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Workshop Courses

If you’d like expert tuition first-hand, in a real working restoration environment, then the workshop signwriting courses are ideal for you.

Courses are held at Joby Carter’s restoration workshops in White Waltham near Maidenhead Berkshire throughout the year. Surrounded by real life examples of traditionally painted signs and lettering styles and with an archive of fairground art heritage on hand, you’ll get to learn essential skills and techniques from leading signwriter Joby Carter.

During the workshop you will also be able to see different restoration projects happening around you, in addition to a wide range of real life signwriting examples from a mix of genres and styles.

There are a range of courses to choose from running during the week and occasionally at weekends. All materials, lunch and refreshments are provided – you just need to bring some old clothes so you can get painty.

There are just 4-15 spaces available on each workshop course and students travel from around the world to learn so book early to avoid disappointment. For those wishing to stay over, there are a range of hotels in the local area which are detailed in the downloadable course fact sheets on each course page.

Joby Carter signwriting courses

Traditional Signwriting

In this 5 day course you’l learn the basics of traditional signwriting, including layout and design, shading, lining and brushwork.

Joby Carter fairground art

Fairground Art

Get a unique overview into the history and evolution of fairground art through the decades and visit Joby Carter’s restoration workshops.

Joby Carter coach painting and preparation course

Coach Painting & Preparation

Discover the trade secrets to a professional finish and avoid costly mistakes with your materials and time on this one day workshop.

Joby Carter fine art print Stop Scrolling

Decorative Scrolls

In this one-day course with Joby Carter, you’ll learn about some of the different styles used through the decades and the techniques he uses to ensure beautiful curving scrolls which are pleasing to the eye.

Joby Carter fancy letters course: advanced signwriting

Fancy Lettering

Discover the advanced techniques that will take your signwriting to the next level including block lettering, the 3D effect, bevelled lettering and shadows.

Joby Carter coach lining and scrolls

Coach Lining

Discover how to create coach lines using an English coach lining brush to accentuate the lines, details and curves of vintage vehicles.

Apply for funding for your course

Signwriting, gilding, fairground art and coach painting are heritage skills and some organisations offer funding to those interested in learning these traditional skills.

We encourage you to research funding opportunities with QEST, Heritage Crafts and the Crafts Council.

See a Workshop Course in Action


Signwriting Supplies

Stock up on professional grade signwriting supplies including paint, palettes, brushes and mahl sticks.

Joby Carter signwriting books


Discover practical signwriting tips or be inspired by hand painted alphabets and lettering.

Art Prints

Brighten up your home or office with a high quality giclee print of Joby’s artwork.

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