SU 2017 – Brush Lettering Expanded

Venue: 1131 Mission Street

Brush Lettering Expanded 

This class will be a multi-faceted approach to signs and hand lettering by way of the brush. We will begin with in class lettering sessions to learn about some of the time honored techniques and methods, and explore how hand lettering continues to exist in the everyday. The second half of the course will include a field trip to look at letters, and we'll wrap up the course with an evening of refreshments, lettering, and discussion.


“Language is the unifying key ingredient in my practice, and quite possibly the reason why signs and sign painting have been such a powerful thread. Sign painting has functioned beyond a craft or an art form, it has instead become a conceptual tool. It is capable of being multi-functional with its place in fine art or as a method to provide a commercial service (hand-painting a sign for a commercial space.) The hand-painted sign stands out alongside the prevalent contemporary methods. In its ability to stand out it becomes a new disposition “opening up unique possibilities for making and use.” Sign painting’s role between craft, trade, hobby, and art practice is not fixed or predetermined, but it is in the versatility and liminality that I find it so valuable.”

– Emmanuel Sevilla


Instructor: Emmanuel Sevilla, MFA

Dates: 5 class meetings / Mondays, May 15, 22, June 12, 19, 26 (no class May 29 or June 5)

Time: 6:30-9:30 pm

Tuition: $190

Special Rates!

Register with a friend and get 10% off the class fee.
Register with 5 friends and one person can take the class FREE OF CHARGE!
Registrations must be made at the same time by the same person for the discount to apply. For inquiries and to take advantage of special rates, email:

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In response to the current COVID-19 situation, we require that all persons continue to wear masks at all times when in the Root Division space. For the safety of our students, artists, and extended community, we also require all students to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (or same-day negative test results) for entry to classes held indoors at Root Division.

You may bring a physical copy of your vaccination card or via digital download through the State of California Digital Vaccine Record Portal here. (You may also provide a negative test result taken before each class session. Please contact us with any questions about the types of test results accepted.)

We ask this as a show of community care and a move towards continued safety while gathering in-person.

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