Picture framing, gilding, decorative finishes and upholstery

Picture framing with John Hill

Ref: S4D09024

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£481.00
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About this course

Experience and practise all aspects of the picture framer's craft. Using basic equipment, you will learn techniques for creative mount cutting, mitre cutting, joining mouldings, choosing colour, proportion and glass cutting.

Course Description

All the basics of the picture framer's craft are taught and demonstrated during this practical course. This will include tuition in planning and measuring, mount cutting and design, mounting techniques; selecting mount board and mouldings, mitre cutting and joining moulding, glass cutting, framing memorabilia, needlework, paintings and box frames can be covered if requested. Conservation/preservation issues and the correct choice of equipment and trade information are also given.

During the first evening, after an introduction and demonstration, the tutor will discuss and select each work project that the students have brought.

It should be possible to frame up to four items during the course, depending on your level of experience. Guidance will be given on how to overcome practical problems and on this longer course you will be able to build on your knowledge and confidence.

Group demonstrations based around framing projects brought in by students are given when relevant and detailed practical guidance from the tutor is given on a one-to-one basis. This course is structured as a workshop for students of all levels who wish to develop their creative skills in all aspects of the picture framer's craft.

Timetable

Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • A selection of at least 4 items to frame: prints, photographs, watercolours, needlework, memorabilia etc.
  • Pencil, rubber, tape measures/rules, craft knives or scalpel, scissors and any tapes mentioned if you have them.
  • Tools and equipment are provided by the College and the tutor, but bring any picture framing related items/equipment if you already have them.
  • Framing materials (eg frame, mount card, backing material and glass) may be purchased from the College Craft Shop. However, if you have previous experience and wish to use a specific moulding and mount board type, you should either bring this with you, or you can order from a framing supplier to be delivered to the College Craft Shop shortly before your course is due to run, clearly marked with your name and course code.

Available to buy

  • A limited selection of picture frame mouldings (approx 50 designs) and a limited selection of acid free mount board (approx 30 colours)
  • Hand mount cutters (Logan 2000)
  • Glass cutters
  • 2mm standard picture framing glass
  • Conservation clear UV glass
  • 2mm backing board Artbak and MDF
  • Framing accessories
  • Craft knives and measuring rules
  • Tapes (masking tape, acid free, double sided, wide brown and decorative)
  • Art supplies

Tutors

John Hill

John is a picture framer and experienced teacher. He has worked as a framer in the UK and Bermuda, and has a keen interest in conservation.

Accommodation

Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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