Professional / Specialist Level Courses


Business Development Week

Details of the Business Development Week

Course Overview

The Business Development Week is the "Flagship" of our training programme and is unique to DIYframing.  Using many years of experience in the framing industry, combined with expert knowledge of how to plan and structure the development of a new business,  DIY Framing offers an imaginative and original course. It moves people from being complete framing novices to starting up a bespoke framing service from home or business premises.  We can honestly say that we do not know of any other company currently providing such an exciting and complete support and training package.

The full programme consists of seven, 1-day sessions.  Each day represents a complete workshop or course, which can be booked separately or in any combination. 

At the end of the week you will be able to tackle most framing projects and have the confidence to resolve new challenges as they are presented to you.  At the same time, you will learn how to make the business side work for you.  All of the trainers involved not only have the knowledge about how to undertake a wide range of framing projects, they also have been in the position of starting their own bespoke framing service.

As the week progresses you will work with a group of others also wanting to develop their own business. We hope that over the two "business" days you will take the chance to discuss ideas, successes and pitfalls with each other. You will also end up developing your thoughts further as the week progresses. People find that during the practical days, conversations trigger new ideas.

Each day's session runs from 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

What previous experience should I have?

The Business Development week, in its entirety, is aimed at people relatively new to framing, who have decided to explore the possibility of starting a new business venture.  In some cases it will be a completely new challenge. For others it will lead to creating an additional income source, running alongside complementary services such as photography or an arts based retail outlet.

In terms of framing skills none is required for those completing the whole week's programme. 

What will the week cover?

Below is a timetable for the week.  For detailed content on each of the "Framing Days", visit the appropriate course page. 

DAY 1: Basics of Framing
DAY 2: Mount Cutting & Decoration
DAY 3: Organising & Planning A Framing Business (Business Development Day 1)
DAY 4: 3D Framing
DAY 5: Conservation Framing
DAY 6: Framing Fabrics
DAY 7: Creating Business Success (Business Development Day 2)

What do I need to bring with me?

Over the week there will be a need to bring varying bits of artwork for framing.  Please refer to individual course details for guidance.  There is no need to bring any special items for the two Business Development Days.


Organising & Planning A Framing Business (BDD1)

Details of the Business Development Day 1

Course Overview

This is a one day course, running from 10.00 am - 5.00 pm.   It is the first of two days exploring the business side of framing, which along with a second day and 5 practical workshops, forms the Business Development week.  The two business development days can be purchased without any of the other workshops and will provide a strong foundation in how to organise, plan and start a framing business.

This is a one day course running from 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

 

 Q What previous experience should I have?

 
The Business Development days are aimed at people starting out with framing who have decided to explore the possibility of beginning a new business venture.  In some cases it will be a completely new challenge, whereas for others it will lead to the development of an additional income source, running alongside complementary services such as photography or running an arts based retail outlet.

If you are signing up for just business days, it is helpful if you iether have some experience already of framing or have completed our two entry level courses:


BASICS OF FRAMING

MOUNT CUTTING AND DECORATION

 

 Q What will the course cover?

Organising & Planning a Framing Business (Business Development Day 1) has the overall brief to start the process of planning the way forward.  During that day we use seminars, discussion, activities and set aside time to make a start with organising your own thoughts.  The areas covered are:

Morning session

Afternoon session


Q What do I need to bring with me?

There is no need to bring any special items for the two Business Development Days.

 


Creating Business Success (BDD2)

Details of the Business Development Day 2

Course Overview

This is a one day course, running from 10.00 am - 5.00 pm.  This is the second of two business development days, which along with the first day (Organising & Planning A Framing Business) and 5 practical workshops, forms the Business Development week.  The two business development days can be purchased without any of the other workshops and will provide a strong foundation in how to organise, plan and start a framing business.

This is a one day course, running from 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

 

Q What previous experience should I have?

The Business Development days are aimed at people starting out with framing who have decided to explore the possibility of starting a new business venture.  In some cases it will be a completely new challenge, whereas for others it will lead to the development of an additional income source, running alongside complementary services such as photography or running an arts based retail outlet.

If you are signing up for just business days, it is helpful if you iether have some experience already of framing or have completed our two entry level courses:

 

BASICS OF FRAMING

MOUNT CUTTING AND DECORATION

 

 Q What will the course cover?

Creating Business Success (Business Development Day 2) is all about bringing customers to your business by marketing, creating a unique framing service and targeting partcular customer groups.  This day, in particular, draws upon the experience of Duncan McDonald, his early years working from home, how he set up a thriving gallery based framing business through to the recent launch of All About Framing. This really is an "ideas" day and one which will provide you with a huge bank of inovative but parctical tips that you can tailor to the business you will be setting up.  The areas covered are:

 

Q What do I need to bring with me?

There is no need to bring any special items for the two Business Development Days.

 


Stretching and Framing Canvas Based Artwork

Course Details: how to stretch and frame canvases

Course Overview

This is a practical one day course all about supporting, attaching and presenting pieces of artwork (including tapestry) and photography that have been produced on unstretched canvas.  We  look at the equipment, resources and skills involved in making stretcher frames, stretching and attaching the canvas art (or fabric) and finishing ready for hanging.  This includes putting a frame around a stretched piece. It forms part of our “professional / specialist level” range of courses.

You can book Stretching and Framing Canvas Based Artwork as a one day course. These will take place on an occasional basis 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?

It is essential that you have had some experience of using, at least, the basic tools associated with making your own frames.  Therefore it is expected that you will have attended one of our Basics of Framing Courses (or similar).  These assumptions are reflected in the range of terms and references used by the trainers in their instructions. 

What will the course cover?

This day's workshop will suit those who want to try bespoke framing projects and may well be required to stretch and frame canvases of any proportions. It will be most valuable to those specialising in a particular form of artwork involving canvas or fabric based art: oil and acrylic painting; photos printed on canvas; tapestry workers; interior designers.

The session will look at the traditional form of commercial stretchers and hangers as well as mouldings designed especially for making your own stretcher frames. It will cover the process of planning a project based on the dimensions of the artwork to be displayed, building the stretchers, attaching the artwork and adding a "box or tray" frame to one of the two pieces you will make through the day.

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

All students will complete two pieces of work - one will be a "gallery wrap" stretched canvas; no frame and is for direct hanging. The second will be a framed, stretched piece.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need to bring two pieces of artwork (on canvas) for stretching - each one no larger than 400 mm x 550 mm (or similar surface area but different proportions). 

NB You will need a minimum of 75mm spare canvas along each edge of the image - this spare will wrap along the edges and underneath the stretcher frame

If you need a canvas print, visit our Photo / Canvas Transfer service.

Your artwork can be photography on canvas, oil / acrylics on canvas, tapestry or printed fabrics. Note all pieces must be suitable for remaining open to the air as they will not be mounted and framed behind glass.


Custom Framing

Details of our Custom Framing course

Course Overview

This is a two day course aimed at those who want to attempt a bespoke framing project with the safety net of expert guidance. It is particularly suited to those about to embark on the more creative side of quality framing within their business.  This will often be people who have attended a Business Development Week.

It is important that you have carried out several framing projects before signing up for this session.

Custom Framing Courses will only run at Beaconsfield, because we plan a project on day 1 and make a stock list for day 2. Clearly, we have to be able to source the stock from our warehouse so that you can complete your project. This is currently only possible from our HQ at Beaconsfield.

Each day will run from 10.00 am – 5.00 pm (there may be some overtime if your project needs to be completed)

What previous experience should I have?

It is essential that you have covered a minimum of the skills and knowledge outlined in our two entry-level courses: Basics of Framing and Mount Cutting & Decoration. It is also ideal for you to have practised a wide range of framing projects such as those covered by our 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 (preferably double mounts)

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

What will the course cover?

The aim of the course is to give you a chance to complete a top quality bespoke framing project, as if you were taking on a unique project for a customer. The advantage of this dry run is that you will have support and advice on tap and you don't have to buy a whole range of supplies to try something more design driven than usual.

In addition to the practicalities of planning the project to a specific design brief we also try to extend your range of options further.

Day 1:

The day starts with an introduction about where and how good, creative design will add to the value of artwork.

We take you through a few more decorative skills, giving you a chance to try out:

These skills are then put into action as you complete two small (apprentice piece) framing projects through the day.

We remind you of decorative techniques you can use on bare wood mouldings and styles of mount and how they can be combined for a more dramatic or exciting look.

Over night you plan, in detail, a framing project for artwork provided by the trainer, taking account of a customer's preferences. This design brief will provide you with information to decide on the style you are going to adopt. You fill out an order for materials, working within a set budget, so that you can complete the project on the second day.

 

Day 2:

The day starts with a demonstration of colour lining and fills, exploring a range of resources available. Time is set aside for trying this for yourself before embarking on the completion of your bespoke framing project.. Throughout this session you will be able to draw upon the advice of the trainer to complete your piece. The sessions will end with a brief discussion about how well you met the design brief.

What do I need to bring with me?

For the two apprentice piece frames, you may bring your own pieces of artwork, which should be no larger than A6. Most other things are supplied: you will be provided with an image for framing. You will hopefully leave with two small framed pieces and a "premiership" class piece of bespoke framing.