Development Level Courses


3D Framing

Details about our 3D framing course

Course Overview

This is an exploration of why and how people choose to display objects, artefacts and collectibles. as well as learning one method for making a  box (3D) frame.

It forms one session in our business development weeks being held throughout the country.   You can book 3D FRAMING as:

For information on the full Business Development Week please click: MORE.  Alternatively search for a Business Development Week in your area.

It is run as a one day course, running from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm

What previous experience should I have?

Students should have completed BASICS OF FRAMING and MOUNT CUTTING & DECORATION or have some experience of making 2D frames with mounts. 

Trainers will assume that you are:

  1. Familiar with specialist tools used in basic framing;
  2. Able to cut mitres in mouldings and know how to form and fix a frame.
  3. Know how to plan, mark out and cut mounts

What will the course cover?

Once you grasp how to build frames, you will become more adventurous.  With memorabilia and souvenirs increasing in popularity, people want to find ways of framing all sorts of objects.  For some it is a simple matter of displaying things they like, for others it is adding value to saleable items.  The simple solution is to build a box frame. This course takes you through many of the underlying principles of this type of project as well as guiding you through a specific project to illustrate it.

This type of framing also allows the framer to indulge their own creativity and cunning as they can produce unique and decoratively displayed exhibits.

Through clear explanation, demonstration and your own "hands on" practice, you will learn about general principles:

You will then learn how to produce a simple 3D Frame for an object by;

Cost includes all tools and materials supplied.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will be provided with an object for framing. You will produce your own, professionally finished 3D Frame: it will be simple to remove the object provided and replace it with something of your own at a later stage.


Conservation Framing

Details about our Conservation framing course

Course Overview

This is an exploration of the general principles behind conservation framing. Those principles are then used to guide you in the presentation and framing of some artwork you have brought in.

It forms one session in our business development weeks being held throughout the country. You can book CONSERVATION FRAMING as:

For information on the full Business Development Week please click: MORE. Alernatively search for a Business Development Week in your area.

It is run as a one day course, running from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm

What previous experience should I have?

It is expected that you will have already attended one of the Basics Of Framing courses and the Mount Cutting and Decoration courses.

Trainers will assume that you are:

  1. Familiar with specialist tools used in basic framing;
  2. Able to cut mitres in mouldings and know how to form and fix a frame
  3. Know how to plan, mark out and cut mounts (preferrably double mounts) 

Of course, you may already have acquired these skills through another avenue

What will the course cover?

This type of framing project represents a top quality framing solution. The principles taught are based on the criteria demanded in Conservation Framing by the Fine Arts Trade Guild. As a consequence, the emphasis of this training is to develop an awareness of conservation requirements when framing.

You will learn about 4 important principles:

  1. choice of framing materials;
  2. creating a barrier to defined contaminants;
  3. reversibility of any actions taken;
  4.  handling and caring for artwork throughout the framing process.

You will follow a framing process where, at each stage, the implications of conservation requirements will be illustrated and solutions demonstrated. You will then put this into practice through your own framing project.  You will find that, as well as knowing how to frame more valuable pieces of work with increased confidence, you will acquire a whole range of skills, techniques and ideas that will help with many other framing projects.

Skills of specific importance in conservation framing will be developed. These include

Cost includes all tools and materials supplied.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need a piece of 2D artwork which you wish to frame with preservation and quality in mind.  Examples of what people often bring are:

Any 2D work will do and some people prefer to learn the principles with a simple piece of work and then frame the valued item in the same way, at a later stage.

Images must be A4 size or smaller.


Framing Fabric

Details about our Fabric Framing course

Course Overview

This is an exploration of the general principles behind conservation framing. Those principles are then used to guide you in the presentation and framing of some artwork you have brought in.

It forms one session in our business development weeks being held throughout the country. You can book FABRIC FRAMING as:

For information on the full Business Development Week please click: MORE. Alternatively search for a Business Development Week in your area.

It is run as a one day course, running from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm

What previous experience should I have?

It is expected that you will have already attended one of the Basics Of Framing courses and the Mount Cutting and Decoration courses.

Trainers will assume that students are:

  1. Familiar with specialist tools used in basic framing;
  2. Able to cut mitres in mouldings and know how to form and fix a frame.

Whilst not a requirement, it is an advantage to have taken part in the Conservation Framing course; a number of the ideas about care for artwork are taken up in this course.  Some (very) basic sewing is also involved in this session.

What will the course cover?

Through clear explanation, demonstration and your own “hands on” practice, you will learn about:

Three options will be explored and practised:

  1. lacing;
  2. pinning to foam mountboard;
  3. tight fit through square cut mountboard.

You will also look at general principles used in preparing some other types of fabric based art for framing, including stretching a canvas over wooden frames, sewing in quilts, stapling to board.

You  will then choose a method best suited to mounting your artwork, before being guided through your  own framing project:

What do I need to bring with me?

You are invited to bring your own fabric based art (no larger than A4). If this is not possible we will provide appropriate pieces for framing. You will produce your own, professionally finished piece of framed "Fabric Art".

 


Adding Decorative Finishes to Frames

Day course: find out about creating your own frame finishes

Course Overview

This is an exploration of the materials, resources and some special techniques that can be used to add creative finishes to bare faced mouldings.  It provides people with the chance to try out and combine colouring agents and finishes.  Practical workshops also take you through a step by step guide to a range of paint effect techniques.

You can book ADDING DECORATIVE FINISHES TO FRAMES as a one day course. These will take place throughout the year in the main training centres: Beaconsfield, Manchester, Nuneaton. 

This course runs from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm

What previous experience should I have?

No previous framing experience is required. However, there will be an assumption that you have some understanding of how to make picture frames.  These assumptions are reflected in the range of terms and references used by the trainers in their instructions.

What will the course cover?

This workshop will suit those who want to develop bespoke framing projects either for paying customers or to enhance their own artwork.

A series of "mini-projects", run concurrently, that look at ways of working with colour on natural wood.  Three underlying methods of working are identified:

  1. Applying a gesso base to provide a lighter look and more varied "patina" to a frame;
  2. Priming mouldings to create a base that can allow a whole range of paint effects to be applied;
  3. Working with natural mouldings directly, where the grain has an important part to play in the final finish

Those projects allow you to try a good number of basic techniques as well as working directly with a wide and varied range of products:

By creating a range of "finished" chevron samples you will extend your repertoire of basic preparation / finishing techniques as well as working directly with a wide and varied range of products.

 The core skills are:

Cost includes all tools and materials supplied.

What do I need to bring with me?

No artwork necessary.  Overalls, art apron will be useful as the day can become quite messy! We provide latex gloves: if you are allergic to latex you might like to bring some vinyl gloves instead.