ONLINE The Basics of Sign Writing - Starts Fri 3rd November 2023 at 10am
BOOKING DEADLINE: Fri 20th October at 12pm UK TIME
If you wish to take part but are unable to attend the workshop demo live, please select the recording only option below.
All students will be given access to watch our video playback service for 60 days.
Fri 3rd November 10am - 11:30am
Fri 10th November 10am - 11:30am
This LivePlus™ online workshop is suitable for beginners and is intended as an introduction to the basics of sign writing. You needn't have the materials ready whilst watching this online demonstration – it is a time to watch, ask and learn.
The heritage craft of sign writing is one that evokes treasured memories for many of us of trips to the fairground, journeys on riverboats, and spending pocket money at village stores.
In this two-part introductory class, Kerri will be teaching the high-level principles of sign writing, from how to draw letters that are structured correctly, to basic brushwork and layout. You’ll develop a new appreciation for letter forms, and gain an understanding of the equipment required.
Kerri will be painting a series of pre-drawn letters, so you can see the brush strokes and ask those burning questions about how sign writing is done. A set of practice sheets will be provided for you to print at home.
Specific skills you will learn at the workshop
- How to draw lettersets
- How to hold and work a sign writing brush
- How to form painted letters
- Basic layout
Equipment & materials list
Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.
- Enamel paint, in your choice of colours
- A few chisel edged signwriting brushes, sizes 3,4 and 5
- Something suitable to paint on (this can be a wooden or metal panel, or even thick paper whilst practicing)
- White spirit for cleaning
- Chalk for transferring designs
- Access to a printer so that you can print the handouts / worksheets
- Three coloured pencils
- Tracing paper
Links to suppliers
All Ardington ONLINE classes and talks are accompanied by their own online blackboard. Helpful and easy to use, they enable students and tutors to share resources, ideas and photos with each other – just as you would in a classroom environment.
Kerri will offer personalised critique / feedback via the blackboard for any work uploaded by students within thirty days of the class ending. You will be sent the link to access your blackboard in the week before your class begins and will have access for at least sixty days after the class ends.
After the live session has finished on Zoom, we will share the link to view the recording on the blackboard. You can watch the recording as many times as you like for sixty days.
We suggest that you do not buy any specialist materials more than one week in advance as, occasionally, a class may be cancelled due to low enrolment.