These hands-on workshops are focused on the creation of commercial blackboards under the guidance of Cheryl McLean, an Australian blackboard artist with over 20 years’ experience in the trade. They are suitable for all levels, from beginners to those with some previous experience.
The first day is all about learning to draw eye-catching illustrations suitable for blackboards. These will include some of the most common types of imagery e.g. glasses, ice, bottles of wine/beer, fruit and other food objects. Throughout this process you will be developing the ability to change how you look at objects, enabling you to draw just about anything. This will give you the versatility needed when presented with something you have to illustrate but which you haven’t practiced previously.
Starting with sketch pads and pencils, we’ll then move on to using Posca paint pens on boards, while experimenting with other materials. You’ll learn how to work in both colour and black and white.
As the day progresses you’ll be exposed to techniques that will bring your drawings to life, and to stamp your own professional style onto them. You’ll add perspective, dimension, depth and character, before bringing it all together to create cohesive compositions.
Lettering & Layout
The second day is focused on learning how to create effective layouts for menus and feature boards. This will include the development of some speedy alphabets for all types of commercial work, including a script, cartoon block and a quick formal block style. You’ll also be combining these to create layouts that communicate well and are visually appealing.
The emphasis of this learning will be on developing a style that is commercially successful. You’ll be creating blackboards that are easy to read and eye-catching, and learning how good layout can sell products and enhance the look of any venue. Those that have taken the previous day’s illustration workshop will also learn to add illustration to their blackboard layouts.
The workshop fees are €200 (One Day) and €350 (Two Days). This includes all the specialist materials required, but you will be expected to bring your own pencil with an eraser on the end, a sketch pad (A4 minimum), a ruler and an eraser. At the end of the workshop you can take away all the boards that you have produced.
We prefer payment in full at the time of booking, but have also provided the option to pay a non-refundable deposit and then the balance via PayPal invoice on or before 30 March. Bookings are subject to our usual terms.