This page describes all the courses



This page tells you all about the NEXT course in detail where we are and base prices.

Where we are

Regent House, 291-307 Kirkdale, London SE26 4QD

Next door to Pure Gym and the petrol station – entrance down the side of the building and not very glam.


‘Signwriting as an art, a trade and a craft going back 2000 years. Having come back from the brink of extinction in the eighties, today the young designers and artists across the world are taking up the brush and re-kindling this fine artistic trade in ways the inspire the older generation of signmasters’.

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! 5 Days gives you greater depth and range of practice.


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NGS Crew Didier and Irena on hand on the day.


We are FULL


SIGNSMITHS COURSE – the Absolutes of the Art of Signwriting

Comprehensive Training for beginners and all levels. 


I’ve been painting for a while but really want some sure advice on how to do it properly…

Why this training is different?  Because it gives you extra insights into not only how to make great letters but also how to set up on site and roll through a project as a professional. Nothing is held back – that’s why we are working so hard to be the best course in London.

How do we develop the courses? By running constant learning programs. Describing the mechanics of good shapes in the most economical strokeplay teaches you the most powerful techniques from day one.

…sharing the importance of self belief, knowledge and determination to succeed. What counts on site and blazing your trail.




The weekend courses


For the 5 day course group

A 360 or two: Starting at 7.00-7.30 we meet, greet and get orientated about the programme setting up for the design and drawing session and enjoy a few choice demos from me.

Finish at 9.00pm



9.30am ”… who wants to be a signwriter?”

10.00 am:  Talking Kit


10.20: Drawing Letters component

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



11.15  Coffee Break

11.30am  Design and Spacing

Drawing component of the day! NGS Signsmiths London Piacenza

Our new kerning method arms you with a reliable, logical spacing system and sound formatting and design cross-checks to your Typographic skills-base.


The last punchcutter from Griffo the great gala of letters on Vimeo.


Midday:  Painting Letters … yr free, brush in hand, me at yr side!

LUNCH – discounted home cooked treats at the Sugarhill Cafe, Sydenham


VIDEO: Feedback time … successes and challenges of the day shared

Feedback chat and coffee break 3.30pm


High Performance Breath Meditation: how to stay focussed, calm nerves and get in the Zone.

  • Finish 5.30pm  17.30hrs

SUNDAY SESSION  10.00am-6.00pm

  • Sunday session based on sequences of painting
  • Designing layouts and painting
  • Mastering sharp corners
  • London Blocks
  • Romans, blocks, scripts

Beer time at end of the day!


    For all levels – all materials inc.


DAY 2:  Drilling down on how we get you painting great letters – techniques and styles you will be able learn: 

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



Book me!

Focused, fun, capacity building courses

Nick Garrett is a master signwriter mixing major projects and teaching. Learning in this context allows you to access industry insight, as it’s happening on the streets and design boards across London.

It’s exciting and challenging.


NGS weekend workshop – Booking now

+44 (0) 7960113799