These two workshops offer a crash course in the essentials of sign painting and gilding, with fun, lettering and laughs throughout.
The five-day hand lettering week is first 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 hand lettering week syllabus on this blog post.)
The gilding workshop then offers a chance to expand your skills further by introducing gold leaf to the mix. Working on a number of parallel projects you’ll be exposed to techniques for gilding on glass and flat surfaces, with everything at a basic level to keep it simple and get you going with gold. You’ll be creating matt and shiny effects on glass, using a screen-printed design, and experimenting with different burnishing techniques.
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. While the hours are listed as 9am-5pm, these are very flexible for those that want to carry on painting and gilding into the evening.
The lettering week ($895) runs February 3-7 and the gilding workshop ($750) February 9-11. Those booking both workshops can save $250 with the combined rate of $1,395. The workshop fees include airport collection, accommodation, all materials, lunch and basic refreshments. You just need to turn up in clothing that you don’t mind getting covered in paint!
Bookings are subject to our usual terms.