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Signwriting with Robert Walker (byUMBERTO)

October 3rd 2022 @ 9:30 am - October 7th 2022 @ 5:00 pm


A five-day introduction to signwriting with QEST Winch Design Scholar Robert Walker.

This course will cover the following sign writing techniques and includes all materials:
Equipment and the care of tools
Construction lines
Drawing lettering
Exploring styles of lettering including the anatomy of typography
Using a range of traditional methods of constructing lettering
The cardboard trick
Bruch Strokes and painting techniques
Painting circles, horizontals and angles using a mahl stick
Applying block shadows
Applying colour
Exploring your design
Transferring the design [pouncing]
Using enamel paint with a traditional sign writing brush

At the end of the week you will have produced a piece of work you can be proud to show your friends and family.
The days runs from 9:30 – 5pm every day, and lunch and beverages are provided. Comfortable old clothes that you don’t mind splashing with paint would be advised.
Food and drinks will be provided however it would be advised that if you have any allergies, that you bring your own food.
Please let Umberto know of any allergies at the time of booking by emailing [email protected]

About the studio and location of the course:
byUMBERTO is the studio of Robert ‘Umberto’ Walker – artist, artisan & educator based in Marsden, UK. Passionate about typography, craft, detail and keeping heritage skills alive, Robert started out as a sign writer and mural painter- what was once known as a ‘decorator’. Trained in a multitude of craft techniques, Robert’s speciality is in the art of verre églomisé, which involves painstakingly painting a design and applying gold leaf onto the rear face of glass, once a commonly-used technique for signage, now an at-risk heritage skill. Now Robert brings all of his experience and obsession together to create high-end pieces from the byUMBERTO studio, for exteriors, interiors, and collectors, and is increasingly exploring the creation of contemporary art pieces using traditional sign-writing methods.


October 3rd 2022 @ 9:30 am
October 7th 2022 @ 5:00 pm
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by Umberto
Woodend Mill, 1 Manchester Rd, Mossley, Ashton-under-Lyne OL5 9RR


Robert Walker

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