While the Mazeppa Daze festivities have been cancelled, the workshop will go ahead with the opportunity to stay for the weekend to paint and learn more. We’ll be observing social distancing in line with state recommendations during this event.
This five-day workshop is a crash course in the essentials of sign painting, with fun, lettering and laughs throughout. As well as the core tuition from Mike Meyer there are various opportunities to get involved with real projects, and to take part in local activities as a group. All participants are also invited to stay in town for the annual Mazeppa Daze celebrations.
The first part of the workshop is focussed on honing your Gothic (Block), Casual and Script letter forms through a hands-on process of practice, personal critique and expert guidance. It all starts with a pencil, drawing and developing an understanding of the basic letter forms. These then form the basis for building your brush skills.
With the basics under control, the next three days are given over to developing a range of techniques to add a little something extra to your painted letter forms. Mike will guide you through a variety of lettering effects, including: basic shadows; outlines; bevels; convex and concave lettering; trick lettering; masking lettering; cut and roll fades. The aim is to accelerate your ability to create more distinctive lettering for all sorts of purposes.
Find a more detailed illustrated breakdown of the syllabus on this blog post, and keep in touch with updates via the dedicated Facebook event.
Mike is hosting the workshop at his unique sign shop in Mazeppa. In addition to the lettering and sign painting you’ll be invited to a variety of local activities, including film screenings, bingo night, and a trip to nearby attractions. Following the workshops will be the annual Mazeppa Daze festivities (July 10-12) and a number of alumni from past workshops will return to get involved with additional projects.
The workshop fee of $895 includes all equipment, and a copy of Mike’s new alphabet booklet. You just need to turn up in clothing that you don’t mind getting covered in paint! Mike will also provide accommodation, airport pickup/dropoff (where required), lunches and basic refreshments. If you are coming from out of town then we recommend arriving on Saturday before the workshop, and then leaving on Friday or Sunday/Monday depending on whether you stay for Mazeppa Daze or not.
Bookings are subject to our usual terms.