5 Day Signwriting workshop – London NGS

Painted Letters 5D – November 28 – Dec 2. A Dedicated 5 Day Workshop

Masterstrokes – This page tells you all about the NEXT course in detail where we are and base prices.

Just Add Paint…


Sustained practice

This is going to be an amazing week.  5 days covering all the essentials of letter shape, layout, spacing and masterstrokes with demos and hours of one to one personal training.

I watched my master Andy Whitmore 10 hours a day for months and what crossed over was the kinetics of how I write today. Bless him. It will happen for you too.


Video – detail of the brush


Look Learn Play – we share everything here

Watching the writer at work automatically transfers the knowledge – it happens in the midst of absorption seamlessly. Details and the bigger picture all at once.


In the Zone

It’s really difficult staying out of the zone! The brush often leads you there… with the backdrop of words and cues from the teacher, yet it’s often the tip of the brush that translates it, giving you new clues as to untried methods and discoveries. By becoming at one with the brush you open up new ways of advancing. The tools are alive and read your mind before you do.

Above: the art team of Scriberia good through the paces with Nick developing some new versions of classics for fast paced presentation delivery.


Couple this new zone of creativity with a rigorous structured learning set up and a lot of laughs and you have the perfect environment… just add 5 days.


I was taught by old timers , they instilled the basics up to the top level of work. 3 signwriters that had been writing in and around London since 1946, one went into screen printing and the other two into sign writing and pictorial work. I got lucky at 16 in 1984 thanks to my dad. You have the passion that the old timers had, I can see it in you.
And skill.
Dave Smith

This is the place to learn the right building blocks & perfecting shapes

This is a structured week of fabulous work built around student centred delivery.
If you want to understand design and to paint great lettering. It starts right here.
This workshop sharpens skills and gains you that stable brush excellence you are chasing.  Excellence is organic but it hinges on getting the proper sequence of essential techniques nailed, in the right order. It also builds your historical knowledge.
Many artists have creative excellence but without the right components of confidence and basics, the professional pathway feels uncertain – as a result the work feels patchy, bad habits form and confidence dips. With the right sequence of techniques the shapes improve and accuracy comes.
”Certainty and stable mechanics build strong signpainters – and confidence grows around real successes”
That’s what this course delivers – a firm foundation: the key to accessing and fulfilling your unique skills. 

November 28 to December 2nd – Five days of Pure signwriting 

NEW – November and February courses


5 DAY MASTERSTROKES COURSE  with extra glass gilding module £675.00 


Today we start the journey

Teaching sheets Romans.jpg

Like it says on the pack

Learning all the master strokes

This course is unlike any other as it gives you real ‘on-site’ skills, that you need to make it happen: Vocational, the business end of the art of signwriting.

It’s doesn’t say you’ll learn it all in 5 days but it never says you won’t be able to nail the skills in order to do so.

It does promise that you will have the essentials to build yourself a lettering practice by day 2 and on from there.

The course does take that risk and stands and lives by it.

Trust the brush! Take it – it’s yours!



What you will Learn

Drawing letters component

A drawing practice to include a half day of solid letter drafting.

Design and Spacing

A new method adding a better spacing system and sound design mechanics.

Painting Letters

Understand the brush and how it plays from pallet to letter.  Clean shape formation, crisp finishing, honed technique…


  • Sign project set-up. Tips and pitfall avoidance.
  • On Site pro set-up practice.  From surveying tips to production roll-through.
  • How to create accurate Brush skills – spend focused time on the priceless skill builders. Learn the NGS sharpening skills.  Beautiful NGS clean corners and crisp lettering secrets.


  • Painting great letters – techniques and styles you will learn:
    • Brush and Kit care  –  how to clean and preserve great brushes
    • Drawing and trace practice  –  analysing structure of blocks and Romans
    • Brush skills development sets  –  specific NGS refinement practices
    • Dom Casual USA style  –  understanding the brush sequences
    • Block/Roman  –  developing the essential skills
    • Casual Script – Boston and S American style characteristics
    • Shades  –  how to mix and blend flowing shades
    • Outlining inlining

    A fabulous week planned again to keep the brush loaded and get you all rolling.

  • Days Start at 9.30 Finish 5.30pm  17.30hrs

    For all levels – all materials inc.

DAY 1: *Unit 1

  • Typosignic Design and detailing
  • Kit preparation and brush care
  • Materials and supplies 
  • Drawing Romans and Sans Serif

DAY 2: *Unit 1

  • Strokeplay Sans Serifs
  • Re-cap Structure

DAY 3: *Unit 2

  • Romans 
  • Drawing Painting
  • 3D Shades, Mock Blocks

DAY 4: Long Day *Unit 2

  • On Site – part of day
  • Scripts
  • 3D Shades, Mock Blocks Outlining, Inlining, Blending, Gilding.

Day 5: *Unit 2.5

  • Scripts
  • About Paint Effects
  • Fine Composition
  • Final piece

*NVQ vocational Diploma

For all levels – all materials inc.

Taking care of Student needs

Looking after my students is a lifetime’s joy. Sometimes I don’t see them for months or years, but all of them stay in my mind and take a great chunk of learning from the days in the studio.

It’s hard work! I push them all at some point, to break through, get brave, take it on.

It’s know when to and when to take them aside and reassure them that they will get the next hill behind them.

A thousand words – I read these images like pages. The guys on the left fully immersed… the guy on the right, a good buddy, a new 12 month NGS writer, processing … Welcome back KR! Each student is special and needs that push or careful handling at times.

5 Day workshop – Booking Now



5 Day Course

£450.00  5 places needed to run the course

£675.00 for 5 days with extra glass gilding module.


10%  for Full-time students – Part time workers – Pensions.

Securing a place

Deposit of 31.50 followed by payment in full to Paypal account secures your place.

BOOKING by PayPal 

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Course Times:  

Mon-Fri 9.30am – 5.00pm



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Fwd info and prices

07960113799   info@nickgarrettsignwriter.com

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