Liberated Lettering

Learn the basics of hand lettering and political self-expression


Saturday October 6th, 2018 • 1:00-4:30 PM • Oakland, CA

Come learn the basics of hand lettering and how to use art for both self-expression and as a political tool! Making posters, cards, and signs with expressive hand lettering is a great way to spread messages of hope, inspiration, and resistance. Well designed images can capture attention, inspire people, build trust, and spread like wildfire.

About the Workshop

Join civic artist and designer Molly McLeod's hands-on workshop to learn about the basics of hand lettering and how to share messages you care about.

No artistic "talent" or experience necessary. In fact, this workshop is specifically designed for people who are scared of putting marks on paper!

Looking to practice lettering and the creative process in an inspiring, supportive, and fun space? Look no further than the Liberated Lettering workshop! I had a blast learning from Molly’s real-world expertise and engaging in her dynamic activities. I left the workshop with the skills and vision to make lettering a bigger part of my artistic practice.
— Rachel
Molly is an excellent facilitator and opens up the space for joy and creativity to emerge. I loved learning more about lettering from her within the larger context of how art is connected to politics, social change and liberation.
— Daniel

What You'll Get

We’ll go over the basics of how to use brush pens and markers, and learn a variety of lettering styles. I’ll then guide you through some brainstorming exercises to think about what words and messages are important to you.

You’ll leave with a handwritten sign you made yourself, and the skills you need to continue making art as both a self-empowerment and political tool.

The cost of the workshop covers art supplies you’ll get to keep and take home with you!


When: Saturday, October 6th, 2018
 1:00-4:30 PM

A short break and snacks will be provided.

Cost: Sliding scale, $45-70. 

Kids and teens welcome, recommended
for ages 12+.

Where: Oakland, CA. Address will be sent to you after you register. Location is near the Grand Lake Theater, about a 30 minute walk, 10 minute bike/bus ride, or 8 minute drive from 19th St. BART or Lake Merritt BART. 

Accessibility note: The main entrance has 12 steps to the door. There is a route through the back door that only has 4 steps. Please contact me if you have any accessibility questions or requests.


About your instructor: Molly McLeod


I've been hand lettering since middle school, and one of the only things I love more than lettering is teach other people lettering! View more of my work on Instagram.

Questions? Email

Can't make it this time around? To hear about future workshops and follow along with my political art this year, sign up for my free digital zine, M Dashes.

Check out a few examples of my lettering work below!