Mobile Neon Workshops 2015

New York Neon

18th - 20th September 2015



When our friends at Lite Brite Neon (Brooklyn) suggested we should run a workshop there soon, we didn't have to be asked twice! The big apple continues to play a colossal role in the story of neon. We've teamed up with the most influential players in New York City's neon scene to deliver an ambitious workshop and evening event series.

From taking a neon tour with 'New York Neon' author Thomas Rinaldi, to working with fire, glass and electric in the renowned studio of Lite Brite Neon. Sit back in a hip Brooklyn bar, listening to stories from the likes of Jeff Friedman – owner of the world's most famous neon shop; Let There be Neon. An electron bombarder will turn your glass sculpture into neon. Watch William Klein's stunning movie 'Broadway by Light' on a NYC rooftop under the setting September sun. Bend and blow glass over a ribbon burner to a hand drawn template or perhaps a 3D maquette!

This will undoubtedly be the coolest workshop we've ever attempted. The Lite Brite Neon team: Matt Dilling, Sergio Almaraz, Wayne Heller and Erin Jones, along with UK artist Richard William Wheater, will be on hand to help participants explore the mystifying world of neon with a New York twist! No neon/glass making experience necessary. Tutors will assist with turning participants neon ideas into reality. Price excludes accommodation, travel and food, though we are happy to advise on these.

Download a copy of the schedule and info sheet.

Email if you have any questions.


*£965 + Paypal fee = £998.01

London: Make Neon Art

4th / 6th September 2015



Learn how to make neon (yes you heard it right... CREATE NEON ART!)

Transcribe ideas into neon drawings, and learn how to fill the glass forms with gas to make energy saving, 100 percent recyclable light. This is a beginner's 1 DAY COURSE into the art that is neon. You'll design your sign in the morning and transcribe your design into a real life sign. You can make anything out of one piece of 1.5 m neon.

This price includes your transformer and gas of your artwork. No previous experience is necessary but by the end of the day you will take home a piece of neon that you have designed. You have the option to make it yourself or Richard will help you as its tricky for novices.

Book your place through Indytute



Biarritz: Neon Surf Retreat

August/September 2016


Join us on a remote coastal retreat to contemplate the most abundant noble gas in the air we breathe: neon. Alternate riding the waves under professional instruction, with making neon sculptures on the golden shores of Biarritz. Whether you are a surfer drawn to bright lights, or a neon lover wondering what a beach break is, bring a towel and your sense of adventure and let's make some memories! Camp-style accommodation is planned, with wholesome meals to keep body and mind in good shape.

Please email if you have any questions.


One - One

Choose your tuition date with one of our neon makers
£563* per person, per day

Our one to one tuition offers a more intensive training experience allowing the participant to thoroughly engage with neon making. Ex-participants can expand their knowledge and push their skills further, absolute beginners are offered a more exclusive introduction to neon during one to one time with a neon maker.

This is not a 'neon commissioning day'. If you have something specific you wish to make, then please get in touch before purchase for advice on whether this may be possible as part of the One - One. Commissions are taken on with enthusiasm, and are something seperate to the workshops we offer.

Once purchased we will get in touch to arrange a One - One time that suits!


One - One Tuition

*£563 + Paypal fee = £582.14

Two - One tuition is also available for £790**.

**£790 + Paypal fee = £ 817.06


One Day Intensive

Learn, make and take home your own neon sculpture

2015   |   25th September | 16th October |  6th November |  4th December |


Six participants will be taught by two neon makers, and learn everything from transcribing ideas into neon drawings to filling their glass forms with gas. At the end of the day everyone takes home a piece of neon* they have designed and helped make or directed in making.
This workshop should be seen as a 'neon experience day' rather than a 'neon commissioning day'. The two tutors will do their best in the short intense amount of time allocated to assist you in realising your idea, however be aware competent neon making requires a level of skill only achieved through many hours of practice. Download schedule here for more advice on this.
All One Day Intensives take place on Fridays. Experience is not necessary.


*£275 + Paypal fee = £284.55

One Day Intensive


*Price includes high frequency neon power supply. Designs should be kept to a maximum of 1.5m glass tube length.


Neon Sessions - £75*

2015   | July 4th, 11th, 25th | August CLOSED | September 17th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 26th, 27th | October 1st, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 15th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 29th | November 5th, 7th, 8th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 21st, 22nd, 26th, 28th, 29th | December 3rd, 5th, 6th, 10th, 12th, 13th  



Session 1: 10am - 12pm

Session 2: 1pm – 3pm

Session 3: 4pm – 6pm


Session 1: 12pm - 2pm

Session 2: 3pm – 5pm

Thursday Lates


A two hour taster session on what neon is, what it can be and how to make it. See glowing examples of neon art explained, expect mesmerising demonstrations of cutting, blowing, stretching, bending and fusing glass with flame, filling with gas and illuminating with electricity. Experience the chance to have a go yourself under tuition and take home the results!*

Neon Sessions take place on Thursday evenings, Saturdays and Sunday afternoons. Participants receive 20% off a One Day Intensive.

Buy a session now using the Paypal buttons below. We'll be in touch shortly after with confirmation.

Places are taken on a first come first served basis - book now to avoid disappointment!


*£75 + Paypal fee + 20p transaction = £77.75

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*We can electrode and process these practice examples with gas for a discounted fee of £20.


Neon Refresher + Hire

£150 per person


If you've enjoyed one of our workshops* but don't feel confident with jumping straight into hiring, then this package is for you! From 10am-12:30pm a neon tutor will help you revisit the torches and assist with manipulating glass tube, so that in the afternoon (1:30-5pm) you can hit the ground running and make your neon!

Price does not include materials, which can be paid for up front or as you go along. This is for ex-workshop participants only. Book your Refresher now!

£150 + Paypal fee = £155.30

*Excludes Neon Sessions



£12 per person, per hour


With access to such affordable neon making facilities, finishing a workshop doesn't have to mark the end of your experiences with neon...
it can be the beggining! Practice, play, make your neon night and day with tech on hand. Price does not include materials, which can be paid for up front or as you go along. Hire is for ex-workshop participants only. Book your Hire time now!


Gift Voucher


Method of Payment

Bank transfer (We'll invoice you with our account info)

Paypal (Buttons above)

Intuit Pay (Card payments over the phone)

Please note, as there are limited places available per course, it is advised to confirm early to avoid disappointment. On received payment, your place will be confirmed and the remaining necessary workshop itinerary will be forwarded. If you wish to withdraw from the course you will receive full reimbursement provided a minimum of 28 days notice has been given before course date.



All prices are inclusive of 20% VAT. Paypal buttons incur a 3.4% + 20p fee for each transaction.
We teach members of the public from the age of 14 years and above. Those that are below the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Course price does not include transformer/power supply unless stated. There are a wide range available varying in voltage and milliamps. Transformers are available from Neon Workshops on the day: £90 for our high frequency transformers and £126 for our traditional iron core transformers. Unless you know the exact length and diameter of glass and choice of gas you wish to use, please don’t purchase until the work is made.

Food and lodgings are not included in the course fee unless specified however cafes and fast food outlets are very close by. We also have a list on request of recommended places to stay within a stones throw from the workshop.

In extraordinary circumstances, such as unforeseen staff illness, Neon Workshops reserve the right to cancel workshops at any time. We will always do our best to reschedule the workshop, but if rescheduling is not possible then a refund of the workshop price only will be offered. We are not in a position to offer participants compensation for travel and accommodation.

Gift Vouchers are non refundable and are valid for 12 months from date of purchase.