Copenhagen Sign Painting Workshop

2 Days of lettering and sign painting with Copenhagen Signs


Now you have the opportunity to learn basic hand lettering, sign painting and brush lettering. Bookings are open!

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2 days from 10 am - 6 pm, with an hour lunch break.

We will serve sandwiches, fruit, drinks, coffee & tea.


Sign painting and lettering workshop - All included: DKK 2.500 or € 340 

20% discount for students, seniors and internationals

Write an email to for booking and further details.

The workshops are in English.​


Workshop dates 2017:

December 9-10th  2017

January 20-21st 2018

February 17-18th 2018 ( JEFF MARSHALL SCRIPT AND CASUAL WORKSHOP - Visit FB for booking)

March 10-11th 2018

April dates TBA


Sign painting workshop with Jakob Engberg - Founder of Copenhagen Signs

In this workshop you will get an introduction to basic hand lettering, brush lettering and sign painting. You will learn how to create letters from the bottom, how to use a brush and how to design your own personal layout to paint. 

The class will start with a presentation on sign painting and hand lettering. You will get examples on where to use the different styles and techniques. 

With a pencil and a ruler, we start with basic block lettering and the option of adding various details, such as shadows, effects, serifs and curves to the letterforms. Based on your personal level, I will teach you how to make lettering fun and interesting. Both to paint and to look at! 

I will then give you an introduction to the brush and the mahl stick, and show you how to paint letters and how to do casual and script lettering. This will give you an insight in how the brush shapes the letters. You can combine the different styles to make a dynamic lay out.

After practicing lettering with both the pencil and the brush, we will create a lay out to paint. You get to choose the words and I will guide you design and paint a paper sign, that you can bring home.

We will also talk about the different tools for sign painting, brush maintenance, enamel paint and how to use the pouncing technique to transfer your sketches onto other surfaces.

The workshop is suitable for both beginners and for those who want to improve their skills. All the tools and materials are included, but wear clothes for painting! 


Always hand painted, keeping the craftsmanship alive!

Jakob Engberg  (35) - founder of Copenhagen Signs has a background as a graphic designer and has through the years been working with printing, street art, photography and painting, among other fields of creative work, before finishing his apprenticeship as a sign maker in 2015, graduating with a medal.

After a time of working with contemporary sign techniques and also silkscreen printing, gold leaf and hand painted signs for highly renowned sign companies, he later chose to put all his focus on traditionally hand painted signs.

He is now the only full time sign painter in Denmark, working under the name Copenhagen Signs with sign painting, hand lettering and graphic design.

With a great knowledge about digital design and sign techniques, he recognizes the advantages and quality of hand painted signs, and is working towards maintaining the craftsmanship of sign painting in Denmark.



Calligraphy workshop with Ivan Castro (ES)


In this workshop we’ll do a practical initiation to calligraphy through the Italic handwriting, with origin in the Renaissance and starting point of nowadays cursive typography and script lettering. Because of its continuous stroke and its ability to get adapted to multiple styles, it’s ideal for the elaboration of calligraphic logotypes and also as a basis for a good personal writing. Because of its relatively simple execution, is a great script for initiation in calligraphy. And we’ll take this formal, basic script to more complex and expressive techniques, so intermediate and advanced calligraphers are welcome too! We’ll start working with a basic, formal minuscule, and also an Italic capitals alphabet. Later, we’ll work with a semi formal script at a small size, to get used to the continuous stroke, the linked letter and the muscle memory that makes all that possible. Finally, we’ll get to experiment with expressive tools and materials for a more contemporary look.

The workshop will take place at the new Copenhagen Signs studio located at Rentemestervej 62, 2400 Copenhagen Nv.

September 2017 - Friday the 22nd from 17.00-21.30 and Saturday the 23rd from 10.00-18.00

The workshop costs DKK 2.000,- or € 270,-

Tools and paper are supplied. 

The workshop are in English.

More about the teacher Ivan Castro:

We’re looking forward to this one!

If you have any questions, contact Jakob on +45 2650 2219