Picture Framing Essentials


$299 Limited inc GST / $239.20 / $269.10
Picture Framing Essentials

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Course description

Learn the essentials of picture framing 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.

Course content

Students will be instructed in framing a small ‘work on paper’ of their choice (this can be a drawing, photograph, certificate etc. but must not be larger than an A4 sheet of paper). After observing a series of tutor-led demonstrations, students will be assisted in making their own frames using entry-level framing equipment. The key framing 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
Learning outcomes

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 their own framing projects
What we provide

The course fee includes all frame materials including:

  • Timber moulding
  • Conservation-standard alpha cellulose matboard
  • Acid-free foamcore backing board
  • Course notes
Please come prepared
  • Sharp pencil
  • Eraser
  • Calculator
  • Students need to bring one work on paper to the first session for framing (maximum paper size 297x210mm)

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 $20 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.

Feedback from past students

"Excellent! Great knowledge, communitcates well and was well prepared."

"The demonstrations and explanation were very good! I learnt a lot and was able to take home a finished work."

"The tutor has extensive experience in the subject and was able to apply his knowledge in a practical way."


Rozelle Campus, cnr Gordon St & Victoria Rd, Rozelle (in the grounds of St. Joseph’s Church). If driving, no entry into Gordon Street from Victoria Road. Last block on your right before Victoria Road. Pedestrian entry opposite Prince Street. Click on the following link for directions:

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Please ensure that you have given a valid email and mobile number as all course changes will be communicated via sms or email.

Course testimonials:

  • Daryl said: Student gave this course 4 stars

  • Ian said: I really enjoyed the course. It provided a great overview of framing and good hands on experience with the basic tools required to complete your own frame

  • Rose 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.