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Lettering and Gilding Workshops 

These two workshops are crash courses in the essentials of sign painting and gilding, with flexible booking options to focus on what you want to learn, or benefiting from a big discount to do it all.

Sometimes hosted at Mike Meyer‘s new shop (a former church!) in Chester, IA, these days will be filled with fun, lettering and laughs. As well as the core tuition, there are various opportunities to get involved with real projects, and to take part in local activities as a group.





The first part of the lettering workshop is focused on honing your Gothic (Block), Casual and Script letter forms through a hands-on process of practice, personal critique and expert guidance. It all starts with a pencil, drawing and developing an understanding of the basic letter forms. These then provide the basis for building your brush skills.


With the basics under control, the next two days are given over to developing a range of techniques to add a little something extra to your painted letter forms. Mike will guide you through a variety of lettering effects, including: basic shadows; outlines; bevels; convex and concave lettering. The aim is to accelerate your ability to create more distinctive lettering for all sorts of purposes.

Workshop hours are from 10am - 4pm with an hour break for lunch.

The instruction in the workshop builds each day on the techniques learned the previous day


Day 1: Brush techniques and care.
Learning to paint block style lettering. 


Day 2: Learn to paint Casual and Script style lettering. 


Day 3: Learn how to shadow type and paint beveled lettering. 



This introductory workshop is an opportunity to expand your skills by introducing the basics of gold leaf gilding for lettering and signs. Working on a number of parallel projects you’ll be exposed to techniques for gilding on glass and flat surfaces, with everything at a basic level to keep it simple and get you going with gold. You’ll be creating matt and shiny effects on glass, and experimenting with different burnishing techniques while receiving input on materials, preparation (including cleaning glass), making size, laying gold, burnishing, and backing up.


The workshop is designed for those new to gilding, or with a little previous experience working with gold leaf. You should have some basic signwriting brush skills already as these will not be taught, but if you’ve attended the lettering workshop above you’ll be fine. The class size will be kept small to allow plenty of individual support, and all participants will take away their work on pre-designed panels and glass pieces.

Workshop hours are from 10am - 4pm with an hour break for lunch.



The workshop fees include all equipment, and a copy of Mike’s alphabet booklet. You just need to turn up in clothing that you don’t mind getting covered in paint!   


See "What to expect when staying at the church" for accommodation details when attending a workshop in Chester, Iowa.

Accommodations at workshop held in other locations are an additional expense. 

Other things you should budget for are some meals out at local eateries, and any materials and merchandise that you want to buy. Mike usually has a range of merchandise available including brushes, books, shirts and other apparel.


Bookings are subject to our usual terms and any queries can be directed to


We realize it might be tempting to wait until the last minute to sign up for a workshop, however a lot of planning has to go into making the workshop a success and part of that planning is having enough supplies for students. If there are less than 5 people signed up for a workshop 10 days before the event we will cancel the workshop. Out of respect for the other people who want to take the workshop please do not wait until the last minute to buy a ticket to attend.

Our cancelation policy can be viewed here:

Upcoming Workshops


These former workshop students talk about  their experiences at Mike's lettering workshops.


Mike Meyer proudly uses Alpha 6 products at all his workshops and on his professional projects.

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