As Australia's leaders in the education of typographic arts, and you may have perhaps seen us during our partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria at this year's White Night festival, or seen the School featured in the Melbourne Age.
Now you have the opportunity to try our super popular Brush Lettering introductory mini masterclass. This taster class starts with the basics and is specially created to introduce the hesitant to the whole idea of hand lettering. You won't become an accomplished letterer in this short time, but you will get the foundation as we break your bad writing habits and build good ones.
Brush Script has made a come back, and is the basis of a contemporary design language that is currently right on trend. Brush Lettering is a child of the mid 20th Century, and one main characteristic feature of 20th century typography is the great effort devoted to advertising, and creating flashy, casual and friendly lettering styles to capture attention.
Our 3 hour weeknight class is very doable, and perfect for those who are new to typography, and designers who are looking to improve their typographic awareness, as well as those who need to switch off from the fast-paced digital world and immerse in something tactile and time-honoured. Going for three hours, this introductory class is a key entry point for those who have entertained the idea of hand lettering and felt unsure about investing in a whole day or whole course. It is an ideal taster to a whole addictive world of letter crafting ! Those who have continued to develop the skill are now enjoying professional success, lettering professionally for special events, and clients.
How the Class Rolls
The traditional tool for Brush lettering and Brush Script is a regular pointed sharp brush and paint. BUT we recommend that beginners start off using a brush pen. It is similar to using training wheels, being much easier to control, which is something that digital natives who are not used to handling brushes will appreciate as they develop muscle memory and learn the foundation letter shape. From our extensive experience having taught nearly 200 students, you first need to learn how to draw the letters' curves and shapes correctly (in itself quite challenging for most). This builds confidence and scaffolds your learning, before dealing with the brush and paint which is another separate challenge within itself.
Brush Lettering equips you with the essential skills to understand and create typography with flair and meaning. We begin by grasping the componentry which is the basic strokes of Brush Script, which will allow you to gradually develop beautiful letterforms based on these strokes. You will be guided through handy tips and techniques to create the most ideal letters, in terms of weight, shape, space and visual pattern, equipping you to personalise the script to your taste and application. You will also enjoy seeing original examples of brush script to familiarise you with the historical origins of this colourful technique, to give you a context of "why" you are using it.
The demand for authentic, custom analogue lettering over typography is growing because it is more personalised, and to create this lettering, first you need to gain an unsurpassed typographic eye and a respect for process, patience and time, in learning a skill which is the foundation to enable you to create dazzling custom letterforms.
All materials included. You won't need to get to an art supply store: Course fee includes
Your own writing tool to keep
Comprehensive notes displaying technique and strokes
A stunning poster !
please be aware that class tickets are strictly non refundable. We are unable to refund you the cost of your ticket or provide a credit note, so we ask that you choose carefully
Date and Time
Old School New School at Abbotsford Convent
Studio 1 Mercator Building
1 St Helier Street
Abbotsford, VIC 3067