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Trade-Sign Painting Workshop

From February 15, 2024 10:00 am until February 15, 2024 5:00 pm


Two Classes Available: February 15 or 16
Time: 10:00-5:00
Location: Midway School on the historic campus (110 Shipcarpenter St.)
Capacity: 8 Students per Class (Minimum of 5 Required, or dates may be combined)
Cost: $125 (non-members) | $100 (members)
+ $15 materials fee directly to instructor

 Join artist Brandyn Charlton to create a historically-inspired sign to welcome guests into your home or to give as a very special gift!  Charlton, an expert on 18th-century trade signs and folk art has created striking signs for a number of LHS historic structures, including the Sussex Tavern, Lewistown Coffee-house, and the Ryves Holt House.  Don't miss an opportunity to bring some of that colonial charm home TODAY!

All necessary materials are available through the instructor, though the artistically-inclined are welcome to bring their own brushes if they prefer.  Participants should also plan to pack a lunch and snacks!  

Participants can choose from one of three historical signs on which to base their new creation! Registrants will be contacted by email to provide their design choice prior to the class.

Register for 2/15 WorkshopRegister for 2/16 Workshop

Design Options:
Next to the photo of the original inspiration is a small “sample” piece painted by the artist to show design ideas.

Each participant will be encouraged to create their own rendition of the sign with assistance from the artist. The work will be completed on a flat wooden board. Additional embellishments can be added after the completion of the class.

Bissell’s Inn post-and-rail sign, South Windsor, ca. 1777 – Connecticut Historical Society, Morgan B. Brainard Collection and Connecticut History Online


“R. Angell Eagle” ca. 1808 – Connecticut Historical Society, Morgan B. Brainard Collection.

“Keeler Tavern Huntsman” Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center.


Gallery of work by Brandyn Charlton
(Not in the Options Package for the Class)

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