40 + years from billboards to wall graphics, gym floors and truck doors, spraying sign cabinets and lexan faces, fleet graphics & vehicle wraps, hand carved signs and gold leafed fire trucks.
I have worked as a business consultant, shop manager, salesman, graphic designer and trainer to sign shops and franchise sign businesses.
Throughout the years I have had training from some of the industry leaders, countless mentors and have trained dozens of individuals in many areas of the sign trades. I have had articles published in trade magazines, and have awards for design and many of our works published in hot rod and motorcycle magazines.
I offer a structured and very hands-on style of teaching with practice exercises, printed training materials and projects for students to keep featuring the skills they have learned.
If you are a beginner looking for a new career, or looking to expand your skills.
If you want to learn the traditional skills of a sign maker, or pinstriper.
Computer generated design and production & installation techniques.
Hot rod motorcycle pinstriping & lettering artist.
These classes are designed to teach you proven skills to advance your career or help you start a new one.
Introduction to Sign Making 2 days 6 people
1. Skills for sign shop jobs
2. Hand tool basics
3. Handmade vs computer
4. Jobs related to skills
5. Self employment
Hand Lettering & Pinstriping 5 days 4-5 people
1. Brush control / techniques
2. Foundation of brush lettering
3. Basics of layout and design
4. Advanced lettering techniques
5. Pinstriping skills multiple applications
Computer Aided Sign Making 5 days 4-5 people
1. Fundamentals of sign design
2. Color basics
3. Vector files
4. Basics of vinyl sign making
Wooden Sign Making / Hand Carving 6 days 4-5 people
1. Fundamentals of wooden signs
2. Designing wooden signs
3. Hand carved techniques
4. Gold leaf for carved signs
5. Pictorial & detail painting
Principals of Sign Design 3 days 2-6 people
1. Design basics in the sign world
2. Color usage for signs & vehicles
3. Fonts & typography
4. Vehicle graphic design
Gold Leaf Techniques 4 days 4-5 people
1. How gold leaf “works”
2. Gold leaf lettering
3. Advanced techniques