These two workshops are crash courses in the essentials of sign painting and gilding, with flexible booking options to focus on what you want to learn, or benefiting from a big discount to do it all.
Hosted at Mike Meyer‘s new shop (a former church!) in Chester, IA, these days will be filled with fun, lettering and laughs. As well as the core tuition, there are various opportunities to get involved with real projects, and to take part in local activities as a group.
Lettering Workshop, January 23–26
The first part of the lettering 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 provide 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. The aim is to accelerate your ability to create more distinctive lettering for all sorts of purposes.
Gilding Workshop, January 28–30
This introductory workshop is an opportunity to expand your skills by introducing the basics of gold leaf gilding for lettering and signs. 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, and experimenting with different burnishing techniques while receiving input on materials, preparation (including cleaning glass), making size, laying gold, burnishing, and backing up.
The workshop is designed for those new to gilding, or with a little previous experience working with gold leaf. You should have some basic signwriting brush skills already as these will not be taught, but if you’ve attended the lettering workshop above you’ll be fine. The class size will be kept small to allow plenty of individual support, and all participants will take away their work on pre-designed panels and glass pieces.
The Lettering workshop is $895 per person, and the Gilding workshop is $795. If booking both workshops at the same time then they are discounted to a combined price of $1,295.
The price includes all tuition, materials to use in class, and a copy of Mike’s alphabet booklet. You just need to turn up in clothing that you don’t mind getting covered in paint! Lunches and basic refreshments are also provided.
For those flying in from out of town, we provide airport pickup/dropoff from Rochester MN. You should book to arrive the day before your workshop starts and to leave late on the last day, or the day after that.
We have two accommodation options and you’ll be asked about these when you make your booking.
There is limited capacity for the homestays which are private rooms in local homes. Prices for the whole stay are: $200 (Lettering Only, giving $1,095 total); $350 (Lettering & Gilding, giving $1,645 total); $150 (Gilding Only, giving $945 total).
We then have private rooms in Sweet’s Hotel which for the whole stay are: $400 (Lettering Only, giving $1,295 total); $700 (Lettering & Gilding, giving $1,995 total); $300 (Gilding Only, giving $1,095 total).
Other things you should budget for are some meals out at local eateries, and any materials and merchandise that you want to buy while in Chester.
Bookings are subject to our usual terms and any queries can be directed to email@example.com.