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Learn the essentials of Picture Framing with our woodwork short courses in Sydney!

Do you have pictures or posters in need of a frame? This picture framing course will give you the opportunity to frame one of your own pictures while providing you with the skills and knowledge of the required tools and materials to frame many more at home.

In this course you will be using second-hand materials to create a complete wooden frame and backing, whilst provided with the knowledge and skill to source and cut perspex or glass glazing at home.

Class sizes are kept small to ensure a maximal learning experience. Please ensure you will be able to attend all sessions of the picture framing course. If you miss one or more sessions, it will become quite difficult to catch up and learn the skills safely.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the picture framing course, you should have:

  • an understanding of basic framing considerations
  • knowledge of picture frame joinery techniques
  • skills with hand saws, framing guillotine, and frame hardware
  • Introductory understanding of glass cutting
  • Information on what tools to acquire for home DIY frames
  • a complete picture frame to take home.

What will be covered in this picture framing course?

  • Knowledge of general safety in the workshop
  • Understanding of second-hand timbers and glazing
  • Foundations of framing techniques
  • Woodgrain direction and strength
  • Use of various woodworking tools and equipment
  • How to apply a linseed oil finish

Who is this picture framing course for?

Those with basic knowledge or experience with woodwork.

Materials provided

All tools and materials are provided, however, students are welcome to bring their own tools – old and new – and learn how to use and maintain them. Please note, it is a hand tool course, with minimal power tools used.

Please bring to class

Please bring the following PPE

  • a face mask
  • safety glasses or goggles
  • earmuffs or earplugs

The Bower has PPE sanitised and available to borrow. Students must sanitise before and after use.

  • Bring your own picture or poster – We can frame any size up to A3.

Course venue (Redfern)

The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre Workshop

107 Redfern Street, Redfern NSW 2016 (Entry via Turner Street (opposite of 23 Turner Street) from the rear of building)

Entrance to the Bower workshop

The entrance to the Bower workshop is via Turner Street, which is at the rear of 107 Redfern Street and is almost opposite no. 25. You should find there a hand-painted sign “The Bower Woodworks”. If you do find the door locked, please do not hesitate to press the doorbell on the left-hand side of the garage door. Please note, the doors for the venue will be open from 5:30 pm.

Transportation and parking

Public transport would be the easiest way to get to the workshop space. The space is located very close to Redfern Train Station, a local transport hub.

The majority of the parking is 2-hour-timed (including some paid parking on Red-fern St) though it clicks over to untimed at 8 pm, a good option if you can find a park there before 6 pm. The untimed parking is available on Pitt St between Phillip and Wellington St. Turn right from Turner St and head down Pitt St two-block, untimed parking is on your right.

Additional information

  • Please don’t wear your best clothing
  • If you have long hair, please tie it back
  • Wear closed-in shoes

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Picture Framing Essentials Course

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Picture Framing Essentials Course

<p>Learn the essentials of Picture Framing with our <a href="https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/courses/arts/woodwork">woodwork short courses</a> in Sydney!</p>

<p>Do you have pictures or

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$269 Limited inc GST / $202 / $215.20 / $242.10

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Course testimonials:

  • said: First tutor was great, the original tutor was great also. Maybe should be 3 day sessions.

  • said: A great experience with a small group and a friendly, knowledgeable and helpful tutor. I thoroughly enjoyed this course.

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  • said: Very knowledgeable and friendly teacher who gave us clear instructions as useful information. Would definetly reccomend to either the artist or art collector who would like to learn how to make their own frames, or anyone who’d like to learn frame making.

  • said: What an excellent course for learning about and practising the basic fundamentals of picture framing. Ian is an accomplished tutor with around 30 years of experience in the field and he also provided a good array of references for further reading. At the end of the course you will have created your own fully framed small picture or photo. Highly recommended.

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