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One of the features which makes Carters Steam Fair unique is the decoration of its engines, rides and transport with consistently superb signwriting, lining and traditional fairground decoration. A large amount of this is the work of Joby Carter and his team.

Joby, who learned his signwriting skills from master craftsman Stan Wilkinson, is concerned that many modern practitioners tend to adopt methods which produce quicker results but are less visually appealing.To counter this trend he is keen to encourage the traditional craft and standards of signwriting to keep this important skill alive.

Joby Carter's 5-day intensive courses cover the basics of fairground art, signwriting, lining, blending, perspective, scrollwork, colour relativity and much more.


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These fantastic courses cover all the basics of traditional signwriting, from layout and design, to shading, lining and brushwork, and you have your own painted sign (and new-found skills) to take home with you at the end of the week.

The courses are held in Joby's paintshop at the Carters Steam Fair Yard, in White Waltham near Maidenhead. Click here to see a map, and here for the postal address.

All materials are provided for the duration of the course, except for gold leaf which is available at cost price if you would like to add it to your design. You have the opportunity to buy your own equipment at the end of the week.

The courses run from 9am till 5pm every day, and lunch and hot drinks are provided.

Please wear old clothes that you don't care about - you will get painty!

We regret that we can't provide accommodation at the Yard for you, but highly recommend the B&B at Innings Lane, White Waltham - tel. 01628 826789. There is also a Holiday Inn at Shoppinghangers Rd. Unfortunately we cannot provide space for caravans or mobile homes in the Yard; it's a busy working fairground yard and we are moving vehicles around a lot. We recommend visiting the Caravan Club to find local campsites.

The courses cost £475 + VAT

Please note these courses are very popular - to ensure your place on a course you need to book and pay the full fee. The courses hold a maximum of 15 people, and we work on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for our Refunds Policy.

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Bored of paintballing and go-karting? Joby is now offering group bookings a 1-day taster-course in signwriting. You will learn the basics of traditional hand-painted signwork, and paint your own sign (if you would like to, you can take your sign home at the end of the day for £20 extra). We accept a minimum of ten people. The days are held at the paint shop at Carters Steam Fair yard in White Waltham, Berks, so you also get the opportunity to see the business-end of the vintage fairground. The course costs £100 +VAT per person which includes lunch and materials, and there is the option to buy tools and materials to take home with you at the end. Get in touch to find out more and to book.

Signwriting Courses:

30 Nov-11 Dec 12-day course
11-15 January Sold out
25-29 January Sold out

14-18 November 2016 Booking now


Carters Steam Fair
Joby Carter Art
Joby on the BBC

Check out a great film about Joby's signwriting courses here

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