Frame & Mount Your Own Prints

This 3-day workshop is an introduction to picture framing. During the workshop, you learn to plan and cuts mounts for your artwork, cut and assemble the picture frames, cut glass and backing and assemble all the pieces to complete the framed piece to a professional standard. Each session has a combination of theory and practice, with the emphasis on demonstrations and practical work. You should complete two frames, ready to hang, in the three-day workshop.

Course Content

The course introduces you to picture framing with a focus on planning, and cutting mounts to enhance your artwork. You are introduced to the key elements of a framed picture and learn the steps to creating a number of different mount designs. Whether you are an artist or photographer or simply want to learn to mount and frame your own art, this workshop offers a space where you can learn the techniques to enhance your work. You also learn to measure, mitre and assemble the moulding to make up the picture frame. You learn to cut glass and backing and to assemble the bundle to make a frame ready to hang.

By the end of the 3-day workshop you should understand the steps that you need to take to make a framed, mounted and glazed picture.

• You will learn how to plan, measure and cut single and double mounts
• You will learn how to measure, cut and join the wood to make a frame
• You will learn how to cut glass

Depending on your progress, you should be able to take home 2 or 3 complete framed pieces and a number of mounted pieces. The class is suitable for those who have never cut mounts or made a frame before and also to those who have had some experience and who would like to work on a few more frames.

Each day is a combination of practical hands-on sessions interspersed with short theory and demonstration sessions and allows you to work at your own pace. You will be encouraged to work with the others in the group and the general atmosphere is relaxed and fun.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

No prior knowledge is needed, although attention to detail and a careful thoughtful approach is useful.
Level 1 numeracy equivalent is recommended, as there are some measurements and calculations used in class, although not essential as this is a practical class and the tutor is on hand to help.

First Class Requirements

Please bring a notebook, pencil, eraser, and a few pictures for mounting. For the initial frame, the dimensions of the pictures should be A4 (300mm x 210mm) or smaller and can be drawings, prints, photographs or paintings on paper and not on board, canvas or fabric. For the subsequent pieces, size will be dictated by what you can afford and can be on board. We will not work with fabric or canvas in this workshop.
General advice is that if you work with smaller pieces, mistakes are less costly. It’s also easier to manage a smaller piece in the workshop.

The college provides a limited set of tools for the course and students have the option of purchasing a small selection of equipment. You will need to buy your own mount board and other materials. You can purchase these from college or bring your own. The average spend on additional materials by previous students is £20.

Assessment Methods

Observation and verbal feedback given

Additional Information

As a result of the government’s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

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This specialist course has been identified to run with fewer numbers due to either the student demand for the course and subject area or the need for increased one to one tuition. This course will be able to run with only 6 learners and will have a maximum of 10 in the class.