Look around. Everywhere you go is being retouched with a nostalgic craft that continues to stand tall in our modern day. Yes, I’m talking about signwriting. Signwriting has a fervor that simply can’t be matched, and the skills you will acquire from Signwriting Course of two sessions are equally essential for anyone with a passion for understanding and correctly designing Typography. Reminiscent of the fabulous fifties, the posters and signs that you’ll create will be bursting with personality that will elevate any space they occupy. Promote your market space, create unique gifts, set up your online shop: you’ll be in high demand.
Our talented Signwriter and teacher Larry Stammers will guide you through his process with passion and precision. With experience dating back to 1969, Larry’s knowledge of letterforms cannot be overstated. He’ll provide you with the right materials to put you on track to professionalism. Larry is a gifted teacher who understands the needs of learners, and knows how to instill confidence to get you moving forward quickly. Better still, Larry’s practice doesn’t need a studio or large, open space: just a paintbrush and your own desire.
After completing year 11 in 1969, at the age of 16, Larry enrolled in a full time one year preparatory course in signwriting at The Melbourne College of Painting, Decorating and Sign Crafts. He knew nothing about the craft and threw himself entirely in the deep end, but found that year the most important of his signwriting life. He was taught more than he had ever expected, about layout design, kerning, typography, paint technology, gold leaf signs, glass gilding, murals, Maths, English… Incredible, life long skills.
In January of 1971 Larry successfully acquired an apprenticeship at well respected Filmer and Clarke Signwriters, who also dabbled in window dressing, showcard writing, screen printing and exhibitions, proving to Larry just how far into the world his trade could stretch.
By 1974, he was a fully qualified tradesman, who went on to found Sign Vision- a company which has continued through to our present moment. Larry, to this day, loves doing his job.
Larry has worked with well-regarded clients such as Esprit, Princess Theatre, Dulux, Silvertop Taxis, Henry Bucks, Suzanne Grae, Bendigo Bank, Mei + Picchi, Ivanhoe Grammar and is working with many contemporary Design and Branding agencies, such as Brandworks Melbourne.
What you will learn from this course:
On completion of the course, best of all you will walk away knowing what makes sound and unsound letterforms. If you want to design a typeface this knowledge is absolutely essential, as is developing and eye for composition, spacing, and all while USING YOUR HANDS. In fact Signwriting should be essential knowledge for all Graphic Design Courses.
The course is perfect for designers who want to upgrade their skill set, or everyday creatives who wish to learn an endlessly addictive craft, this workshop will change the way you think about hand lettering and Typography.
During Session One, you will learn about the history and techniques of signwriting, ticket writing, showcards and their multitude of uses. You will be taught basic skills by Larry and get a real grasp on what you need for this craft. You will learn speedstroke lettering and script.
By Day Two you will be ready to create your own works, utilising your physical painting skills, as well as decisions about compostition and colours. Your completed signs will be yours to keep as well as special signwriting brushes.
Come join us from at our beautiful workspace in the Mercator building, at the Abbotsford Convent, for an enriching, enjoyable, coffee fuelled session about sign painting, your new favourite craft.
There is an additional materials fee of $35 for this course payable at course commencement. This covers the cost of special signwriting brushes and boards which are yours too keep.
Ticket Price is not refundable or transferable. So please ensure you choose carefully
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Old School New School
Old School New School of Design & Typography
1-16 St Heliers Street
Abbotsford Convent, Vic 3067