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

This course is for people with no experience in framing pictures and is designed to teach you the skills and confidence to create a variety of different frame styles using simple tools and second-hand timber.

You will be able to custom your frames to accommodate an A5 print (210mm x 150mm).

Once completed, you will be able to complete your own frame projects at home. There will also be the opportunity in future to use bench space at Among The Trees to work on picture framing projects.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this picture framing course, you will have

  • an appreciation of the value of second-hand timber
  • knowledge of the different materials that can be used for picture framing and where to find them.
  • an introduction to picture frame design
  • the ability to measure and cut timber, backing material and glass or perspex to size accurately to use for framing
  • an understanding of picture frame construction
  • an introduction to a variety of different picture framing tools and hardware
  • the knowledge and skills to frame pictures of your own at home
  • the option of renting a bench and tools at Among the Trees to build picture frames if desired
  • a custom picture frame of your own to take home and hang

What will be covered in this Picture Framing Course for Beginners?

  • Sourcing and selecting the right timber and materials for frames
  • Measuring, layout and picture frame design
  • Grain direction, its strengths and weaknesses
  • Use of hand tools to accurately cut frame pieces to size
  • How to use woodworking glues
  • Use of woodworking fixings such as nails and pins
  • Sanding and applying a wax finish
  • Cutting glass and perspex
  • Using a variety of different picture frame hardware
  • How to hang pictures

Who is this Picture Framing Course for Beginners for?

  • This course is aimed at people with little to no experience with picture framing and is looking for an introduction into the craft. It is open to anyone 18 years and over.
  • The course is run using predominantly hand tools so students need to be aware that there is an element of physicality involved and most of the work is carried out standing up.
  • We aim to make the courses as inclusive and accessible as possible, people living with a disability should notify SCC so that the appropriate accommodations can be made.
  • All Courses at Among the Tree have a strong focus on sustainable practices and will be attractive to people who share this interest.

Tools and Materials

This course will be taught using entirely second-hand timber and hand tools. You will be taught to use a variety of woodworking tools and materials including:

  • Reclaimed Timber, where to find it and how to use it.
  • Different backing materials
  • Measuring and marking tools
  • Mitre saws.
  • Various clamps
  • Handplanes and shooting boards (TBC. Please omit these until we can confirm if they will be used)
  • Hammer and nails
  • Pliers and pincers
  • Picture framing and hanging hardware
  • Glass, perspex and associated cutting tools
  • Wood glue
  • Timber finishes

All tools and materials are to be provided by Among the Trees.

Requirements and Safety

  • Students should bring in an A4 (or smaller) photo, print or artwork that they would like to frame. Artworks need to be no thicker than cards. Prints from local artists will also be available to purchase on the day.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own facemask, protective eyewear and ear protection, however, sanitised Personal Protective Equipment will be available to use. Any borrowed PPE needs to be sanitised after use.
  • All students are required to wear closed-toe shoes.
  • Aprons will be provided but students should wear clothing that can get dirty (e.g. sawdust or glue).
  • Long hair needs to be tied back and no loose hanging jewellery should be worn.
  • For your own safety, facilitator instructions regarding the correct use of tools and equipment must be followed at all times.
  • Any people thought to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be able to take part in the workshop

Course venue

Among The Trees Workshop

27 Sydney Street, Marrickville NSW 2204

About Among The Trees

"We can’t get enough of reclaimed and recycled timber, and we believe it should be accessible to everyday people. There’s nothing like working with wood, and to use and love a product that would otherwise have been sent to a landfill or be burned off helps keep the story of that piece alive.

We want to show you how and why we love this material and share with you how to work with it. We are Among The Trees, and we can’t wait to say hello."

Additional information

Please advise Among The Trees about:

  1. your emergency contact (name, relationship and contact phone number), and
  2. any special requirements (e.g. wheelchair access) if applicable

Lunch (all-day classes)

A 30-minute lunch break will take place halfway through all-day classes. Students are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Alternatively, there are cafes and takeaway restaurants nearby.

Other Information

Please note, concessions are not available for our Woodwork courses that are held in partnership with Among The Trees.

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Picture Framing Course for Beginners

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$279 Limited inc GST / $0 / $223.20 / $251.10
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<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>This course is for people

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$279 Limited inc GST / $0 / $223.20 / $251.10
Picture Framing Course for Beginners

<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>This course is for people

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$279 Limited inc GST / $0 / $223.20 / $251.10

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Course testimonials:

  • said: Ian, was an extremely friendly , knowledgable, caring, and help us orientated during this course. Could not have felt more comfortable asking what I feel were very dumb questions, Ian took them in his stride and explained things at our level. Great assist for The Sydney Community Centre to have hime as a teacher. Cheers Glenys Vincent

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  • said: Student gave this course 4.5 stars

  • said: The course was practical, comprehensive and really useful. Ian was well-prepared, has an engaging teaching style and generous with his wisdom. Very pleased with the frame I made! I would be interested in doing a course which showed us how to ‘demount’ a work and ‘re-frame’ it or ‘re-use’ and old frame.

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