Graffiti Style Alphabets

$ 185.00

January 29th, 2018 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Ann Miller
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: January 29th, 2018 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: January 29th, 2018 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1

Graffiti, the territorial art of throwing painted letters onto a wall, is a dynamic art form characterized by full body movement, personal style and strong visual impact. Artists were doing advanced FX long before the computer and digital image editing programs! In this one-day workshop we will study distinctive regional graffiti and tagging styles of New York, L.A. and San Francisco. And we will make our own.

Students will work with graffiti alphabet models, from monoline to block, and learn how to bend and backslant freeform letters. Weight, serifs, and other elements will be added. We’ll work on connections and solidifying the design, using force fields, clouds and decorative effects. We’ll explore bubble, square tag, wildstyle and more. The energy of the stroke is unique in graffiti, and this will be a prime goal.

The instructor will lead students through various exercises including laying out a name and developing it from monoline to full 3D colored and volumized illustration; working on initials, a nickname or “tag”; and exploring ways to use this style of lettering in your business or ongoing projects. 

Materials to Bring: Drawing paper, tracing paper, pencil, marker.

Workshop Fee (includes $20 materials fee): $185.00

Date & Time: Monday, January 29, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class


About the Instructor | Ann Miller

ANN MILLER (Stanford University, AB, AM Art) studied painting and lithography with Richard Diebenkorn and Nathan Oliveira and has taught art and art history classes at Stanford, University of Santa Clara, San Mateo Community College district and in local guilds and arts venues. In 1979 she founded M2 Design for calligraphy and design. In 2002 she authored two courses in calligraphy and letterform at Academy of Art University and is currently building a new course, “Logo, Font, and Lettering for Illustrators”.

Her calligraphy has been published in Letter Arts Review and Bound & Lettered, and Alphabet, and her book titles for Protean Press can be found in the Harrison Collection at San Francisco Main Library. Her work is in public and private collections. She created of a series of large calligraphy murals for the City of Belmont's new public library and a 12-foot long family tree scroll for actress Brooke Shields for an early episode of the NBC television series “Who do you think you are?” Visit Ann at and

Past Student Reviews:

 “I very much like Ann Miller's approach to calligraphy and art. She has a tremendous amount of knowledge and skill and is an excellent teacher."

“Ann was very generous with her expertise.”

“I appreciated her humor, and overall mastery of her art.”

“Ann tailored her help to each person's level of expertise. She was very approachable, very experienced, and very 'hooked' on her craft. I enjoyed her and the class very much.”

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
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