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Sign-writing course with Terry Smith – 8th – 12th April

Terry Smith, a traditional signwriter, has been working in the traditional way,  creating posters, pub and house signs, illustrations, murals, coach painting and lining for over 35 years. In a computer age, he has kept the traditional methods of signwriting alive, developing a national reputation for his craft and appearing in many publications, such as Country Living.  

Sandy Hill Arts is delighted to be able to offer a specialist signwriting course that will take place over the course of four and a half days on our beautiful site. Participants will be shown how to create traditional signs, using the traditional methods with tools, learning how to master multi-dimensional lettering and application of enamel with sable brushes. By the end of the course, pupils will have produced their own piece of signwriting. 

This course would be ideal for those with a love of all things vintage and a desire to learn how to recreate the period signs found on steam railway stations, shop fronts, wooden boats or vintage vehicles. Terry is keen to enthuse others and share his skills and craft, so that the art of traditional signwriting lives on. Those who have completed his course may have the opportunity to be supported by him, should they develop a real love and talent for it.

Those with a passion for  vintage style, and interest in participating in the course, but who live a little further afield,  could take the opportunity to stay on the Isle of Purbeck for the week. Sandy Hill Arts is set in a stunning location, just below Corfe Castle and next to the steam railway station- a vintage enthusiast’s dream setting. 

Here’s an interview with Terry Smith about his work

Course dates and times:

Monday 8th, 2pm – 5pm
Tuesday 9th, 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 10th, 9am – 5pm
Thursday 11th, 9am – 5pm
Friday 12th, 9am – 1pm



8th April 2024


2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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