Picture Framing Essentials Course

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Learn the essentials of picture framing in this Woodwork course in Sydney.

This two-day workshop is a comprehensive introduction to the world of picture framing. Whether you are looking to work in the framing industry or plan to make frames at home, this course will expose you to all the information, resources and suppliers you need to pursue your framing goals.

You will learn the fundamental techniques required to make a picture frame – whilst being exposed to the correct trade terminology and framing language – and will have the opportunity to discuss areas such as frame design, conservation framing, identification and care of artworks, specialised mounting techniques and framing theory on a professional and enjoyable level.


By the end of this course you will:

  • be able to understand how and why a picture is framed
  • have considered the basic principles of frame design
  • be able to measure, cut and join a frame to a required size
  • be able to cut a window mat and hinge an artwork into a window mount
  • have gained a basic understanding of conservation framing materials and practices
  • be able to communicate clearly with professionals within the framing industry
  • be able to manage your own framing projects

Course content

Students will be instructed in framing a small ‘work on paper’ of their choice (this can be a drawing, photograph or document, similar in size to an A5 piece of paper, or max 200x255mm). After observing a series of tutor-led demonstrations, students will be assisted in making their own frames using entry-level framing equipment. The keyframing methods learnt here will enable students to develop their own framing designs and solutions in the future.

The course schedule is as follows:

Day 1

  • Why we frame things / the function of frames
  • PowerPoint presentation and image-assisted discussion covering: frame production methods and equipment (from basic to advanced); the negative effects of poor framing on works of art; oversize frames; and artist’s/signature frames
  • Framing studio layouts and positive workshop practices
  • Visualisation and design
  • Consideration of materials
  • Planning and measuring up
  • Cutting and joining the frame
  • Discussion on different frame finishes

Day 2

  • The matboard package / cutting a window mat
  • Hinging and mounting methods / Japanese hinging / specialised tapes / clear film / supports etc
  • Assembling the frame / fitting up
  • Suppliers / professional organisations / further reading
  • Future directions
  • Summary and final words

Materials provided

The course fee includes all frame materials including:

  • Timber moulding
  • Conservation-standard alpha-cellulose matboard
  • Course notes

Please bring to class

  • Sharp pencil
  • Eraser
  • Calculator
  • A ruler or measuring device
  • One ‘work on paper’ for framing (maximum paper size 200x255mm)

PLEASE NOTE: Glazing is not included in the course fee. Students should obtain and pay for a piece of 2mm glass cut-to-size between session one and two. Alternatively, an additional $30 payment can be made to the course tutor during day one to upgrade glazing to a premium UV-filtering Perspex plus a non-porous polypropylene backing board.

Please wear closed-in shoes.

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Course testimonials:

  • said: Student gave this course 4 stars

  • 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.

  • said: A fantastic experience that was professionally run. Walked in with no knowledge whatsoever, walked out with a fully made frame and brimming with ideas. Would highly recommend.

  • said: I enrolled on this Picture Framing course with very specific objectives and they were all achieved. Our tutor Ian was excellent and the knowledge I have just gained will assist me greatly with my next business venture. Cheers David.

  • 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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