Sign Painting: Speed Stroke Brush Lettering

Sign Painting: Speed Stroke Brush Lettering with John Downer

Sign Painting: Speed Stroke Brush Lettering

Registration Status: This course is no longer being offered

Session Dates: April 07, 2018 - April 08, 2018

Cost: $440.00

Single stroke casual brush lettering, as used in sign painting now for more than 60 years, has again become popular. John Downer grew up in the Pacific Northwest in the 1950s and '60s, at a time when "speed stroke" styles were reaching the height of their development up and down the West Coast. The general form originated in California's Central Valley, and quickly caught on in Oregon and Washington. Before long, it was used effectively in truck lettering, window lettering, store ads, and all kinds of ephemeral, "low-brow" signage. Today, it is still a staple in the sign painting trade, but few practitioners know or adhere to the original West Coast variety that John learned in his youth, and continues to teach.

No brush lettering experience is required. Proper form & efficient execution will be covered, as well as brush manipulation techniques. Handouts will provide models for the basics: majuscules, figures, and punctuation.

Meets Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Required Materials

  • A materials fee of $27 will be due on the first day of class.
  • Among the supplies covered in this fee is the round-ferrule Mack series 818, size 10, show card brush which costs $15.
  • If students already own the brush, they need pay only $12 for the remaining expendable materials we will use: tempera paint, railroad board, masking tape, photocopies

The final day to register is Feb. 2nd., students enrolling after this date will pay a $15 late fee.

Course Code: 157304

Instructor(s): John Downer

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