shapes with the pencil and the brush. From the start you will be shown and encouraged to follow your insticts and desire for excellence.


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“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

Mark Twain


NGS PAINTED LETTERS COURSES 


Getting you on the right track from day-1

Our short-courses focus on all the key areas of signwriting practice including modern wehey, yeeha retro styles, classic sans-serifs, pure Romans and cursive scripts.

As a beginner you will explore not just lettering but sign project creation, idea generation and sign-design. You will be developing your typographic innovation skills and applying these to your unique personal projects, throughout the studio workshop.

And of course you will be learning how to paint beautiful, authentic signwriten letters, using the classic ‘6 shapes’ and new NGS consolidated techniques, designed to get results.

All of this framed up in some seriously real-life contexts and frankly hillarious up-the-ladder anecdotes! 

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Training the new, truly modern traditional signpainter

You will be shown the correct methods of how to:

  • Create designs and layout patterns
  • Set up tools and projects on site
  • Create beautiful, sharp lettering
  • Create correct letter-spacing
  • Peripheral Pro-Practices that count

Attention to detail from the very first, makes an enormous difference.


JUST ADD Gold Leaf? Learn glass-gilding on the 5 day course

You can now add 2 evenings of glass-gilding to these workshops.

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NEXT COURSE

20th – 24th May

We are now booking: 5 3 2 places now left

Learn brush control, design, superb ornate letters, NYC block letters… original Franklin and Soho Gothams… Learn the secrets of these great styles from the day-1.

Info, prices and bookings


Talk to Nick about the forthcoming courses

+44 (0) 7960113799

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COURSES Start 9.30am Finish 5.30pm SUNDAYS 10-00am til 6.00pm.

NGS Unit 205 Regent House Business Centre, 291 Kirkdale, London SE26 4QD


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