Let’s Paint Great Letters.


Course Times:  

Saturday 9.30am – 5.00pm

Sunday 10am – 5.30pm

We often run over

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

If you need any additional info just call or email Nick – back to you by return. If you can’t make this date join our mailing list.





PIXELS FOR PAINT – can I really paint letters?

Dreams and ambition weaken chains – so the answer is definitly a yes.

If you’re really feeling it at work, home or uni and are intrigued by signwriting, the next move might just involve some paint, attitude and serious personal style. The seeds are down… just add a brush.

Important to know that even a complete beginner comes into the studio with no pre-set ideas or skills and but the end of the weekend they can paint sharp letters and know how to create layouts – I see it all the time and it’s what this course structure is about. With a little dedicated practice anyone can take up this art and make a decent living.

Your Instructor: NICK GARRETT

I regard myself as an innovator because that’s been my headspace ever since I left Art college in 1981. Notice Art with a capital.

”The course structure is very well formulated. The way your brushstroke practice develops on day 1, feeds day 2 skills ramp. 

Even overnight a lot of skills configure themselves in downtime. When the guys come in on day 2 they are amazed at how something just clicked and they made the jump. It’s the way we learn by being fully focused on and complete switch off so that the mind can defrag info and lock it all in during sleep. Hands free… it works!!



If you can’t make it to this meet, we’ll keep you posted via our mailing list on events and workshops coming up.  For more info re courses call Nick on +44 (0) 7960113799 or contact NGS by email nick@nickgarrettsignwriter.com

‘M’ for Mechanics

The most important thing I’ve learnt… how to avoid the shit! Problem avoidance.

Once you understand how preparation is far more important than any amount of so called ‘talent’, you’re on track to open the way for solid learning and good professional practice.

”So much of this art is all about nuts and bolts – it really is. How to set up a sheet in the wind on site, dead level. How to load the brush – how to clean it. How to make your site kit safe. How to chalk down. How to post-letter clean up… how to warm up, start the day’s writing with a clear run and logical easy entry point. How to pace yourself over the day, or year one”

These are all essential project strategies that anyone can learn. Firstly they make you execute work in an organised way. Secondly they allow you to attack the day always from the point of strength. Sound strategy that gives you a professional edge.

Mind clear, solid mechanics (technique), job done.

When it goes pear shaped it also teaches you how to trust yourself, grind it out, take breaks, dig deep and make it happen.

It’s a killer course built on solid skills.

josh-stika-banging-out-the-lettering-at-ngs-signsmiths-signwriting-course-weekenderJosh Stika, Vincent Priz, Nick Garrett in the Signsmith’s den.

What do dreams know of boundaries?


Win it back!! You know what I’m talkin’ about.

This 2 day course is intended to be two things: a celebration of the art of signwriting and an in-depth insight into the technical mechanics that lie behind that art… it ends up being a lot of fun too!

The student base ranges from young design students and pros, through to lovers of type, craft creatives and wider art practitioner audience.

Time to do some real creative work.


There are completely new, next level teachings in this course. Ones that will stay with you forever.

Welcome to NGS Signsmiths. 


Learn true Roman lettering – compass free…



GROUNDWORK IS DONE! Background to foreground

You’ve probably been having a good look at the art and got yourself hooked on it! That’s great because it is a genuine opportunity to wire in a lot of independence and freedom into your life. Nothing to stop you going from one canal to the next throughout summer painting boats is there?

So keep ideas swirling in the background and literally watch them pop up in front of you on the road ahead.

”You know what Nick I was starting out and needed some big jobs to get me going and I literally had a word with the man up there and asked him to get me started… next day I got 1000 vans to decal up…!”

David Cannon, Evoke



Booking now

Dip the brush into some Vintage Eye Candy!  Effects and retro styles

Learn sign writing the professional way

October course takes a look at retro typefaces. So if you love Classic Vintage Urban fonts yr gonna love learning to paint them on this weekend!

Let’s nail this to the pinboard.


A fantastic 2 days of painting Letters!! 1 place left!!


Video link

loadsa styles and techniques shared

Super course teaching the best skills in the key signwriting disciplines.

So you love distressed Ghost Signs?  Let’s learn how they made them…

This course is designed for ALL levels. The complete unfettered beginner can come in and start with this groundbreaking workshop. Contact me if you are concerned and need to chat. nick@nickgarrettsignwriter.com

For the complete beginner: a clear cut correct method and sign business overview

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

For the signwriter: refining precision, shape and typographic history

For the creative pro: invaluable crossover skill sets for a wider pro practice

Book me!

NGS MONTHLY COURSES – the essentials

December 3-4 weekend workshop

For absolute beginners and all levels.

Occasionally you take part in something that alters the course of your life. I’m not talking total transformation, more like crossing over a road to be in the sunshine. The change happens quickly, you observe it taking effect. Your eyes and heart open, you see things with clarity and meaning, the new experiences create a new, more beautiful, reality and suddenly the path ahead looks different.

It happened to me this weekend when I learnt to hand paint letters.




You will need a journal – I have freebie note booklets for you.

Drawing letters component

A drawing practice to include an hour of solid block letter drafting.

Design and Spacing

A new method adding a better spacing system and sound design mechanics.

Morning Talk Talk

Defining Tradition – can it survive the modern world?

Painting Letters

Understand the brush and how it plays from pallet to letter.  Clean shape formation, crisp finishing, honed technique…

  • Heads-up Sign project set-up.
  • Set up practice – how to tackle cold weather, wind and rain.  
  • Set up practice – Which tapes work and which fail.
  • The secret of super hot Brush skills – spend focused time on the priceless skill builders. Learn the NGS sharpening skills.
  • Painting great letters – techniques and styles you will learn:
    • Brush and Kit care  –  how to clean and preserve great brushes
    • Drawing and trace practice  –  analysing structure of blocks and Romans
    • Brush skills development sets  –  specific NGS refinement practices
    • Dom Casual USA style  –  understanding the brush sequences
    • Block/Roman  –  developing the essential skills
    • Casual Script – Boston and S American style characteristics
    • Shades  –  how to mix and blend flowing shades

    A fabulous weekend planned again to keep the brush loaded and get you all rolling.

  • Finish 5.30pm  17.30hrs

    For all levels – all materials inc.

Book your place now



If you need any additional info just let me know.  Please forward any questions and I will get back to you by return.

Nick Garrett

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