haute cou·ture/ˌōt ko͞oˈto͝or/
- The designing and making of high-quality fashionable clothes by leading fashion houses, esp. to order.
- Fashion houses that engage in such work.
Sign Painting Workshop in Los Angeles
A little known fact about LA is that it has one of the last remaining programs in which you can formally learn sign painting from a master craftsman. Established in 1924, the Sign Graphics course at Los Angeles Trade Technical College provides a way to jump start a career into becoming a Journeyman sign painter. In only 2 years, as opposed to the traditional 5-10 year shop apprenticeships, the LATTC course prepares students with intensive instruction in all aspects of sign making.
The program is currently run by salty sign painter, Ralph “Doc” Guthrie. Doc runs his class the way a drill sergeant runs basic training. But don’t let his “no nonsense” teaching approach put you off. Doc’s fully invested in each student and is more than willing to share his knowledge and passion for the craft with those who are eager to learn. His reputation as an excellent teacher is what keeps the class enrollment spilling over to a wait list every semester.
Unfortunately, the popularity of the class has not shielded it from the recent statewide budget cuts. The cuts made basic supplies scarce and equipment upkeep a luxury. As a way to help raise funds for the class and do something for the sign painting community in general, one of Doc’s former students, sign painter Emmanuel Sevilla, has organized a one day sign painting workshop on Saturday March 17th at L.A. Trade Tech. There will be painting demonstrations and presenters, such as Nick Barber who will demonstrate splash windows, Tom Clarke will be showcasing sign painter tips and tricks, Ordway Supply Co is demoing car wraps, and Joe Jarreau will be showing installation techniques.
The price for the workshop is $30 for students and $40 for professionals. For those who can not attend but are interested in donating to the program please see the information in the flyer above.
If you’re interested in sign painting or just looking to brush up on your skills, definitely come by and check it out. See you there!
one of the last places you can learn to do sign painting by hand.