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Hand Lettering Workshop - Sign Painting 101

Intro to hand lettering with brush & paint. Workshop will cover: Quick history lesson about Studio Signs and the sign painting trade. Brush & paint education (discuss different types of brushes, paints, & reducers) Basic brush handling & strokes (how to mix paint, pallete and pull strokes) Sign painting posture & breathing techniques (proper form & focus) Basic letterforms- block & casual (practice, practice, practice) Lettering tricks- outlines, highlights & shades (have some fun with colors)

All students will take home an alphabet painted by Studio Signs as well as your very own lettering brush and mahlstick so you can continue practicing. Remember, practice is the most important key to lettering success. And of course you get to keep all of the practice sheets you can paint!

Attendees will get live demos & instruction, one-on-one learning, printed handouts and plenty of hands-on experience. The class is taught in a fun, encouraging environment and the workshops are always an enjoyable and memorable time.

The instructors: Father & son team of Studio Signs Melvin Lee has been in the sign industry since 1970 and owner of Studio Signs since 1984. Nick Lee was born into the world of sign painting and is the current owner of Studio Signs. Together they have over 70 years of sign industry experience.

Lunch will be provided by our neighbors at Bella's Italian Bakery. Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10:00am to 3:00pm


Studio Signs & Pictorial Displays, Inc.

Studio Signs was established in 1963 by the late artist Dean G. Stanley and is one of Portland’s oldest continually operating sign painting studios. In 1984 Melvin Lee purchased the business, adding screen printing and computer generated graphics to the list of services provided. In 2018, after 20 years of helping out around the shop, Nick Lee took over the business and has immersed himself in the current renaissance of traditional brush lettering and gold leaf gilding.