Picture Framing – Intermediate/Advanced Workshop

This is tutored picture framing workshop. The aim of the workshop is to provide an environment where you can broaden your range of experience, by providing the opportunity to work on individual projects of your own choosing, working at your own pace with guidance and tuition from the tutor. There will be revision of the techniques used in planning and cutting the components to complete the framed piece to a professional standard. The course is aimed at students who have had some experience of the tools used and is not designed for those with no previous experience. Each session has a combination of theory and practice, combined with demonstrations and practical work.

Course Content

This is a project based course that builds on your previous picture framing experience through a variety of different assignments, using different techniques. The workshops will give you the opportunity to work on individual projects and design ideas of your own choosing, working at your own pace with guidance and tuition from the tutor.

In the first session you’ll do a few small projects to remind you of the techniques used; the first two projects revisit a single and double mount. As you gain confidence in using the tools, we introduce more complexity to the frames and mount designs, such as using double frames, slips and fillets.

The workshop provides you with the opportunity of attempting a variety of projects to illustrate different ways of attaching artwork, the impact of different types of glass.

By the end of the course, you should understand and perform the steps to design, mount and frame a selection of different types of art, using a selection of hobby and professional framing equipment. This class is student lead, depending on the requests in the class there are different learning outcomes, these may, but not necessarily include learning the following:

•To plan, measure and make spacers for a deep box frame
•To decorate a mount
•To lace a piece of fabric ready to frame
•To frame a canvas

Each day is broken up into hands on sessions interspersed with short theory and demonstration sessions and allows you to work at your own pace. Working with others is encouraged and the general atmosphere is relaxed and fun.

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will be run under strict social distancing guidelines with smaller class sizes and additional hygiene procedures in place. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

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

Previous framing experience is a recommendation although not a necessity.
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. The dimensions of the pictures should be A4 (300mm x 210mm) or smaller. For the first session, your pictures can be drawings, prints, photographs or paintings and should be on paper and not on board, canvas or fabric. If you have your own mount cutter, you’re encouraged to bring that to class. There is no need to bring wood or glass to the first session.

The college provides a limited set of tools for the course. Students are encouraged to bring their own cutting boards to class. You will also be required to buy your own tapes, mount board and materials. You can purchase mount board from the college in the first session. In subsequent sessions, you can either buy from the college or purchase your own. Materials and equipment required will be discussed on the first day of term. 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 average spend on additional materials by previous students is £20.

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is recommended for the best results!

Assessment Methods

The tutor is a picture framer and will provide guidance and feedback on your progress. There is no formal assessment on this course.

Additional Information

Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) 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.