Picture framing, gilding, decorative finishes and upholstery

An introduction to picture framing with John Hill

Ref: SLW08831


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About this course

Learn basic skills to mount and frame works of art to a high standard. Using quality materials and minimum equipment at each stage, you will frame two to three pictures and leave with the knowledge to continue at home.

Course Description

Basic techniques needed for picture framing can soon be perfected with patience and practice. You will learn how to frame pictures using the minimum of equipment, which should be possible to achieve at home. It should be possible to frame two/three pictures during the course.

The course covers: planning and measuring, cutting single and double mounts, choosing colour, determining size/proportions, glass cutting, suitable ways of attaching artwork, cutting and joining mouldings, equipment information, suppliers information; routine conservation and preservation, assembly and finish. Demonstrations are given where appropriate alongside one-to-one advice and assistance from the tutor.


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

  • Bring along a selection of prints, photographs, watercolours, etc. to frame (minimum 3 items). The tutor will discuss with you to help you select which of these are best suited for you to frame on the course.
  • Tools and equipment are provided for use by the College and the tutor, but you can bring along any picture framing related items/equipment you may already have if you wish. Frame mouldings and mount board are available for sale in the College Craft Shop.

Available to buy

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


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.


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

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