Learn the secrets of historical lettering with this hands-on workshop on Art Deco typography. Popular in the roaring 20s and 30s, this style embodies the glamour, luxury, and exuberance of the Great Gatsby Era.
This four-hour class will quickly cover the foundations of lettering and briskly segue into dramatic uppercase letterforms, unexpected ligatures, geometric scripts, and ornamentation. We'll cover three Art Deco hand lettering styles to prepare you for your final project: a postcard for a 1920/30s jazz club.
You'll leave the workshop with:
- A lettering piece that is both fresh and on-trend (while still being rooted in history) and ready for its Instagram closeup.
- A general knowledge of this glitzy time in design history as well as a list of resources to continue learning about Art Deco typography and design.
- All the skills you need to infuse the rest of your work with some Jazz-Age glamour.
This workshop is open to all levels, but ony touches on the basics of lettering and typography very quickly before moving on to the good stuff. if you'd like to brush up on the basics beforehand, check out my LETTERING BASICS ONLINE MINI COURSE. It's free when you sign up for my Art Deco Lettering workshop!
All materials are included; scroll down to learn more. For information about buying the materials without attending a workshop, click here.
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All materials are included in ticket price. In addition to the workbook and sketchbook detailed below, you'll be given a mechanical pencil, eraser, Sharpie, and maybe some other goodies. All you need to bring is yourself!
THE 2nd edition WORKBOOK
By signing up to the workshop, you'll get a limited-edition workbook I designed and wrote for the occasion. The workbook is a 20-page booklet/zine that opens with an essay giving you some historical context and features three hand-lettered, Art Deco alphabets as well as lettering instructions and tips. The second edition includes sections on patterns and ornaments.
Printed in 2 color Risograph on natural white Cougar paper by Perfectly Acceptable in Chicago, IL.
In addition to the workbook, you'll also receive a matching Art Deco sketchbook I designed inside and out. It has 52 pages with a subtle, fine dot-grid pattern (which I find to be the perfect spacing and darkness for lettering). The pages are the same uncoated, acid-free, natural white paper color as the workbook. The moderately heavy 100gsm weight as well as the generous 7"x10" size make it perfect for sketching. It also features red thread stitched binding.
a note on BUYING THE MATERIALS
I've gotten several requests to purchase these materials without attending a workshop. I have good news, the sketchbooks will be available for purchase shortly right here on my website! Stay tuned.
The first edition of the workbooks was printed in a very small run of 100 pieces, the waitlist to buy it is full and has been closed. If you'd like to purchase the upcoming, expanded edition when it becomes available, be among the first ones to join the 2nd edition waiting list by clicking the link below.