Lettering Workshops & Classes

Even if you have started to learn lettering online, participating in a physical lettering class or workshop can’t be beaten. It’s no doubt an excellent opportunity to learn. You get to see how the experts do it and get first-hand advice from the professionals. Most of the time they are targeted at beginners and equipment is supplied, so you don’t even need to worry about bringing anything! The below places all offer various workshops in Australia that range from calligraphy to lettering to type design and beyond and are listed in order of proximity to Sydney.

Sydney / Melbourne / Brisbane

Work Shop
by Various Calligraphers

Work Shop hosts a variety of workshops not only specific to lettering, but also illustration and other arts and crafts. Look out for workshops with well known letterers like Gemma O’Brien, Luke Lucas or Georgia Hill!

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Sydney / Melbourne / Brisbane

Type by Hand Workshops
by Wayne Thompson

Wayne Thompson from the Australian Type Foundry regularly holds workshops all over Australia. You will be plunged into a series of drawing exercises designed to improve your understanding of type. Create your own unique handlettered piece under the direct instruction of Wayne and various talented co-hosts.

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Sydney / Melbourne / Brisbane

Quick and Slick Lettering Workshops
by Brett Piva

Brett Piva from Pocket Design regularly holds workshops all over Australia and teaches a handful of basic but very important Lettering, Design and Signwriting techniques that will start you off in the right direction or give you guidance on a path you’ve already begun.

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Australian Society of Calligraphers
by Various Calligraphers

The ASC host a variety of workshops throughout the year, catering for all different levels and calligraphic tastes. Most workshops try to accommodate from the beginner, to those with little experience as well as those with more experience.

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Sydney / Melbourne

Brush Lettering
by Carla Hackett and Barbara Enright

Carla and Barbara regularly teach you the basic strokes needed to gain control of the brushes to create various letter widths as well as working with the paint consistency and flow, learn about brush types: round, square and pointed; and which are suited to the different lettering styles such as Casual and Script and More.

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Various Lettering Workshops
by Various Artists

Pump house Design School is set to open doors in Newcastle in September 2015. Stay tuned for more info coming soon.

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Ladies of Letters
by Carla Hackett and Saint Gertrude

Carla Hackett and Saint Gertrude combine their skillsets to teach the arts of both lettering and letterpress with the Ladies of Letters. Spend a day in their beautiful light-filled studio learning how to bring out the creative in you.

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Old School New School
by Old School New School

OSNS offers short courses for different lettering techniques as well as type design in Melbourne.

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Calligraphy Workshops
by Maria Montes

Melbourne based designer Maria Montes learnt calligraphy for the first time in 1996. After a long break working as a full time Graphic Designer, she went back to study calligraphy, typography and type design in Barcelona and New York City.

Learn 6 different calligraphy styles over 6 Saturdays at Rotson Studios, in the heart of Fitzroy (Melbourne).

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Brick + Mortar Creative
by Jessica Matthews

Graphic designer and letterer Jessica Matthews regularly hosts workshops at Brick + Mortar Creative. Choose between ‘Brush Pen Lettering’ and ‘Chalkboard Lettering’!

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Featured Workshops

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Lettering Workshops with Dirty Bandits

February 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

This March, San Francisco and Brooklyn based lettering artist, sign painter and lover of puns, Annica Lydenberg (aka Dirty Bandits) will be hosting a weekend of type workshops exclusively with Work-Shop Melbourne.

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Brush Lettering with Carla Hackett & Barbara Enright

November 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Carla Hackett and Barbara Enright have taken on the mission to teach this lost art to anyone willing to listen, seeing the massive comeback of hand-crafted, original designs that simply cannot be created by a machine.

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Mike Meyer to host Workshops and Talks in Sydney & Melbourne

September 18th, 2015|0 Comments

This November, Better Letters is bringing its renowned sign painter Mike Meyer to Work-Shop Sydney and Melbourne for a series of workshops and talks. Meyer is best known for his appearance in the feature film, Sign Painters. He has travelled the world...