Sign Painting: The Great American Price Ticket

Sign Painting The Great American Price Ticket with John Downer

Sign Painting The Great American Price Ticket

Cost: $485.00

Saturday & Sunday, April 25 & 26, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Once upon a time, stores had lettering artists on staff making price tickets. This American vernacular of commercial lettering takes many forms, from swinging brush scripts to bold block letter. The styles of lettering and layout were efficient, colorful and dynamic; their purpose was to grab attention and sell. John Downer’s workshop will provide instruction in the use of Speedball pens, show card brushes and felt-tip markers and will deal with establishing a hierarchy of lettering styles and color.

Required Materials

  • Please bring a $20 materials fee, payable to the instructor, to the first class
  • Bring an apron or smock
  • Soft lead pencil
  • eraser
  • scissors
  • plastic/wooden yardstick

Registration will start on Thursday, January 8th.

Course Code: 191017

Instructor(s): John Downer

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.