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Duration: Weekend course
Dates: Sat 17 Aug 10:30 - Sun 18 Aug 2024 16:30
Location: Print Studio

Learn traditional hand-lettering for signwriting. 

Learn the basics of signwriting: from brush-handling skills to illustrative work and gold-leaf or glass gilding.

This introductory course covers various brushes, paints, mahlsticks, pounce patterns and tracings, chalks, tapes, letterform layout & hand-drawing of Sans Serif, Roman & Casual Scripts. If you've been before then the tutor can help you move on to a different technique.


Fantastic guidance & advice, a great mix of hands-on teaching along with letting us go ahead on our own. Well paced and great patter!

Really enjoyable two days in the company of an expert! I learnt a lot, Brian was a great teacher.

Print Studio Terms & Conditions

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Need to know

  • What to bring

We provide everything you'll need, just bring yourself. You are welcome to bring along any inspiration, images or sketchbooks to work from.


  • What to wear

We'll provide aprons and gloves but recommend wearing old cloths as printmaking can be messy. Please note that open-toed footwear and sandals are not allowed.


  • Food & drinks

A sealed water flask or drinking vessel is permitted but other food and drinks are not allowed in the studio.

Meet your tutor

Photo of Brian Robertson in DCA Print Studio holding a sign that reads'Sign painting is a skill, when developed cratft art'

Brian Robertson

Brian Robertson has been a professional Signwriter for over 50 years, starting out as a 15-year-old apprentice. From buses to buildings, he has created signs for them alongside teaching signwriting at DCA.

In partnership with Freelands Foundation

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