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NEW BOOK ‘Bones of Painted Letters’ – Book 1
A book introducing the gems of London New York and Milan sans-serif letter techniques to the lettering enthusiast.
Order on this blog or Now available at Amazon!
‘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.
NGS IN-HOUSE CREW TRAINING ALONGSIDE YOU GUYS
NEW Mini Apprenticeship programs starting here!
NGS Crew Didier and Irena on hand on the day.
Contacts: 07960113799 email@example.com
For detailed info email me or fill the ticket below.
We are booking the 5 day course in December.
In-House setting up pallets and getting used to handling paint.
AGENDA: Halve the normal error rate in Hr 1 – Day 2
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.
A FANTASTIC WEEKEND DEDICATED TO THE ABSOLUTE MECHANICS OF THE CRAFT.
ON THE SATURDAY
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.
Book today or enquire about next available slots.
11.15 Coffee Break
11.30am Design and Spacing
Our new kerning method arms you with a reliable, logical spacing system and sound formatting and design cross-checks to your Typographic skills-base.
SUITS BEGINNERS OR MASTERS
Midday: Painting Letters … yr free, brush in hand, me at yr side!
Aims in hour 1-2: Understand the brush and how it plays from pallet to letter. Clean shape formation, crisp finishing, honed technique…
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.
FREE PAINT! SET YOUR OWN AGENDA
DAY 2: Drilling down on how we get you painting great letters – techniques and styles you will be able 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 shadesA fabulous weekend planned again to keep the brush loaded and get you all rolling.
The most comprehensive and practical lettering workshop…. and more – how to set up as a trainee signwriter, with support and solid skillsets.
Learn to Design – Plan – & Paint great Letters
Designing with you own unique style
New Trend development and painted letters
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.
Learn from one of the best
NGS weekend workshop – Booking now
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VIDEO: THE WEEKEND WORKSHOP
Vocational Painted Letters Courses with
NGS Signwriting, London
Courses work in 2 tiers
Weekend Unit – Friday eve to Sunday eve.
Unit 1: Finest Brush Control and Lettering. Enamels and Gold Leaf.
Drawing, Sign Design, Typographic structure, Alphabets and Gilding intro.
First Prize –
We will be casting votes for the best student of the weekend. First prize includes 2 days working with NGS as assister on live projects earning your wings as a writer.
We will then award you a simple project for you to go out and start to earn your fees back.
I will also gift you one of my personal brushes.
Enrol and Earn
All students will be encouraged to enrol onto our work roster so that way may assist students with work opportunities and project leads in the immediate future.
Work Club – serious business
Here at NGS we get a lot of requests for small work that we cannot cover. Pub chalks, house numbers a general array of good projects that open doorways and keep you busy.
Rather than can these jobs we are offering them to all our new students on the Focus Courses. These courses are partnerships. It’s a new approach and has to be a good idea… we’ll help you earn your way forward into a new career.
Work will be posted here.
Best of luck to all!!
Long Weekend – 1 evening, 2 days
D1. 7.30pm – 9.00pm. Friday evening
A course intro and NGS book presentation
3 days starting on the Friday evening with a group meet and sign project plan for the weekend. Each student is presented with an NGS training manual and link to our resource app. Fee balances are paid.
The important role and working parts of your artistry.
D2. Saturday 10.00 am. The Culture of Sign Design with Demos by Nick Garrett
Set up. Posture and preparation.
The day kicks off with drawing up key letters of the alphabet and dissecting the G, C A S and R for deeper look at how typographic structures came about from the chisel, pen and brush. I will explain how these key characteristics evolved culturally, creating voices and accents within the context of communicability of sign design. How these important timeless, trend leading typographic styles are being misunderstood and lost to the current fashion of Americanised pop culture versions.
- Production methods for sign production.
- Setting out layouts on site.
Lunch – Our local eatery Sugahill cafe offer discounted prices to NGS students
D2. 2.00pm. Painting Letters with Demos
Painting the NGS series of strokes that build all the brush skill sets. Going back a few decades there were 6 key-strokes that were practiced and used as a cornerstone for training signwriters. Some of these can be combined and so the distilled version we use is a better version. These separate the 3 most important strokes and combines the other 3 lesser important ones into more interesting and combinable shapes which I have found act as a far improved learning ‘forms’.
D2. 4.00pm. Focus study with Demos
The painting of the ‘Forms’ then build sharp corner practice as show in pages 32 – 33 of our training manual. Further forms are introduced that are essentially NGS specialist techniques. These STs are not published.
D2. Spacing and kerning rules and fine tuning tricks/checks explained in detail (manual p 67 – 68).
D2. 5.30pm Clean up and learning review.
Incredibly important to learn the correct way of keeping your brushes in perfect working condition. The NGS brushes are custom designed for first time users. These are tagged to the student and can be purchased at trade price (zero profit) the end of the course.
D3. Sunday 10.00am start.
Painting re-orientation practice.
D3. Free project design. from 11.00am until 1.30pm
Students can now select and create designs for painting throughout the day.
Tutors will allow students to work unsupervised with other participants in the room as co-learning partners.
D3. Focus study
2.30pm Learning review and demos
3.00pm – 5.00pm. Going Pro SWOT
Focus study based on student’s artistry direction/progression.
D3. 5.30pm. Clean up and review.
6.30pm. Drinks at Sugahill Cafe
Application form fill below
Friday 10th Nov 7.30pm – 9.00pm – Meet-up
Saturday 10.00am – 5.30pm
Sunday 10.00am – 5.30pm
The 6 Day Course
6 Day units 1-3 with 1 extra studio practice day
Following on from the Sunday session:
Day 4. Outlining, Shading practice and the history of Roman Letters: Trajan and Sharpington of London.
Day 4 or 5. Free studio practice with start-up meeting and finish-up review.
Day 6. Cursive and script lettering.
Focus study: Designing layouts and site work/production skills sets.
Where we are
+44 (0) 7960113799