Let’s Paint Great Letters.

Designed to suit beginners, intermediates and advanced

The first question I am asked is usually about experience and suitability.

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

The course aims to develop letter painting skills and a focus on signwritten letter structures, type design, sound design layout techniques and building all round confidence in the new creative writer.


… You could just have found creative freedom.

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Learn to Signwrite and Gild!

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.


+44 (0) 7960113799


PIXELS FOR PAINT – can I really paint letters?


Dreams and ambition weaken chains and set you free – so the answer is definitely 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.

Dedicated to the students needs

Your Instructor: NICK GARRETT

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

”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… 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 and trim 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, Vincent Priz, Nick Garrett in the Signsmith’s den.

A Course for all - practical and creative

What do dreams know of boundaries?


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...




Work opportunities

You’ve probably been having a good look at the art of signwriting and got yourself hooked on it! That’s great because it is a genuine opportunity to gain a lot of independence and freedom into your work life. Nothing to stop you going from chalking a few cafes to the west end or canal hopping 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


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

January 14-15 2017



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