Modular Lettering

Modular Lettering Class New York

Modular Lettering Course

Registration Status: This course is no longer being offered

Session Dates: October 28, 2017 - October 29, 2017

Cost: $440.00

Designing modular letterforms and using them well, depends on a rudimentary understanding of utility. Modular letters follow well-established methods of construction. A building-block system is employed to form the basic shapes, space them correctly, and then add optical corrections. John will draw on his experience as a sign painter and type designer to teach traditional approaches. Two hallmark lettering styles, Half Block and Gaspipe, will be covered. Students need no prior sign painting or type design experience to benefit from this workshop.

Meets: Saturday, Sunday 10:00 am. -05:00 pm.

Required Materials

  • Soft lead pencil
  • Kneadable eraser
  • Clear plastic ruler
  • Black fine point Sharpie
  • Black brush pen
  • Black masking tape 1/2”
  • White correction fluid
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife, #11 blade

Students MUST enroll 5 business days prior to the course start date, The final day to register is Oct. 5th., students enrolling after this date will pay a $15 late fee.

Course Code: $149961

Instructor(s): John Downer

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