This class will focus on creating lettering compositions for the production of 2-D and 3-D wall art and signage in media such as decals, wood, Plexiglas, metal, etc. We will begin the class in the traditional way: working through exercises with our calligraphic tools. However, we will always keep in mind the limitations (or should I say, ‘possibilities’) of our final product. The exercises will focus not only on the lettering but on layout, composition, how the letters are joined, and the negative space that is created. Principles of design will be discussed throughout, helping us solve problems for our final production. In the first part of the class, we will all work together on various exercises. The second part of the class will be more individual instruction as each student begins to develop his or her specific piece. In the final part of the class, we will create small prototypes with Foam Core–a substance which can be cut, sanded, and painted. Creating prototypes will help us work out design and production details for the end product. Depending on each student’s design, the final layout can be turned into a production-ready file to send to a manufacturer of the student’s choice, to be cut in any of a broad range of materials. We will also discuss how to deal with various manufacturers and some of the production issues that may arise.
If students have access to the Adobe Creative Suite–specifically Illustrator–they may bring their laptops to create their final art files. If students don’t have the skillset to create their own production-ready file, an optional $50 fee can include the instructor’s time to create the file for them.
OR—the instructor can create digital vector files of your design to be used by manufacturers for a $50 fee.