Little Brite Neon


New York Neon Workshop

Venue: Lite Brite Neon, The Old American Can Factory 232 Third Street Brooklyn NY 11215
Neon Workshops LTD
Neon Workshops was set up in 2010 by artist Richard William Wheater, in his home city of Wakefield, out of frustration that there was nowhere in Europe to learn neon hands-on in a creative environment. Now in it’s fifth year, Neon Workshops caters specifically for the creative industry, consulting, fabricating, installing, teaching and exhibiting neon, with the hope of inspiring future generations to play with and develop a media with heaps of potential!
Lite Brite Neon LLC
It was Lite Brite Proprietor Matt Dilling who introduced Wheater to two brilliant neon makers in the UK, one of which; Julia Bickerstaff, continues to work closely with Neon Workshops, and has taught with Dilling and Wheater on numerous Mobile Neon Workshop adventures! Lite Brite Neon are young yet hugely established and command a respect that many neon shops can only aspire to. They continue to work with the biggest names in the art and retail industry. There is a lot of love between these two neon shops.

Posted 11 August 2015

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Lite Brite is in the Gowanus part of Brooklyn - a great industrial area (that is quickly gentrifying!). Workshop participants could stay in any of the neighboring areas and still be within walking distance (Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, etc). It is a very safe area.

Workshop facilities
There is a small coffee shop in the building where Lite Brite Neon is based, serving coffee, pastries, etc, as well as lunch. There is also a Whole Foods grocery right across the street and they have anything you might want there, as well as a small restaurant inside. Lite Brite Neon has a full kitchen, refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, and coffee pot as well. And there are many restaurants and bars in the surrounding neighborhood as well.

Lite Brite Neon has the following torches available for use:
2 x fishtail hand torches 2 x Ribbon burners (16” long) 2 x crossfire’s 2 x bench burners
We recommend bringing a camera and sketchbook. All other materials will be provided. If you have a particular neon idea in mind, feel free to share and we’ll let you know prior to the workshop if this is realistic or not.
The workshop will cover the history and theory of neon, color, brightness, bending, fusing, blowing, electroding, mobile neon, installation methods and techniques, through discussion, demonstrations, and practical exercises. We aim for everyone to leave with a fully-working neon if this is their wish, however we cannot guarantee this nor the lifespan of a neon made by a participant. We are also aware that this may not be the driving force behind a participant taking the workshop. New York Neon Workshop provides a rare occurrence; priceless knowledge that will be shared by some real heavyweight names in the neon industry, an industry that is often frustratingly shrouded in secrecy!
Evening events
Neon evening events are part of the New York Neon Workshop and free to participants. Neon evening events will be open to the general public and will be charged accordingly. Further information will be forwarded to participants nearer the time.
Terms and conditions, see the PDF
Schedule: See PDF
All glass/neon making materials are included in this workshop. 1 x neon power supply (USA 110V or European 230V) will be available to each participant as part of the workshop fee.
New York Neon Workshop facilitators
NYNW tutor: Richard William Wheater Lite Brite Neon staff on hand: Sergio Almaraz – our master bender
Neon Workshops 70b George Street Wakefield West Yorkshire WF1 1DL
United Kingdom
Matt Dilling – our proprietor Wayne Heller – our lead designer Erin Jones – our director
Tel: 0044 (0)1924 200 069 Email:
Venue address:
Lite Brite Neon 232 3rd St C102 Brooklyn
NY 11215 United States
Tel: 001 718 855 6082
More information:
70b George Street
West Yorkshire
+44 (0) 1924 2000 69

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