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. All participants are also invited to a trip back to Mike’s hometown for their annual Mazeppa Daze celebrations.
Lettering Workshop, July 6–9
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, July 12–14
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 workshop fees include all equipment, 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! Mike will also provide (socially distanced) accommodation, airport pickup/dropoff (where required), lunches and basic refreshments. If you are coming from out of town then we recommend arriving the day before the workshop.
Bookings are subject to our usual terms and any queries can be directed to [email protected].
Steps we are taking to reduce risks associated with Covid are limiting numbers in attendance to eight, maintaining socially distanced easels, wearing masks indoors and making hand sanitiser available.