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Brush Lettering
It's hard to match the appeal of the highly adaptable brush letter. Friendly and flexible, its conversational tone and versatility makes brush lettering ideal for a wide range of applications: from editorial layouts to logotype design.

This two-day workshop will provide a basic overview of freehand brush lettering. Referencing various tools, techniques and models, participants will hone their drawing skills as they take a wordmark from concept to completion. Comprehensive slide presentations, demonstrations, skill-building exercises and personal critiques will provide further guidance as students acquire a practical foundation for drawing and implementing brush lettering in various design contexts.

Required Materials
No.2 pencils (conventional or mechanical)
pencil sharpener, if applicable
eraser
pad of tracing paper, at least 8.5″ x 11″
12 inch ruler
Sharpie® Fine and Extra Fine marker
adhesive tape for posting sketches


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18 - &up Barber 11/23 - 11/24 Sa Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $485.00 View

Introduction to Lettering
Lettering has become an increasingly marketable, if not essential, skill for artists working in design and advertising. The warmth and personality of hand-drawn letterforms can hardly be matched by off-the-shelf fonts. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to get the most out of lettering in a variety of applications.

Participants will begin by gaining a solid basis in the main principles that make for successful lettering. Referring to familiar typographic models and helpful specimens, students will then learn how to customize letterforms as they draw their own logos and wordmarks. Comprehensive slide presentations, informative sketching demonstrations, skill-building exercises, professional case studies, and valuable one-on-one critiques will provide further guidance as attendees acquire a practical foundation for implementing one-of-a-kind lettering in numerous design contexts.

Instruction will focus on developing fundamental hand skills, primarily by means of manual pencil-drawing techniques. Open to students of all skill levels.

Required Materials:
• No.2 pencils (conventional or mechanical)
• pencil sharpener (if applicable)
• erasers (conventional and kneaded)
• pad of tracing paper (9″×12″ pad is recommended)
• pad of quadrille 4×4 grid/graph paper (9″×12″ pad, 4 squares per linear inch is recommended)
• 12 inch ruler
• Sharpie® Fine and Extra Fine markers
• white-out correction fluid pen
• adhesive tape (for posting sketches)


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18 - &up Barber 10/5 - 10/6 Sa Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $485.00 View

Lettering Intensive: The Modern Letter

From the elegance of copperplate engraving to the punch of robust Fat Face fonts, the Modern letter continues to be extremely useful in contemporary advertising and design. Its vertical stress, uniform proportions, and simple serif structure make the style particularly easy to modify and thus remarkably adaptable to all sorts of visual communication. In this workshop, students will learn how to customize hand-drawn Modern letterforms and exploit their inherent versatility for different uses.

Beginning with an introduction to the genre’s distinct characteristics, participants will gain a foundational understanding of how these qualities can be manipulated to produce an extensive array of results. Skill-building exercises will focus on the development of both precision and expression in creating unique wordmarks for a variety of applications. Slide presentations will illustrate the numerous varieties, descendants, and by-products of the Modern genre while drawing demonstrations will aid students as they bring logos and lettering from the conceptual stage to completion.

Required Materials
No.2 pencils (conventional or mechanical)
pencil sharpener (if applicable)
erasers (conventional and kneaded)
pad of tracing paper (9″×12″ pad is recommended)
pad of quadrille 4×4 grid/graph paper (9″×12″ pad, 4 squares per inch is recommended)
12 inch ruler
Sharpie® Fine and Extra Fine markers
white-out correction fluid pen
adhesive tape (for posting sketches)

Please note that this course will focus on drawing techniques intended to reinforce ideas foundational to the Modern letter. Although workshop participants will not be using vector drawing software, a brief presentation covering the basics of digitization will be given.



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18 - &up Barber 10/19 - 10/20 Sa Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $485.00 View

Modular Lettering

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.

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


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18 - &up Downer 11/16 - 11/17 Sa Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $485.00 View

Movable Type: Animation for Typographers
Motion is everywhere these days, and is an increasingly important part of any designer’s toolkit. And yet learning the time-based software and fundamental principles of animation can be intimidating to designers whose experience is primarily in static disciplines.

This 10-week course was created to take the mystery out of motion, and make learning Adobe After Effects as fun as humanly possible. Through a series of in-depth video lessons, in-class lectures, hands-on projects, critiques, and classroom discussions, you will learn techniques and approaches for making static compositions come to life, as well as understand the powerful links between Photoshop and Illustrator with After Effects. As part of the classwork we will also talk about the complex history of motion design, as well as check out some of the most amazing work by the best contemporary studios and individuals in the field today.

You’ll leave with a generous foundation in a genuinely fun discipline, a greater ability to view and discuss animation, and a new enthusiasm to bring your own design work to life. 

Required Materials
•Laptop with Adobe After Effects, Illustrator, and Photoshop CC 2015 or later
•An mp3/WAV of a favorite pop song (with lyrics)
•Headphones
•A vector-based drawing of a logo (original or existing)


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18 - &up Honig 10/10 - 12/12 Th 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM $1,060.00 View

Principles of Typeface Design

Always wanted to make your own typeface but don’t know where to start? In this ten-week course, takes you through the process step-by-step. You’ll be introduced to the principles of typeface design, sketching methods, the tools, and processes involved in making a working font.

 

Together we'll explore idea generation methods and how to push your creative boundaries to discover new and exciting letterforms. You’ll learn how to sketch type, write a typeface brief, and use a font editor* to professionally draw and space your font.

 

Beginners with a knowledge of Bézier drawing tools are welcome, as are more experienced participants, and those interested in developing their portfolio for application to further type design studies.

 

Required Materials

  • 11" × 17” bleedproof marker paper
  • 4mm broad nib, pointed nib, pen holder and black ink (can be purchased on first night of class)
  • pencil and ruler
  • Sharpie 32001 Twin-Tip black
  • laptop, running Mac OS X 10.9+
  • Adobe InDesign

*A free temporary license for RoboFont will be made available to all participants.



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18 - &up Leinster 10/2 - 12/11 We 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM $1,060.00 View

Proportions

This course will address matters of concern regarding character proportions, stroke weights, curve descriptions, and miscellaneous ratios in type design. To quote the late American type designer, R. Hunter Middleton: “‘Relationship’ is the most important word in type design.”

But, in order for letterforms to perform correctly, they must be spaced correctly. Drawing letters and spacing them are simultaneous activities. The voids between characters must be allowed to play a role in determining character proportions. Secrets of spacing will be laid bare, as Mr. Downer demystifies the process and explains established principles via basic exercises.

Learning, applying, and remembering special hierarchies which pertain to the discipline of type design will help novices avoid countless common mistakes. And, even though makeshift gauges and calipers may be of use, “eyeballing” will ultimately determine correctness of form and arrangement.

Required Materials

  • no. 2 Pencil
  • eraser
  • 12” ruler
  • scissors
  • 1” black artists’ tape
  • clear scotch tape
  • 1 zig memory systems brand calligraphy pen, 2 ended with 2.0 mm and 5.0 mm felt nibs black.
  • pad of 14 x 17 layout paper (or tabloid copier paper)


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18 - &up Downer 11/9 - 11/10 Sa Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $485.00 View

Script Lettering
Nothing beats the warmth and personality of script lettering. From formal cursive hands to casual brush styles, it's highly adaptable to scores of design applications. The friendliness and exceptional versatility of the script letter is undoubtedly the reason for its continued appeal. 

This two-day workshop will provide a basic overview of script lettering, with a focus on its use in logotype and editorial settings. Referencing various tools, techniques and models, participants will hone their drawing skills as they take a wordmark from concept to completion. Comprehensive slide presentations, demonstrations, skill-building exercises and personal critiques will provide further guidance as students acquire a practical foundation for drawing and implementing script lettering in various design contexts.

Required Materials
  • No.2 pencils (conventional or mechanical)
  • pencil sharpener, if applicable
  • eraser
  • pad of tracing paper, at least 8.5″ x 11″
  • 12 inch ruler
  • Sharpie® Fine and Extra Fine marker
  • adhesive tape for posting sketches
Please note that this workshop will focus on manual exercises intended to underscore ideas fundamental to script lettering. Although workshop participants will not be using vector drawing software, aspects of digitization will be covered. With that in mind, students are welcome to bring a laptop with an installed licensed copy of Adobe Illustrator for reference during vectorizing presentations and discussions. 


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18 - &up Barber 11/2 - 11/3 Sa Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $485.00 View

Spencerian Lettering
Not to be confused with the handwriting of the 1800s, Spencerian Lettering is a unique style of hand-drawn script innovated during the latter half of the 20th century. Its lively forms, embellished strokes and distinctive styling make Spencerian Lettering especially well-suited for posters, labels, book jackets, editorial work and advertisements. In this workshop students will learn how to create and implement Spencerian Lettering for various design applications.

By means of a series of introductory skill-building exercises, students will acquire the basics for drawing upper- and lowercase letterforms, along with the flourishing methods that are particular to the style. In addition to typical Spencerian models, slide presentations and drawing demonstrations will also cover the extravagant Italian Hand, a related style that features voluptuous stroke-endings, unusual contrast and exceptionally lavish forms. Further instruction and examples will illustrate how Spencerian and related styles can be utilized in modern design settings.

Required Materials
No. 2 pencils (conventional or mechanical)
pencil sharpener (if applicable)
erasers (conventional and kneaded)
pad of tracing paper (9″×12″ pad is recommended)
pad of quadrille 4×4 grid/graph paper (9″×12″ pad, 4 squares per inch is recommended)
12 inch ruler
Sharpie® Fine and Extra Fine markers
white-out correction fluid pen
adhesive tape (for posting sketches)

This workshop will focus on conventional drawing techniques intended to underscore the principles of Spencerian Lettering. Although workshop participants will not be using vector drawing software, a brief presentation on digitization will be given. 


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18 - &up Barber 12/7 - 12/8 Sa Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $485.00 View