Course Overview

Course Times:  

Saturday 9.30am – 5.00pm

Sunday 10.00am – 5.30pm

Studio address:

NGS, Unit 205, Regent House Business Centre,

291 Kirkdale, London SE26 4QD

Contact Nick +44 (0) 7960113799

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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.

Cross-section of students

The beginner: ‘I love letters… I have a houseboat, I have a new house, I work in a pub…’ Yep this group are always committed as they link their study to a project.

The chalk artist & set painter: merging skill sets into a clean brush technique. Always a challenge going from pen to brush but adds another layer of betters earning capacity so these guys are usually quietly motivated,

The new signwriter: refining precision, shape and typographic history. Again often a bit cagey!! But by day 2 they are jumping around the studio!

The student or creative pro: invaluable crossover skill sets for a wider pro practice. These dudes like beer… it’s good. 


Course Times:  

Friday evening 7.30pm – 8.30pm intro  (short but important meet-up)

Saturday 10.00am – 5.30pm    Wind-down beers

Sunday 10.00am – 5.30pm    More Wind-down beers


NGS, Unit 205, Regent House Business Centre,

291 Kirkdale, London SE26 4QD

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.


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

Mark Twain


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 latin 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! 


Above: Nina Cornwall is using the NGS Surefire brush for the very first time… she broke through with this brush and I caught the moment on my handset. A week later she earned 750 quid in 2 days as a pro letterer at Olympia, London. She’s not alone. Many students do this. More importantly she now has the confidence to win projects and execute them to the highest standard.

Dozens of others including Daisy Emerson and Jack Hollands have done exactly the same thing in the NGS studio… many are now leading and developing entirely new areas of the rapidly expanding sign arts.

The retail sign marketplace is growing into new areas such as hand finishes graphics and vintage chalkboards. This is the new heyday of signpainting and I have worked incredibly hard to feed and rebuild this craft.

Join the collective.

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From the first moments, you will lose yourself in letters.

Make those first steps in the NGS studio and you’ll go far. It won’t take a lifetime, but it will last one.

Nick Garrett

the revival is over - now we have another heyday


A New Heyday of crafted letters

Every step begins with a personal journey



Yes you can.

This course is also structured to a new Diploma Foundation Level 04 study, rolling out in June 2017.  It means you can gain real qualifications on the back of assessments and solid practice with a course designed by NGS to work practically.

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