Learn the secrets of historical typography with this hands-on workshop on Art Deco lettering. Popular in the roaring 20s and 30s, this style embodies the glamour, luxury, and exuberance of the Great Gatsby Era.

 
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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 limited-edition 30-page workbook I designed and wrote for the workshop, printed in two-color risograph, plus a 52-page matching sketchbook.
  • A lettering piece that is both contemporary and historically-inspired and ready for its Instagram closeup.
  • Several rounds of one-on-one feedback during the workshop.
  • Access to my curated list of resources to continue learning about Art Deco typography and design.
  • Continued feedback and reference material via a private Facebook group for the class.
  • A frame-worthy, Riso-printed certificate of completion.

All materials are included; scroll down to learn more. For information about buying the materials without attending a workshop, click here.


UPCOMING DATES
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New Orleans, Louisiana • 3/3

Albany, New York • 4/7

Chicago, Illinois • Coming Soon

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Boston, Massachusetts • Coming Soon

Kansas City, Missouri • Coming Soon


 

MATERIALS

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 some other goodies. Just bring 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 30-page booklet 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. This edition also includes additional sections on lettering as well as sections on patterns and ornaments. 

Printed in 2 color Risograph on natural white Cougar paper by Perfectly Acceptable in Chicago, IL. 

THE SKEtCHBOOK

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. 

 

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a note on BUYING THE MATERIALS

I've gotten several requests to purchase these materials without attending a workshop. 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. 

 
 
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